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Memorial Day Party Foods

Updated: Mar 19


Get ready to fire up the grill and celebrate Memorial Day in style! Whether you're hosting a backyard BBQ or attending one as a guest, no cookout is complete without some mouth-watering dishes. From juicy burgers to refreshing salads and sweet desserts, we've rounded up 10 delicious recipes that will impress your guests and leave them begging for more. So grab your apron, put on your chef's hat, and get ready to wow everyone with these irresistible Memorial Day cookout recipes!


In the United States, Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Originally known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. service members who have died in combat. Memorial Day cookouts are a popular way to celebrate the holiday and show appreciation for our fallen heroes.


Whether you’re hosting a small gathering of close family and friends or a large party for your neighborhood, these delicious Memorial Day cookout recipes are sure to wow your guests! From patriotic desserts to all-American burgers and sides, we’ve got everything you need to make this Memorial Day one to remember.



Portobello Burgers by Ooh La La It’s Vegan

Bring big flavor to the bbq without the meat. These portobello burgers are so tasty that everyone will enjoy them!




















Black Bean Burgers by Epic Vegan Eats

If you want to offer a plant based protein to your party guests, these epic black bean lentil burgers promise to be healthy, tasty and filling!














Blueberry Pie Bars by The Cozy Plum

Make pie a portable option with this tasty blueberry bar recipe. This is great for feeding a crowd something flavorful!





















Chicago Style Hot Dogs by Carolyn’s Cooking

Move over ketchup and mustard, these loaded Chicago style hot dogs are sure to be a flavorful favorite for your guests to feast on!




















Classic Pasta Salad by The Toasty Kitchen

You can’t go wrong with a classic side like this pasta salad. It has veggies, cheese chunks and rotini noodles in the best dressing.





















Bring cheesecake flavor to the potluck with this easy salad that can feed a crowd. Sprinkle berries on the top for a red, white and blue effect.













Charcuterie Cones by Kelly Stilwell

Make your memorial day party feel upscale by offering guests these perfectly portioned charcuterie cones. These are fun to assemble and share!


















Firecracker Hot Dogs by Kid Friendly Things to Do

These hotdogs are perfect for a beginning of summer party. They are certain to make a bang with the kids who are going to love this fun to eat twist on a classic potluck food.












Layered Cornbread Salad by Savvy Mama Lifestyle

This cornbread salad is layered with cornbread, beans, bacon to name a few. You are sure to love the variety this side salad offers to your party spread.








Mango Bean Salad by Plant Based on a Budget

This mango bean salad is perfect for a potluck! It has so much plant based protein that your guests are going to fall in love with this healthy side!















Flag Cake by Spend with Pennies

This cake has the best cheesecake topping! Arrange berries into the creamy top to make a patriotic flag worthy of your Memorial day party.





















Potato Salad by The Gunny Sack

If you want to bring classic flavor to the potluck, you can’t go wrong with this potato salad! It is creamy, delicious and can feed a crowd!






















American Flag Fruit Kabobs by The Soccer Mom

This is such a fun way to serve fruit in a festive way! Healthy snacks are always a good idea for a party.





















Garlic Butter Seafood Boil by Sweet Tea and Thyme

Seafood boil is always delicious and so much fun to eat with friends! Make this garlic butter option to bring lip smacking flavors to the table!
















Smoked Mac n Cheese by Burrata and Bubbles

Mac n cheese has never been so flavorful as it is with this smoked recipe! Made with three cheeses, this dish is pure and simple comfort food at it’s finest.


















Patriotic Star Brownies by Pam’s Daily Dish

These brownies are so fudgy! Make these for the summer gatherings and decorate them with red, white and blue drizzle for such a festive look.










Smoked Chicken Breast by Aubrey’s Kitchen

Bring smoky goodness to the grill out with this easy smoked chicken recipe. Everyone is going to love how flavorful this protein is!


















Red, White and Blue Jello Shots by Couple in the Kitchen

These red, white and blue jello shots are fun to share with your 21+ friends for a festive cocktail to welcome summer with.

















Smoked Pork Shoulder by the Short Order Cook

Smoked a pork butt then shred it and slather on some bbq sauce for the tastiest sandwich on Memorial day! This can feed a crowd and have them licking their fingers when they are finished!















St. Louis Style Ribs by Saporito Kitchen

Ribs are just the thing to grill for a summer party and this recipe won’t disappoint. This homemade bbq sauce is so good that I know you are going to love it at first bite.

















Black Bean and Corn Dip by Blue’s Best Life

This dip has everything in it for a tasty offering at your Memorial Day party. Made with corn, black beans, feta cheese and red pepper, the dressing is light so the veggies can bring the flavor of summer.


















Taco Salad Flag by Amanda’s Cookin’

Taco salad gets a patriotic vibe that everyone is going to feel drawn to! This is perfect for a party and can feed a crowd in red, white and blue style.





















Layered Cornbread Salad by Savvy Mama Lifestyle

This cornbread salad is layered with cornbread, beans, bacon to name a few. You are sure to love the variety this side salad offers to your party spread.




Smoked Chicken Breast by Aubrey’s Kitchen

Bring smoky goodness to the grill out with this easy smoked chicken recipe. Everyone is going to love how flavorful this protein is!


Smoked Pork Shoulder by the Short Order Cook

Smoked a pork butt then shred it and slather on some bbq sauce for the tastiest sandwich on Memorial day! This can feed a crowd and have them licking their fingers when they are finished!




St. Louis Style Ribs by Saporito Kitchen

Ribs are just the thing to grill for a summer party and this recipe won’t disappoint. This homemade bbq sauce is so good that I know you are going to love it at first bite.



Mango Bean Salad by Plant Based on a Budget

This mango bean salad is perfect for a potluck! It has so much plant based protein that your guests are going to fall in love with this healthy side!





Portobello Burgers by Ooh La La It’s Vegan

Bring big flavor to the bbq without the meat. These portobello burgers are so tasty that everyone will enjoy them!










Bring cheesecake flavor to the potluck with this easy salad that can feed a crowd. Sprinkle berries on the top for a red, white and blue effect.











American Flag Fruit Kabobs by The Soccer Mom

This is such a fun way to serve fruit in a festive way! Healthy snacks are always a good idea for a party.

















Garlic Butter Seafood Boil by Sweet Tea and Thyme

Seafood boil is always delicious and so much fun to eat with friends! Make this garlic butter option to bring lip smacking flavors to the table!

























Smoked Mac n Cheese by Burrata and Bubbles

Mac n cheese has never been so flavorful as it is with this smoked recipe! Made with three cheeses, this dish is pure and simple comfort food at it’s finest.






















































Chipotle Baked Beans by Blackberry Babe

Blah baked beans are a thing of the past after you try this really good recipe! Adding chipotle to the mix makes for such a flavorful bbq side!















































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