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Memorial Day is a day dedicated to remembering troops who died while serving our country. And while Memorial Day events allow you to reflect on the holiday's patriotism and sacrifice, many people regard Memorial Day weekend as the first true weekend of summer. For many families, this means firing up the grill, inviting friends around, sipping summer cocktails, and taking advantage of the sunshine.

Memorial Day is for many people the first chance of the year to get together with friends for a warm-weather picnic. Take advantage of this occasion to get your grill on, whether you're merely celebrating the return of BBQ cooking or commemorating those who perished while serving in the military.

If you haven't decided what to prepare for Memorial Day yet, we offer a few ideas for a fantastic barbeque. We've compiled a list of 20 of our favorite meals you’ll be happy to serve at your Memorial Day party. From tried and tested classics to new flavors, check out these 20 fantastic recipes for an amazing Memorial Day cookout.


Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

During the summer, meat and grilled veggie skewers are an easy and delicious way to consume all of your favorite meals. Zucchini, red onion and bell peppers are grilled to perfection, then drizzled with tart balsamic vinegar and coated with a fresh garlic herb sauce.

Photo by: The Forked Spoon

[Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers Recipe]



3 bean salad

Three Bean Salad

Kidney beans, green beans, and garbanzo beans are blended in a sweet and sour sauce in this three-bean salad. It's a classic salad that's simple to prepare and goes with practically any meal. This bean salad is even filling enough to serve as a complete dinner. The best part is that it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Photo by: Dinner at the Zoo

[Three Bean Salad Recipe]



Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

This will be the best jerk recipe you've ever tasted. It's fragrant, fiery hot, and smoky all at once. The chicken is coated in a seasoning mixture of spices and chiles, then grilled.

The marinade is one of the best marinade recipes you’ll ever try. It’s brimming with a fresh flavor and it may seem like a strange combination of ingredients but together they create an incredible, well-balanced flavor. And it all compliments chicken perfectly.

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[Jamaican Jerk Chicken]



Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

This loaded baked potato salad is a play on the classic steakhouse favorite loaded baked potato, with the method-making very familiar too, minus the potato skin jackets. The steakhouse favorite gets a potluck makeover to become this easy-baked potato salad recipe loaded with bacon, cheese, and scallions in a sour cream and mayo dressing.

Photo by: Foodie Crush

[Loaded Potato Salad Recipe]



Southern Sweet Tea

Sweet Tea

This Iced Tea recipe is the perfect one you’re looking for to get that Southern sweet tea fix.

Sweet Tea is commonly known as brewed tea that has been sweetened with sugar, then served ice cold in a refreshing manner. This Sweet Tea Recipe is the classic Southern drink made easily with simple ingredients like a few tea bags and granulated sugar.

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[Sweet Tea Recipe]



Colorful Caribbean Coleslaw Recipe

Colorful Caribbean Coleslaw

This Colorful Caribbean Coleslaw is a mayo-free coleslaw that’s fruity, fresh and will taste a little decadent. It’s made with all fresh foods and ingredients and combines some of the most tropical fruits around with just a little bit of tang and sweetness.

Photo by: The Everyday Mom Life

[Colorful Caribbean Coleslaw Recipe]



Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa

This easy homemade salsa recipe makes a great dip for tortilla chips and is the perfect topping for tacos and burritos! It takes just minutes to make and tastes so much better than the store-bought kind. This recipe makes a large batch, plenty to fill tacos, top omelets, mix them into salads, and chip dipping.

Photo by: Kim's Cravings

[Homemade Salsa Recipe]



Tri-color Pasta Salad

Tri-color Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a great dish any time of year and the perfect way to use up vegetables from the garden or what you have in the fridge. This tasty garden pasta salad is loaded with chopped fresh produce, as well as black olives and red onion if you like. Toss this side dish together and bring it to the next cookout or picnic, serve it for dinner along with grilled chicken, or make it part of a vegetarian meal.

Photo by: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

[Tri-color Pasta Salad Recipe]



Bratwurst In Beer With Onions

Grilled Beer Boiled Brats

Beer brats are a summer staple, especially at cookouts. You can always count on them being served at family gatherings & barbecues. But making beer-boiled brats doesn’t have to be saved for weekend cookouts. Beer Brats are not only great for summer parties, but they’re also super low maintenance, meal prep friendly, & budget-friendly.

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[Grilled Beer Boiled Brats Recipe]



Butter burger

Butter Burger

A butter burger is a burger patty made with butter by either mixing in with the grind itself or added on top of the patty.

These succulent burgers are ideal for a weekday meal, a neighborhood barbecue, or a big game tailgate. The toppings for these burgers are entirely up to you, however, a slice of cheese is virtually required.

Photo by: Grill Seeker

[Butter Burger Recipe]



Spicy Miso Portobello Mushroom Burger (Vegan)

Spicy Vegan Miso Portobello Mushroom Burger

The umami flavor in this Asian-style grilled vegan Portobello Mushroom Burger is incredible. It's topped with a refreshing cucumber ribbon salad and crunchy carrot slaw and drizzled with Asian-style guacamole. Healthy, tasty, and extremely gratifying. It's also completely vegan.

Photo by: Feasting at Home

[Spicy Vegan Miso Portobello Mushroom Burger Recipe]



Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn might just be the most effortless BBQ side dish ever. Nothing beats the sweetness and crunch that comes with amazing summer corn complemented by a bit of smokey char.

Photo by: Recipe Tin Eats

[How to grill corn]



Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches are quintessential summer treats. They're also quite simple to make. The only issue is the amount of time it takes to scoop and portion all that cookie dough and then repeat with the ice cream. There is, however, a far quicker and better way to create ice cream sandwiches for a large group.

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[Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe]



Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

There's nothing quite like a glass of handmade, old-fashioned lemonade on a hot summer day! Lemonade is the ultimate summer drink on a hot day, and it's also easy to create with only three ingredients.

[Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe]



Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

A simple Grilled Shrimp recipe is the perfect easy and healthy dish for an amazing cookout. With just 10 minutes of prep and 5 minutes on the grill, this fresh grilled shrimp marinade comes together quickly and makes family barbecues delicious and nutritious. Serve the grilled shrimp skewers with a side of rice, a crusty loaf of bread, or a Caesar salad.

Photo by: The Seasoned Mom

[Marinated Grilled Shrimp]



Grilled Pork Chops

Grilled Pork Chops

Though pork chops are an underrated cut of meat, they’re quite inexpensive, juicy, and packed full of flavor. These grilled pork chops are soaked in a flavorful marinade, then cooked to golden brown perfection. A quick and easy recipe that’s perfect for any BBQ or summer gathering. 

Grilled pork chops don’t have to be dry! This super juicy grilled pork chops recipe packs a ton of delicious flavor and is perfectly cooked every time on the grill.

Photo by: Dinner at the Zoo

[Grilled Porkchops Recipe]



Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a must-have during the spring and summer months, with tender, sugar-crusted biscuits filled with macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream. It's always great when you make everything from scratch with the freshest, sweetest strawberries you can find. Instead of rolling and cutting the biscuit dough using a biscuit cutter, the shortcake biscuits are fashioned into free-form balls.

Photo by: Once Upon a Chef

[Strawberry Shortcake Recipe]



Homemade Cornbread

Homemade Cornbread

The golden crust and moist, fluffy interior are truly unbeatable. Cornbread is a comfort food waiting to happen if you have some cornmeal in your pantry.

This delicious cornbread requires no special ingredients or equipment. Many cornbread recipes call for buttermilk or creamed corn, as well as a certain pan. This recipe, on the other hand, can be made any day, any time, with whatever you have around. You can use any type of pan and no additional ingredients are required. You can make the finest cornbread ever with just a few ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Photo by: Bless This Mess

[Homemade Cornbread Recipe]



Pork Ribs on the Grill

Pork Ribs on the Grill

The spice blend on the rub brings out the sweetness of the pork ribs while also offering a savory counterpoint. Ancho chili powder gives a subtle sweetness while cayenne pepper adds a kick of spice.

These ribs should be finished on the grill with a barbecue sauce basting. There are many great premade barbecue sauces at the supermarket, but if you want, you can always make your own.

Photo by: Kitchen Konfidence

[Pork Ribs on the Grill Recipe]



Steak Kebabs

Steak Kebabs

There's nothing more delicious or simple than these tasty Steak Kabobs, which can be cooked with any of your favorite vegetables. They're ideal for a quick summer dinner or a fun addition to your summer barbecue.

Although higher-quality, more costly steaks (such as filet mignon or tenderloin) are normally preferred for grilling, the beautiful thing about steak kabobs is that because the meat is marinated, you can get away with using a less expensive cut of meat.

Photo by: Tastes Better From Scratch

[Steak Kebabs Recipe]



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