How to Grill Watermelon

June 10, 2018   8 Comments

Do you know how to grill watermelon? Perhaps you are wondering why you would do such a thing.

How to Grill Watermelon

I don’t know if you have had grilled peaches – but they rock. Watermelon is also tough enough to handle the grill. This is more of a savory take on watermelon like my watermelon and feta appetizer and watermelon and tomato soup.

All you need is a watermelon, kosher salt, and a grill. You don’t even need a gas grill. Any grill that gets hot will work. Please be sure that your grill is reasonably clean or your watermelon will end up tasting like whatever you last grilled on it.

Fishy watermelon, anyone? Yuck!

I believe this is an improvement on raw watermelon as the heat intensifies the watermelon flavor. I also love how easy this is on a hot summer’s day.

Slice the watermelon about ½ inch thick. You will treat it like a hamburger and flip it with a spatula.

When you put it on the grill, you should hear a satisfying “ssssssss”.

This only takes about 3 minutes per side and then you have something really special. The heat and salt turns watermelon into something more like a cross between a tomato and a watermelon.

It is unique and I don’t know why I didn’t try it until now!

Serve this at your BBQ and wow your guests or just make it for a weeknight side. I like to cut it up and serve it on a salad with feta cheese or eat it with the regular BBQ fare (hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages…)

Whatever you do, please grill some watermelon this summer. It will make you smile. Have you ever grilled watermelon? What do you serve it with?

How To Grill Watermelon Recipe

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Makes 6 slices

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1 pound watermelon
kosher salt


Heat and clean an outdoor gas grill to high or prepare a charcoal grill to be very hot (and clean). Cut the ends of the watermelon and stand it up. Slice it in half and then cut ½ inch slices that are triangles keeping the rind on. Large “steaks” of watermelon will wall apart so it is important to leave the rind and make smallish triangles.

Put watermelon slice on the hot grill and dust with salt. Heat for 2-3 minutes until there are grill marks and flip with a spatula. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

For one slice = 50 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 11 g carbohydrates, 9 g sugar, 1 g protein, 1 g fiber, 100 mg sodium, 0 Freestyle SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Love salt on watermelon but have never grilled it. Will try.

Not so sure about this. Juicy, sweet watermelon is sooooo good as it is. Feeling the same about great peaches. We rarely get real good ones here up north, so when they ARE in season, I just want them plain so that when you bite into them the juice runs down your chin.

Nope, never had grilled watermelon or peaches. But I am willing to try it, just for a change of pace. thanks for the idea lisa...

I just tried this last week. Im not gonna lie. .i was completely grossed out at the thought. It literally made me sick to think about. But after some healthy peer pressure to try it. I did...and i LOVED it!! Even if you are not inspired to cook it your self try it a bbq if its available!

YUM-O! Luv the grilled watermelon. Luv Watermelon anyway you can have it!!

Definitely doing this Fathers Day weekend. Funny we haven't tried this yet because we grill EVERYTHING. Peaches, pizza, grilled cheese, bananas, corn, tomato, onions, pineapple, even brownies!! Our neighbors are always coming over to see what we have on the grill. Can't wait to bite into this tasty idea. Thanks so much Lisa! Happy Summer

Haven't grilled watermelon up to this point... but definitely will give it a try now! Thanks!

Have had grilled peaches. Grilled watermelon for 2st time tonight with burgers!! Perfect combo. Thick juicy burgers and sweet grilled watermelon was simply great!!!

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