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Spark Secret Menu Series: Turon | Filipino Plantain Lumpia

With the Spark grill you can cook like a chef by capturing flavor and versatility at your fingertips that would take a professional years to perfect. At Spark you get the unfair advantage: grill like a pro even if you’re just starting out. 

Spark Grills x Chef Heather Carr

In the Philippines, Mereinda is a term for the snack after the meal, and once you’ve tried this Turon recipe on the Spark, you’re going to be craving Merienda all day, every day.

This Turon, or Lumpia, recipe is basically an egg roll with plantains, jackfruit, brown sugar and topped with a caramel sauce, made complete with the addition of charcoal flavor from grilling it on the Spark. And, if you’ve ever wondered if you can fry on the grill, the answer is a resounding YES. Professional chef and former Chopped champion, Chef Heather Carr, fried up this Filipino sweet dish on the Spark, and we were all blown away by the perfect balance of smoky and sweet.

Since you’re cooking outdoors, Chef Heather suggests keeping your egg roll wrappers refrigerated inside until the last possible minute, especially in dryer climates like Denver, to prevent them from drying out before you can get them rolled up and on the grill.

Turon | Filipino Plantain Lumpia
Makes 10 Egg Rolls
Active Prep: 20 mins
Cook Time: 6 mins


Turon Plantain Lumpia


For the Grill:

For the Turon:

  • 5 ea Sweet Plantains, cut in half lengthwise into thin planks
  • 8 oz Young Jackfruit, shredded
  • 2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 ea Egg, for egg wash
  • 10 ea Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 20 oz Vegetable Oil, for frying

Optional Toppings:

  • ½ gal Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
  • 6 oz Coconut Caramel Sauce
  • 1 tsp White Sesame Seeds, toasted


Step 1, Fire up your Spark

Step 1: Fire up the grill

Preheat Spark using an Everyday grill briq to 600° F with the heat spreader in and immediately place a medium sauce pan with the vegetable oil for frying on the center of the grill grates once briq has been ignited. Heat oil until 350°F using a temperature probe.

Step 2, Prep the Egg roll wrapper

Step 2: Prep the egg roll wrapper

On a clean work surface, place the egg roll wrapper in a diamond orientation in front of you. Brush only the top corner with egg wash and let it absorb partially while you build the Turon.

Step 3, Add the filling

Step 3: Add the filling

Cut the plantains and roll the cut plantain planks in brown sugar until they are fully coated. Place two planks in the center of the lumpia so they’re resting against each other. Place 3-4 strips of jackfruit on top.

Step 4, Roll it up

Step 4: Roll it up

Roll the bottom corner over the top while tucking to seal in the filling. Fold over one side of the wrapper and then the other to seal in the corners of the Turon.


Step 5, Fry it on the Spark

Step 5: Fry it on the Grill

Fry Turon for 3-4 minutes on each side until crispy golden brown. Place on a paper towel to remove excess frying oil. Serve warm.

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