65 Memorial Day Recipes for Your Holiday Weekend Barbecue

Everyone in the neighborhood will be stopping by to get a plateful of these eats.

memorial day recipes
David Tsay

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 are easy to make 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.

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memorial day recipes lemonade
David Tsay
Old-Fashioned Lemonade

A garnish of blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries makes for a festive finish to this drink. Plus, fresh fruit makes every sip even more refreshing.

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memorial day recipes collard greens
Brian Woodcock
Roasted Red Cabbage-and-Collard Green Slaw

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.

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memorial day recipes hotdogs
David Tsay
Grilled Hotdogs With Fixin's

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.

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memorial day recipes potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Seared Salmon, Watercress, and Potato Salad With Olive Dressing

Potato salad is an absolute must when it comes to summer dinners. This loaded version is sure to impress your guests's eyes and tastebuds.

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memorial day recipes smores cake
Brian Woodcock
S'mores Swirl Cake

The unofficial kickoff to summer calls for a specific sweet treat: s'mores, of course! There's no campfire required to make this chocolatey cake.

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memorial day recipes pork chops
David Tsay
Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops

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.

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memorial day recipes vegetables
David Tsay
Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette

A sprinkle of mint adds a burst of freshness to these kebabs. They're so delicious, even kids will be eating their veggies!

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memorial day recipes corn
David Tsay
Charred Corn Salad

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.

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memorial day recipes shandy
Brian Woodcock
Bee's Knees Shandy

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.

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memorial day recipes pies
David Tsay
Mini Stars Berry Pies

Personal-sized berry pies are a perfect Memorial Day recipe. A scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream makes them especially irresistible.

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memorial day recipes
David Tsay
Creamy Potato Salad

Let's be honest: It's not a backyard barbecue without a potato salad. This flavorful recipe is mixed with fresh parsley and tarragon.

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memorial day recipes salmon
Brian Woodcock
Sweet-and-Smoky Cedar-Planked Salmon

Make sure you soak your before grilling up your salmon filet. The smoky flavor makes the extra step so worth it.

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memorial day recipes lettuce
Brian Woodcock
Charred Gem Lettuce

Skip the bottled stuff and make your own delicious dressing. This creamy recipe calls for fresh lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and garlic.

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memorial day recipes salad
Brian Woodcock
Farro-and-Tomato Salad with Crispy Capers

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.

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memorial day recipes pulled pork
Brian Woodcock
Oven-Roasted Pulled Pork with Sweet-and-Spicy Sauce

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.

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memorial day recipes potato salad
Brian Woodcock
Smashed Buttermilk Potato Salad

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.

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memorial day recipes crumble
Brian Woodcock
Cast-Iron Apple-Blackberry Crumble With Sour Cream Whip

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 dish unforgettable.

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memorial day recipes green beans
Brian Woodcock
Salt-and-Pepper Charred Green Beans

These green beans are simply seasoned, but they're still downright delicious. Plus, they're prepared in just a few minutes.

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memorial day recipes bacon lettuce cups
Brian Woodcock
Bacon Lettuce Cups

Think of these delectable bites as low-carb BLTs. They'll ensure everyone saves room for all the other tasty dishes.

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memorial day recipes bread
Mike Garten
Whipped Ricotta and Grilled Bread

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.

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memorial day recipes sangria
Brian Woodcock
Campari Sangria

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.

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chewy brownie ice cream sandwiches
Brian Woodcock
Chewy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Your tried-and-true brownie sundae has received a refresh. This time, cover it with coconut instead of hot fudge.

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memorial day recipes skewers
Iowa Girl Eats
Spicy Shrimp and Sausage Skewers

Simple to make and easy to eat, these shrimp skewers will be the first things gone.

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cherry cinnamon sugar pie-wiches
Brian Woodcock
Cherry-Cinnamon Sugar Pie-wiches

If you love pie and ice cream sandwiches equally, this cool and fruity Memorial Day recipe gives you the best of both worlds.

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memorial day recipes salad
Well Plated by Erin
Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Combine everyone's favorite salads—Caesar and pasta —for an easy, healthy addition to your cookout.

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rainbow waffle sandwiches
Brian Woodcock
Rainbow Waffle Sandwiches

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.

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memorial day recipes corn
Table for Two
Grilled Corn Fritters

Give sweet corn an upgrade with these no-fry fritters.

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chocolate chip cookie cake
Brian Woodcock
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Mix and match ice cream flavors—pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, and more!—for a multi-colored display.

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memorial day recipes quinoa
Little Spice Jar
Summer Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Use fresh garden vegetables and feta cheese to make this light side.

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pb and j puffed cereal ice cream sandwiches
Brian Woodcock
PB & J Puffed Cereal Ice Cream Sandwiches

This sticky sweet recipe brings together two of your snack table favorites—rice krispies treats and PB&J.

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