Looking for great Memorial Day recipes? Choose from 89 of my most popular, easy recipes that will have everyone coming back for seconds!
The unofficial start of the summer season – Memorial Day – is almost here! Warm days, sunshine, boating, pool parties, vacations. I do love summer! The days are long and lazy and we all seem to relax and enjoy ourselves so much more. That’s definitely a reason for celebration!
After all the canceled plans of the last few years, lots of you will be cooking for friends and family, so I’ve put together this list of my favorite summer recipes to help you with your Memorial Day menu planning.
🍔 Sandwiches, Burgers & Fries
Juicy Meatloaf Burgers are your favorite comfort food transformed into tender, juicy burgers served on toasted buns.
Juicy, delicious, lightly seasoned and grilled turkey burgers – an indulgent ground turkey patty made with gruyere cheese, tangy Dijon mustard and breadcrumbs to bind it all together.
A luscious burger topped with bacon and bleu cheese.
Change up your Taco Tuesday with these easy, juicy Air Fryer Taco Burgers! In less than 30 minutes you’ll sit down to burgers full of flavor, perfectly juicy, and deliciously seasoned.
Air Fryer Meatball Subs packed with hearty meatballs, marinara, and cheese are an easy 15-minute meal that will become a weeknight favorite!
These delicious Crock Pot Mississippi Chicken Sliders, made with very simple ingredients and 5-minute prep time, are a multi-purpose recipe that works for both an appetizer and an entree.
Use some of your garden fresh tomatoes to make this delicious Roasted Tomato Sandwich!
Chicken breasts are marinated with Asian flavors, then grilled and topped with an Asian style coleslaw.
A pressed sandwich filled with all the brightest flavors of the Mediterranean.
Indulge in a classic southern sandwich with this Oven Fried Shrimp Po’ Boy. Crispy shrimp served on a baguette with tangy remoulade sauce.
Use purchased Buffalo chicken to make this quick and easy weeknight meal.
🥗 Summer Salads
This Classic Southern Potato Salad Recipe is great to take to a potluck. It’s made with tender, steamed potatoes and a mayonnaise dressing.
Creamy Grape Salad is a study in contrasts – sweet and creamy, crispy and soft, nutty and fruity in one recipe. A hit for potluck dinners!
Great summer side dish with chicken, pork, burgers…you name it!
Pure vintage comfort food and the perfect side dish for any summer party. Guests always ask for the recipe!
This Blueberry Pineapple Congealed Salad is topped with sweetened cream cheese, sour cream, and walnuts for a wonderfully sweet and tart dish.
The very essence of summer! A light, refreshing, and healthy Tomato and Avocado Salad. Ready for the table in just 10 minutes.
Southern marinated Black Eyed Pea Salad is a versatile and effortless side dish for your next picnic or potluck dinner. 15 minutes to make!
Sunshine Salad is a traditional gelatin salad, or congealed salad, made with lemon jello, pineapple, carrots, and chopped nuts.
Lemon Dill Potato Salad – a warm potato salad dressed with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and dill. No mayo makes it safer for picnics!
A light, refreshing springtime salad featuring baby Vidalia onions.
A sweet-tart salad with fresh summer tomatoes, bell peppers and sweet Vidalia onions.
Bow Tie Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Grapes – a surprising combination for a refreshing summery pasta salad. Great for a cookout or picnic!
Texas Caviar combines black-eyed peas, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro for a light yet substantial summer dip or salad.
A cold pasta salad packed with fresh veggies and lightly dressed with a parmesan-garlic dressing.
An old fashioned southern favorite, Lime Congealed Salad stands in as a fantastic salad, side dish, or dessert.
This Easy Creamy Cucumber Salad is a favorite summer side dish perfect for all your cookouts and takes only 10 minutes of hands-on time!
A refreshing summer jello mold with strawberries, bananas, pineapple, sour cream, and nuts.
Low in fat, high in flavor, with a healthy dose of protein from the beans, this Black Bean and Corn Salad is a tasty side for a picnic.
This minty watermelon salad is a light, refreshing combination of watermelon, berries and grapes with a minty, ginger syrup.
🥩 Meaty Dishes (Ribs, Wings, Steaks, and More!)
Grilled Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing is a show stopping main dish for your Fourth of July celebrations This main dish salad features grilled Romaine lettuce and steak topped with blue cheese dressing.
Machaca Burritos are a delicious, meaty treat made with marinated skirt steak, peppers, and onions.
Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos are a set-it-and-forget-it dinner perfect for busy weeknights. Be sure to try the quick pickled red onion garnish!
Citrus Marinated Ribeye Steaks add excitement to your cookout with an orange, lemon, rosemary, and garlic marinade for over-the-top flavor.
Succulent grilled, marinated flank steak, sliced thin and served with taco toppings.
You’ll find Fried Catfish and Cheese Grits at the center of any southern fish fry. It’s one of the foundations of southern comfort food!
My Marinated Pork Loin recipe uses a simple, savory marinade to create a roasted pork loin that is moist and flavorful every time!
This BLT Pizza serves up a thin, crisp pizza crust topped with garlicky Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, grape tomatoes, bacon, and arugula.
Fool-proof recipe with 5-minute prep for making southern style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Great for feeding a crowd or dinner on busy days!
These luscious, perfectly tender Slow Cooker Barbecued Ribs are prepped in about 10 minutes and cooked long and low for maximum flavor.
My simplest and most authentic recipe for Real Simple Southern Fried Chicken. Quick and easy for a family dinner or special occasion.
This Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wrap uses all the classic components of Buffalo wings and wraps them up in one nice, neat whole wheat wrap.
Nana’s Fried Chicken Fingers are ridiculously easy to make and come with a choice of two dipping sauces – honey mustard and spicy ketchup.
The Perfect Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings have all the classic taste with no messy frying and no added fat! Serve these at your next football party and enjoy the compliments.
🥜 Summer Side Dishes and Snacks
Alabama Fire Crackers, soaked through with butter, red pepper, and hot sauce are always a hit at parties and perfect with salads and soups.
Decadent Sausage Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos are stuffed with a cheese and sausage filling, wrapped in bacon, and baked to perfection.
Popcorn coated with garlic infused butter and tossed with herbs and celery seed.
Boiled Peanuts are fresh, green peanuts cooked in a salty brine. They’re a little salty, a little earthy, a lot delicious!
These Crispy Baked Potato Wedges are coated in olive oil, Italian spices, garlic, and parmesan cheese and baked to crispy perfection!
Crispy chips of baked asiago cheese, minced sage, and chopped pine nuts.
Take plain baked beans to the next level with these delicious BBQ Beans full of onion, bacon, and seasonings in a tangy tomato sauce.
Learn to make the very best Old Fashioned Brunswick Stew recipe! This Georgia staple is an iconic southern barbecue side dish.
Make these quick refrigerator pickled peppers to enjoy with summer meals!
Delicious, crispy Refrigerator Kosher Dill Pickles without the canning process! You’ll love my copycat recipe of the famous Claussen brand of dill pickles found in your grocery store’s refrigerator case.
Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs are just about perfect for any party, barbecue, or holiday. This classic recipe is easy and delicious!
🧀 Delicious Dips and Spreads
Creamy refried beans and hearty seasoned beef are combined with salsa, black olives, and green onions topped with sour cream and cheese to make this Refried Bean Dip the absolute best!
A delicious dip for raw vegetables or to serve with Buffalo chicken wings.
Beer and three cheeses make this dip exceptionally delicious.
My Sausage Cheese Dip recipe is like the famous cheese and salsa dip with a little something extra! You’ll love it, guaranteed!
For the ultimate party indulgence, serve your guests this luscious Hot Baked Crab Dip that’s ready in under 30 minutes.
A spicy white bean dip great for enjoying along with your favorite college football game!
This cheesy, Hot Artichoke Dip will have everyone asking for your recipe. Serve it with crackers or crostini and it will be the hit of your holiday parties!
Warm Turnip Green Dip with Bacon is a taste-tempting mixture of cream cheese, bacon, and turnip greens. Great for your game day spread!
Delicious combination of flavors with cream cheese, green onion, capers, and caraway seed. Great for snacks, football games, or movie watching.
This ricotta and fresh veggie combination is a great hors d’oeuvres served with cocktails or just as an afternoon snack.
🍰 Desserts and Drinks
This easy, no-bake Strawberry Jello Pie is full of delicious fruit flavor and the perfect ending for a summer party!
With just 20 minutes of prep time, this No-Bake Banana Fudge Pie is a winner with its layers of chocolate, pudding, and fresh bananas!
Make these easy mini No Bake Cheesecake Cups for your next party! You’ll only need 10 minutes of prep time and a few very basic ingredients.
This old fashioned southern Caramel Layer Cake with an easy homemade caramel frosting tastes like a little slice of heaven!
Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes is a classic, vintage recipe. A cross between a cookie and cake, not too sweet, and utterly delicious.
Southern Blackberry Cobbler is the best of southern summer desserts. You’ll love its warm, buttery dough and tart-sweet blackberries with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
What better way to celebrate delicious summer produce than with these spectacular Grilled Peaches ready in less than 15 minutes? Serve them drizzled with vanilla, lime, and brown sugar glaze.
The original and best Banana Pudding recipe. Layers of luscious vanilla custard, crunchy vanilla wafers, and sliced bananas topped with a golden meringue.
Learn to make vintage Mississippi Mud Cake, a cross between brownies, cake, and s’mores! Delicious, decadent, and suitable for any occasion!
Southern summers wouldn’t be complete without a churn of homemade peach ice cream.
Texas Sheet Cake is a southern treat that combines a cocoa sheet cake with a chocolate and pecan icing for a decadent dessert! It’s always a hit at parties and gatherings.
This easy no-bake Strawberry Icebox Cake is a vintage treat that features layers of graham crackers, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream for a delicious dessert with no baking required.
This Nutella Ice Cream Sandwich is the perfect treat for busy kids (and grown-ups, too!) on a hot summer afternoon. Quick to make and fun to eat.
Easy no-bake icebox cake featuring everything you enjoy about a banana split!
82. Best Baked Alaska
This 1960s retro recipe for Baked Alaska will have you reminiscing about Beatles songs and go-go boots! It combines buttery rich pound cake, creamy ice cream, and fluffy meringue for a dessert that is not only delicious but also makes an impressive ending to any dinner.
Glorious fresh strawberries top a whipped cream and cream cheese layer over a chocolate cookie crust.
Eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla with a little nutmeg make this traditional southern Egg Custard Pie a dessert loved by both kids and adults.
This Classic Lemon Meringue Pie has a tart lemon filling balanced with a sweetened meringue topping and buttery, flaky pie crust.
A 15-minute recipe for the tastiest, most refreshing drink for all your summer activities.
Southern Iced Sweet Tea, a strong infusion of black tea that is sweetened and served over ice, is an essential element of southern cuisine.
Infused Water with the flavors of cucumber, strawberry, andpink grapefruit is a delicious way to cool down in the summer heat.
Deliciously refreshing summer time drink – a mix of watermelon juice, sparkling cherry juice, and lime.
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