This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.
With the holiday fast approaching, these Memorial Day Recipes are not only mouth-watering and delicious, they’re just in time to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer!
Want to save this recipe?
Enter your email, and we’ll send it to your inbox. Plus, you’ll get delicious new recipes from us every Friday!
Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember those who have served our country. It’s also a time for family and friends to gather together and enjoy the start of summer. And what better way to celebrate than with some delicious food?
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or heading to a potluck, these mouth-watering Memorial Day recipes are sure to impress your guests.
From juicy burgers and pulled pork sliders to refreshing salads and healthy snack options, there’s something for everyone on this list. So fire up the grill, grab an iced tea, and get ready to dig in.
Memorial Day Recipes
These recipes are not only easy to make, but they’re also packed with flavor and perfect for feeding a crowd.
This simple but delicious menu is followed by 20 more Memorial Day recipes ideas
1. Grilled Ribeye Steak with Chimichurri Sauce
If you’re looking for a show-stopping main course, look no further than this grilled ribeye steak with chimichurri sauce. The combination of juicy, grilled steak and tangy, garlicky sauce is irresistible. And the best part? It’s incredibly easy to make.
Season your steak generously with salt and pepper and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. While the steak is resting, make the chimichurri sauce by blending together fresh herbs, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, red wine vinegar, and olive oil in a food processor or blender. Once your sauce is ready, grill the steak to your desired level of doneness, and top it with the chimichurri sauce.
This dish pairs perfectly with grilled vegetables or a simple green salad.
2. BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders with Coleslaw
Barbecue and Memorial Day celebrations go hand and hand, and these pulled pork sliders are sure to be a hit. The tender, juicy pork is slow-cooked to perfection and smothered in a tangy, homemade barbecue sauce. And when topped with a crunchy, fresh coleslaw, these sliders are simply irresistible.
To make the pulled pork, season a pork shoulder with salt, pepper, and your favorite barbecue rub, and let it cook in a slow cooker for 8-10 hours. Once it’s done, shred the pork with two forks and mix in your homemade barbecue sauce.
Assemble your sliders by topping each roll with a generous helping of pulled pork and a scoop of coleslaw. Serve with a side of baked beans for a classic barbecue meal that’s sure to please.
3. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime and Parmesan
Fresh corn is a hallmark of summer… and this grilled corn on the cob with lime and parmesan is a flavorful twist on a classic. The sweet, juicy corn is charred to perfection on the grill, then topped with tangy lime butter and a sprinkle of salty parmesan cheese.
Mix softened butter, fresh lime juice, and lime zest to make the lime butter. Grill your corn on high heat for about 10-12 minutes, turning occasionally, until it’s charred in spots and tender. While the corn is still hot, brush it with the lime butter and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
This dish is the perfect side to any grilled meat, and it’s also a great option for vegetarian guests. And if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some chopped cilantro or red pepper flakes to the lime butter for an extra kick of flavor.
4. Classic Homemade Potato Salad
No summer picnic or barbecue is complete without a classic potato salad, and this homemade version is a crowd-pleaser and one my grandmother made all her life. And one that we all make to this day.
The creamy, tangy dressing complements tender, boiled potatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. Finish with a sprinkle of green onions, chives, and paprika (because that’s how my grandmother always did it), and chill until ready to serve.
This potato salad is the perfect side dish for any summer meal, and it’s also a great make-ahead option for picnics and potlucks. And if you’re feeling adventurous, add some diced pickles or bacon for extra flavor.
5. Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint and Balsamic Glaze
This watermelon feta salad is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a refreshing and light salad to serve on a hot summer day. The juicy, sweet watermelon pairs perfectly with the tangy, salty feta cheese and the fresh mint leaves. And the balsamic glaze adds a touch of sweetness and acidity that brings all the flavors together.
To make the salad, cube fresh watermelon and cube some feta cheese. Toss with some chopped fresh mint leaves and a drizzle of balsamic glaze.
If you want to take on a Mediterranean flavor, toss in some mixed Greek olives, thinly sliced red onions and cucumbers, and a handful of greens (I love arugula). It’s a refreshing chilled summer salad that’s sure to impress.
6. Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad
A grilled peach and burrata salad is another refreshing salad option for Memorial Day. The sweet, juicy peaches are perfect when charred on the grill, then paired with creamy burrata cheese and a tangy vinaigrette. And the addition of fresh herbs and crushed pistachios or hazelnuts takes this dish to the next level.
To make this simple salad, slice fresh peaches and grill them on high heat until they’re charred in spots and tender. Arrange the peaches with arugula or mixed greens bed, and top with some torn burrata cheese. Drizzle with a honey vinaigrette and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
This salad is a great option for a light lunch or a refreshing side dish. And if you want to add protein, try prosciutto or crispy pancetta for an extra burst of flavor.
7. Strawberry Shortcakes
Could it be Memorial Day without a delicious dessert? Absolutely not! This strawberry shortcake is always a hit.
To make the shortcakes, combine dry ingredients in a large bowl and cut in cold butter cubes. Mix in heavy cream or buttermilk until combined. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a sheet pan and bake until golden, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Top with sliced strawberries and freshly whipped cream.
This dessert is the perfect end to a Memorial Day meal. It’s also a great make-ahead option for parties and potlucks all summer!
8. Patriotic Fruit Skewers with Yogurt Dip
Patriotic fruit skewers with yogurt dip are an excellent choice for a healthy and festive snack. The fruit’s red, white, and blue colors are perfect for Memorial Day, and the creamy yogurt dip is the perfect complement to the sweet, juicy fruit.
To make the skewers, thread fresh strawberries, blueberries, and cubed pineapple onto wooden skewers. Serve with a simple yogurt dip made from Greek yogurt, honey, and a splash of vanilla extract.
These fruit skewers are an excellent option for kids and adults and are a great make-ahead option for parties and potlucks.
9. Non-Alcoholic Red, White, and Blue Sangria
This red, white, and blue sangria is a perfect choice for a refreshing and festive non-alcoholic drink for the whole family. The combination of sweet strawberries, tangy blueberries, and San Pellegrino sparkling mineral water or lemon-lime soda is irresistibly delicious.
Mix 2 cups each of cranberry and grape juices, 1 cup of orange juice, and 1/3 cup of lemon in a large pitcher. Then add blueberries and hulled and sliced strawberries to the pitcher.
The star shapes are apples, cut using small star-shaped cookie cutters.
Just before serving, add 4 cups of sparkling mineral water and ice.
Ready for more ideas? Check out these delicious recipes too!
We’ve put together a list of 7 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day. Meaningful ideas that will not only honor Memorial Day but will create family memories and maybe even some new traditions.