55 Memorial Day Recipes for a Holiday Weekend Cookout
Memorial Day weekend is upon us! This year, more than ever, we are really looking forward to the unofficial start of summer.
So let’s fire up the grill (after cleaning the grill first, of course), dust off your cooler, and get your favorite picnic blanket ready: We’re heading to the backyard for a BBQ! As for what to cook, there are so many good choices. You can’t go wrong with the classics, like juicy burgers, creamy coleslaw, and pasta salad, but we’re also including some dishes you might not have considered that are destined to become favorites, like balsamic veggie kebabs and sweet and tangy pork chops.
Here are our 55 essential recipes for a delicious Memorial Day weekend.
Snacks and Appetizers
One thing is certain: You’re going to need some snacks to get you through the long weekend. Our best advice is to whip up any one (or more!) of these dips and you’ll be in good shape. If you want to try something new, we suggest cacio e pepe popcorn. Better make it a double batch.
Salads and Sides
We all know that the sides and salads are the best part of cookouts, potlucks, and picnics. From creamy potato salads to crunchy slaws, these are the classics (some with slight variations) that you look forward to seeing in the lineup every summer.
Meaty Memorial Day Mains
This weekend is all about grilling out, and these are the meaty mains that are always a hit, plus a few extra ideas if you want to think outside the grill. Burgers and ribs are standard fare, but if you want to change things up, consider some ultra-crispy fried chicken or pulling out the slow cooker for a big batch of barbacoa (it makes great leftovers!).
Vegetarian Memorial Day Mains
These mains skip the meat, but rest assured that when black bean burgers, grilled gnocchi, and cauliflower steaks are on the menu, they’ll be gobbled up in a flash by vegetarian and meat-lovers alike.
Our Favorite No-Bake Desserts
Absolutely no BBQ or picnic is complete without dessert. From a peanut butter cup-inspired pie and no-bake cheesecake to stuffed strawberries and a pan of no-bake cookies, you simply can’t go wrong. Master these no-bake favorites right now so you can whip them up all summer long.
Essential Summer Desserts
These are the must-bake summertime desserts that make this long weekend celebration even sweeter. You won’t regret turning on the oven for gooey s’mores brownies or turning your haul of ruby-red berries into an easy pie.
Drinks for All
From mint juleps and sangria to sweet tea and lemonade, these are the tried-and-true warm-weather favorites that scream summertime. Whether you drink alcohol or not, there’s something for everyone here.