When Is It Too Early To Grill With Your Kids

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If you’re grilling with your kids around, you might start to get tired of the traditional hotdogs-only kids meal. If you want to raise a kid who isn’t picky, maybe is even adventurous with their meals, you need to get them into the kitchen early. Even a toddler can sit on your counter and dump the full measuring cup into the bowl while you mix.

Try some new things, the miniature-sized options below might be just what you need!

Perfect Grilled Foods For KidsSliders are perfect for small hands

Chicken lollipops.

It’s chicken candy! Haha, no, it’s just a chicken wing or leg. I love these hand-held cuts for kids. If you want you can trim them so they actually do look like lollipops. I’ll usually skip that trimming, but I’ll peel off and eat the skin before I hand the drumstick to my son.


Whatever you’re grilling, you can always cut up a few small pieces and put them on skewers. Maybe chunks of beef, cherry tomatoes, and bell peppers, or pork with peach or pineapple. Even better is if you let your little ones pick what they put on their skewers. After grilling, pull off the meat and veggies and remove the skewer (hide it, maybe!).


They’re just smaller versions of hamburgers — but they’re so cute and perfect for little hands. Any combination of ground meat works: Beef, pork, turkey. Pick up a few dinner rolls from the bakery for the buns.

– via The Stir

If you want your kids more involved in making their own meals, then maybe consider trying food stations. It doesn’t have to be hard or complicated, but giving your kids several flavor options means they can create exactly what they want – all on their own!

Pick-and-Choose Grilling Options For Kids

If your child isn’t able to help in the kitchen but would like to be involved in the meal, food stations are an easy way to let him or her pick and choose.

Skewers are a simple way to mix and match ingredients so the whole family can have what they want. Set up a skewer station separated into cubed vegetables, fruits, and proteins.

Some barbecue kebab ingredient options include:

  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Zucchinis
  • Chicken
  • Tofu
  • Shrimp

If burgers are your family’s favorite summer BBQ menu item, not to worry! Burger stations are just as fun and can also bring out your family’s meal creativity. You can stick with the traditional toppings, but here are some fun ideas for extra flavor.

Some barbecue burger topping options include:

  • Sliced avocado
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Mac and cheese
  • Tater tots
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Pulled pork
  • Coleslaw
  • Portobello mushrooms

– via Virtual Learning Connections

What is your favorite food to grill with your kids?

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