The BBQ season is here, so get the grill out of the garage and enjoy some outdoor cooking with your family! It’s quick, easy, and everything from the grill just seems to taste so much better than food prepared indoors. We have you covered with 20 kid-friendly and healthy BBQ recipes. So light the charcoals and pick up your favourite ones!
Meat and chicken
A grilled steak isn’t every kid’s favourite as it might be quite hard to chew. Fortunately grilling is not just about steaks. Here we have six kid-friendly meat and chicken recipes that will please the whole family.
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- Yummy beef rissoles (Kidgredients)
These tasty rissoles with hidden veggies will definitely make your kids beef lovers. You can serve them with steamed veggies and some crunchy potatoes, or you can flatten them out a little more and pop them in a burger.
- Beef skewers with Asian marinade (Little Big H)
Kids love to eat food from sticks! These skewers are tiny enough to be toddler friendly and by using eye fillet beef, they are tender and easy for little mouths to manage.
- Beef burgers with hidden veggies (Healthy Little Foodies)
Kids love burgers, that’s for sure! Make them a little healthier by grating zucchini, onion and carrots and mixing them into the burger mix.
- Grilled mini turkey meatloaves (Watch what U Eat)
Take turkey meat on to the grill this barbecue season! These southwest grilled turkey meatloaves are prepared using all healthy ingredients. Your kids will love dipping these into some avocado yogurt sauce.
- Chicken tabbouleh pitas (Kiddielicious Kitchen)
Eating with hands is a lot of fun for kids. These homemade pitas are meant to be eaten by hands and they are simple and healthy for the whole family to enjoy.
- Grilled BBQ chicken with naturally sweetened sauce (Real Food Whole Life)
BBQ sauce makes just about everything you put it on taste better. This homemade, naturally sweetened BBQ sauce is super simple to make at home and it’s full of all the good stuff and none of the processed stuff.
Fish and seafood
Fish and seafood is a protein packed yet healthy option for grilling. Here are four fun recipes to make even the pickiest fish eater enjoy it!
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- Salmon burgers with lemon dill sauce (Jessica Gavin)
These salmon burgers are a nutritious protein packed option for grilling season. For quick preparation and minimal mess you can use a food processor to make the salmon patties.
- Grilled salmon with mango salsa (The Cooking Jar)
Most kids love sweet and juicy mango so how about some mango salsa with your grilled fish? If your kids aren’t used to spicy food, just leave the jalapeno out.
- Grilled fish tostadas with cilantro-lime crema (Parsnips & Pastries)
These tostadas are fun to eat with your hands. They are made a little healthier, thanks to oven-baked tostada shells and grilled tilapia, instead of the traditionally fried fare. For a non-spicy version just leave the chilli powder out.
- Mint & honey Hawaiian shrimp skewers (Home & Plate)
Are your kids fans of pineapple? Fresh pineapple turns even sweeter once caramelized on a grill top. Pair it with Asian marinated shrimp and you will think you were at a Hawaiian luau.
BBQ menus often tend to be heavily focused on the meat selections. But don’t forget that grilled veggies taste wonderful either as a main or side dish. Check out these kid-friendly vegetarian dishes and your family will become a fan of grilled veggies as well!
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- Grilled baby potatoes with rosemary (A Virtual Vegan)
Potatoes are a great side dish to any grilled food. These grilled baby potatoes are slightly charred and crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.
- Grilled corn with herb butter (Kiddielicious Kitchen)
Grilled corn on the cob is so simple and delicious and most kids love it’s sweet taste. Add some herb butter and salt to make a perfect side dish the whole family will enjoy.
- Super quick balsamic grilled vegetables (Herbivore Cucina)
A colourful vegetable platter looks great and is super healthy. Choose your kids favourite veggies and season them with a marinade that has just a few ingredients.
- Grilled zucchini caprese (Little Broken)
This simple vegetarian dish combines grilled zucchini with caprese salad. So easy yet very delicious!
- Sweet chilli tortellini BBQ skewers (A Mummy Too)
Who says pasta has to be served in a bowl? All pasta lovers will enjoy these delicious tortellini BBQ skewers, with vegetables and halloumi, all marinaded in sweet chilli sauce and grilled to perfection.
- Grilled sweet potato and vegetable sandwiches (Oh My Veggies)
It’s so much more fun to eat veggies when they are inside a sandwich. You can use whatever wonderful summer vegetables are abundant at the time you make these.
Grilling pizza isn’t just an alternate method for when you want to cook outdoors. The best pizza is made in the hottest oven possible, and since your grill can get so much hotter than your oven, the grill is a great instrument for making terrific pizza. I’m pretty sure your family will thank you if you prepare these colorful grilled pizzas for dinner!
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- Mini grilled pizzas (Kiddielicious Kitchen)
This dish is not hard to sell for kids. I mean pizza and strawberries?! These mini grilled pizzas are also easy to prepare.
- Whole wheat grilled pizza with vegetables and paneer (Herbivore Cucina)
This pizza is loaded with colourful veggies. Who could resist this beauty?
You can use your grill even when you make salad. Get creative and give your salad some grill marks as well!
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- Grilled nectarine salad (Kiddielicious Kitchen)
Put some nectarines on the grill and they will become even sweeter. These sweet nectarines might attract also picky eaters to eat some salad.
- Grilled romaine salad with corn and avocado (Floating Kitchen)
Did you know that you can also grill lettuce? Grilled romaine heads are like little boats that you fill with yummy things, for example easy corn and avocado salsa.
Hope you enjoy this round up of kid-friendly and healthy BBQ recipes! We would love to hear your favourites or if you try one of these.