Grilled Watermelon

Grilling watermelon brings out its natural sweetness that's complemented by adding some simple sweet or savory toppings. Try this easy grilled watermelon recipe for a fun and festive summer appetizer or dessert.

Grilled Watermelon
Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 small seedless watermelon (about 4 pounds)

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Toppings (optional): 1 teaspoon ancho chile powder & 1 teaspoon grated lime zest OR 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese & 2 tablespoons balsamic glaze OR 1/4 cup chopped unsalted dry-roasted pistachios & 2 ounces melted white chocolate


  1. Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to high (450°F to 500°F).

  2. Trim and discard 1/2 inch from each end of watermelon. Stand the watermelon up on 1 cut end; cut lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter into 1-inch slices. Sprinkle the slices evenly on both sides with sugar and salt.

  3. Oil the grill grates (oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack; do not use cooking spray on a hot grill). Place the watermelon slices on the oiled grates; grill, uncovered, until grill marks appear, about 3 minutes per side. Top the grilled watermelon evenly with 1 of the suggested topping combos, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

43 Calories
11g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 43
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 537IU 11%
Sodium 119mg 5%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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