Grilled apples are very easy to make, and can be ready in a matter of minutes. Try this quick and easy recipe for your next grill night! It’s so good, you don’t want to miss out!
Easy Grilled Apples
Making grilled apples is so easy to do, and you get to enjoy a delicious dessert, snack, or side dish in a matter of minutes. Although there are many ways you can make grilled apples, using various ingredients adds flavors to your apples. We are so excited to share with you our favorite way to make grilled apples.
Why This Recipe Works
Apples are delicious, healthy, and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Making grilled apples works so well because it is very easy to do, grilling apples makes a light yet delicious dessert, and enjoying a grilled apple is the perfect summertime treat.
Give Your Apples Grill Marks This Summer
Apples on the grill make a delicious and perfect summertime treat. Making apples for the grill allows you to enjoy the tasty dessert without the heat or mess in the house. You can also enjoy this recipe as the perfect apple campfire dessert. The great thing about this grilled apple recipe is that it is a perfect grilled apple dessert, snack, or side dish, no matter if it’s summer, fall, or any time of the year.
What apples are best for grilling?
There are a ton of different kinds of apples, so what should you use to make grilled apples? Depending on the variety of apples, some bake differently than others. It is important to know which kind of apples you should use when you are making any kind of baked apple recipe. Using the right kind of apple for grilling will determine if your dish turns out amazing, or if it completely flops. Below is the list of apples we recommend as the best apples for grilling:
Pink Lady Apples
Honeycrisp Apple Slices
Granny Smith Apples (green apple)
Now, let’s look at how you can make our delicious grilled apples recipe!
Grilled Apple Recipe
Apples. Apples are the main ingredient here, we recommend using apple varieties such as Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Gala, Evercrisp, Fuiji, or Granny Smith apples. Be sure that you have apples that are in good condition, as you will be using sliced apple for the base of your recipe.
Lemon Juice. We strongly encourage you to soak your apples in a little lemon juice and water before grilling. This will help prevent them from turning brown and will add extra moisture to your apples before they are grilled.
Butter. Brushing your apple slices with butter will help them cook really well, and give them a lovely flavor.
Cinnamon. We recommend using a little bit of cinnamon to help season your apples and make them into a tasty treat. Let’s be real, grilled cinnamon apples taste amazing!
Sugar. To add a little bit of extra sweetness to your apples, we recommend using brown sugar on your apples to give them a light caramel-like flavor.
Nutmeg. Using nutmeg to help season your apples will give them a lovely flavor. We recommend that you only use a little bit of this ingredient, as a little can go a long way.
Cloves. Including cloves in your grilled apple recipe will also help to season your apples.
Caramel Sauce. Adding caramel sauce to your finished apples is optional, but we enjoy the added salted caramel flavor, of adding caramel sauce to make grilled caramel apples. If you would rather use a substitute for caramel sauce, a drizzle of honey on your finished apples makes for amazing grilled honey cinnamon apples.
How to Grill Apples
How to Prepare Apples for Grilling
Before you begin grilling apples, you will need to prepare the apples. To do this, you will want to wash the apples and wipe them dry. Be sure to remove any stickers they may have on them. You will also want to remove the stems.
Then, there are two ways you can cut your apples to grill. You may cut them into slices vertically like you normally would eat them, or you can grill apple slices cut horizontally. We often prefer to cut them horizontally as they make a nice presentation, but it is completely up to you.
Next, in a bowl, add your apple slices, and cover with water and a little bit of lemon juice. Let your apples rest while your grill preheats.
Steps to Make It
While you are preparing your apples for the grill it is a great idea to light your grill and allow it time to preheat. Once it is warm you can add your apples.
Remove your apples from the lemon water and brush one side with melted butter. Place buttered side down on the grill grates. (If your apple slices are too small for the grill grates, you may place them on aluminum foil so that they don’t fall through.)
Let your apples cook for 5-10 minutes before turning. Before you turn, brush the other side of your apples with the remaining butter, then turn. Cook for another 5-10 minutes on the final side.
When your apples are soft, place a sheet of aluminum foil on the grill. Add your apples on top of the aluminum.
Sprinkle the top of your apples with your sugar and spice mixture. Allow the sugar to start to melt, then remove it from your grill.
Now get creative according to how you want to serve them
Before you serve, add any toppings to your grilled apples that you desire. Then serve the apples while they are still warm, and enjoy!
Deciding what to put on apples after they have finished grilling can be a challenge. Below are several topping ideas for you to choose from:
Apple Foil Packets
Please note that this recipe can be prepared by making apple foil packets for your grill and cooking them the entire time inside of the foil. This will not allow any grill marks to be made, but your apples will maintain their moisture, and it’s just like making filling for apple pie in foil packets.
We have estimated that the above recipe will make approximately four servings. Please note that we have estimated one serving to contain 274 calories. We have also estimated that one serving contains approximately 6.4g total fat, 15mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 58.1g total carbohydrates, and .9g protein.
How to cut apples…the fast way!
There are several different ways you can quickly cut apples. For this recipe, you will want to first determine how you want your apple slices to end up, then you can cut them.
Use a Knife. To use a knife and cut your apples into a simple vertical slice, you will want to work around the core. First, cut the two sides off your apple, then cut the two smaller sides remaining. Slice the cut portions into your desired size.
You can also cut horizontally using a knife. First cut and discard the top and bottom portions, then cut your remaining apple into slices ¼ inch thick.
Use a Mandolin. If you have access to a mandolin, you can carefully use this to slice your apples in a quick way that will give you equal sized slices.
Use an Apple Slicer. You can also use an apple slicer if you want to make a bloomin’ apple style of grilled apples, or you can simply use the apple slices and cut them in half to grill.
Tips on How to Grill Apples
Tip #1: Don’t Turn Too Much
When you are grilling apples it is a good idea to not flip your apples a lot. This will help prevent your apple slices from drying out. For best results, you will only want to flip your apples once.
Tip #2: Cook Warm But Not Hot
When grilling apples, it is important to cook them over warm heat, but not heat that is super hot. Cooking them too hot is likely to burn your apples before they are fully cooked through.
There are many different recipe variations you can enjoy for grilled apples. Most of the recipe variations can be prepared as instructed above, then you simply add different toppings, or slice your apples differently.
Grilled Apple Slices With Cinnamon and Honey
Making grilled apple slices with cinnamon and honey can be prepared as instructed in the recipe above. Once the apples have finished grilling, simply sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with honey before serving. Enjoying apple cinnamon honey are an amazing treat!
Bloomin’ Grilled Apples
Bloomin grilled apples are very similar to the above recipe, only you will want to cut your apples differently. For the best results, you will want to use an apple slicer, to cut your apple most of the way through, then pop out your core from the center.
Place your apple on aluminum foil and add your fillings. Then wrap securely in aluminum foil in its original shape. Grill until your apple is soft, then enjoy your bloomin’ grilled apple.
Grilled Apples with Bourbon and Brown Sugar
To make grilled apples with bourbon and brown sugar, you can simply prepare the apples as instructed above, but before your apples are grilled you will want to allow them some time to soak in a prepared marinade of brown sugar bourbon (from McCormick). Otherwise, you can prepare as instructed above.
Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint
You can also mix up the flavors of your grilled apples by first marinating them in mint. Otherwise, you can prepare the apples as instructed above.
Grilled Apples in Caramel Sauce Recipe
Finishing off your apples with a drizzle of caramel sauce is one of the best ways to enjoy your grilled apples. Simply prepare them as stated above, then drizzle with caramel sauce before serving. These are so good!
Grilled Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Apples
Preparing cinnamon and brown sugar apples is very much like instructed in the above recipe. Adding other spices is optional, but cinnamon and brown sugar pair together to make a delicious tasting dish.
Grilled Apples with Cheese & Honey
Sound like an odd combination? Surprisingly combining sharp cheddar cheese and honey makes a delicious topping for your grilled apples.
Smoked Grilled Apples Easy Dessert Recipe
Not only can you grill your apples but you can also enjoy smoked apple slices. You can use the above recipe to make smoked apples on a pellet grill, or treager apples. Simply preheat your smoker, then add your apples to the grill and smoke them until they are soft.
Grilled apples can easily be adapted into a smoked apple recipe that everyone will enjoy. Smoked apples are a delicious treat and taste lovely with a slight smokey texture. Enjoy this easy smoked apples recipe the next time you get a craving to smoke some food!
Ways to Use Grilled Apples
There are many ways you can enjoy using grilled apples. These apples make the perfect dessert or even a snack or side dish for pretty much any meal. One of our favorite ways to enjoy them is as a dessert, drizzled with honey or caramel sauce, and topped with ice cream. Yum!
Baked Apples on the Grill or in the Oven!
Not only can these apples be prepared on the grill, but you can also use your oven to bake the apples if needed. Perhaps you don’t have access to a grill, never fear! These apples can easily be made in your oven.
Simply preheat the oven to 375°F, then place your apple slices into a baking dish with edges. Top with butter and your seasoning mix and bake until your apples are soft. Remove from the oven and add your desired toppings before you serve and enjoy.
Can you make grilled apples in the oven?
Absolutely, these grilled apples can be made in the oven!
Can I grill apples cut in half or in slices?
Yes, you can grill apples cut in half or in slices. Please note that if you are grilling half of an apple, you will want to allow it longer to bake.
What Do You Serve Grilled Apples With?
There are many things you can serve with grilled apples. This recipe makes a delicious side dish or dessert to any main dish. For ideas on main dishes, check out some of our recipes!
What goes good with apple slices?
You can serve apple slices with any main dish, and it will taste fabulous. You can also top your grilled apple slices with anything you wish. Some of our favorite topping ideas are listed above.
Grilled Apples for Sides or Dessert
These apple slices make an amazing side dish or dessert. Plus the great thing is that you can make them just how you want. Suppose you are looking for a side dish, you can leave out all the sugar, and instead, serve them plain. They still taste amazing! Have fun, and experiment with your favorite way to enjoy grilled apples.
Grilled Cinnamon Apples
Making grilled cinnamon apples are super easy and they are the perfect side or dessert to enjoy especially in the summer or fall. This recipe is so easy, you have got to try it for yourself and taste how delicious it is!
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