Grilled Pineapple

This grilled pineapple recipe is a fun burger topping or summer side dish. Cooked in a quick chili-lime marinade, it's tangy, smoky, juicy, and sweet.

Grilled pineapple

When you make grilled pineapple, something magical happens. The already-juicy fruit becomes even juicier, and its sugars caramelize and char against the grill grates. You end up with grilled pineapple rings that are smoky, tart, tender, and sweet. To be honest, if I had to pick between eating a slice of regular pineapple or a slice of grilled pineapple, I’d take the grilled pineapple every time. It’s just that good.

Pineapple rings on a tray

How to Grill Pineapple

Here’s the good news: this recipe cooks up in no time! Once you have the grill going, it’ll be ready in under 10 minutes.

The bad news? You do have to cut the pineapple into rings first. Slice off the tough outer skin, slice the fruit crosswise into rounds, and use a small cookie cutter or paring knife to cut out the core. You could also take a shortcut and buy pre-cut cored pineapple at the store.

  • Next, you’ll make a quick marinade. In a small bowl, whisk together avocado oil, lime juice, chili powder, and salt. You can use as much or as little chili powder as you like, depending on whether or not you want the pineapple to be spicy.
  • Then, preheat the grill. While it warms up, brush the pineapple rings with the marinade.
  • Finally, cook! Spray or brush the grill with oil and cook the pineapple rings for 3-4 minutes per side, or until grill marks form.

That’s it! If you don’t have an outdoor grill, you can make this recipe on a grill pan instead.

Grilled pineapple on a grill pan with spatula

Grilled Pineapple Recipe Serving Suggestions

This grilled pineapple recipe is a perfect summer side dish. Serve it with classic cookout fare like BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches, coleslaw, and corn on the cob, or with a protein of your choice. It would also be a great addition to a Tex Mex or Mexican-inspired meal. Try pairing it with veggie fajitas or tacos with a side of black beans or my black bean and corn salad.

Jack and I love using this grilled pineapple as burger topping too. Pile it onto your favorite veggie burger, or try one of these fun combinations:

How do you like to serve grilled pineapple? Let me know in the comments!

Grilled pineapple recipe

More Favorite Grilling Recipes

If you love this recipe, try grilling one of these fruits or veggies next:

For more ideas, check out these 31 Best Grill Recipes!

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Grilled Pineapple

rate this recipe:
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Serves 4 to 6
This easy grilled pineapple is a fun burger topping or summer side dish. Adjust the amount of chili powder in the marinade to taste - use more or less depending on how spicy you want the pineapple to be.


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Pinches of chili powder
  • 1 pineapple, cut, cored, and sliced into rings
  • Cooking spray or additional avocado oil for brushing the grill


  • Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat. In a small bowl, mix the oil, lime juice, honey, salt, and chili powder and brush onto the pineapple.
  • Spray or brush the grill with oil, then grill the pineapple 3 to 4 minutes per side or until char marks form.

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  1. Sabrina from

    great pairing with chili lime marinade, for me, it cuts to sometimes too sweet pineapple on its own, so thank you!

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