Memorial Day BBQ Recipes


We searched the Internet high and low to find these yummy Memorial Day recipes. We’ve got it all: BBQ marinades, salads, desserts, and (of course) drinks.

On the Grill

BBQ Marinade Recipes: The BBQ meat is, of course, the centerpiece of your party. Check out’s list of 14 Marinades and Rubs—this list is a great starting point, and will help you decide which BBQ flavors are best for your party. Depending on the preferences of your guests, you may consider grilling up a few different flavors!

BBQ Vegetables: If you’re steering clear of meat, or plan to invite a vegetarian to your BBQ, you may want to read about how to properly BBQ vegetables. BBQ’ing vegetables can be somewhat of a challenge, so you’ll want to make sure to know proper grilling techniques. Check out this article for some useful advice.

bbq vegetable recipes

Memorial Day Salads

Healthy Side Salad: Bok Choy, Carrots, and Apples are the base of this tasty slaw. No mayo or milk-based products are used, so it’s a great dish for a party with health-conscious guests. Plus, you can throw this dish together in under thirty minutes.

Healthy Side Salad: Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad add a fresh taste to your BBQ. The beautiful colors and various textures of this dish will make it a crowd pleaser.

Patriotic Fruit Salad: With star-shaped watermelon slices, blueberries, and strawberries, this salad is a great addition to any patriotic theme. The kids will love the stars, and their parents will be grateful for the healthy treat!

patriotic salad

Dessert Time!

Red, White, and Blue Dessert: This easy to assemble, patriotic dessert will cool you down. Homemade “Spoon” cookies are used as both accents and utensils. During the party, simply assemble the ingredients (vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet, and blueberries), and dessert is ready. Yum!

Flag Cake Pops: These American Flag Cake Pops are easy to make and easy to clean up! Kids and adults will love these fun-size treats.

memorial day dessert recipes
Photo Credit: Bee in Our Bonnet

Memorial Day Drinks!

Fun BBQ Adult Drink: Watermelon adult beverage on tap? That’s right! Check out this awesome drink idea that will have your guests impressed.

Pitcher Cocktails: Having a big crowd? Here are three great recipes you can serve by the pitcher. Using simple to assemble ingredients, you can keep the drinks coming without spending too much time in the kitchen.

Patriotic Drinks for Kids: Don’t forget the kiddos. These patriotic drinks will be fun for the kids. Plus, you can use this opportunity to talk about the meaning of Memorial Day and what it means to be patriotic!

memorial day cocktails
Photo Credit: Wine Enthusiast

We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

During your Memorial Day BBQ, take a moment to remember the men and women who have given their lives for the United States of America. Visit Honor the Fallen for more information about those who have fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. Before you eat, please read a few of their names out loud followed by a moment of silence.

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