While the child-favorite hot dog may be one of the first things you think of when it comes to grilling for the family (after all, Americans eat 2 BILLION of them on Memorial Day weekend), there are plenty of other kid-friendly things you can throw on the grill. Here are five ideas for other child-approved things you can cook on the barbecue.
Pizza. You know, that other kid favorite. Take time to preheat to at least 500 degrees. You need a really hot grill or the dough will stick to the grates. Brush one side of the dough with olive oil, lay it on the hot grill, and cook for about 3 minutes. When the dough is set, flip it over and add your pizza toppings, put the lid down and cook another 3 to 5 minutes. Voila! Let the kids help (supervised, obviously) with adding their favorite toppings. Look online for tons of easy-to-follow grilled pizza recipes and tutorials.
Quesadillas. Throw a tortilla on the grill and sprinkle with cheese and your desired toppings (cooked chicken or steak, beans, taco meat, veggies, corn… the possibilities are endless!), then top with another tortilla. These are quick to cook; you just need to melt the cheese!
Sliders. These are basically just smaller version of hamburgers, so they’re perfect for little hands. You could also do turkey burgers or grilled chicken sliders. You can find slider buns near the hamburger buns in the grocery store, or just use a package of dinner rolls.
Kebabs. What could be more fun than dinner on a stick? Chunks of beef, chicken or pork, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and zucchini are all easy to cook on a skewer. If kids are old enough, you can let them thread the kebabs themselves.
Fruit. Just about any fruit can go on the grill as long it is fairly firm and not overripe. Peaches, melons, pineapples, pears, and bananas are some of the best to toss on the barbecue. Cut fruit into large chunks; smaller pieces are likely to fall into the grates.