Grilled Watermelon – Two Peas & Their Pod


Quick Summary

Grilled Watermelon- smoky, sweet, and juicy watermelon garnished with lime, mint, and a drizzle of honey! This simple summer side dish is a cookout favorite!

grilled watermelon on platter with lime and mint.

When it’s hot outside, all I want to eat is watermelon because it is so refreshing. I eat it almost every single day in the summertime. I can’t get enough. I love eating it plain, but I also love making my favorite watermelon salad.

I also love Grilled Watermelon. Yes, Grilled Watermelon! It’s easy and SO fun!

We grill all summer long (chicken, potatoes, veggies, kabobs, tacos, etc.) so why not watermelon? I know it might sound a little odd, but grilled fruit is really good! Grilled peaches are actually one of my favorite things to grill and I love grilling watermelon too.

Grilling watermelon only takes a few minutes and it gives the fruit a smoky, caramelized flavor that is unique and delicious!

I like to finish the grilled watermelon wedges with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, flaky sea salt, mint, and a drizzle of honey. The combo is AMAZING. You HAVE to try it!

watermelon wedges on tray.

How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon

  • Look for a watermelon that is heavy and uniform in size.
  • Look for a yellow spot. A darker yellow field spot usually means it was on the vine longer and is full of flavor. If the melon has a white field spot, that means it’s not ripe yet.
  • Larger webbing and sugar spots are also a good sign it’s a sweet melon.
  • Pick a melon that is dark green and dull. When the melon is shiny it is usually underripe.
  • Give the watermelon a few thumps. Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound, which means it’s juicy and ripe.

Simple Ingredients

You really only need a watermelon and a little olive oil for brushing the grill, BUT I like to make the grilled watermelon extra special by adding a few extra ingredients.

  • Watermelon– cut the watermelon into wedges (triangles) that are about 1-inch thick so they are easy to grill and eat.
  • Oil– for brushing the grill.
  • Lime wedges– I love squeezing fresh lime juice over the grilled melon.
  • Flaky sea salt– If you haven’t tried salting your watermelon, give it a try! I love the sweet and salty combo.
  • Mint– fresh mint really makes the watermelon pop! Basil or cilantro would also be good.
  • Feta Cheese– crumble a little feta cheese over the top for a creamy element. Optional, but SO good!
  • Honey if you want to add a little extra sweetness, you can drizzle the watermelon wedges with honey or even hot honey. YUM!
grilled watermelon wedges on tray.

How to Make Grilled Watermelon

  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush the grill lightly with oil.
  • Place the watermelon wedges on the hot grill and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until char marks form.
  • Transfer to a platter and let cool for a few minutes.
  • Squeeze a little fresh lime juice over the watermelon. Top with flaky sea salt, fresh mint and feta cheese, if using. You can also add a little drizzle of honey, if desired. Enjoy!

What to Serve with Grilled Watermelon

Grilled watermelon is such a fun summer side dish! Serve it along side any of the following dishes.

grilled watermelon wedges on platter with mint and berries.

More Easy Summer Sides

Grilled Watermelon

Grilled Watermelon- smoky, sweet, and juicy watermelon garnished with lime, mint, and a drizzle of honey! This simple summer side dish is a cookout favorite!

  • 10 watermelon wedges, triangles, 1-inch thick
  • Olive oil, for the grill
  • Lime wedges, for serving
  • Flaky sea salt, to taste
  • Chopped fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  • Crumbled feta cheese, optional
  • Honey, optional
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush the grill lightly with oil.

  • Place the watermelon wedges on the hot grill and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until char marks form.

  • Transfer to a platter and let cool for a few minutes. Squeeze a little fresh lime juice over the watermelon. Top with flaky sea salt, fresh mint and feta cheese, if using. You can also add a little drizzle of honey, if desired. Enjoy!

Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 504mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 2561IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg

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