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Smoky undertones make this Grilled Apple Crisp an unforgettable dessert!

This versatile Easy Apple Crisp Recipe can be grilled or baked and is so tasty served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Grilled Apple Crisp topped with vanilla ice cream with a red fork and cinnamon sticks

Grilled Dessert

Bill received one of those fancy, ceramic Big Green Egg grills for Father’s Day last year. You’re supposed to be able to bake on them…but we’re still trying to master basic grilling without charring our entrees to a crisp. But when grilling season and apple season collide, I just had to create a grilled dessert. So I went out on a limb and decided to attempt a Grilled Apple Crisp.

Overhead view of Grilled Apple Crisp on a round white plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

How to Make a Grilled Apple Crisp

The process of making this apple crisp recipe was simple. I sliced up some apples, mixed with sugar and spices, placed them in a cast-iron skillet, covered and grilled till a sweet, bubbly syrup developed. Next, I added a streusel-like topping and continued grilling till the crisp turned golden.

It was a bit daunting, though, since we only own a charcoal grill. But, thankfully, it came with a built-in thermometer. There is definitely a learning curve. I cautiously left the vents only slightly ajar, which worked wonderfully at keeping the grill at a moderate temperature.

The resulting crisp had a faint smoky taste…just like if it had been made on a campfire. Bill came home from work and was more than pleased that it wasn’t one of my “off-limits” till I photograph dishes.

And as an extra bonus, I didn’t heat up the house by turning on the oven. But feel free to bake this one up in your oven…as I have been for years. Set your oven to 350º and bake until the center is bubbly, 35-45 minutes.

Grilled Apple Crisp in a cast iron pan

Tips for Making Fruit Crisps

PRO-Tip: Use seasonal fruit or fruit frozen at the peak of the season. Buying fresh peaches in the winter won’t produce the same quality of dessert as recently picked fruit.

Make apple crisps in the fall, peach crisps in the summer, rhubarb crisps in the spring, and berry crisps whenever you can find sweet, fragrant fresh berries.

The fruit you find in your grocer’s freezer is typically picked and frozen at the peak of their seasons. You can always substitute frozen fruit for the fresh. I’ve encountered some sour frozen berries, so be familiar with the brands, their flavor, and quality.

PRO-Tip: Depending on the sweetness of your fruit, you may want to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe.

With a picky husband who only likes oatmeal for breakfast, try this is an apple crisp recipe without oats. Feel free to find another topping if you love an oatmeal topped crisp.

Why Grill Apple Crisp?

There are a couple of excellent reasons to grill apple crisp. First, in the summer, keeping the oven off prevents a hot, uncomfortable kitchen. As long as the weather cooperates, your grill can be a viable oven substitution.

Also, the grill does something an oven cannot! It adds a smokiness that will bring back memories of childhood cookouts or camping trips. This apple crisp is perfect for a late summer cookout.

What is the difference between a crisp and a cobbler?

Both a crisp and cobbler can be a fruit dessert, but it’s the toppings that differentiate them. Crisps tend to have a simpler topping with flour, sugar, butter, and sometimes oats. Cobblers are topped with more of a biscuit topping, often dolloped or cobbled on top of the fruit. Variations of a cobbler are finished off with a pie crust topping, cookie dough or cake batter.

Grilled Apple Crisp on a white dessert plate topped with a scoop of ice cream and in front of a cast-iron skillet of apple crisp

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Grilled Apple Crisp

A fabulous apple crisp baked on the grill!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings


  • 6-8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (may substitute ground nutmeg)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into cubes


  1. Start grill. Adjust temperature to 300-350º. If using charcoal, you will want the skillet over indirect heat.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together apples, sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Let sit a few minutes to let juices develop.
  3. Pour apples into a 9-inch cast iron skillet.Cover with foil.
  4. Grill for 20 minutes, then check apple tenderness by carefully opening up the foil and inserting a knife. Mine needed another 20 minutes.
  5. During the first phase of grilling, make crisp topping. Mix together flour and brown sugar. Add butter and work with hands or pastry blender till topping resembles crumbs. Set aside.
  6. Check apples again; if juices are bubbling and apples are tender, spoon on the crisp topping, leave uncovered and cook for another 15-20 minutes till topping is lightly browned. You may increase the grill temperature to 350-375º to cook the topping.
  7. Allow to cool till just warm or to room temperature. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 340Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 85gFiber: 4gSugar: 63gProtein: 3g


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48 comments on “Grilled Apple Crisp”

  1. While I’ve baked savory things on the grill, I haven’t tried anything sweet yet. This sounds great:@)

  2. We love our BGE. Hubby has made many things on it, but not apple crisp. I’d sure love to try it! 🙂

  3. Cast iron baking and grilling at the same time = awesomeness!!! Love this recipe and how great it must be with the smoky flavor from the grill.

  4. Desserts are my summer downfall. We have no air conditioning and I’m always heating up the oven. I can’t wait to try apple crisp on the grill. What a great idea!

  5. Apple crisp is the first recipe I was taught, and a family favorite. Grilling it is genius Liz! It looks so juicy and amazing! And besides, I love to bake on a cast iron skillet.

  6. Love the the ingredients and ease of this one… heck that wine would be gone while its cooking too cheers! LOL have a great Sunday!

  7. YUM! Dessert on the grill…sounds like something I need to try!

  8. I never grilled using a cast iron pan. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Your grilled apple crisp looks and sounds fabulous!! I loved my sweet white blend with my dessert so I know this was fabulous!!

  10. I LOVE that you grilled this!! I have yet to make a desert on the grill now I’m going to have to try this dessert, my family will love it up!

  11. When our retro ceramic cooker finally cracks for good, a big green egg is what we are buying. I love the stability of heat. I have not tried a dessert on it. Will have to give it a go. Can’t wait to see the other grilling recipes today.

  12. Liz I am not kidding when I tell you this, but I am drooling! Your recipe looks amazing!! Love that you cooked it on the grill!!

  13. My husband would definitely be jealous of your big green egg! He has had that thing on his list for a while now…

    LOVING this crisp! I don’t think I’d be able to share with anyone….haha!

  14. I’ve read about baking on the Big Green Eggs (mostly from Chris at Nibble Me This), and I am so intrigued! I bet the faint smoky taste was an awesome element! Looks perfect. I wonder if I could work it out on my “regular” (non BGE) grill? Worth a try!

  15. I love that you grilled this apple crisp. How creative. Pinned.

  16. What a great idea, Liz! I bet this is a good recipe to take on a camping trip too! As someone said, I’d probably demolish the wine while I was waiting for the apple crisp to do it’s thing:) However, I’m sure as partners they are just right!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

  17. This is what I call impressive. Grilling your apple crisp and having it turn out PERFECT and GORGEOUS the very first time. Then again, you are That Skinny Chick Can Bake so I shouldn’t be surprised!!

  18. I have been so excited to see how you were going to make *grilled* apple crisp – such a creative idea! This looks absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to treat my family with your tasty recipe!

  19. I loved that you grilled this beautiful crisp Liz, what a great idea. I’m always in the mood for warm apple desserts!

  20. What a great idea, Liz! I’ve roasted meat off the flame and have wondered what it would be like to put a dessert in there but I’ve never done it. I will now!

  21. Liz, Your apple crisp looks wonderful…I love that you were able to make this on the grill! Yum!

  22. Aw Lizzy what delicious and amazing apple recipe.

    I love apples always Lizzy:)))

  23. This looks so good…my hubby is an apple dessert lover, so this is on my short list to make for him before Summer is over. Excited to see you this weekend in Orlando!!

  24. Yum, now you’re talking Liz… this is perfect winter fare! Lovely.

  25. This is fantastic! We need to get a thermometer in our grill. Keeping the temperature steady is always a challenge.

  26. OMG my parents had the same problem with their Big Green Egg. They finally sold it–they never could get anything to cook right in it. Something about not being able to regulate the temp? Those things are expensive, too, so I think I’ll stay away from buying one!

  27. Wish we had a charcoal grill- it sounds super fun! haha…. And your apple crisp looks really yummy too! Love the struessel topping!

  28. wow a GRILLED apple crisp!!! You are the BEST, Liz.

  29. Wow, this crisp looks perfect for the crazy winter we are having 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  30. Grilled…? I need to try that on my next camping trip! Thanks.

    ela h.

  31. I love everything about this! The Cast Iron Skillets, the apples, the spice, the ice cream! Yum!!

  32. I love this recipe Liz! Who knew you could GRILL an apple crisp??

  33. I hadn’t thought of making a crisp on the grill – great idea!

  34. I’m obsessed with grilling, your delish apple crisp is next!

  35. Your crisp looks divine and I love that you grilled it – so perfect to avoid heating up the kitchen!

  36. This looks super yummy! I am so impressed you made it on the grill.

  37. Love crisp this time of the year. Yummy!!

  38. Yum, one of my top fave desserts!

  39. We used to call Charisse the Apple Crisp Queen and I know she would love this. I will have to make this for her soon.

  40. I’ve never made a dessert on the grill before but definitely love that idea! Your crisp looks absolutely perfect 🙂

  41. That is gorgeous – apple anything is my weakness (okay rhubarb anything also) when it comes to dessert. I’ve been eyeing one of those Big Green Eggs and keep threatening Sous Chef he might get one for a gift some day soon.

  42. I am in love with this recipe! I love anything grilled, and apple crisp has to be amazing! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  43. Apple crisps are one of my favorite desserts ever! Perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

  44. This is always an extremely popular dessert whenever I serve it. Great recipe. Thanks.

  45. Absolutely amazing I have now made this around 20 times on my charcoal grill except this time I took some apple wood chips and smoked it in the final stage. 😋 

    Thanks for posting this recipe‼️

  46. Woooow…..Homemade!!! It’s the only thing that taste good! And so easy to do…

    I think I will look for these and try your recipe this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

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