Memorial Day Recipe Ideas | Barbara Bakes (2024)

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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!

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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!

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Southwest Chipotle Burger Slidersare 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!

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One of my favorite burgers is, hands down, myQueso 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!

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This Spicy Pork Tenderloinis 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.

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

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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:

  • TheseHomemade Hamburger Buns fromCinnamon & Spice are the perfect size for my Southwest Chipotle Burger Sliders!
  • If you prefer a more traditional hamburger, try theseHomemade Healthier Big Macs.
  • If some in your crowd prefer hot dogs, you might want to grill up someBacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs.
  • My hot-dog loving boys love theseLoaded Hot Dogs from How Sweet It Iswith white cheddar cheese, juicy garlic mushrooms, honey caramelized onions, and crispy fried bacon.
  • Add a tropical flair to your weekend with this Balsamic-Mango Marinated Grilled Chicken from Recipe Girl.

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!)

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If your crowd prefers potato salad, I have to put in a plug for my Pressure Cooker Potato Salad. It’sawesome!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.

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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.

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My family is crazy for theseStrawberry 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!

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Keep things easy and just cut some fresh fruit with my crowd-favoriteCreamy 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 bea spectacular way to end the day spent with and remembering those you love.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cookies are always a welcome addition to any party. For chocolate lovers, try these Triple Chocolate S’mores Cookies,Snickers 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, cakeyLemon-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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  1. Anjali

    Wow, a very good collection of tempting recipes and very well presented and photographed as well. I particularly liked the raspberry cheesecake recipe as i love raspberries. Will surely try this recipe.


  2. Stephanie

    Loved this roundup. All of these recipes are fabulous. I particularly liked those cake rolls and cake pops.

  3. Rocky Mountain Woman

    What a great roundup! Something for everyone…


    • Barbara Schieving

      Thanks Barb!


  4. Rose Geib

    Wow! what a great round up of recipes! I needed all those suggestions. Can’t wait to start cooking tonight! Thank you


    • Barbara Schieving

      Thanks Rose! Enjoy 🙂


  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    What an amazing spread of food! I’m not familiar with memorial day so I’ll have to look it up. Is there a particular theme to the food? xxx


    • Barbara Schieving

      Thanks! Memorial Day is when we remember those who died defending our country and it’s also the kick off of the summer season. So it’s all about summer foods.


  6. Nagi@RecipeTinEats

    Great selection! You have an incredible menu. I can’t choose which among these are my favorites. Can I just make them all? 😀


  7. Carol

    What a delicious selection of goodies. So many choices! We probably won’t be having a neighborhood get together until later in the summer so I’ll be pinning this link for some ideas to use later.

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  8. Nutmeg Nanny

    Oh man, that bacon wrapped hot dog is crazy! Love these recipes 🙂


  9. nessa

    That cake roll is making me drool!


  10. Sue {munchkin munchies}

    The hot dog is speaking to me:) Both desserts look fab!


  11. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    A delicious selection of foods for the long weekend!


  12. Jersey Girl Cooks

    Great recipe ideas. Good for the whole summer. Happy holiday weekend!


  13. kristy

    OMG….the menu looks incredible…my mouth is watering. Wish those are on my dinner table tonight. haha… Happy weekend dear.
    Blessings, Kristy


  14. Denise

    Great round-up Barbara. Those bacon wrapped hotdogs are insane! Happy Memorial Day.


  15. Deborah

    Now I’m hungry!!


  16. Rosa

    Lovely food!

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day!




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