Kid-Friendly Summer Inspired Recipes for any time of day

Summer-synonymous with longer days, warm weather, family fun and oh yes, no school!

With the summer upon us, Canadian parents may find themselves even harder pressed for meal ideas that are inspired by grilling, picnics and road trips but Wonder® bread has you covered!

Check out these quick and easy summer-inspired recipe ideas featuring our WONDER hot dog buns, hamburger buns and more.

Bacon Cheese Burgers Featuring Bacon Cheddar Buns

This is one recipe that the whole family can enjoy right off the barbeque any night of the week.  Add a little something special with this super-easy way to turn WONDER hamburger buns into delicious bacon cheddar buns in no time.

Here’s what you’ll need for the bun:

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Bacon Cheddar Buns

Ingredients

  • 4 Wonder® hamburger buns
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoon of water
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese (to preference)
  • Finely chopped, cooked bacon (to preference)

Click here for full recipe.

Bacon Cheese Burgers

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Bacon Cheese Burger

 

Once you have your toasty buns ready to go you can get started on the deliciously grilled burger.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, halved
  • 6 pickles sliced or to taste
  • 2 tomatoes sliced or to taste
  • 6 outer leaves of Romaine lettuce or to taste
  • Optional: Ketchup, relish, mustard, BBQ sauce, mayonnaise 

Check out full recipe here.

Campfire S’Mores Sandwich      

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Campfire S'mores

 

Summer nights are not complete without a roasted marshmallows!  If you’re not out actually camping, then this is the perfect take on a classic recipe that you can make in the kitchen and enjoy in the backyard under the stars in less than 15 minutes.

This easy recipe is sure to bring a smile to the kiddos’ faces and something that even you may enjoy digging into!

Ingredients 

  • 8 slices of Wonder® White Texas Toast Bread 
  • 4 tbsp. butter 
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows 
  • 4 tbsp. hazelnut spread 
  • 4 graham crackers, crushed 
  • ¼ cup cinnamon sugar 

Get full recipe here.

Chicken Enchiladas in a Bun

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Chicken Enchiladas on a Bun

 

This kid-friendly supper recipe can be made with leftover chicken or store bought chicken (now that’s a parent win!).  The recipe features Wonder® Ballpark Classics Hamburger Buns and is a great option for your older kids and yourself!  Serve with fries, corn chips and guacamole and enjoy dinner outside before baseball practice, soccer practice or your next stop before the day ends.

Ingredients

  • 4 Wonder® Ballpark Classics Hamburger Buns
  • 1 pack store bought shredded chicken 250g (or about 2 cups homemade shredded chicken)
  • 1 tbsp. dried cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce
  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

See full recipe here

Chorizo and Bean Burger

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Chorizo Bean Burger

 

This is a nice change to the conventional burger for your summer barbeque parties or when hitting up the cottage.  Dress it up or down depending on what your kids enjoy most while enjoying the afternoon poolside or by the lake. 

Ingredients

  • 4 Wonder® White Hamburger Buns
  • 200g mini cooking chorizo, skins removed
  • 6 pork sausages, squeezed from their skins
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice, plus wedges to serve
  • Small bunch coriander, chopped
  • 400g mixed beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium egg, lightly whisked
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra to drizzle

Optional: Sour cream, avocado and chips to serve

Get full recipe here.

Fish and Chips Dog

Yes, WONDER buns can be used for more than just hotdogs!  Here’s a fun and easy way to bring a kid-friendly lunchtime recipe to the table on a weekend afternoon. 

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Fish and Chips Dog

 

Ingredients

  • 4 Wonder® Ballpark Classics Hotdog Buns
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 dill pickle- small to medium size, finely chopped (3-4 tbsp.)
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon, zest and juice, more if desired, and extra for serving
  • 1 tbsp. capers, chopped (optional)
  • 1.5 tbsp. fresh dill or parsley, washed, dried and chopped, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • Salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1lb cod fillet cut crosswise  into 12 x 1" strips
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, panko, or plain.
  • 1/2 cup plain or flavoured potato chips, lightly crushed

Get full recipe here.

Grilled Cheese Hotdogs

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Grilled Cheese Hotdogs

 

Ever find yourself in a bit of a pickle when the kids want hotdogs off the grill and you’re down to your last bun?  Not to worry-simply create this twist on a cheese dog featuring   Wonder® Top Sliced Hotdog Buns in less than 10 minutes!

Ingredients

  • Wonder® Top Sliced Hotdog Buns
  • 2 cheddar cheese slices, sliced in halves
  • 6 tbsp. soft butter, for brushing buns

Get full recipe here.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Ice Cream Sandwiches

 

While this one has nothing to do with grilling recipe inspiration, it definitely screams summer!  Create your own ice cream sandwich with whatever flavor ice cream you have in the freezer and top as you like!  The kids are sure to love this special summer time treat and it’s a great add on to your backyard party desserts. 

Ingredients

  • 8 slices Wonder® White Bread
  • 4 cups ice cream –choose a variety or your kiddo’s favourite
  • 1 cup sprinkles
  • Cookie cutters

Get full recipe here.

Mac and Cheese Burger

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Mac and Cheese Burger

 

This is sure to be a summer time favorite and maybe even make it to the dinner table thereafter!  Save last night’s macaroni and cheese and turn it into a topping for this amazing burger recipe that the whole family can enjoy.

If you’re feeling inspired and up to the task, here’s what you’ll need for this burger alongside freshly made pasta.

Ingredients

  • 4 Wonder® Whole Wheat or White Hamburger buns
  • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) macaroni
  • 3 tbsp. (45ml) butter
  • 3 tbsp. (45ml) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) dry mustard
  • ½ tsp. (2ml) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 ml) pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup. (375ml) milk
  • 2 1/2 cup (625ml) grated cheddar cheese
  • 900g (2 lbs) ground chuck
  • 2 tsp. (10ml) seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) onion powder
  • ½ tsp. (2ml) pepper
  • Optional toppings: tomato, 

Get the full recipe here.

Sending the kids off to camp this summer?  Packing a lunch can get tricky especially if they’re outdoors all day.

Here are some quick and easy sandwich ideas that the kids can enjoy over the summer break no matter if they’re travelling in the car, lunching at camp or enjoying the afternoon with you at home!

9 in 1 Sandwich

This is a super easy lunch time recipe that you can change up any day of the week with what you have in your kitchen or what the kids will enjoy most!  They are bite sized leaving little room for mess and easy for little hands to handle.

Get full recipe here.

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9-in-1 Sandwich

 

Club Sandwich for Kids

Got a really busy day coming up?  Make this easy sandwich recipe and top it up so you can prepare lunch for yourself as well.  Here’s a recipe for each of your to enjoy!

Ingredients 

Kid Version

  • 2 slices of Wonder® White or 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 tbsp. hummus
  • Lettuce
  • 1 large / 2 small slices of Chicken Breast Deli Meat
  • 2 slices of cheddar cheese

Adult Version

  • 2 slices of Wonder® White or 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 tbsp. hummus
  • Lettuce
  • 1 large / 2 small slices of Chicken Breast Deli Meat
  • ½ tomato sliced
  • ¼ cucumber sliced
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Club Sandwich

Get full recipe here.

Spicy Ham and Relish Soldiers

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Spicy Ham and Relish Soldiers

 

Who would have thought right?  But combined, these ingredients create a delicious filling and great lunchtime recipe idea when served between two slices of Wonder® White Texas Toast bread! 

Ingredients

  • 4 sliced Wonder® White Texas Toast Bread
  • 1 can of flaked ham
  • 2 tsps. Relish
  • 1 tsp. chopped jalapenos (remove seeds or use jarred)
  • 1 tbsp. softened butter

Get the full recipe here.

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Wonder Wins Inspiration

 

Looking for even more lunchtime sandwich recipe inspiration?  Check out these quick and easy recipe ideas for any day of the week. https://wonderbread.ca/wonderbackinclassrecipes

No matter what time of year it is the planning never stops.  Get summer ready for meals on the go, at home, off the grill, or while enjoying time at the beach with this easy-to-use meal planner. 

Download and print, then spend a few minutes over the weekend to get yourself ready for the week ahead!

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Wonder Bread Meal Planner