Grilled Mini Apple Pies Perfect For Game Day

Grilled Mini Apple Pies | Recipe + Photo by Michelle Lara

Grilled Mini Apple Pies | Recipe + Photo by Michelle Lara

There is nothing more American than apple pie, and I think it’s pretty safe to say America is pretty passionate about sports. If you’re tailgating and you think your going to have to leave dessert off the menu think again!

These little portable pies are easy to make and I love that their individually portioned. These Mini Apple Pies are made on the grill made in under 30 minutes {that includes prep time}! You can use a mix of apple varieties. I used Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples and grilled the Granny Smith’s directly to get some great smoky flavor and charring – the Red Delicious aren’t as firm so I didn’t grill them.

Granny Smith’s hold up to direct heat so make sure you use a firm apple if your going to try this method. If you don’t want to grill the apples you don’t have to but it gives the pie filling a nice texture.

Grilled Mini Apple Pies | Photo + Recipe by Michelle Lara

Grilled Mini Apple Pies | Photo + Recipe by Michelle Lara

Ingredients: {10 mini pies, or one big pie – when done the internal temperature of these pies should be 175 degrees}

I used 3″ foil tart pans and was able to make

2 boxes of pre-made pie dough

4 granny smith – these will be grilled so cut larger than normal

4 red delicious apples {thickly sliced}

zest of one lemon, juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup of sugar

pinch of salt

1 tsp butter

2 tsp condensed milk

2 tsp of brandy {optional}


Prepare your grill for indirect grilling. In a large saucepan melt down your butter and add all the ingredients {minus the granny smith apples, but add the other apples}. Bring to a boil and then slowly simmer until the sauce thickens into a syrupy consistency.

Brush your grilling apples with some of the butter mixture and grill them for a few minutes per side {just enough to get grill marks}. It’s important that you thickly cut your apples so they don’t break on the grill. Remove the grilling apples from the grill and slice them smaller, since I was working with a small tart pan I cut all the apples {the Grilled Granny Smith + Red Delicious into bite sized pieces}.  Add the grilled apples to your butter/apple mixture and set aside.

Roll out your pie dough and cut into small circles {or use the entire circle if you are making a large pie}. Pour the apple filling into each and make sure you get a good amount of the apple/butter sauce as well. I played around with the pie tops and did a lattice design on a few and a regular pie crust on the top. If doing a full pie crust just remember to cut a few slits on the time to vent and sprinkle a little sugar on the top.

Grill the mini pies on indirect heat for about 15 minutes and make sure to quarter turn them halfway in between. Keep a close eye these grill up quickly especially if you are making mini pies like I did. A whole pie would need about 35 – 45 minutes.







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Michelle Lara

Michelle lives in South Florida with her husband, and two children. When she's not contributing on you can find her on her site: where she dishes on family, food and fashion.

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Ben - January 7, 2016 Reply

what temp do you grill the pies at?

Michelle Lara - February 4, 2016 Reply

Hey Ben grill them until the internal temp registers at about 175 degrees 🙂

Shey Lilu - March 20, 2016 Reply

nice read!! i never thought that it can be done on the grilling machine…just to share, for old grills, its easy to remove hardened debris when preheated several minutes using grill brush. struggle to remove it if i do it prior using water and brush only.

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