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Grilled Apple Crisp

How to make a traditional apple crisp on the grill. Grilled Apple Crisp is going to become your new favorite fall dessert! It's also the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving dinner!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Grilled Apple Crisp, Grilled Desserts, traditional apple crisp on the grill
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Cost $15


For the Topping:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut up into small cubes
  • 1 cup flour (can make Gluten Free by substituting 1 to 1 gluten free all purpose baking flour)
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

For the Filling:

  • 3 lbs apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large wedges
  • zest of 1 orange
  • zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice (juice of 1/2 an orange)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (juice of 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  • Preheat and prepare grill for indirect heat cooking. Aim at getting the grill between 350-375 degrees (F).
    (Or if using a gas grill, heat it up to 350 degrees F)

For Apple Crisp Filling

  • In a large bowl, mix together all filling ingredients and toss together. Pour mixture into a 9" round cast iron skillet.

For Apple Crisp Topping

  • In a large bowl, or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the flour, oatmeal, sugars, and salt, and mix together. On low speed add the butter and continue until the mixture is crumbly and the and the butter is the size of peas.
    Alternatively you can mix everything together with your hands.
    Place evenly over the apple mixture and cover with foil.
  • Place the crisp on grill over indirect heat for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and then continue cooking on the grill for an additional 30 minutes, or until the mixture is bubbly and topping is crispy.
  • Serve warm with a big scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream!


If using a gas grill no need to cover the dish with foil for those first 30 minutes. 
Please note if you’re cooking on a hot outdoor grill to use a pan that can withstand high heat. We like cast iron for this and we used this exact 9" cast iron dish
Optional: For added smoke flavor, consider adding 2 or 3 wood chunks in charcoal.