Desserts

30 Easy BBQ Desserts

Easy sweet treats for your next cookout.

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated June 15, 2022

Burgers and steaks get all the attention, but no summer meal would be complete without BBQ desserts. It’s the perfect sweet ending to an evening with your favorite people.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

I’ve chosen recipes that can be prepared ahead and taken to go, so they’re great for parties or barbecues. These easy desserts can also be stored in a cooler and taken camping. Goodies like gooey skillet brownies and toasted s’mores can even be made over the bonfire.

The best part is that you can whip up most of these treats in just a few minutes. So next time you’re packing up the cooler, include one of these yummy BBQ desserts.

01. Oreo Truffles

It sounds fancy, but these oreo truffles only need 3 ingredients

Crushed oreo cookies and cream cheese are mixed together to form the truffle ball. The truffle is then coated in super creamy melted white chocolate. For the adults, try adding a splash of Bailey’s to the mixture.

For best results, freeze this recipe before serving it so they don’t melt in the heat.

02. Tiramisu

An Italian classic that requires no baking, and can be made a day ahead. Coffee lovers will love this one.

Like truffles, this tiramisu sounds fancy, but is actually super easy to make. Lady fingers soaked in coffee become soft like cake. They’re then sandwiched between lovely layers of mascarpone cheese and whipped cream. It’s light and fluffy, but super rich and creamy.

03. Peach Crumble Pie

This pie comes together so fast your guests will be surprised it’s homemade.

Making crust from scratch can be a pain, so this recipe uses pre-made crust from the store. Peach chunks are mixed with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for the perfect sweet and spicy combo. All you need to do is make the crumble, and you have a delicious dessert for sharing.

04. Mango Lemon Sorbet

What’s more refreshing than a cool tangy sorbet in the heat of summer?

Sliced mango and lemon juice are mixed with icing sugar then frozen overnight. The result is a creamy treat that’s so much healthier than ice cream. This would be the perfect companion for a mid-day picnic in the sun.

To travel with this sorbet, just pack it in a cooler surrounded by ice packs so it doesn’t melt.

05. Coconut Pineapple Ice Pops

Popsicles and BBQs go together like peanut butter and jelly. This is a treat that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Creamy coconut milk and frozen pineapple are combined in the blender. All you need to do is pour the mixture into ice pop molds and wait a few hours. These popsicles are best served straight from the freezer, so they’re perfect for a backyard summer barbecue.

06. Grilled Pineapple Dessert

While you’re cooking up the hotdogs and hamburgers, save a spot on the barbecue for these grilled pineapples.

The secret to these flavorful pineapples is to baste them in brown sugar and butter before they’re grilled. Once off the grill, stack them onto pound cake and top with ice cream for extra decadence. If you’re celebrating, this is the dessert to do it with.

07. Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there any picnic dessert more classic than chocolate chip cookies? They’re a mainstay at baseball games, backyard parties, and camping trips.

This chocolate chip cookie recipe is undeniably chewy, with gooey melted chocolate chips. You can make these several days in advance and they’ll still taste amazing. What’s great is that there’s no cleanup after serving this treat.

08. Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon meringue is light, tangy, and creamy all at once. It’s the pinnacle of summertime desserts.

This one takes some time, but it is definitely worth it. Meringue is made by whipping egg whites and sugar until they’re silky smooth. This mixture is dolloped on top of bright and zesty lemon custard.

This is a showstopper treat for backyard celebrations like weddings, bridal showers, or birthday parties.

09. Ice Cream Sandwiches

Skip the pre-packaged version, we have the ultimate homemade ice cream sandwich recipe here.

Chewy chocolate cookies go hand in hand with a dollop of creamy vanilla ice cream. This one can be eaten with your hands, so it’s a great treat for kids. To add some excitement, dip one half of the ice cream sandwich into melted chocolate.

There are so many additions you can make to this recipe, such as caramel drizzle and sprinkles. You can even change the flavor of ice cream in the middle if vanilla isn’t your thing.

Another alternative is the ice cream sandwich cake. Lay several ice cream sandwiches in a pan, spread with whipped topping, and drizzle with sauces. Add another layer of sandwiches, whipped topping, and sauces. Freeze until you serve it!

10. Vanilla Ice Cream

Once you’ve had homemade ice cream, it’s hard to go back to the store bought stuff.

This hand-churned ice cream uses egg yolks and heavy cream for a custard-like flavor. The key is to use vanilla bean paste rather than extract, for a truly authentic vanilla flavor. This recipe is delicious served on its own, or with your favorite cake or pie.

If you have an ice cream maker, this recipe becomes even easier.

11. Crispy Snickers Bars

Make this beloved chocolate bar at home, with this no bake dessert recipe.

The combination of nougat and caramel is so gooey and chewy, it’s hard to eat just one of these bars. Crushed peanuts provide a satisfying crunch in between all those rich layers. This recipe is easy to take with you anywhere, and you can even freeze extras for your next BBQ.

12. Cracker Barrel Banana Pudding

Bring back childhood memories with this creamy and decadent banana pudding.

Homemade vanilla pudding is layered between slices of ripe banana and fluffy whipped cream. It’s so rich and thick, you’ll never want to buy boxed pudding again.

You can prepare this banana pudding to go by laying the ingredients in individual mason jars. It also makes a wonderful dessert to give to friends.

13. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Chocolate chip cookies are great, but the real reason for making them is to snag a bite of the dough.

Regular cookie dough contains eggs, but this recipe is eggless so it’s totally ok to eat “raw”. Serve on top of ice cream, or just grab a spoon and dive in. This recipe only takes 10 minutes to make, so it’s a quick fix if you need a last minute dessert.

14. Banana Split

An ice cream shop favorite that you can make right at home.

You can bring the ice cream stand to your BBQ guests when you whip up this banana split. All you need is ripe bananas, ice cream, nuts, and chocolate sauce.

This is a fun dessert to serve buffet style. Just line up the ingredients in little bowls and let your guests make their own creation.

15. Strawberry Cupcakes

Strawberries on a summer day is something everyone can get behind.

Juicy strawberries top this simple but delicious vanilla icing cupcake. The secret is in the strawberry crumble topping. It’s made from crushed vanilla Oreos and strawberry jello powder, and really packs in the strawberry flavor.

These cupcakes look beautiful too, and would make a great showpiece for an outdoor party.

16. Panna Cotta

This Italian dessert is the perfect base for fresh or stewed summer fruit.

Panna cotta is a chilled cream pudding, usually served in individual round bowls. This recipe uses stewed cherries for a topping, but you can use any fruit you like. Summer fruits like juicy blueberries and strawberries would also be delicious.

Since panna cotta stays nice and firm, it’s great to take with you to picnics.

17. Key Lime Pie

A little tart, a little sweet, this recipe will turn anyone into a pie fan.

This southern treat combines lime zest with condensed milk for an irresistibly creamy pie filling. Rather than a traditional buttery crust, this pie uses crushed graham crackers for a sweeter flavor and crunchy texture.

Use key limes if you can find them, but regular limes will work just fine too.

18. Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

A classic summer treat with a twist.

Instead of cake, the base for this recipe is fresh biscuits. This one is quick to whip up in under 20 minutes, and a fun alternative to your typical cake. The filling includes homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries, all nestled inside a Bisquick biscuit.

You can make this one ahead, just keep all the ingredients separate until you serve.

19. Grilled S’mores

Even as an adult, no camping trip is complete without making s’mores.

Regular old s’mores are good, but these skillet s’mores take it to the next level. The graham cracker crust gets toasted and crispy over the fire. Meanwhile, the chocolate and marshmallows melt together in ooey gooey harmony. You can make this recipe in the oven at home, or over the fire at your next campout.

20. Skillet Brownies

Everybody loves chocolate, so these campfire skillet brownies are guaranteed to be a hit.

In this recipe, brownie batter is baked over the fire in a buttered cast iron skillet. This lets the edges get nice and chewy, with some saltiness from the butter. Remove the brownies from the heat just before they’re fully cooked to get that perfect gooey inside.

For an extra decadent treat, serve with some ice cream on top.

21. Grilled Dessert Pizza

You’ve never had pizza quite like this before.

Pizza is the perfect vehicle for all our favorite toppings—so why shouldn’t those toppings be sweet? This new iteration of pizza uses chocolate for sauce, and fresh fruit as toppings. Just arrange it all onto a pizza crust and let it crisp up on the grill.

You can add all the ingredients right on the barbecue, so no need to prepare ahead. Don’t forget the pizza cutter.

22. Grilled Banana Boats

Sometimes dessert doesn’t need to be fancy to taste good.

Reawaken your childhood with these banana boats, made with marshmallows, peanut butter, and chocolate. No plates are required, since everything grills up together right in the banana skin. It’s a gooey, messy treat, and can be made over a campfire or on the barbecue.

23. Cherry Crisp Bars Mashup

Crisps can be messy, but these bars will travel nicely to any picnic this summer.

Sweet, tart cherries are one of my favorite summer flavors. This recipe captures that wonderful flavor in a crispy, chewy dessert bar. The oat topping is toasted to crunchy perfection, and tastes amazing right out of the oven.

These bars are great served on their own, or add some whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

24. Brookies

What to do when you can’t choose between cookies and brownies? The brookie is your solution.

Combine the smooth and luscious texture of the brownie with the crispy of the cookies.

Scoops of cookie dough are added to brownie mix to create this wonderful mashup of desserts. Cut it into squares and serve warm for an outrageously chocolatey treat. This recipe freezes well, or you can store it in the refrigerator until it’s time for your BBQ party.

25. Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding

This comfort food becomes even richer thanks to the addition of chocolate. If you don’t have a smoker, you can also make this recipe on the barbecue.

Vanilla is combined with eggs and heavy cream to form this recipe’s iconic velvety custard. The addition of dark chocolate chips provides a rich, succulent flavor. You can use any bread you like, but I prefer rustic bread because it doesn’t get as mushy.

26. Strawberry Heaven Cake

With a name like that, you know it’s going to be good.

This layered colorful dessert is highlighted by a smooth strawberry cream cheese filling. It’s topped with strawberry jello and freshly cut strawberries for extra sweetness. There’s no baking, so it can be prepared in a glass dish to transport to and from summer gatherings.

27. Ambrosia

For something a little different, try this berry-filled New Zealand summer dessert.

It’s filled with layers of marshmallows, chocolate, Tim Tam cookies, and whipped cream. Most ambrosia recipes use boysenberries, but blueberries or any other fresh berries work too. This dessert needs to be chilled to let all the flavors combine, so feel free to prepare a day ahead.

Make a big dish of this ambrosia, or serve it in individual mason jars for added charm.

28. Grilled Angel Food Cake

While the barbecue is still going, you can quickly prepare this grilled dessert.

This is a great way to use up any leftover angel food cake. Just cut the cake into thick slices and let it crisp up over the grill. Serve with fresh fruit, jam, chocolate sauce, or ice cream for a no-hassle dessert.

You can also stir up a pot of stewed fruit and spoon it over top.

29. Rhubarb Crumble Ice Cream

These two desserts compliment each other so well, why not combine them into one?

In this recipe, creamy homemade vanilla ice cream is mixed with generous chunks of tart rhubarb. Tasting like a fresh rhubarb crumble, the addition of crispy crumble topping gives this dessert texture and a pop of sugary sweetness. Serve it up in ice cream cones, or just on its own!

30. Key Lime Blondie Bars

All the chewiness of a brownie, with all the zesty flavor of key lime pie!

This is the perfect dessert if you want to avoid bringing forks and plates. These cute little bars are layered with blondie, graham cracker crust, creamy key lime filling and cream cheese frosting. They’re bound to perk up your guest’s tastebuds!

30 Easy BBQ Desserts

Directions


  1. Pick out your favorite BBQ dessert recipe.

  2. Gather all your ingredients.

  3. Fire up the barbecue and invite your friends.

  4. Enjoy a sweet treat in the summer sun.

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