30+ Delicious Memorial Day Recipes

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A collage of BBQ recipe ideas: chicken caprese burgers, s\'mores cookies, fruit cups, brownie pops, pork tenderloin, sliders

Memorial Day kicks off barbecue season, so to help you plan your Memorial Day BBQ, I’m sharing some of my favorite Memorial Day recipe ideas to try this weekend.

There’s nothing like good barbecue in the summer! It’s a family tradition on Memorial Day that after we decorate graves, we’ll come back for a big family dinner. Here are some of my favorite Memorial Day recipes I’ve served—take a look and find a new favorite!

(Also, if you have an Instant Pot or other brand of electric pressure cooker, check out my delicious Memorial Day recipes over at Pressure Cooking Today.)

Main Dishes

First up, you have to decide what you’re having for the main event! One of these Memorial Day recipe ideas will be sure to please your crowd!

A grilled chicken burger topped with melty mozzarella, tomato, basil and a flavorful balsamic mayo. It\'s a must try burger this summer.

This Chicken Caprese Burger is the new favorite at my house. A grilled chicken burger topped with melty mozzarella, tomato, basil, and balsamic mayo. It’s the perfect burger alternative!

2 Southwest Chipotle Burger Sliders served in a basket

Southwest Chipotle Burger Sliders are a not-too-spicy, juicy little burger topped with a creamy chili-lime-cilantro queso fresco sauce, avocado, and tomatoes—all on a toasted bun. The small size means it’ll cook up fast!

BBQ queso bacon burger

One of my favorite burgers is, hands down, my Queso Bacon Burgers with Avocado Salsa. Mixing the bacon and bacon grease with the ground beef gives these burgers a big punch of flavor—and a bit of bacon in every bite!

Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin served on a white platter

This Spicy Pork Tenderloin is a family favorite. The rub makes the tenderloins look darker than I normally like, but they don’t have a burnt flavor—just a wonderful spicy-smokey flavor.

BBQ Chicken Kebabs with a Spicy Bacon Rub

If you’d rather have chicken than burgers and dogs, try these BBQ Chicken Kebabs with a Spicy Bacon Rub or these Orange Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs. Both are pretty irresistible!

How To Cook Perfect Steak Kabobs

If steak is more your style, I’ve got you covered with my How To Cook Perfect Steak Kabobs post. When feeding a crowd, I prefer to cook kabobs. They cook faster and the meat goes a little farther in kabob (I typically get 8 kabobs out of six steaks).

Other awesome recipes to try:

Side Dishes

Once you’ve decided on the main attraction, it’s time to choose what to serve with it.

Pasta Salad is always a favorite at my house. We’ve been making it for years—it’s a recipe from the first year of BarbaraBakes! It’s a no-fail process that you can customize to your family’s tastes—give it a try! (I promise, I’ll update the picture soon!)

Potato salad with hard boiled eggs and paprika in a white bowl

If your crowd prefers potato salad, I have to put in a plug for my Pressure Cooker Potato Salad. It’s awesome! If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just use your favorite method to prepare the potatoes and hardboil the eggs, then prepare the dressing and chill as directed.

Featured Image for post Funeral Potatoes – A Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

If you want to serve a hot side dish, I love this cheesy hashbrown casserole! We call it Funeral Potatoes where I’m from, but I’ve always believed it deserves to be served on happy occasions as well.

Featured Image for post - Strawberry Mango Salsa Cups

My family is crazy for these Strawberry Mango Salsa Cups. You can make the cinnamon-sugar cups in advance and fill right before serving. It’s the perfect bite-size blast of fruit flavor!

Creamy-Orange-Fruit-Dipwith a plate of fruit including grapes, pineapple, strawberries and blackberries

Keep things easy and just cut some fresh fruit with my crowd-favorite Creamy Orange Fruit Dip. It’s one of those simple but fabulous recipes that everyone seems to love—it tastes like a Creamsicle, only smoother and creamier.

Other awesome recipes to try:


Now, let’s not forget about the most important part of any holiday celebration—dessert! Any of these would be a spectacular way to end the day spent with and remembering those you love.

A Creamy Lemon Yogurt Pie in a crisp graham cracker crust. The easy-to-make lemon filling gets it\'s creamy texture and a little extra tang from the addition of Greek yogurt.

My husband is crazy about this Creamy Lemon Yogurt Pie—a cool, creamy pie that’s perfect for summer!

3 Raspberry Cheesecake Cream Puffs on a white platter

My son suggested making Raspberry Cheesecake Cream Puffs. Or if you’re having a fire pit, roast some marshmallows and serve S’mores Cream Puffs from my e-cookbook, Dreampuffs.

A fun-to-make, fun-to-eat Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake Roll dripping with chocolate ganache. A perfect summer dessert.

One of my favorite summer desserts is a Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake Roll. It’s easy to make and to customize to your family’s favorite flavors.

6 chocolate-dipped brownie pops, topped with sprinkles on a white plate

If you’re looking for something that’s easy to serve, try these awesome Easy Brownie Cake Pops. They start with a brownie mix and are much easier to form than traditional cake pops.

Featured Image for post - Triple Chocolate S’mores Cookies

Cookies are always a welcome addition to any party. For chocolate lovers, try these Triple Chocolate S’mores CookiesSnickers Baking Bites Cookies, or these Black Forest Crinkle Cookies. For a fresh fruit flavor, try these Lemon Bar Cookie Cups (easier-to-eat lemon bars) or these yummy, cakey Lemon-Glazed Madeleine.

Other awesome dessert recipes to try:

I’d love to hear what’s on your menu for this weekend! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating with and for your loved ones.

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