Grilled Donuts a la Mode

Grilled donuts a la mode! These look SO delicious!

Your eyes do not deceive you.  And yes, you read that right:

Grilled donuts a la mode.

Let’s break this down.

First: donuts.  Soft, fresh bakery glazed donuts grilled until warm and slightly toasty.  Grilled until that delicate crispy glaze just starts to warm and glisten.

Then: the warm donuts are topped with robust scoops of rich vanilla ice cream.  Pick your favorite vanilla ice cream.  Just make sure there is lots of it.

Finally: do you see those little dark brown bits gracing the top of the ice cream?  Ground vanilla beans.  Or otherwise known as what heaven must be made of.  Totally optional but absolutely divine. The end.

Oh sweet heaven! Grilled donuts a la mode!

I think this recipe is equally genius and ridiculous.  I mean, you don’t have to bake or really make anything.  Just a bit of cooking – really, warming I would say.  We can all do that, right?  At its core, it is really just the sweet assembly of some of my favorite things on the planet.  That come together and make the angels sing!

Grilled Donuts a la Mode


  • Fresh, soft glazed donuts
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Ground vanilla beans


  1. Slice each donut along the 'equator'.
  2. Prepare a grill pan with some non-stick spray or rubbed with a bit of oil. Heat to medium.
  3. Place donut halves cut side down on the grill pan.
  4. Grill donuts until the cut sides are toasted and the donuts begin to show grill marks.
  5. Place grilled donuts on a plate, top with scoops of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle with ground vanilla beans.

Oh sweet heaven! Grilled donuts a la mode!

Grilled donuts a la mode made with glazed donuts + vanilla ice cream are like the equivalent of vanilla cake + vanilla butter cream in a wedding cake.  A classic.  Stunning in its simplicity.  Almost universally loved.  But hey, I am an equal opportunity donut lover.  Who is up for a little bit of crazy when it comes to grilled donuts a la mode?!  Like …

  • Chocolate glazed donuts with mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Maple donuts with butter pecan ice cream
  • French crullers with deep, dark chocolate ice cream
  • Strawberry donuts with Neapolitan ice cream

Oh man, there aren’t enough days in the week!

More donuts … because, well, DONUTS!


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  1. Holy donut addictions! That is both genius and ridiculous! You’re crazy, girl!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhh my – Keri, I think we would make really great friends. Genius!!!

  3. YUM! These look divine… what a genius idea, and thanks for sharing my donut recipe link!

  4. Yum! I’ve been wanting to try grilled donuts with strawberries and this gives me the kick in the pants to try them! They look soooo good!

  5. Oh my gosh – this looks delicious!
    Pinning and thanks so much for sharing – coming by via Homework :)

  6. Your recipes are great..its simply a delish..perfect!

  7. What a wonderful idea! I’ll be trying it out this fall with my favorite donut! Mmmmm cinnamon sugar coated apple cake donut grilled with vanilla icecream….I’m in!

  8. “Otherwise known as what heaven must be made of”

    …ummmm YES! These sound totally amazing, pinning for sure!

  9. I had no idea you could grill donuts, but now I can’t wait to try!

  10. Fire up the grill! Holy smokes. My next get together I am doing this!

  11. Keri, this is GENIUS! Seriously, how has this not been in my life until now? And just think of the possibilities… :)

  12. I felt like I was being bad just by reading the recipe :-0 Pinning and must try! #Caloriesdontcountwheneatingdonuts

  13. woah, this looks way amazing!

  14. Congrats!!! Your fantastic Grilled Donut a la mode is being featured as Nibbles By Nic’s favorite this week at WONDERFULLY CREATIVE WEDNESDAYS!!! Thanks so much for sharing and please remember to hook up at Munching Mondays as well :-) Wonderful recipe!!!!

  15. What a deliciously sinful idea. Thanks for sharing it!

  16. Wow! Talk about decadent. You might be interested in our local minor league baseball team the Gateway Grizzles. They serve a donut cheeseburger at their stadium! I haven’t been brave enough to try it yet. :)


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