10 Recipes to Try For Your Memorial Day Weekend BBQ

Posted: May 23, 2022 2:03 pm

Ready to level up your Memorial Day weekend? Hosting a BBQ is the perfect way to celebrate the official kickoff to summer.Here are 10 of the best recipes that you can try this holiday weekend.

Bacon and Egg Potato Salad

Bacon and eggs go together like peanut butter and jelly. This bacon and egg potato salad is the perfect pairing of two classics. In addition to bacon and eggs, the potato salad also features green onion and a dressing made with mayo, sour cream, dijon mustard, and white wine vinegar. The inclusion of bacon provides a bit of texture and crunch to break up the soft potatoes. The zippy dressing adds another layer of flavor, making this potato salad a must-have side dish for your Memorial Day BBQ.

Surf and Turf Kabobs

Can’t decide between surf or turf for your event? Serve the best of both worlds with these surf and turf kabobs. These kabobs alternate juicy shrimp with succulent ribeye steak to create a delicious combination. You can add the vegetable of your choice to the skewers. Good ideas include mushrooms, zucchini, peppers, and cherry tomatoes. The veggies will add a splash of color while delivering a host of nutrients. Be sure to soak your wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before throwing them on the grill to prevent any fire hazards.

Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks

Do not let the odd name fool you. These crunchy lemonade drumsticks will be the best part of your Memorial Day BBQ. The coating of this chicken stays crunchy with a hint of lemon and spice. Underneath the flavorful Panko crust, you will fill moist and juicy meat. Be sure to plan ahead with these drumsticks. You will want to soak them in the marinade overnight in the fridge for the best results. Rolling the drumsticks in mayo prior to the Panko will ensure that the breadcrumbs stick and they remain crunchy. The drumsticks bake up in the oven in about an hour.

Grilled Beans

No cookout is complete without a side of baked beans. There is no need to heat up the kitchen when you choose these grilled beans for a side dish. These beans are cooked on the outdoor grill alongside your meats. The recipe calls for both kidney beans and white northern beans. Onion and green peppers are added to the beans for an extra kick. The savory and smoky sauce consists of tomato sauce, ketchup, yellow mustard, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and garlic. Because the recipe calls for canned beans, the dish cooks up in no time at all on the grill.

Cornbread Salad

This cornbread salad is a traditional Southern dish that boasts layers of fun. You will layer skillet cornbread with pinto beans, corn, bacon, scallions, and tomatoes. All of the colors will be displayed if you layer all of the ingredients in a clear trifle dish. While you can use store-bought cornbread to cut time from the preparation process, this recipe calls for homemade skillet cornbread for the best flavors. The ranch dressing is made with mayo and sour cream, bringing everything together in a flavor explosion that looks as great as it tastes.

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Salad

This red, white, and blue cheesecake salad is the perfect dessert for your patriotic celebration. The dessert features strawberries, blueberries, bananas, cream cheese, French vanilla, creamer and cheesecake-flavored pudding mix. This decadent dessert is a great choice to ring in summer with its abundance of fresh fruit. You can also add cubes of pound cake or angel food cake.

Cajun Pasta Salad

Spice up your Memorial Day with this Cajun pasta salad recipe. The cooked elbow macaroni is tossed with ingredients such as shallots, celery, and red pepper. If you cannot locate Cajun seasoning in your supermarket, you can make your own using garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, ground thyme, and onion powder. Omit the hot sauce if you want a milder version of this recipe. The pasta salad tastes best when served at room temperature.

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs

Bring a taste of the islands to your BBQ with this recipe for Hawaiian chicken kabobs. In addition to the chargrilled chicken, the kabobs feature juicy pineapple, crispy bell peppers, and onion. The marinade is what makes this recipe so delicious. This marinade features soy sauce, pineapple juice, cornstarch sesame oil, honey, garlic powder, ground ginger, salt, and pepper. You will want to let the chicken soak for at least one hour in this tasty marinade.

Avocado Salad

This avocado salad is a wonderful choice if you are looking to lighten up your meal. The dish is packed with creamy avocados, bright tomatoes, fresh cucumbers, and red onion. The herb dressing features lemon juice, red wine vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, honey, garlic, cilantro, parsley, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. While the dressing brings all the flavors together, the individual vegetables should stand on their own.

Grilled Lamb Burgers

If you want to stick with burgers for your BBQ but are looking for something a little more unique, you would be wise to check out these grilled lamb burgers. Because lamb is inherently fatty, you can count on these burgers being juicy and flavorful. In addition to the ground lamb, the patty includes olives, garlic, roasted red peppers, lemon zest, and fresh oregano. The burgers are topped with a homemade lemon tahini sauce to give them a true taste of the Mediterranean. Other good toppings for these burgers include pickled onions and crumbled feta. Go with a high-quality brioche bun to hold it all together.

Regardless of if you are hanging at home with the family or hosting all of your friends to in a grand summer kickoff, these recipes make it easy to make this holiday weekend one to savor.

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