Burgers taste better together

It was wonderful to see all of you for the Ninth Annual Great Grill Off. Thank you for joining us for delicious food and to help hurting girls and boys experience safety, connection and healing. We appreciate your enthusiasm for amazing burgers as well as your heart to see youth experience their worth in Christ.

After a year apart, this day was extra special. Our 12 community grill teams, including seven rookie teams, impressed the crowd of 850+ guests with their tasty creations and warm hospitality. It was our most intense (and yummy!) competition yet as the teams competed for guest votes, best burger bragging rights and a super trophy. It was also a joy to see smiling faces of kids playing games, families taking tractor rides and everyone enjoying ice cream.

At 3pm the votes were tallied, and Cutler Real Estate was crowned the 2021 Burger Champion with their “Whisk Me Home” Burger. Second place was awarded to The Leaf Restaurant. Wooster Christian School received third place recognition. Congratulations to all of our teams for their dedication to making outstanding food as well as their compassion for youth with trauma.

The thank-you list is long and noteworthy. It takes a large team to bring this event together. Special thanks to our event sponsors United Titanium, PNC Bank, Powers Oil & Propane, Church of the Lakes; Tri-Village Christian Church and American Heritage Girls for providing volunteers before and during the event; Mohican Church of the Brethren and Putt-N-Stuff for providing tents; Village Catering for providing pasta salad; Frito-Lay for providing chips; Hartzler Dairy for providing ice cream; The Pines Golf Club and Restaurant for providing golf carts; Sterling Farm Equipment for providing a Kubota; Kimble Company for providing trash cans; Central Fire/EMS Dept.; and to our numerous day-of volunteers and all our grill teams!

We hope to see you back next year at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio as we celebrate our 10th annual event. Save the date for the second Sunday in June — Sunday, June 12, 2022.

Welcome hungry guests!

We are thrilled to welcome new and returning guests to the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio campus located at 2685 Armstrong Road in Wooster for our Ninth Annual Great Grill Off on Sunday, June 13 from 12:30-3:30pm. The burger competition is friendly but fierce. Our grill teams have put together the finest fixins to tempt your taste buds.

View the 12 slider creations on our burger menu. Adults may choose up to three sliders, and children may choose two. Round out your meal with delicious sides and ice cream. Just pick up a plate and make your selections.

Remember: your vote helps determine which one of our 12 community grill teams will claim the title of 2021 Burger Champion.

After your meal, enjoy kid-friendly games in the Recreation Center, take a tractor ride, visit the One Heart Stables equine program in the big red barn and view the residential youth art display in the Leadership Center.

The Great Grill Off is a free community event. Donations of any size at the gate are always appreciated. Your support helps a child experience true safety and receive trauma-informed care.

Many thanks to our event sponsors for helping us bring you the best grill off yet!

Your 2021 burger lineup

Twelve community grill teams are preparing their finest creations for the 2021 competition. Will Spoon Market hold on to their undefeated status, or will a new team take the trophy? Join us on Sunday, June 13 from 12:30-3:30pm to help determine the 2021 Best Burger.

Get a sneak peek below, and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for our ninth annual event! Admission is free; your generous donation at the gate helps kids and families experience their worth perhaps for the first time!


Grilled by: CCHO’s Burger Boys

Mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, egg, oatmeal, onion salt, garlic salt, pickle, lettuce, tomato


Grilled by: CCHO’s Get with the Program Team

Sweet sriracha BBQ sauce, bacon, provolone cheese, onions, brown sugar


Grilled by: Wooster Christian School

Montreal seasoning, brown sugar, soy sauce, Swiss cheese, milk, cooking wine, Gruyère cheese, salt,
garlic, black pepper, cornstarch, onion straws, Worcestershire sauce, onions


Grilled by: Cutler Real Estate

Cheddar cheese, salt, pepper, whiskey sauce (bacon, onions, whiskey, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper)


Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop & Beaver Meats

Hoisin BBQ sauce, cabbage, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, sugar, sea salt, pepper, sesame seeds


Grilled by: Graham & Burns

Feta cheese, SALT Sisters Mediterranean Rub (sea salt, lemon peel, garlic, oregano, red bell pepper, basil, red wine vinegar powder, marjoram, cayenne, crushed red pepper, parsley), Greek yogurt, mint, dill, lemon juice, cucumber, tomato


Grilled by: Spoon Market

House-roasted corned beef, Swiss cheese, sweet slaw, house Russian dressing, pickles. Served on cocktail rye with a tater tot topper.


Grilled by: The Leaf

Caramelized bacon and onion, house-marinated pickle, stuffed with smoked Guggisburg cheese


Grilled by: The Cheese Shoppe

Smokehouse bacon, pineapple BBQ, smoked cheddar, garlic American cheese, lettuce, onion


Grilled by: Frito-Lay

Sweet Southern Heat Potato Chips, Sticky Fingers Sweet Heat BBQ sauce, cheese, milk, flour, butter, Dijon mustard, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, garnished with chives


Grilled by: Hard Hat Restaurant

Ground corned beef, braised onions, pickles, Swiss cheese, horseradish mustard


Grilled by: Buehler’s Catering

Montreal Steak Seasoning, brown sugar, salt, pepper, mayo, ketchup, red wine vinegar, onion, parsley,
tarragon, Worcestershire sauce, bacon, butter, Jarlsberg cheddar cheese, watercress, tomato, red onion

Your 2021 grill teams

As the date gets closer, we’re getting more excited to welcome guests back to CCHO’s main campus! The ninth annual Great Grill Off is going to be a delicious summer highlight. With five returning grill teams and seven new grill teams, the competition is fierce for your vote for Best Burger. Who will take home the trophy? Your taste buds will decide. We hope to see you on Sunday, June 13 from 12:30-3:30pm for an afternoon of tasty sliders and family-friendly activities.

The Great Grill Off returns!

We’re thrilled to share that the Great Grill Off returns to the Christian Children’s Home of Ohio campus in Wooster on Sunday, June 13, 12:30-3:30pm. The competition for best burger continues at our 9th annual event. Community grill teams will attempt to win over your tastebuds and your vote with scrumptious slider creations. As the event gets closer, we’ll reveal the teams and their recipes.

We’re keeping your health in mind by spacing out food lines and eating areas. Limited seating will be available so feel free to bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs. We’re also changing up some of our children’s activities to bring you the most fun in a safe way.

The Great Grill Off is a free community event for the whole family. Donations of any size at the gate are always appreciated. Your support helps a child feel safe, often for the very first time, and receive trauma care in our children’s residential center.

We’re excited to see all of you as a guest or considering serving as an event volunteer.

Full hearts and bellies!

We had a beautiful June day for our 2019 Great Grill Off. We warmly welcomed 11 community grill teams and nearly 1400 guests of all ages to the Wooster Campus of Christian Children’s Home of Ohio for amazing food and family fun! We know you came hungry as more than 5,000 burgers and 300 hot dogs were served along with your favorite picnic sides. Thank you to Frito Lay who once again donated chips and to Hartzler’s Family Dairy who contributed 24 gallons of ice cream to make the day extra sweet.

We saw smiles across the campus as friends and family enjoyed a host of carnival games, inflatables, face painting and tractor rides. Many of you took home winning desserts through our Bake Walk. In our inaugural basketball shootout, 69 shots were taken at 3/4 court resulting in three winners.

Congratulations to all of our winners… including Spoon Market who you voted Best Burger for a third consecutive year with their Kung Fu Panda Burger. Your second favorite burger was the Too Gouda Be True Burger grilled by West View Healthy Living. Third place winner was Buehler’s with their Luau Burger. The competition was filled with laughter and loyalty for their amazing creations. And it was delicious!

Our day was a huge success with the support of our generous sponsors and dedicated volunteers who helped us throughout the weekend. Thank you for your kindness and leadership. Your support allowed us to help others experience their worth in Christ during our 50th celebration weekend.

Enjoy the photo gallery for a taste of the Grill Off and make plans to join us in June 2020 for our eighth annual competition!

Are you hungry yet?

The 2019 competition is really heating up between our 11 community grill teams. This year we are seeing a mix of hot and spicy creations as well as dangerous amounts of cheese 🙂 Will Spoon Market hold on to their undefeated status, or will a new team steal it away? Your vote could determine the 2019 Best Burger.

Get a sneak peek below, and be sure to bring the whole family and all of your friends out for our seventh annual event! Admission is free; your generous donation at the gate helps kids and families experience their worth perhaps for the first time!


Grilled by: Ashland University

Allouette Brie spread, pepper jam (poblano, jalapeño, red, yellow), red onion, red wine, red wine vinegar, black pepper, topped with candied bacon


Grilled by: Ugly Duck Extreme Spor-B-Grille

Cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, seasoning


Grilled by: Wooster Elks Lodge

Salt & pepper, onion powder, stuffed with a cream cheese blend of jalapeños, cheddar/monterey jack cheeses, chili & garlic powder, bacon bits, topped with ranch mayo and crispy onion straws


Grilled by: Lone Star Butcher and Deli Shop

Red and green bell peppers, red and green jalapeño peppers, onion, spices, soy flour, salt, pasteurized milk


Grilled by: Mohican Hills Golf Club

Red onion, Spanish onion, tri-colored sweet bell peppers, portabella mushrooms, provolone, mozzerella, habeñero & jalapeño infused cheese whiz cream cheese spread OR mild cream cheese cheeze spread


Grilled by: Cutler Real Estate

Fresh spinach, arugula, goat cheese, fig jam, onion


Grilled by: Spoon Market

King’s Hawaiian Bun with sesame slaw, jalapeño cheddar spread, a sweet chili sauce piled onto a burger and topped off with Cool Ranch Doritos


Grilled by: Van Nostran Young & Associates

Garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, black pepper, lemon pepper, seasoning, cheddar cheese


Grilled by: Frito Lay

Three-cheese blend with nachos and spices stuffed inside burger, salt & pepper, topped with nacho chips


Grilled by: West View Healthy Living

Worcestershire, smoked paprika, coriander, butter, cream cheese, garlic, scallion, bacon, onion, salt & pepper, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, arugala, lemon juice, olive oil, smoked gouda cheese


Grilled by: Buehler’s

Grilled pineapple, pulled pork, smoked gouda cheese, BBQ sauce on a Buehler’s sweet roll

Take your shot at $500

New to the Great Grill Off this year – take your shot at $500! Help us break in our new middle-school-sized gym by competing in our three-quarter court contest for a chance to win $500. Purchase tickets at the event: one for $5 or three for $10. Sponsored by ASAP! Promotional Product Idea Leaders. Check out the rules below and take the winning shot on Sunday, June 9!

Your 2019 grill teams

It’s almost here! The Great Grill Off has become one of the highlights of the summer in Wayne County. We are excited to welcome 11 teams from the community to compete for your vote for Best Burger. Their commitment to amazing food and helping kids overcome trauma is outstanding. We hope to see you on June 9! And we hope you come hungry!

This year’s Great Grill Off is 50 times more special

Our Seventh Annual Great Grill Off takes place during our 50th anniversary year! As we gear up for this summer favorite event (now just five weeks away), we invite you to learn more about the roots of our organization.

When CCHO opened in 1969, the vision of our founders was both simple and profound: a place where kids and God could meet. We are grateful that their vision has not only been fulfilled, but that it’s grown into our purpose of helping children, adults and families experience their worth in Christ.

In those 50 years, CCHO has expanded in so many ways. We now have four residential cottages on our campus housing as many as 36 kids at a time; we’ve developed a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet the mental, emotional, physical, recreational and spiritual needs of each of our young residents; we offer equine-assisted therapy from One Heart Stables on our Wooster campus; and today, our family of ministries includes Encompass Christian Counseling and Encourage Foster Care.

To commemorate our 50th anniversary, we will be sharing stories of the lives that have been forever changed by the work God has done through our family of ministries. Peruse the first nine stories here and check back throughout the year for more stories from this series.

We look forward to sharing this special anniversary with you on Sunday, June 9! So gather friends and family to taste delicious sliders and picnic classics and enjoy a host of family activities at our Seventh Annual Great Grill Off!

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