Grilled Banana Split - 10

Grilled Banana Split? That sounds like dessert? Nobody grills dessert. Most people don’t grill desserts or breakfast. Not sure why on either of those points, so I figure it’s my responsibility to rectify that. Mind you, I didn’t grill the ice cream, but I did grill the bananas and the strawberries! And this is not our first dessert on this site. Check out this grilled apple tart recipe I was later told is a galette and not a tart (thanks Fr. Dominic) and these grilled peaches with buttered rum sauce (worth it for the buttered rum sauce alone)

Grilled Banana Split Ingredients:

4 somewhat ripe bananas
4 tbsp brown sugar
pinch of chipotle pepper
pinch of cinnamon
ripe strawberries, rinsed and stems removed
ice cream
blue berries
whipped cream (optional)
chocolate sauce (optional)

Grilled Banana Split
The Ingredients

I say to use semi-ripe bananas because if they are too ripe, they will turn to mush on the grill. I went for bananas that had very little green around the stem, but also still very yellow with little to no brown spots.

Cut off the stem from the top of each banana and then slice them lengthwise with the skin still on:

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Slice the bananas
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Then mix the brown sugar, chipotle and cinnamon:

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Mix up the rub

Sprinkle the sugar/chipotle/cinnamon rub on the exposed side of the banana:

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Rub your bananas

Fire up the grill to medium-high heat. I actually went overboard on the heat. See I was breaking in a new grill and hit the proverbial gas a little hard and had a wicked hot spot in the middle. More on that later.

Back inside, the sugar/chipotle/cinnamon rub has turned into a sweet and spicy syrup:

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Don’t forget to put a few strawberries on a double prong skewer:

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You didn’t think we were only grilling bananas, did you? Now all I need is a way to grill the ice cream!

No, I didn’t grill the blueberries despite them being the big monsters we brought back from Michigan. I was worried they would be mush before getting a char.

Now place the bananas flesh side down on the grill along with the skewer of strawberries:

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Fruit on the grill

One of the beautiful things about this new grill (a grill I no longer own)  is that there is a grill rack that can elevate food above the regular rack, or drop the food down really close to the fire like I did here. It’s GREAT for searing stuff uber fast. Well, I had the grill a little too hot and the fruit a little too close. THIS banana was perfect:

Grilled Banana Split

But this one on the right was burnt and tasted bitter:

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Over charred. OK, fine. Burnt.

The bananas were flesh side down for only about 60 seconds. If the grill was at the proper temperature of medium-high rather than blazing inferno high, this should take a couple minutes. My strawberries were flipped at about 90 seconds:

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Charred strawberries

Cook the bananas skin side down until they separate from the skin. With as hot as this fire was, the bananas literally popped from the skin, leaving a little gap on the outside curve as you can see here to the left of the strawberries:

Grilled Banana Split
Look at the gap right to the left of the strawberries

That’s all it takes. Season the bananas, sear on the flesh side, flip and cook on the skin side until they separate and take them off the grill and head inside to make a grilled banana split:

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Ready to dive in

And a closeup:

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It was soooooo good

So how was it? Other than the one half banana that was burnt, it was fantastic. The chipotle gave it a subtle heat that didn’t hit right away and was countered beautifully by the sweetness of the fruit and the cold, creaminess of ice cream. The strawberries didn’t have the crisp texture of fresh, but the char added some great flavor. My six-year-old mowed that one down and I ate the rest. I was so worried about getting the shots before the ice cream melted that I forgot the whipped cream and chocolate sauce I had just off camera and even set the container of ice cream down on my laptop while I shot. Thankfully, my wife caught that in time and the laptop is fine. With as much as my son (and myself) enjoyed his grilled banana split, I’m definitely doing this again.

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Grilled Banana Split

Grilled bananas take an already amazing fruit to a whole other level. Add some grilled strawberries to top a couple scoops of ice cream, along with blueberries, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Grilling
Servings: 4


  • 4 bananas (somewhat ripe)
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 pinch chipotle pepper
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 strawberry ripe, rinsed and stems removed
  • ice cream
  • blue berries
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate sauce (optional)


  • Cut off the stems of the bananas and slice them lengthwise with the skin still on
  • Mix up the sugar, pepper and cinnamon
  • Put the rub on the flesh side of the banana
  • Skewer the strawberries
  • Prepare the grill for medium high heat
  • Place the bananas flesh side down on the grill
  • Place the skewered strawberries on the grill
  • Once the bananas release from the grill (about 1.5-2 minutes) flip them over along with the strawberries
  • Wait for the bananas to separate from the skin a few millimeters which should take another 1.5-2 minutes
  • Remove everything from the grill and serve with ice cream, blueberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Here’s a collage of the process:
Grilled Banana Split

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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Oh no you din’t!

That is one I hadn’t thought of, for sure. Very innovative, that Grill Dome has your creative juices flowing.


Caveat: I’ve only seen this done with butter, but I’m pretty sure you actually CAN grill ice cream! Make sure the ice cream is frozen solid from your freezer, then cut into strips the size of butter sticks. Let those freeze again in your freezer. The put the ice cream strips in a styrofoam cooler with dry ice. Let it freeze super solid for about 30 minutes. The ice cream should be solid enough to last just long enough on the grill to develop grill marks. Take it off the grill right as it starts to melt and put back into the freezer to use for later.



I so need to try this!


Grilled Banana Split is pretty new to me but will try it with butter or icecream.


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