Homemade Rolls on the Grill

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These Homemade Rolls are baked right on your grill, making them the perfect compliment to all your main BBQ dishes. They’re fluffy and oh-so buttery and ready in a flash!

Golden brown rolls in a cast iron skillet on the grill grates of a smoker. Text overlay reads: Homemade Rolls on the Grill.

Homemade Dinner Rolls

Who doesn’t love a warm, buttery roll with dinner? A good roll served alongside some tasty Grilled Vegetables or topped with Smoked Pulled Pork simply can’t be beat. 

This recipe for homemade dinner rolls is a quick and easy way to make those perfect rolls. From start to finish (including rising time) these rolls will be ready in just over an hour. Anytime you have a hankering for warm, homemade rolls, look no further than this foolproof recipe!

Twelve uncooked rolls in a cast iron skillet on a wooden table.

Dinner Rolls Baked on the Grill

The thing I love most about grilling is how versatile it is. Anything you can cook or bake in the oven, you can bake on a grill. Just make sure you are able to keep your grill at a consisted temperature over indirect heat (a pellet grill is great for this!), and you’re good to go.

As with everything else on Hey Grill Hey, I knew I needed a good recipe for homemade rolls that can be cooked on the grill, and these ones hit the mark. This recipe is adapted for the grill from my friend, Rachel, at The Stay At Home Chef. For an oven version of this recipe, check out the original at https://thestayathomechef.com/quick-yeast-rolls/.

Red basting brush spreading melted butter on golden brown grilled rolls.

How to Cook Homemade Rolls on the Grill

Here’s how to make some amazing homemade rolls on your grill:

  1. Mix the dough. These rolls are made with instant dry yeast and come together quickly. Combine all ingredients and mix until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the mixing bowl. Bam. Easy and done.
  2. Form the rolls. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and form them into nice, smooth balls. Next, arrange the balls of dough evenly and neatly in a 12″ cast iron skillet. This will serve as your baking dish and your serving dish if you want to keep dishes to a minimum.
  3. Rise. Cover the skillet with a clean dish towel and allow the rolls to rise for 20-30 minutes. Make sure your skillet is in a warm location (around 90 degrees F) to allow the rolls to rise well.
  4. Bake. Once the rolls are nice and tall, bake them in your preferred grill or oven preheated to 400 degrees F. Bake the rolls for 25 or until the tops are a perfect golden brown.
  5. Serve. Allow the rolls to cool a bit before serving. Brush the tops with melted butter and a sprinkle of coarse salt, and enjoy!

Tips for Making Homemade Rolls

Hey BBQ friends, just a few tips for making these homemade rolls before you dive in.

  • Longer rise. For a higher rise and bigger rolls, let them raise for 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes. 
  • Use instant active yeast. Make sure and use instant yeast for this recipe. Regular yeast requires a much longer proofing time, and this recipe was made to be ready in time for dinner.
  • Mix up flavors! I like to keep mine simple with melted butter and a sprinkle of flaky salt, but you can get creative here. Try these rolls topped with garlic and herb butter or even a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning.
  • Bake anywhere. You can cook these rolls pretty much anywhere. I cooked mine on a pellet grill, but they work beautifully on the upper rack of a gas grill, indirect on a charcoal grill, or in your oven. Simply preheat to the same temperature specified in the recipe and you’re good to go.

Now scroll below to the printable recipe to dive into these amazing rolls. Oh, and make sure to make a double batch. These guys will go fast!

4 separated cooked rolls on a wooden plate and one roll has raspberry jam spread inside.

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Rolls aren’t the only baked good you can make on the grill. Try out some of these other popular recipes from Hey Grill Hey!

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Homemade Rolls on the Grill

By: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
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These Homemade Rolls are baked right on your grill, making them the perfect compliment to all your main BBQ dishes. They're fluffy and oh-so buttery and ready in a flash!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Rising Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Servings12 people


  • 1 Tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 105-115 degrees F
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ½ - 3 cups all-purpose flour

For Serving:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon course flake salt


  • Make the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, honey, 1/4 cup of the melted butter, egg, and salt. Mix gently to combine.
  • Finish mixing the dough. Stir the flour into the yeast mixture, one cup at a time, mixing until the flour is completely incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of your mixing bowl.
  • Form the dough into rolls. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll each into a smooth ball. Use the remaining 2 Tablespoons of melted butter to lightly coat the inside of a 12 inch cast iron skillet. Place the rolls into the buttered skillet, spacing them evenly to allow room to rise.
  • Allow the dough to rise. Cover the skillet with a clean dish towel and set in a warm area (close to 90 degrees F) and rise for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the grill. In the meantime, preheat your pellet grill (or other grill set up for indirect cooking) to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake the rolls. Once the rolls have risen for 30 minutes, remove the dish towel and place the skillet onto the grill grates. Close the grill lid and bake for 25 minutes. The rolls are done when the tops of the rolls are golden brown and the rolls are nice and fluffy.
  • Serve warm. Brush the rolls with 2 Tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle the tops with coarse flake salt. Serve warm in the skillet and enjoy!


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 236mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 141IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. colleen simons says:

    Can you cook these in the oven?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Yes. The recipe is exactly the same for the oven.

  2. Virgie Biggerstaff says:

    These are absolutely beautiful. I am an avid pellet griller and you said you cook your rolls on a pellet grill. Do you have pellets in your grill when cooking them? If so, what kind of pellets do you use. Will they have a slight smokie taste to them, regardless of pellets or not. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. AfricaCT says:

    Can you use a regular baking dish for this in the oven or do you have to use a skillet?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      You can use a regular baking dish.

  4. Katherine says:

    I just tried these… they are amazing. I’m from Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s 30 degrees here right now so not ideal to be heating up the oven. I used my regular propane barbecue (kind of like a grill but more direct heat) I kept it open a little bit and put it on the top rack of the bbq to keep the temp semi consistence. They turned out so good! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! – Katherine

  5. Crystal Waltrip says:

    I made the dinner rolls earlier today and topped them with a garlic herb butter. Since I’m a fat kid I had to have one fresh from the grill thank you so much for the recipe they are amazing.