This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Our favorite Memorial Day recipes include meats, sides, salads, desserts, and drinks! They’re perfect for any holiday cookout!

More Collections: Memorial Day Desserts, BBQ Appetizers, Summer Recipes

We Love Cookouts and BBQs!

In Arizona, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. We love to have a BBQ or picnic where we typically serve Burgers, grilled Huli Huli Chicken, Steaks, and a favorite side dish like Potato Salad and Watermelon.

Whoever is hosting the Memorial Day celebration is typically in charge of the main dish or grilling the meats, and then everyone else brings sides, salads, desserts, and drinks.

These Memorial Day recipes will help you plan the perfect party!

Why we love these recipes:

  • A collection of the best. We have it all! It’s a one-stop resource for anyone looking to host the perfect holiday BBQ.
  • Beyond the Memorial Day menu. You’ll find valuable tips for grilling multiple items, using a meat thermometer, and grilling vegetables.
  • Planning the spread. Don’t know how much to make? We’ve got you covered there as well!
Cheesecake fruit salad in a red bowl for a Memorial Day side

Memorial Day grilling tips

Keep these things in mind when preparing some Memorial Day recipes.

  • Plan the menu ahead of time. This helps with shopping and if guests offer to bring a dish.
  • Prep the grill. Clean the grill a few days before the event. Adding a light layer of oil to the grill grates can help keep food from sticking.
  • Let meat come to room temp. Take meats out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  • Grilling multiple items at once. Create a chart that lays out what item will be grilled in what section as well as how long each item will need to cook. Be sure not to overlap the different types of food before or during grilling. 
  • Level of doneness. Cook and serve meat according to well done, medium, and rare. Have designated signs labeling which plate is which.
Steak kabobs on grill.

How much to make

  • Meats. Plan on serving each adult 6 to 8 ounces of meat. Children will only need 3-4 ounces. People tend to eat more in the late afternoon and evening than during the day.
  • Salad. Depending on how many salad options are available, plan for each guest to be able to have about ½ -1 cup of salad. 
  • Sides. Most adults will have about 3-4 total servings of sides. Children will have 2-3 servings. 
  • Drinks. Plan for guests to drink 4-8 ounces in the first hour of the party and 4 ounces for every hour after.
  • Dessert. No matter how many dessert options there are, plan for each guest to have two total servings of dessert. 
Hamburger served on a white plate with french fries.

Keeping Food at the Right Temp

Food should not be out for more than 2 hours. Only put out enough food that can be consumed within that window of time. To keep food hot or cold before and while they’re being served:

  • Have two coolers, one for hot dishes and one for cold dishes. 
  • Once you’re done cooking food, set the grill to the lowest heat and use it like an oven to keep food warm.
  • Keep food warm in a crockpot or chafing dish.
  • Keep food cold by using a tray of ice to place bowls and platters of cold food on.
  • Keep lids or plastic wrap handy to keep food covered and pesky bugs out.

Favorite Memorial Day Recipes

Keep it simple with Country Style Pork Ribs, Smothered Pork Chops, or Burgers piled high with your favorite ingredients like sliced red onion, cheddar cheese, tomato, and bacon. Or enjoy any of these mouth-watering options!

Be sure to also check out our summer dinner ideas.

1 Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe

Main Course Dr. Pepper Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
4.89 from 27 votes
Get the recipe

2 Huli Huli Chicken

Main Course Huli Huli Chicken
Total Time: 1 day 21 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 69 votes
Get the recipe

3 Best Hamburger Recipe

Main Course Best Hamburger Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 37 votes
Get the recipe

4 Pulled Pork Recipe

Main Course Pulled Pork Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 46 votes
Get the recipe

5 Ranch Burger Recipe

Main Course Ranch Burger Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.96 from 48 votes
Get the recipe

6 Steak Marinade

Main Course Steak Marinade
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 82 votes
Get the recipe

7 Hot Dogs in Crock Pot

Main Course Hot Dogs in Crock Pot
Total Time: 2 hours 2 minutes
5 from 37 votes
Get the recipe

8 Crock Pot Brisket Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Brisket Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 303 votes
Get the recipe

9 Kalua Pork Recipe

Main Course Kalua Pork Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 81 votes
Get the recipe

10 Baby Back Ribs Recipe

Main Course Baby Back Ribs Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 20 votes
Get the recipe

Memorial Day Appetizers

We are always down for chips and appetizer dips or a pile of Baked Chicken Wings, but there are plenty of other favorites to choose from for a quick bite!

Also, be sure to check out our best summer appetizers.

11 Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes

Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Smokies Recipes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 81 votes
Get the recipe

12 Fruit Dip

Dessert, Snack Fruit Dip
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 207 votes
Get the recipe

13 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe

Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 45 votes
Get the recipe

14 Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Appetizer Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 54 votes
Get the recipe

15 How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Appetizer How to Make a Charcuterie Board
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 5 votes
Get the recipe

16 Chicken Kabobs

Main Course Chicken Kabobs
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes
5 from 7 votes
Get the recipe

17 Steak Kabobs

Main Course Steak Kabobs
Total Time: 8 hours 27 minutes
5 from 4 votes
Get the recipe

18 Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 64 votes
Get the recipe

19 Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
Get the recipe

20 Hot Corn Dip

Appetizer Hot Corn Dip
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
Get the recipe

21 Knorr Spinach Dip

Appetizer, Snack Knorr Spinach Dip
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 4 votes
Get the recipe

22 Fruit Salsa Recipe

Appetizer Fruit Salsa Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 9 votes
Get the recipe

23 Dill Veggie Dip Recipe

Appetizer, Snack Dill Veggie Dip Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 49 votes
Get the recipe

24 Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Recipe

Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 12 votes
Get the recipe

25 Deviled Eggs Recipe

Appetizer Deviled Eggs Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 53 votes
Get the recipe

Memorial Day Sides + Salads

Classic sides include a Summer Corn Salad or Grilled Corn on the Cob. For a bit of crunch try Sweet Coleslaw. Choose a few of these favorites, and include a sweet and savory for balance!

We also have some great summer side dishes and summer salads to choose from!

26 Baked Beans Recipe

Side Dish Baked Beans Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 41 votes
Get the recipe

27 Macaroni Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 108 votes
Get the recipe

28 Easy Coleslaw Recipe

Side Dish Easy Coleslaw Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 24 votes
Get the recipe

29 Potato Salad Recipe

Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 32 votes
Get the recipe

30 Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe

Main Course Crock Pot Mac and Cheese Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 203 votes
Get the recipe

31 Corn on the Cob on the Grill

Side Dish Corn on the Cob on the Grill
Total Time: 17 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 7 votes
Get the recipe

32 How to Cut a Watermelon

Side Dish How to Cut a Watermelon
Total Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 25 votes
Get the recipe

33 Pretzel Salad

Dessert Pretzel Salad
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
Get the recipe

34 Ambrosia Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Ambrosia Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 9 votes
Get the recipe

35 Summer Corn Salad Recipe

Salad Summer Corn Salad Recipe
Total Time: 7 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 87 votes
Get the recipe

36 Broccoli Salad Recipe

Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 82 votes
Get the recipe

37 Corn Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Corn Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 2 votes
Get the recipe

38 Fruit Salad Recipe

Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 49 votes
Get the recipe

39 Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Easy Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 22 votes
Get the recipe

40 Pasta Salad Recipe

Side Dish Pasta Salad Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 250 votes
Get the recipe

41 Fruit Kabobs

Side Dish Fruit Kabobs
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 15 votes
Get the recipe

42 Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe

Dessert Cheesecake Fruit Salad Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes

Recipe Video

4.93 from 56 votes
Get the recipe

43 Pea Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish Pea Salad Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 7 votes
Get the recipe

44 Grilled Asparagus

Side Dish Grilled Asparagus
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 7 votes
Get the recipe

45 7 Layer Salad Recipe

Salad, Side Dish 7 Layer Salad Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 20 votes
Get the recipe

MEMORIAL DAY DESSERTS

End the day with a touch of sweetness! Whether you lean towards chocolate, a tangy Cheesecake, a decadent cake, or a fruit pie, we have a delicious variety to choose from.

No need for store-bought with these simple recipes. And don’t forget to pile on a few scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream!

Our summer desserts list has even more tasty options.

46 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert 4th of July Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
5 from 31 votes
Get the recipe

47 Red White and Blue Cake

Dessert Red White and Blue Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 15 votes
Get the recipe

48 American Flag Cake

Dessert American Flag Cake
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 11 votes
Get the recipe

49 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats

Dessert 4th of July Rice Krispies Treats
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
Get the recipe

50 Berry Pie

Dessert Berry Pie
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
4.96 from 68 votes
Get the recipe

51 Dirt Cake Recipe

Dessert Dirt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 177 votes
Get the recipe

52 Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert Fruit Tart Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 27 votes
Get the recipe

53 Fruit Pizza

Dessert Fruit Pizza
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 22 votes
Get the recipe

54 Jello Poke Cake Recipe

Dessert Jello Poke Cake Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 674 votes
Get the recipe

55 Lemon Lasagna Recipe

Dessert Lemon Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 158 votes
Get the recipe

56 Dessert Parfait Recipe

Dessert Dessert Parfait Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
Get the recipe

57 Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Oreo Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 244 votes
Get the recipe

58 Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe

Dessert Strawberry Icebox Cake Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 16 votes
Get the recipe

59 Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Dessert Angel Food Ice Cream Cake Recipe
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
Get the recipe

60 Dessert Kabobs Recipe

Dessert Dessert Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Get the recipe

Memorial Day DRINKS

One easy tip to amp up the flavor is to add fresh herbs like fresh basil or mint, chopped fresh strawberries, or a squirt of lime to your Homemade Lemonade to take it up a notch!

From fresh lemonades and beyond, we have refreshing and festive summer drinks for your celebrations!

61 4th of July Punch Recipe

Drinks 4th of July Punch Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.43 from 7 votes
Get the recipe

62 Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe

Drinks Sonic Cherry Limeade Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 77 votes
Get the recipe

63 Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Drinks Frozen Strawberry Lemonade Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
Get the recipe

64 Watermelon Juice Recipe

Drinks Watermelon Juice Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes

Recipe Video

4.94 from 32 votes
Get the recipe

65 Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda Recipe

Drinks Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda Recipe
Total Time: 3 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 307 votes
Get the recipe

66 Non Alcoholic Mint Julep

Drinks Non Alcoholic Mint Julep
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Get the recipe

67 Best Strawberry Lemonade

Drinks Best Strawberry Lemonade
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Get the recipe

68 Shirley Temple Recipe

Drinks Shirley Temple Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
Get the recipe

69 Ocean Water Recipe

Drinks Ocean Water Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.94 from 46 votes
Get the recipe

70 Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Drinks Homemade Lemonade Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 27 votes
Get the recipe

A Grilling Classic!

There is something very American about getting outside and grilling. And what do we grill most often? Hamburgers!

I think I’ve complied THE BEST hamburger recipe for forming and cooking up a perfect patty every single time. My mouth is watering just thinking about these juicy burgers!

Here is the recipe:

Save This Recipe!
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!
No ratings yet

65+ Memorial Day Recipes

By: Lil’ Luna
Our favorite Memorial Day recipes include meats, sides, salads, desserts, and drinks! They're perfect for any holiday cookout!
Servings: 4 hamburgers
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • pounds ground beef, 80% lean/20% fat; or ground chuck
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 4 brioche buns, toasted

Toppings

  • lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, onions, bacon and avocado, optional
Save This Recipe!
Just enter your email and get it sent to your inbox! Plus you’ll get new recipes from us every week!

Instructions 

  • Preheat the grill to reach 375° F.
  • Combine beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and pepper in a large bowl. Using your hands, mix until just combined. (Do not overmix)
  • Shape into patties by dividing mixture into fourths. The patties should be about ¾ inch thick. Make an indent in the middle of each patty using the back of a wooden spoon to keep it from puffing up too much in the middle while cooking. Top patties with a sprinkle of seasoned salt.
  • Cook for 3–3½ minutes per side on heated grill. For a medium-cooked burger, the internal temperature should reach 140° F.
  • Place each burger on a toasted bun and top with your favorite toppings.

Notes

Doneness Guide: Measuring the internal temperature is the best way to gauge your burger’s doneness. Cook to:
o 120 degrees F for rare (red/raw in the center)
o 130 degrees F for medium-rare (pink and warm)
o 140 degrees F for medium (totally pink, starting to dry out)
o 150 degrees F for medium-well (grayish pink, significantly drier)
o 160 degrees F for well-done (completely gray, very little moisture)
To Pan Fry: A cast-iron skillet works best for pan-frying burgers. Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in the pan over high heat. When you put the burgers in, they should immediately sizzle. Cook until golden brown, 3–5 minutes on each side.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger, Calories: 798kcal, Carbohydrates: 40g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 53g, Saturated Fat: 24g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 264mg, Sodium: 1425mg, Potassium: 501mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 0.4g, Vitamin A: 725IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Making this recipe? Tag us!
Share it with us on Instagram using the hashtag #lilluna, so we can see what you’re creating in the kitchen!

Recipes for any summer get-togethers

So many great Memorial Day recipes perfect for any summer get-together. We would love to know which ones are your favorites!

More Collections: Easy Appetizers, Grilled Dinner Ideas, Pasta Salad Recipes

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

So Easy & So Yummy

Get my cookbook!

My new cookbook is the ultimate resource for feeding your friends and family with 200+ simple recipes including videos, tips & more!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




8 Comments

  1. Kara P. says:

    My husband and I recently had our kitchen cabinets refinished and wanted to host our family for our Memorial Day lunch. We ended up making the broccoli salad as a side and it was perfect. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jaffe perniciaro says:

    Super yummy recipes! Hard to pick just one!

  3. Olivia says:

    One stop site for all your Memorial Day foods. A great variety for everything you’ll need and all the food is delicious!

  4. Eden says:

    Love all of these suggestions! They’re wonderful and there is something on here for everyone. Thanks for the best recipes!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You’re welcome! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

  5. Toni says:

    This is such an amazing list! Complete and all of them are delicious!

  6. katerina @ diethood.com says:

    WOW! These are all amazing! I would love to try them all!

  7. Joy says:

    I am so excited for Memorial Day! It’s the first, big bbq of the summer & we love all the food!! We make so many of your salads & sides. We love them all!