Here’s how to grill pineapple perfectly! It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy: serve drizzled with honey or topped with vanilla ice cream.

Grilled pineapple

If you love summer grilling…then you’ve got to try a grilled dessert! This grilled pineapple is the best ending to a summer meal. Pineapple is tangy and juicy as is: imagine it infused with a smoky flavor and warm from the grill! For the easiest option, drizzle it with honey and top with fresh mint. Or, take it over the top and serve with melty vanilla ice cream or toasted coconut. Consider us new converts, over here! Here’s how to grill pineapple to sweet, juicy perfection.

Ingredients for grilled pineapple

Pineapple is easy to grill: and you can’t really mess it up because it tastes incredible even before go to grill it. There’s no real wrong way to do it, and you need minimal seasonings. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 1 medium pineapple or 6 to 8 fresh pineapple rings. It’s often sold this way in the refrigerated section in the grocery.
  • Neutral oil, like grapeseed or vegetable. You can substitute olive oil if it’s all you have.
  • Salt
Go to How to Cut a Pineapple for instructions on how to remove the rind!

How to grill pineapple (basic steps)

All you need to remember about grilled pineapple is the grill temperature and the approximate timing. Other than that, it’s a breeze! Memorize it and you can grill up the sweet fruit all summer long. Here are the basic steps for how to grill pineapple (or jump right to the recipe):

  • Preheat a grill to medium high heat: that’s 375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the rind and cut the pineapple into circles. You can keep the core intact: this helps it to be easy to flip! Remember to eat around the core when serving.
  • Mix with oil and salt, just enough oil to coat and a pinch of salt to bring out the flavors.
  • Place on the grates and grill 3 to 4 minutes per side, until grill marks form.

Got leftover pineapple? Make it into a Pineapple Smoothie or try these 20 Pineapple Recipes You’ll Love.

Grilled pineapple

Toppings for grilled pineapple (make it into a sundae!)

Once you take that pineapple off the grill: there’s lots of room for creativity in the toppings! The most basic way to serve it is to drizzle with honey (or agave syrup, for vegan) and a bit of chopped mint. The way that the flavors combine is beautiful and fresh. Because the pineapple is grilled without sugar, it’s nice to add a little sweetness. But if you want to take it over the top, serve it a la mode as a sundae. Here are some ideas for toppings for this grilled pineapple:

  1. Vanilla ice cream
  2. Homemade whipped cream (or vegan whipped cream)
  3. Rum or kahlua-infused whipped cream
  4. Toasted coconut
  5. Caramel sauce
  6. Fudge sauce
  7. Chopped macadamia nuts or pecans
  8. Balsamic reduction
  9. Rum sauce
  10. Maple pecan granola
How to grill pineapple

Make it a meal

This grilled pineapple is a fantastic finish to a summer meal on the patio! While it could pair with almost anything, here are a few meal ideas:

Need more side dishes? Try Grilled Side Dish Recipes.

More grilled desserts

Love this idea? Try our other grilled desserts as a sweet treat to end your meal! Choose from:

  • Grilled Apples a la Mode Grill them with sugar and spices until tender, then serve them with “a la mode” with melty vanilla ice cream.
  • Grilled Peaches Juicy peaches are incredible with a hint of smoke! Serve with ice cream and mint.
  • Grilled Bananas a la Mode Everyone will rave! Flavored with maple, cinnamon and nutmeg, they’re even better topped with ice cream.

This grilled pineapple recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Grilled pineapple

Easy Grilled Pineapple

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices 1x


Here’s how to grill pineapple perfectly! It’s so easy and comes out smoky and juicy: serve drizzled with honey or topped with vanilla ice cream.




  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (375 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Cut off the pineapple top and rind. Then cut the pineapple into 3/4” slices, keeping the core intact. In a bowl, mix the pineapple with the oil and salt.
  3. Place directly on the grill grates and grill 3 to 4 minutes per side (6 to 8 minutes total), turning once, until tender and slightly charred.
  4. To serve, drizzle with honey and top with finely chopped mint (optional). If you’d like, top with ice cream or whipped cream and toasted coconut. Make sure to eat around the core when enjoying!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Grilled
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grilled pineapple, How to grill pineapple

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Summer is all about fruit desserts! Here are a few more to try:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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