With the unofficial start to summer—aka Memorial Day weekend—quickly approaching, there are plenty of things to do if you're planning a Memorial Day 2019 barbecue. First, set the atmosphere with a patriotic Memorial Day playlist. Then, come up with a list of activities to keep everyone entertained during the holiday weekend. And of course, deciding on a tasty, no-fuss menu to please everyone's palates is a must. Put a spin on your usual plates with new, delicious Memorial Day recipes you can devour all weekend long. From grilled starters and healthy sides to red, white, and blue drinks and patriotic desserts, these cookout-friendly meals and will impress all your guests. Spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the three-day weekend with these simple Memorial Day recipes.
A garnish of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries makes for a festive finish to this drink. Plus, fresh fruit makes every sip even more refreshing.
Classic coleslaw gets an upgrade thanks to this recipe that calls for a Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce. It might just make this version your new go-to option.
Serve a spread of toppings including Zesty Pickle and Onion, Tangy Horseradish, and Spicy Chiles to go along with these frankfurters. Now everyone can enjoy their dog just how they like it.
If you've never made your own barbecue sauce, you're in for a real treat. This super easy—and slightly sweet—recipe is made with molasses, brown sugar, and your favorite bourbon.
A sprinkle of mint adds a burst of freshness to these kebabs. They're so delicious, even kids will be eating their veggies!
Serving corn as a side rather than on the cob makes it so much easier to eat. Plus, the addition of queso fresco is an upgrade everyone will enjoy.
A mix of lemon, gin, and beer makes this cocktail oh so refreshing. We recommend using a lager or pilsner, but you can mix in any brew you like.
Make sure you soak your cedar plank before grilling up your salmon filet. The smoky flavor makes the extra step so worth it.
SHOP CEDAR PLANKS
Skip the bottled stuff and make your own delicious dressing. This creamy recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and garlic.
Side salads have a reputation for being boring, but this hearty version is anything but bland. Loaded with capers, sherry vinegar, and fresh parsley, it's packed full of flavor.
This slow-roasted pork is well worth the wait. To make it even more delicious, be sure to serve this dish with the homemade sweet-and-spicy sauce.
This classic summer side dish subs out russet potatoes for baby new potatoes. If you're a traditionalist, don't worry: They taste the same, the spuds are just a bit smaller.
Chopped pecans and old-fashioned rolled oats make up the base of this crunchy crumble. When mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom, it makes this cast iron dish unforgettable.
SHOP CAST IRON SKILLETS
Think of these delectable bites as low-carb BLTs. They'll ensure everyone saves room for all the other tasty dishes.
If you've only been using the grill to make meat on Memorial Day, you've seriously been missing out. After charring thick slices of sourdough, simply top each one with a garlicky ricotta mixture for a unique side dish or appetizer.
This summery cocktail is a great Memorial Day recipe. Just mix all the ingredients together, pour in a punch bowl, and let guests serve themselves.
Your tried-and-true brownie sundae has received a refresh. This time, cover it with coconut instead of hot fudge.
Simple to make and easy to eat, these shrimp skewers will be the first things gone.
Get the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.
If you love pie and ice cream sandwiches equally, this cool and fruity Memorial Day recipe gives you the best of both worlds.
SHOP PASTRY CUTTERS
Combine everyone's favorite salads—Caesar and pasta —for an easy, healthy addition to your cookout.
Get the recipe at Well Plated by Erin.
Start off your Memorial Day with a plate of waffles and then end it the exact same way. Now, that's the best way to spend your holiday.
SHOP WAFFLE MAKERS
Give sweet corn an upgrade with these no-fry fritters.
Get the recipe at Table for Two.
Mix and match ice cream flavors—pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, and more!—for a multi-colored display.
Use fresh garden vegetables and feta cheese to make this light side.
Get the recipe at Little Spice Jar.
SHOP SALAD SERVERS
This sticky sweet recipe brings together two of your snack table favorites—rice krispies treats and PB&J.