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15 Recipes for Memorial Day

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the time when families everywhere first fire up the grill for the season. Join the ranks and welcome in the best season with an awesome barbecue this weekend!

Now, planning a menu for your cookout can be a chore, so we did some of the groundwork for you. If you’re pressed for time, take a look at these 15 delicious recipes that will definitely impress this Memorial Day.

Main Dishes:

1. BBQ Chicken Kebabs 

BBQ Chicken Kebabs

Barbecue chicken is always a solid go-to option for a cookout. This sweet and smoky recipe from Fabulessly Frugal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. 

2. Sriracha Honey Hot Dogs

Siracha honey hot dogs

Will Cook for Smiles concocted some deliciously fancy hot dogs! While they might be more dressed up than a plain grilled hot dog, these sweet and spicy dogs will be tasty for everyone!

3. Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

Pesto chicken and tomato kebabs

If you don't want to stick with traditional barbecue, switch things up with pesto. This pesto chicken and tomato kebab recipe from is a perfect way to add variety to your grilling routine!

4. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

slow cooker pulled pork sandwiches

Just because you’re having a cookout doesn’t mean you have to grill. Follow in I am THAT lady's footsteps and make this classic barbecue staple simply in the slow cooker! 

5. Classic Burger 

Burger and secret sauce

You can’t fire up the grill without thinking about making burgers. Check out this recipe from Six Sisters' Stuff for a burger that's anything but boring— and don't forget the secret sauce!



6. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


We put a twist on the classic macaroni salad with this Hawaiian-inspired side. Just add in some juicy pineapple and ham for a side that's sure to please.

7. Grilled Ranch Potatoes

grilled ranch potatoes

While you’re grilling up your main dish, have these incredibly easy, 3-ingredient potatoes from Creme de la Crumb going on the side. Nothing says summer like ranch, so these will pair well with any main dish you make!

8. BLT Pasta Salad

BLT pasta salad

BLT sandwiches are great. Pasta salads are also great. Luckily, Life in the Lofthouse decided to put these two delicious dishes together into one BLT pasta salad. You might want to make a big batch, because this tasty side could be devoured quickly.

9. Crunchy Coleslaw

If coleslaw is a must at your barbecue, add some crunch with this WhatsUpMoms recipe. Adding some ramen noodles will switch up the texture of this cookout favorite without changing the flavor! 

10. Watermelon Fruit Salad

watermelon fruit salad

Yummy-Healthy-Easy has a fresh watermelon fruit salad for those of you who prefer a sweeter side. Tossed in a mint-lime dressing, this refreshing side is perfect for a hot summer cookout. 


11. Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

Red White and Blue Patriotic Layer Cake

While The Kid's Fun Review made this patriotic cake for the 4th of July, it would make the perfect treat for Memorial Day as well.

12. Brownie and Fruit Kebabs

brownie and fruit kebabs

If you want to stick with the patriotic red, white, and blue theme, follow this idea from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. She skewered fresh strawberries and blueberries, and added marshmallows and brownies- what a treat!  

13. No-Churn S’mores Ice Cream

Summer means roasting marshmallows for sticky s'mores. This Memorial Day, change things up and make your own s'mores ice cream! We whipped this up and it was the perfect cold way to enjoy the taste of s'mores.

14. Gooey Butterfinger Brownies

butterfinger brownie bars

Butterfingers and brownies all in one sweet dessert, what more needs to be said? This gooey treat from Inside BruCrew Life will be a great addition to any summer cookout.

15. Snickerdoodle Caramel Bars

snickerdoodle caramel bars

For the non-chocolate lovers out there, or for those who prefer caramel, here’s this soft and chewy creation from Lauren's Latest that will steal the show at your barbecue.

See? There's no need to worry about what to make for your Memorial Day cookouts. Try out a few of these delicious recipes and your party is sure to be a hit!

Editor's Note: This blog was originally published on May 27, 2016, and was updated on May 23, 2018.

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