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16 Kid-Friendly Dinners & Desserts for Grilling (Besides Hot Dogs)

Posted by Watson's on Apr 21, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Watson's Grills have Low Price GuaranteeDinner on the grill is one of the best parts of summer — fresh air, sunshine and fewer pots to clean. 

Bonus: Get the kids away from the screen, out of the house and into the sun. 

We’ve rounded up 16 of our favorite kid-approved, family-friendly recipes for the grill, from popular foods (like pizza and tacos) to desserts. 

Bookmark this blog so you have fresh ideas to keep dinner interesting all summer long. 

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Grilled Nacho Platter

Start with a platter (like this cast-iron pizza platter) or even a piece of foil. Build your nachos, set it on the grill and lower the grill lid. Voila! 

 

Grilled Mexican Quesadillas

Even the pickiest eaters usually love quesadillas, and the grill adds even more flavor. With this recipe, you can add a protein-packed surprise: lentils. 


Grilled Chicken Tacos

This recipe from New York City restaurant Dos Toros starts with boneless chicken thighs and turns it into super juicy meat that cooks quickly. Shop this grill-friendly taco rack

Grilled Fajitas in a Basket

If grilled veggies are more your style, try this fajita recipe. You can also keep it simple: Grill up any meat and veggies you have on hand. Then grab the tortillas, and each person can assemble their own meal to their liking. 

 

Pasta with Grilled Veggies

If your kid's primary food source is pasta? We get it. Make the pasta ahead of time, then toss vegetables onto the grill and then into the pasta. Or follow this recipe for pasta with grilled tomato and scallion sauce. 


Grilled Avocado and Vegetable Taco

Here’s another take on tacos, one that’s perfect for anyone who’s vegetarian or looking for a fresh and healthy option. 

Grilled Meatball Kebabs

This dinner is only 3 ingredients: red bell peppers, your favorite meatball and barbecue sauce. Shop skewers here. 

Grilled Tortilla Pizza

Need a smaller crust for the kiddos' smaller tummies? How about a low-carb option for the adults or a gluten-free option? This is a simple way for people of all ages to still get your pizza fix. 

Grilled Vegetable Kabob

Get some extra veggies in with a kabob. Your kid can load it up with his or her favorite veggies, then use this marinade. Grill for about 5 minutes per side. 

Mini Turkey Burgers

You can prep these in advance. Plus this recipe has ideas for customizing for babies, toddlers or picky eaters.  

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Kabobs

This sweet-and-salty option is quick to prepare and a great way to use up leftover ham. These could be a great main dish or a party appetizer. 

Grilled Carrot Fries

OK, so it’s not a dinner -- but kids will love the naturally sweet finger food, and adults will love the chipotle lime aioli dipping sauce. Serve it up with your next burger or hot dog.

 

Save room for dessert? 

How could it be a kid-friendly grill night, if we didn't include kid-friendly dessert options, too? 


S’mores Pizza

Take your s’mores to a whole new level with this grilled dessert. 

Strawberry Tart on the Grill

Parents will love that this dessert recipe is just four ingredients: Pie crusts (store bought or homemade), fresh strawberries, sugar and cornstarch. 

Grilled Peach Crisp

Lower-fat dessert and no pan to cleanup. We can’t decide which one we like more. 

Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Blueberry Glaze

This light and fresh dessert is perfect for the Fourth of July …. or any day of the year, if you ask us. 

 

 

Need a new grill or grill accessories, from grill brushes to pizza pans to spices?

Watson’s carries one of the nation’s largest selections of grills and everything you need for it, all at the guaranteed lowest price in the USA. Shop our grill department now. 

 

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