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14 Memorable Memorial Day Recipes – Leite’s Culinaria


Get able to kick off summer season with these memorable Memorial Day recipes. This assortment of summer season favorites consists of grilled ribs, brisket, burgers, traditional salads, and loads of simple desserts.

Four cheeseburgers, a small jar of sauce, and several roasted yam slices in a white baking dish.
: Alana Taylor-Tobin

It’s right here. The unofficial begin of summer season.

The One and I’ve opened the pool, power-washed the patio, scrubbed down the teak desk, introduced out the grill, and wiped down the Adirondack chairs. All so we will begin entertaining en plein air. 

And, like so many people, we kick off the season on Memorial Day weekend.

This yr, our menus are set. (I say menus–plural–as a result of we normally entertain on the Saturday and Monday of the weekend.) And also you’re our menus under.

Burgers all the time make their seasonal debut throughout Memorial Day weekend. And we now have tried each recipe on the location: killer barbecue pork burgers with a tangy slaw, juicy lamb burgers, spicy Indian hen burgers, you identify it.

And brisket has graced our desk on a couple of event. Moreover the one under, a few of my favorites are Coke brisket, a superb old school Texas brisket, and Korean BBQ brisket.

And desserts? Nicely, it’s the start of fruit sweets for me. I’ve needed to revive individuals after having my blueberry lemon cake recipe. However I’m additionally a fan of traditional strawberry shortcake and pineapple upside-down cake in a cast-iron skillet all the time brings smiles. 

No matter you serve, do what The One does and make it colourful and enjoyable. He pulls out his 8 billion items of traditional Fiestaware, washes our rainbow glasses, irons our checkered tablecloths, and goes to city. Gotta love all that enthusiasm at his ripe previous age…

The word "David" written in script.

Three glasses of sweet tea cocktail on a wooden table.

Within the South, you possibly can’t have a backyard celebration—or any summer season get-together, for that matter—with out candy tea. This can be a sweet-tea-based cocktail with a kick of white whiskey.


A pitcher and two glasses of limeade on a colorful platter with a linen napkin on the side.

This limeade is easy to make with no refined sugar or added preservatives. Simply easy, refreshing goodness.


Augas frescas of Mexico are fantastic. That is certainly one of my favorites. For one thing just a little completely different add a handful of contemporary strawberries and just a little orange juice.–Chula

A bowlful of potato salad, beside a pink plate with a serving spoon and more potato salad.

My great-great-grandparents have been well-known for this scrumptious potato salad, it is a household recipe that is been handed down throughout generations. Crammed with a great deal of taste from mayo, horseradish, celery salt, scallions, garlic, and dill, there is a cause it is a favourite.


A yellow bowl filled with cowboy caviar salad with a bowl of tortilla chips on the side.

Cowboy caviar salad–a no-ccok mixture of beans, scallions, onion, bell peppers, jalapeños, corn, tomato, and avocado tossed in a lime-honey dressing. Excellent for picnics and tailgating.


This cowboy caviar is amazingly good! Adopted precisely besides used banana pepper as a substitute of jalapeño. Fantastic summer season aspect dish.–Lynne T.

A colorful serving platter filled with coleslaw with cilantro with wooden serving utensils on the side.

This easy-peasy creamy coleslaw combines cabbage, crimson onion, carrot, and cilantro in a tangy mayonnaise-based orange dressing. It may be largely ready forward of time and tossed with dressing simply earlier than serving. No marvel persons are calling it the very best creamy coleslaw they’ve ever tried.


A white bowl with some Memphis BBQ mop sauce and a spoon in it with a bottle of sauce on the side.

This Memphis BBQ mop sauce is an incredible but easy concoction of on a regular basis elements that captures that elusive steadiness of candy, spicy, salty, and tangy. Slather onto brisket, hen, ribs, burgers, and pulled pork. Right here’s how you can make it.


This Memphis BBQ mop sauce is simply beautiful – I discovered myself placing it on all types meals. The recipe has a good quantity of warmth. I did discover that it mellowed only a bit over the subsequent few days to the purpose of perfection. Very a lot recognize you sharing this one with us!–Tommy B.

Seven spice-rubbed baby back ribs on a piece of parchment on a wooden surface.

Spice-rubbed child again ribs are first given a dry rub of paprika, cumin, garlic, and extra spices. After they sit for a spell within the fridge, they’re grilled and slathered together with your favourite sauce.


A partially sliced smoked coffee brisket on a wooden cutting board with a meat fork resting beside it.

Smoked brisket with espresso takes just a few of our favourite issues and combines them right into a meltingly tender, spicy, and smoky masterpiece.


I soaked a brisket utilizing this very recipe. The one factor I did completely different was to soak the brisket over evening in a can of beer. That is an superior recipe and I recommend it to anybody who needs a succulent piece of meat. Tremendous good recipe.–Barb

Two barbecue pork burgers with slaw and barbecue sauce stacked on top of each other.

Spicing up store-bought barbecue sauce with cayenne and vinegar is a straightforward trick that makes a giant distinction. Right here, the sauce is blended into the meat, slathered onto the cooked burgers for the final minute of grilling, and brushed on the bun.


This pork burger was among the finest I’ve ever eaten. I’ll undoubtedly make extra of the sauce subsequent time.–Becky

Key lime pie bars, cut into squares and garnished with whipped cream, lime zest, slices of lime, and chopped almonds.

We’re an hour and a half from the Florida Keys and make the most of the tropical ambiance as typically as we will. At sure fuel stations alongside the lengthy street right down to the keys they promote slices of key lime pie and I can’t resist the tangy, creamy deal with. Do that you must make some key lime pie bars to make you suppose you’re in a tropical paradise? I believed you may.


A silver spoon holding a large scoop of the milkiest chocolate ice cream in the world.

This milkiest chocolate ice cream is made with entire milk, cream, and evaporated milk, and boasts loads of chocolate taste because of bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder.


This chocolate ice cream is the stuff that desires are product of. It has a deep chocolate taste and has simply the correct amount of sweetness. It’s paying homage to chocolate pudding in the entire greatest methods.–Trisha T.

A large chocolate chip skillet cookie topped with ice cream with four spoons resting inside.

This large chocolate chip cookie is made in a cast-iron skillet and served heat. High with ice cream and chocolate sauce and devour.


A blueberry crumble in a glass pie dish with a basked of blueberries and several spoons next to it.

This blueberry crumble, simple to make with blueberries and a buttery oat cookie topping, is easy, simple, and the very best blueberry dessert we will think about. Easy and spectacular. Higher make a double batch.


Cherished this blueberry crumble!!! Adopted the recipe precisely and needed to make it once more the subsequent day as there weren’t any leftovers!–Nancy W.

Memorial Day Meals FAQs

Do you’ve any ideas for meals storage and security throughout my yard BBQ?

There are just a few easy guidelines to observe to make sure your meals doesn’t develop into spoiled whereas internet hosting an out of doors gathering.

1. Preserve cooked and raw meats separate from one another. This implies utilizing completely different platters and utensils for dealing with uncooked meat and cooked meat.

2. Preserve perishable meals chilly till simply earlier than serving. This consists of gadgets made with eggs or dairy, similar to mayo-based potato salad or spicy deviled eggs, that are notably liable to spoilage.

3. Don’t let meals sit out for greater than 2 hours. Whether it is an exceptionally heat day (above 90°F), meals will spoil extra rapidly and shouldn’t be disregarded for greater than 1 hour.

What kind of celebration are you throwing to rejoice Memorial Day lengthy weekend and what are you serving? Let me know in a remark under.

14 Memorable Memorial Day Recipes

Four cheeseburgers with everything sauce tucked into a white casserole dish with sweet potato chips and a dish of everything sauce.

There are such a lot of unimaginable recipes to select from when kicking off your summer season season. Should you’re going for a straightforward yard meal, I extremely advocate these crowd-pleasing ☞ CHEESEBURGERS WITH EVERYTHING SAUCE.

Prep 20 minutes

Prepare dinner 10 minutes

Whole 30 minutes

Make the the whole lot sauce

  • In a small bowl, mix all of the elements till easy.

    The the whole lot sauce moonlights as a superb dip for fries (whether or not traditional deep-fried fries or simple oven baked fries).

Make the burgers

  • Divide the bottom beef into 4 equal parts and gently roll every portion right into a ball. Pat every ball right into a hamburger patty about 3/4 inch (18-mm) thick and 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. Do your greatest to make the burgers evenly thick.

  • Sprinkle half the salt over the burgers. Grind just a little pepper over the burgers. Flip the burgers and sprinkle with the remaining salt and just a little extra pepper.

  • Heat a 12-inch (30-cm) skillet over excessive warmth till it sizzles once you flick a pair drops of water into it, 2 to three minutes. Flippantly coat the pan with nonstick cooking spray or oil.
  • Add the burgers to the skillet and cook dinner for 3 minutes.

  • Use a spatula to flip the burgers. Instantly place a slice of cheese on every burger and cook dinner till the specified doneness, 3 to 4 minutes for medium.
  • Whereas the burgers cook dinner, break up the buns in half and, if desired, frivolously toast them.

  • Use a spatula to maneuver the burgers to the underside buns. High with the pickles, onion, and lettuce. Schmear the sauce on the highest bun and plop it on prime. Devour instantly.

Try the complete recipe put up for our testers’ critiques, extra information, and recommendations on making these simple cheeseburgers.

Serving: 1cheeseburger with the whole lotEnergy: 528kcal (26%)Carbohydrates: 26g (9%)Protein: 44g (88%)Fats: 26g (40%)Saturated Fats: 11g (69%)Trans Fats: 1gLdl cholesterol: 128mg (43%)Sodium: 1336mg (58%)Potassium: 677mg (19%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 6g (7%)Vitamin A: 393IU (8%)Vitamin C: 2mg (2%)Calcium: 303mg (30%)Iron: 5mg (28%)

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