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Traeger Grilled Butternut Squash

Our Traeger Grilled Butternut Squash is a simple side dish that is perfect for your fall and winter gatherings! Roasted on your pellet grill with butter, salt, and brown sugar – squash doesn’t get any better (or easier) than this.

Traeger Grilled Butternut Squash

Nothing says it is fall to me like squash. It is one of those dishes that I ONLY had at winter holidays growing up, so it’ll always be tied to that for me. 

Squash is also one of the easiest side dishes to make. 

This butternut squash is so simple it is almost stupid. Squash, cut in half and seeded, with butter and brown sugar. 


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What are the different kinds of squash?

Some common types of winter squash are listed below. They are usually able to be found at most grocery stores around the latter part of the year and through the winter months. 

  • Spaghetti
  • Acorn
  • Kabocha
  • Buttercup
  • Delicata

Which one is your favorite?

Mine happens to be butterCUP squash, which is similar in name to the butternut squash but that’s where the similarities end. Buttercup squash looks like a delicata on the outside, but the inside is orange and more like a sweet potato than a squash. I can’t seem to find these anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, so if you live in a place where they are readily available, grab them up and make them just like I made this buttercup squash in this post and enjoy some for me, would ya?

Do you peel squash before grilling?

Some recipes call for peeling and dicing the squash, but not this one. 

For this recipe, just give the squash a good wash, slice in half, take out the seeds, and slather in butter and brown sugar and toss onto the grill. 


Once it comes off the grill, just scoop out the tender flesh, add a little salt, and serve. If you really wanna get crazy you can add some more butter and brown sugar and make it into a candied mash, but that’s your perogative. Either way will be delicious!

What should I serve with grilled butternut squash?

This dish is a great match for a big holiday meal, like I usually serve it, or really any meat and potatoes type of dinner where you want a sweet and savory side dish to round out the meal. 

Since we’re already grilling, we’ll stick with that theme. I’d suggest:

If you still have another butternut squash to use up, I highly recommend this Butternut Squash Tart!

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Grilled Butternut Squash
Yield: 8 servings

Grilled Butternut Squash

Grilled Butternut Squash

Grilled butternut squash is a simple fall and winter side dish that is all shades of versatile. Cooked with brown sugar and butter, this savory-sweet dish can be scooped right out of its shell, or mashed into oblivion and served mashed potato style.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Wash the squash and slice in half the long way.
  2. Scoop out seeds, sprinkle with salt, slather with softened butter, and spread the brown sugar evenly across the whole thing.
  3. Use a fork to poke some holes into the flat surface of the squash so some of the butter/brown sugar can seep into them during the cook.
  4. Place on a preheated grill that's at 350° for about 45 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  5. Serve as-is for people to scoop from, or do a pre-scoop and mash. You may want to mix in some more butter and brown sugar into the mash, depending on how much you love sugar. You do you.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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