13 EASY Kid-Friendly Grill Recipes

October 27, 2020

If you love BBQ but also have kids at home, you know how difficult it can be to grill something that everyone will eat. Today, Hey Grill Hey is here to help you come up with 13 EASY Kid-Friendly Grill Recipes that you can make and eat together.

Kids BBQ Menu

Starting out with the main course in our kids BBQ menu today, let’s dive into those awesome kid-friendly grill recipes that your kids will be sure to love.

Smash burgers arranged on a wooden cutting board.

Homemade Smash Burgers

These Smash Burgers are the ultimate juicy restaurant burger lovingly grilled in your own backyard. They’re buttery, crispy, and made with good, simple ingredients. Your kids will love to help smash them on the grill and add the toppings!

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Slices of smoked steak cooked to medium rare in a pile.

Smoked Steak

This Smoked Steak is fuss-free and a great way to get kids learning how to use the smoker. The steak comes off the grill juicy and full of flavor, and they’ll be sure to love it!

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3 2 1 Ribs sliced and stacked on a wooden cutting board.

3-2-1 Smoked Ribs

My process for 3-2-1 Smoked Ribs are easy and your kids can definitely get in on the grilling game with these. You can also customize them to add your family’s favorite rub and sauce for a rib the whole family can enjoy.

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Tri tip cooked like a brisket sliced and arranged on peach butcher paper next to pickles, onions, BBQ sauce, and sliced jalapenos.

Tri Tip Cooked Like a Brisket

This Tri Tip Cooked Like a Brisket requires less cook time and trimming than traditional brisket, so the kids can get in on the BBQ game. While unconventional, it’s a fun technique to try with the whole family.

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Smoked pulled pork shoulder on peach butcher paper.

Simple Smoked Pork Shoulder

My recipe for Simple Smoked Pork Shoulder may take a lot of time, but it’s relatively easy so kids can definitely help you out during the whole process. Add in some tasty BBQ sauce, and it’s hard to find a kid who won’t go gaga over pulled pork.

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Sliced teriyaki chicken arranged on a wood cutting board and topped with teriyaki sauce.

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken is that perfect grilled chicken that you’ll find yourself making over and over again. It’s a classic backyard BBQ dish the whole family will love.

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Kid-Friendly BBQ Side Dishes

Once you have your main dish planned out, there are plenty of kid-friendly BBQ side dishes you can make for you kids that they’ll love. They’re also super easy so you can have your kids pitch in with the meal prep!

Grilled potato wedge being dipped into ketchup with a pile of grilled potato wedges in the background.

Grilled Potato Wedges

Cut, season, and grill. It doesn’t get much easier than these Grilled Potato Wedges. Kids of any age can help season these wedges and supervise mom and dad at the grill.

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Grilled vegetables in a copper vegetable basket.

Grilled Vegetables

Even though it can be difficult to get kids to eat their veggies, these Grilled Vegetables are anything but bland. Tossing them all in a grill basket makes for easy prep and cooking that kids can totally get behind.

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Two smoked sweet potatoes topped with maple cinnamon butter in a metal baking dish.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes

These Smoked Sweet Potatoes are hard for kids to pass up. Topped with a maple cinnamon butter, they’re sweet and delicious, making them the ideal kid-friendly BBQ side dish.

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Two grilled and husked ears of corn on a wooden cutting board.

Easy Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn is the perfect first vegetable to cook on the grill. Bonus? This corn is cooked right in husk, saving time and energy! 

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Metal spoon resting on the the edge of a glass mason jar full of honey BBQ sauce.

Honey BBQ Sauce

For a homemade BBQ sauce that the kids can help make (and enjoy eating, too!) my recipe for Honey BBQ Sauce is a total winner. It’s wonderfully sticky and very kid-friendly, making it a great sauce to have on hand for weekday dinners or big group barbecues with family and friends.

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Kid-Friendly Grilled Desserts

Last up, you can’t forget about the dessert! While most desserts are already kid-friendly, these recipes are also easy for kids to make so you can get them started in the BBQ scene early. 

Cherry berry dutch oven cobbler and whipped cream in a white bowl.

Cherry Berry Dutch Oven Cobbler

With only 7 ingredients, my famous Cherry Berry Dutch Oven Cobbler is a great one to make with your kids. It’s an easy kid-friendly grill recipe that you’ll come back to over and over again.

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Two grilled peaches on a wooden cutting board garnished with fresh basil and dark cherries.

Grilled Peaches

For a sweet and decadent dessert that everyone in the family will enjoy, my recipe for Grilled Peaches are a no-brainer. Add a dollop of ice cream and you’ve got a dessert to remember.

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Easy Kid Friendly Grill Recipes

Five-image collage of kid-friendly BBQ recipes, including grilled peaches, corn, teriyaki chicken, potato spears, and smash burgers.

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