These Memorial Day Recipes Will Be a Hit

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The Best Recipes for a Memorial Day MenuWill Dickey

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Memorial Day is a weekend full of patriotism, but it’s also the unofficial kickoff to cookout season! It’s the perfect time to dust off your grill and break out your favorite BBQ recipes. Whether you’re hosting a big backyard party or just a small dinner with the family, this list of Memorial Day recipes has something for everyone. You can kick things off with summer appetizers and a pitcher of sangria, then make a spread of burgers, hot dogs, and BBQ sides. Of course, you can’t go wrong with Ladd Drummond’s grilled tenderloin—it's perfect alongside grilled asparagus and watermelon-feta orzo salad! The only thing that could make your patriotic party better would be a red, white, and blue dessert.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are some delicious ideas for Memorial Day recipes. Looking to try something new this year? There are tons of creative Memorial Day foods like grilled pizza, lamb burgers, and bacon ranch pasta salad. Otherwise, stick to the classics with grilled steak, kebabs, ribs, and skillet cornbread. You’ll be making these cookout favorites all summer long!

Grilled T-Bone Steak

These steaks have a ton of flavor thanks to the homemade spice rub. It's made up of salt, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, brown sugar, onion powder, and cumin. There's nothing boring about it!

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David Malosh

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

This classic pasta salad is creamy, tangy, and slightly sweet. It has bits of chopped celery, shredded carrots, and green onion for a welcome crunch.

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Will Dickey

Grill-Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is delicious, but the thought of standing over a pot of hot oil during Memorial Day weekend just isn't that fun. That's why making this crispy chicken on the grill will blow your mind! It's less mess but the same great reward.

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C.W. Newell

Watermelon-Feta Orzo Salad

This cool, refreshing salad is an excellent addition to any barbecue-centric menu. The sweet watermelon and salty feta cheese are a match made in summertime heaven!

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watermelon feta orzo salad
David Malosh

Grilled Veggie Skewers

The best part about these grilled vegetables is that they can go with just about any main course. Serve them up with burgers, steaks, or even chicken. Just don't forget the tangy balsamic marinade to make them shine!

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C.W. Newell

Blackberry Pie

This blackberry pie will win high remarks amongst your family and friends. The flaky butter crust and juicy berries are begging for a scoop of ice cream or dollop of whipped cream!

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C.W. Newell

Juicy Lucy

Take your burgers to the next level by stuffing them with molten cheese! The mouth-watering dish comes topped with caramelized onions for even more irresistible flavor.

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juicy lucy
Caitlin Bensel

Grilled Flank Steak

This versatile steak can be served up in so many different ways. Top it with melted cowboy butter, fresh mango salsa, or herby chimichurri. Either way, it'll be so easy to make!

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Nicole Dubois

Grilled Asparagus

Memorial Day falls right at the peak of asparagus season. And this method for cooking the green, tender spears is sure to become your new favorite. It's simple, flavorful, and pretty, too!

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Caitlin Bensel

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad

This recipe features three of our favorite ingredients: ranch dressing, crispy bacon, and hearty pasta! You really can't go wrong when they're combined into one delicious BBQ salad.

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Caitlin Bensel

Pico de Gallo

Get the party started with this fresh tomato salsa! The chopped tomato, onion, jalapeño, and cilantro make it a cool and refreshing summer dip.

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Hector Manuel Sanchez

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

These lemony shrimp skewers cook up in just a matter of minutes on the grill. Serve them on skewers or pile them over a big salad or pasta dish.

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Will Dickey

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Sour cream, bacon, cheese, and green onion give this potato salad that classic loaded baked potato flavor. It's the perfect make-ahead Memorial Day side!

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Caitlin Bensel

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Sure, you can throw some hot dogs on the grill and call it a day, but if you really want to make the weekend memorable, try wrapping your hot dogs in bacon instead! They even get a spicy kick from pickled jalapeños.

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Will Dickey

Cowboy Steak

This cowboy-sized steak is fit for a crowd. The extra-thick-cut, bone-in ribeye will make anybody swoon—especially when it's topped with melty ranch butter!

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Caitlin Bensel

Avocado Dip

If you're looking to keep the appetizers light before you dig in to a BBQ feast, try this creamy avocado dip that's fresh and herby. It's great when served up with spring or summer veggies and pita chips for dipping.

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Caitlin Bensel

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Caesar salad meets pasta salad in this fun cookout mash-up! It's creamy and cheesy with chunks of hearty chicken, crunchy croutons and crisp lettuce.

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Caitlin Bensel

S'mores Bars

Bring the campfire to your own home with this fun s'mores-inspired dessert. While you don't actually need to build a fire to make them, they still have plenty of toasty marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker flavor.

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Caitlin Bensel

Grilled Pizza

Making pizza on the grill is such a fun party trick that will get everyone excited. It's easy to do with a sheet of aluminum foil and different toppings, like caprese and arugula-prosciutto.

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Caitlin Bensel

White Sangria

This refreshing pitcher drink is great for making ahead. The white wine and fruit can be mixed up the night before, then just top it off with prosecco right before serving.

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Caitlin Bensel

Corn Soufflé

This fluffy corn casserole is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The sweetness from the fresh corn kernels and creamed corn are paired up with spicy bits of chopped jalapeño peppers.

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Caitlin Bensel

Southwestern Pasta Salad

If you like a pasta salad that has big, bold flavors, this recipe is for you! The smoky chipotle dressing tossed with pasta, beans, corn, avocado, and even shredded Mexican cheese!

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Caitlin Bensel

Corn Salad

Fresh sweet corn and spicy jalapeño come together in this flavor-packed side dish. There's also a creamy dressing made with smoky chipotle.

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Caitlin Bensel

Grilled Pork Chops

What's the key to making these grilled pork chops the best-ever? Bone-in pork chops that are at least 1 inch thick. The thickness helps create that nice crust while staying tender on the inside.

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Will Dickey


Hushpuppies are basically small bites of fried cornbread so you know they'll be delicious alongside your favorite BBQ recipes. They also make for a tasty appetizer.

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Caitlin Bensel

Caprese Pasta Salad

Unlike the heavier, mayo-based pasta salads, this one is light and refreshing—perfect for summer! It's filled with summer-y ingredients like cherry tomatoes and fresh basil, too.

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Caitlin Bensel

Southern Potato Salad

This hearty, comforting side dish is a classic for a reason. It's always the first thing to go at a summertime cookout!

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memorial day recipes southern potato salad
Will Dickey

Strawberry Cobbler

Making this sweet strawberry dessert in a cast iron skillet helps to get those golden, crisp edges—some might say it’s the best part!

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Caitlin Bensel

Beef Kabob

Each one of these skewers is loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and sirloin beef. It's like a full meal on a stick.

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memorial day recipes beef kabob
Caitlin Bensel

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheesy tortellini gives this pasta salad a fun (and hearty) twist! Plus, it's loaded with mix-ins, like salami, black olives, and zucchini.

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tortellini pasta salad with olives and tomatoes
Caitlin Bensel

Strawberry Lemonade

For Ree Drummond, it isn't a cookout without lemonade! And this pretty version takes things one step further by adding sweet strawberries to the mix.

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Caitlin Bensel

Grilled Chicken Marinade

Grilled chicken is never boring when you're armed with this marinade recipe. It helps keep the chicken moist, tender, and flavorful!

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grilled chicken marinade on blue and white plate
Nicole Dubois

Homemade Chicken Burgers

It only takes 20 minutes to whip up this quick and easy chicken burger recipe. You can even serve them alongside your favorite beef burgers, too. It's always a good idea to have options!

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homemade chicken burgers with potato chips
Will Dickey

Sweet and Smoky Ribs

Cookouts and ribs go hand-in-hand. It just wouldn't be the same without this sticky main course.

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sweet and smoky ribs with watermelon and slice of bread on black plate

Skillet Cornbread

Ree's classic cornbread is a staple any time of year, but come summertime it's particularly delicious with your favorite BBQ foods. We're talking pulled pork, ribs, and more.

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Ryan Liebe

Best-Ever Guacamole

Kick things off with a Memorial Day appetizer that everyone loves. Enter: guacamole! There’s nothing fancy about it, it's just a good simple recipe.

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best ever guacamole with chips in back
Will Dickey

BBQ Hot Dogs with Cilantro Slaw

Ree takes her hot dogs to the next level by brushing them with BBQ sauce and adding a creamy, crunchy homemade slaw. It'll be the talk of the party.

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Ryan Liebe

Best-Ever Grilled Ribs

Making these ribs takes a little extra time and patience, but it's totally worth it. The result: sticky, sweet and smoky goodness!

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grilled bbq ribs with green plates
Will Dickey

Greek Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is everything you love about a classic Greek salad, plus the addition of bowtie noodles! It's delicious for a light lunch or BBQ side.

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greek pasta salad with bowtie noodles
Will Dickey

Classic Coleslaw

This simple recipe comes together in just 10 minutes, plus it goes with just about any main course from burgers to ribs.

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Will Dickey

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

It wouldn't be Memorial Day without a red, white, and blue dessert! This one is easy to make and even tastier to eat.

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red white and blue trifle in glass trifle bowl
Nicole Dubois

Baked Beans

If you're serving barbecue for Memorial Day this year, baked beans are a must! Ree's variation is rich, flavorful, and topped with slabs of crispy bacon.

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baked beans in red casserole dish with spoon
Danielle Daly

Classic Cheeseburger

There's just no beating burgers when it comes to crowning the ultimate Memorial Day food. But even after the holiday is over, keep this particular recipe bookmarked! You never know when you'll be craving a burger.

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Will Dickey

Grilled Corn On The Cob

The smoky, sweet flavors of grilled corn combined with salty, garlic-chive butter makes this recipe an obvious winner. You'll get a kick out of the hybrid grilling approach used here, too: Some husks are left on, some are left off.

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Will Dickey

Grilled Watermelon

It's not the start of summer without watermelon! Charred on the grill and seasoned with lime, salt, and sugar, this unexpected take will have your whole gang grinning.

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Will Dickey

BLT Pasta Salad

A classic combo in pasta form. The key to making this pasta salad so delicious is in the dressing. The mayo-based topping is made with one of our favorite kitchen hacks—ranch seasoning mix! It’s creamy, herby, and packed with flavor.

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Will Dickey

Red Potato Salad

This creamy red potato salad is just the thing to tote to a potluck this Memorial Day weekend. Bits of crunchy celery and crispy bacon add texture.

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memorial day recipes potato salad
Will Dickey

Easy Strawberry Pie

In late spring, fresh strawberries are everywhere. Take advantage before the season comes to an end by whipping up this show-stopping dessert.

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memorial day recipes strawberry pie
Will Dickey

Ladd's Grilled Tenderloin

Once you've tried Ladd Drummond's legendary tenderloin recipe, it'll become a staple in your cookout rotation. Melted butter is the key to keeping each cut as juicy as possible.

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con poulos

Spicy BBQ Brisket

You'll finish off this tender brisket on the grill to make it smoky as well as tender. Pro tip: Don't skip the homemade barbecue sauce—it's practically a requirement here.

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