12 Easy & Delicious BBQ Recipes For Your Memorial Day Celebration

Posted: May 28, 2022 3:08 am

BBQ season is nearly here and Memorial Day is just around the corner. If you’re wondering what to prepare or how to celebrate the holiday, check out these fun and creative BBQ recipes. There’s something for everyone this year!

#1. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

The crock pot is the king of all kitchen appliances, especially when it comes to BBQ slow cookers. They are a go-to for cooks everywhere, but underappreciated for their versatility and usefulness in preparing foods. We’re here to change that! Using a slow cooker to prepare pulled pork is a quick and easy way to make this dish. Make it on the stove top in a slow cooker if you like, just make sure you have everything ready before you start cooking.

When it comes to BBQ recipes, the possibilities are nearly endless. If you want to make this recipe easy on yourself, buy your pulled pork from the grocery store and follow these directions for preparation.

#2. Grilled Burger Sliders

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Now that you’ve got your meat prepared, it’s time to start thinking about sides! Whether you’re a burger person or not, these burgers will surely turn you into a believer. And even if you’re a vegetarian, these are still a great way to enjoy your Memorial Day BBQ.

Before grilling your burgers, preheat your grill on high for 15 minutes and oil the grates with vegetable oil or cooking spray. For this recipe, we recommend keeping the meat patties whole when you grill them to get that perfect burger bite. Top them with the cheese in the last 5 minutes of grilling. Let them rest for 10 minutes before serving and top with your favorite toppings like grilled onions or mushrooms.

#3. Grilled Corn on the Cob

If you’re looking for some warm summer sides, you can’t go wrong with corn on the cob. For this recipe, we recommend using fresh corn and shucking your ears before grilling them.

Grilled corn on the cob is not only delicious but easy to prepare as well. To get perfect ears of corn every time, use a paring knife to remove the outside husks and silk before grilling. Place them on your grill over high heat for 5-10 minutes or until cooked through. You may want to spritz them with olive oil first or season them with salt while they grill to prevent the outside from getting soggy. Let cool and enjoy!

#4. Grilled Peach Salsa

This mouthwatering fruit salsa is perfect for spring and summer parties. It’s sweet, tangy and delicious when paired with tortilla chips or fresh vegetables like cucumbers.

As with all fruit-based recipes, the key to success here is the ingredients. Don’t skimp on the quality of your ingredients or you will end up with a subpar salsa. The nice thing about this recipe is that it tastes just as good when made a day in advance, making it easy to prepare in advance of your Memorial Day BBQ!

#5. Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

These drumsticks are elegant enough for a Memorial Day barbecue, but also easy enough for a busy weeknight meal. Start them on the grill before your guests arrive, and then finish them off in the oven for an extra few minutes for juicy perfection.

Don’t forget about all of those side dishes you’ll be serving with your entrée! We suggest bringing a salad or some veggie sticks to dip in your salsa and other juices. All in all, this will be the best BBQ meal you’ll have all year!

#6. Grilled Turkey Burgers

We love turkey burgers at home. They take less time to prepare than beef burgers and they are just as tasty. Make sure you use ground turkey (check your labels for soy or corn oil which are often used in beef burgers) and add some variety with the traditional avocado, tomato, onion, and lettuce topping this burger.

If you’re feeling a little shy about burgers, try serving these on soft buns instead of toasted bread. They work wonderfully for Memorial Day BBQs as well! When the burgers are cooked, add all the toppings and serve with a side of french fries. Yum!

#7. BBQ Chicken Salad

This is a great recipe for BBQ chicken salad. Don’t be afraid to add some extra toppings for extra flavor, like blue cheese and nuts.

While summertime is one of our favorite seasons for grilling, we don’t always want to grill actual meat. This BBQ chicken salad recipe results from this idea in mind: grilled chicken mixed with veggies and mayonnaise with a secret ingredient that will make this dish delicious! If you’re making this recipe on the weekend, time saving tip: cook all of your vegetables ahead so they’re ready to go when you’re ready to start making this dish.

#8. BBQ Shrimp

This is another great recipe for Memorial Day BBQs or any summer party you’re planning on having. This is an easy recipe that only requires a few ingredients and is packed with flavor!

Begin by making sure your grill is already fired up and ready to go. For this recipe, we recommend using medium size shrimp so they cook more evenly during the grilling process. Place the shrimp on a skewer and cook in the heat of the grill for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. When you remove the shrimp from the grill, be sure to turn them so all of the skewers brown evenly for a delicious presentation.

#9. Fruit Kabobs

We’re always up for some fruit kabobs on a hot summer day. If you’re looking for an easy, time-saving recipe that will get you showered with compliments, this is it!

Be sure to have your ingredients ready before you begin making these tasty skewers. We recommend using a variety of different fruits like pineapple, strawberries and kiwi, plus whatever else you like and tastes good with fruit (a traditional favorite is cantaloupe!). Remember to cut your fruits into thick strips so they don’t fall through the grill during the cooking process. And if you’re planning on having a party, we recommend making these skewers in advance and finishing them off on the grill right before serving to avoid overcooking or burning.

#10. Bruschetta with Zucchini Rounds

We are very excited about this recipe. It’s an easy, healthy dish that can be made in advance of your Memorial Day BBQ and tastes great when served cold or warm!

For this dish, you will need some good quality buns for serving the bruschetta on once grilled, plus some olive oil and a variety of vegetables like peppers and zucchinis. Cut the zucchinis into circles about a quarter of an inch thick and brush them with olive oil (don’t overdo it!). Grill them on each side for about five minutes, or until they are slightly soft. Bruschetta is great served warm or cold. We recommend serving it with a variety of dipping sauces to get the maximum amount of flavor from this dish.

#11. Easy Potato Salad

This is another incredible potato salad recipe for your Memorial Day BBQ that is sure to please any crowd! Start by making sure your grill is already fired up and ready to go. For this recipe, we recommend using medium size shrimp so they cook more evenly during the grilling process. Place the shrimp on a skewer and cook in the heat of the grill for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.

When you remove the shrimp from the grill, be sure to turn them so all of the skewers brown evenly for a delicious presentation. When you’re ready to serve this dish, top the potato salad with your favorite BBQ sauce or toppings.

In conclusion, these recipes are some of our favorite ways to prepare for Memorial Day BBQs. These recipes are simple, delicious and are sure to impress your guests and family.

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