Grilled Doughnut Strawberry Shortcakes

So.  I’ve seen this concept pop up over the internet in various places.  Basically you slice a glazed doughnut in half and grill it (sugar side down) before stuffing it with macerated berries and fresh whipped cream. 

You guys.

I have no words.

I used Krispy Kreme original glazed and they were soft and delicious.  The magic happens when you plop those babies on the grill.  The heat caramelizes the sugar, turning it into a sweet crispy, crackly, dream.  Imagine the top of creme brulee and that’s what we have here.  It’s pretty much amazing and you need to make it.  Pin it.  Share it with the world.

 Grilled Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

Start by prepping your berries because they’ll need a little time to macerate.  Just toss them with a little sugar and set them aside.

Macerating Berries

Next, slice some glazed doughnuts in half horizontally.  You just want regular, glazed doughnuts, like Krispy Kreme Original Glazed.  

Glazed Doughnuts

You want a hot grill, but not so hot that it burns the sugar.  Keep an eye on that.  A nice, clean (because you don’t want your berry shortcake to taste like BBQ chicken) medium-hot grill.  (I’m using my Camp Chef Grill Kate wrote about the other day!) Pop those babies on there and keep an eye on them.  At the optimal temperature they should take a minute or two, but they could be done much quicker.  They should be dark golden brown.  Take them off the grill and set them sugar side up for a minute to cool just a bit so you don’t scorch your mouth.

Grilled Doughnuts

When you’re ready, spoon your berries over one half of the doughnut, top with whipped cream,

Filled Doughnuts

and then place the top half on. See how the sugar caramelized?  I’m having a hard time expressing my emotions here without emojis.

Caramelized Doughnut

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Grilled Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake



Grilled Doughnut Strawberry Shortcakes

Caramelized doughnuts on the grill are stuffed with fresh berries and cream for the ultimate summer dessert!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 glazed doughnuts like Krispy Kreme Original Glazed
  • sweetened whipped cream
  • powdered sugar


  • Place berries and granulated sugar in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Heat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Slice doughnuts horizontally (like across the equator.) Grill doughnuts glazed-side down until heated through and golden brown. Remove from grill and let sit for 1-2 minutes for caramelized sugar to set. Place bottom half of doughnut on plate and top with berries. Add a dollop of whipped cream and top with remaining doughnut half. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately.


Serving: 2g
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Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I made these today for Memorial Day. They were amazing!!! I didn’t think they had enough calories so I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream inside as well;)

  2. Yum! Now I want to bust out my grill! This is a lighter dessert than cake, I might have to try it for upcoming birthdays. 🙂

  3. This looks like something that belongs at the San Diego County Fair. Instead of being bacon wrapped or deep fried, it’s a grilled donut! Looks yummy.

  4. Something new with Krispy Kreme donuts? AWESOME!!!!! I work near the Krispy Kreme in Raleigh and can smell the donuts walking from my car to my office. So guess what we’re having this week – this wonderful dessert!

  5. I think I just found my husband’s birthday dessert for today! AND I don’t think I even care about driving several cities away to get some Krispy Kremes!

  6. Well thanks a lot. Here I am with a huge bowl of freshly picked berries thinking about how healthy I’ll be….eating them with yogurt, or low fat cottage cheese, or over some soaked steel cut oats. And then….you do this…hrmph…guess I’m stopping at the store to get some doughnuts.

  7. Wait one minute… did you make the whipped cream in your blentec?!?!?! PLEASE tell me how!! That is genius.

    1. Yes ma’am! Just pour some cream, a little sugar, and a dash of vanilla in there and blend away at high speed! It doesn’t get as light and airy (or as stiff) as it would with a beater, but if I don’t mind it a little loser, for whatever I’m making, I just toss it in the Blendtec. SO quick and easy.

  8. Wow, looks an absolute treat! I love how you have put it together so well! Imagine how it tastes! Yum!