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Get ready to indulge in the ultimate National Donut Day treat – grilled donuts! There's no denying that donuts are a beloved staple of breakfast and dessert menus everywhere, but this year we're taking things up a notch. By tossing those sugary delights onto the grill, you'll get a crispy exterior that pairs perfectly with the fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth center. But don't stop there, because we've got a couple of dips that will take your grilled donuts to the next level of deliciousness. By pairing them with either a mint julep or strawberry basil cream cheese dip, you'll create a sweet and savory flavor explosion that's sure to delight your taste buds. So fire up the grill and get ready to create a mouthwatering masterpiece. Read on for our simple yet scrumptious recipes to make your next brunch or dessert a memorable one.



  • 8 glazed doughnuts

  • Nonstick cooking spray

Strawberry Basil Dip
  • 6 ounce fresh strawberries, hulled (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 4 ounce cream cheese, softened (1/4 cup)

  • 3 tablespoon honey

  • 1 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves

Mint Julep Dip
  • 6 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon packed fresh mint leaves

  • 6 ounce cream cheese, softened (3/4 cup)

  • ¼ cup milk

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon



For grilled donuts

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill to medium-low heat. Apply a thin coat of cooking spray onto the surface of the doughnuts. Place the doughnuts on the grill and cover them while grilling, ensuring that they are not exposed to direct heat. Grill until the doughnuts are lightly browned, approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. It is recommended to keep a close eye on the doughnuts to prevent any burning. Once cooked, serve the grilled doughnuts alongside the delightful Mint Julep Dip and Strawberry Basil Dip.


For Strawberry Basil Dip

Using a blender or small food processor, blend together fresh strawberries, cream cheese, and honey until the mixture is smooth and well combined, pausing occasionally to scrape down the sides of the container. Add fresh basil to the mixture and pulse briefly until it is just chopped. The strawberry and basil dip can be served right away.


For Mint Julep Dip

In a small bowl, mix together granulated sugar and mint leaves. Use a wooden spoon to mash the mint and sugar together until the mixture becomes fragrant, which should take approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Next, transfer the sugar and mint mixture into a blender container or food processor. Add cream cheese, milk, and bourbon into the container. Cover the container and blend or process the ingredients until the mixture is smooth and well combined. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides of the container during the process.

Serve the Mint Julep Dip immediately, and enjoy the delightful flavors.



Whether you're enjoying these grilled donuts as a sweet breakfast or a decadent dessert, they are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you wanting more. So go ahead, give our grilled donut recipes a try and let us know in the comments how they turned out for you. Happy National Donut Day!


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