You Should Be Grilling Your Donuts. Here's Why

About 200 million Americans devoured donuts in 2019 per Statista. But it's not our fault. It's pretty difficult to resist a donut – seriously, that's one of life's absolute truths. In fact, scientists at Yale have even conducted a study on the donut dilemma and found that it's really your brain's fault (via Mental Floss). But no need to dwell on pointing fingers when you can drool over a donut. They are kind of that ideal combination of sweet and doughy our taste buds crave. Whether you love to chow down on a dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed or on some of the local boutique donut shop's whimsical and creative flavors, you can't go wrong with a donut. 

And honestly, there are not too many ways we can ameliorate what is already almost pure perfection, but trust the internet to step up to the challenge and not let us down. Yep, the great and all-powerful internet has come up with a way for us to enjoy these sweet breakfast delights even more than we already do. What is it? Well, hold on, because this one might come as a surprise, but you should be grilling your donuts and once you do, you may have to grill them all the time. "Why?" you ask?

Grilling your glazed donuts caramelizes the glaze

Grilling a donut may sound odd, I mean you don't want to mess with perfection, but Lifehacker notes that grilling your donut is like grilling a piece of fruit  – all of the sugars get syrupy and caramelized, almost like when you torch the sugar of a yummy and toasty brûlée. It also warms it up to give it that right-out-of-the-oven taste. So, how do you go about grilling up your donut? 

First, it should be noted that the answer depends on the source. Eat this! Not that! recommends slicing Krispy Kreme donuts in half. Now, it doesn't have to be glazed, but that is what multiple sources recommend. Lifehacker suggests oiling up the grates so your donut doesn't stick. Additionally, you want to turn up your grill to medium heat and let it pre-heat for a good 5 to 10 minutes (via Fox News). The grilling is quick, roughly a minute on each side, but you need to be vigilant because your donut can char pretty quickly if you aren't paying attention. Top with ice cream, berries, and chocolate or fruit sauces and you've got yourself a true donut treat like no other. Tom & Chee, a Cincinnati-based restaurant, pairs the sweetness of the grilled donut with melted cheddar to create a unique grilled cheese. So the next time you have a few extra glazed donuts, you know what to do.