Grilled Doughnuts Strawberry Shortcake

grilled doughnuts

This recipe is exactly why I love what I do…I get to try all kinds of new things…the other night, it was Grilled Doughnuts. Used as the “shortcake” in strawberry shortcake. I shared with some friends that I was grilling doughnuts, and the response was “SHUT UP. That is not right.” (I think she was a little jealous!)

I don’t make dessert all that often. When I do, it’s usually some kind of cookie because I’ve got several different recipes memorized, making it super quick and easy to whip up a batch or two, or four. Well move on over cookies, because there’s a new memorized dessert recipe in town…

It only has 4 ingredients…and the cooking process couldn’t be easier to make…and memorize!

  • Doughnuts – slice and grill for 2-3 minutes. 
  • Strawberries – mash and pour sugar over the top and let sit for a few minutes.
  • Assemble. Devour.

See. Easy to make, easy to memorize. You’re welcome 😉

I used glazed doughnuts and I was a little worried that the glaze would melt off while they were on the grill, but turns out that it did melt a little, but ended up caramelizing around the edges. This “shortcake” had a perfect slight crunch on the doughnut, combined with a just sweet enough strawberry “sauce”…rounded out with the creamy whipped topping. Amazing way to end a summer night’s dinner!

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Grilled Doughnuts Strawberry Shortcake

Adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 2-3 minutes on the grill


  • 4 glazed donuts, sliced horizontally
  • 10-12 large strawberries, mashed with a fork
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Dollops of whipped cream, or scoop of ice cream.


  • In a small mixing bowl, mash the strawberries with a fork, allowing some of the juices to seep out. Sprinkle the sugar over the top and let sit for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  • While the strawberries rest, grill the doughnuts. Place the sliced doughnuts, inside part down over the flame on the grill for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the grill and serve immediately with the strawberry “sauce,” and whipped cream or ice cream.

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  1. says

    Oh my gosh Erin that looks amazing! Both my husband and I are drooling over here.

    Going to be watching for some glazed doughnuts on the bakery discount rack this week so I can make this!

  2. Minta says

    My hubs was all “don’t grill mine, I’ll just have a doughnut and berries separately.” Yeah, he devoured what was left of our son’s, then went ahead and had a grilled one. So good. Also, I don’t know who you super human people are that can mash strawberries with a fork… but, I had to throw mine in the Ninja for 6-7 pulses.

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