Your Epic Memorial Day BBQ Menu
Memorial Day is less than a week away—have you planned your menu yet? You can't go wrong with a classic burger, hot dogs, and grilled chicken, but you can go oh so right with grilled Korean barbecue short rib dogs and a grilled corn jalapeño and peach quinoa salad. That said, we challenge you to be a little more adventurous and thoughtful with your Monday menu. We've rounded up a few recipes that will guarantee you an epic meal this long weekend. Bon appétit!
We love grilled oysters, but have you tried grilled scallops? They’re certainly something to write home about. This recipe serves them with a mix of lemon juice, fresh dill, and parmesan, which makes for a really elegant flavor. Not your average BBQ fare, but it will definitely be a hit. Visit Shine Dining for the recipe.
A staple of Hawaiian cooking, huli huli chicken is chicken basted with a sticky-sweet sauce. These skewers have extra island flair thanks to the addition of pineapple spices. If you can, cook them on a charcoal grill for a smokier flavor. Visit Salt & Wind for the recipe.
A watermelon salad is the perfect way to get your guests excited for summer, and Memorial Day is the perfect time to do that! This one is drizzled with olive oil and a sweet basil-ginger dressing and garnished with toasted almonds, mint, red onion, and bacon. YUM! Visit Lexi’s Clean Kitchen for the recipe.
Bon Appétit calls these barbecued ribs “the best ever,” and we can’t really argue with that. Cooked low and slow, they’re super-tender with the just the right amount of spicy—and, better yet, remarkably easy to make. Visit Bon Appétit for the recipe.
In addition to the usual cold beers and crisp white wines, it’s fun to have a specialty cocktail that’s not too fussy to serve. This rhubarb sour is seasonal (enjoy rhubarb while you can!), and it’s pretty easy, since you can make the rhubarb syrup in advance and then just add bourbon and bitters. You can even make a big batch of it. Visit Katie at the Kitchen Door for the recipe.
There may be a hot dog–like bun involved in this recipe, but these are not hot dogs! Made with Korean Kogi BBQ ribs, sweet peach relish, yummy slaw, and a little cheese, they’re as epic as a handheld meal can get. Visit Half Baked Harvest for the recipe.
Grilled corn salad is a barbecue staple, but this one takes it to new, flavor-packed, health-conscious levels with the addition of quinoa, peach, and jalapeño. It’s guaranteed to be scraped clean off of every paper plate. Visit Half Baked Harvest for the recipe.
Red, white, and blue are must-haves on Memorial Day, and we love how classically American this strawberry blueberry shortcake recipe is too. It’s a total crowd-pleaser and a nice nostalgic dessert you can make again and again each year. Visit What’s Gaby Cooking for the recipe.
Memorial Day marks the start of swimsuit season, so we like the idea of offering a leaner burger, and this avocado and chile lime chicken burger fits that bit—but go easy on the guacamole. It’s actually inspired by Trader Joe’s frozen chile lime chicken burgers, but the use of fresh ingredients goes a long way here. Visit The Housewife in Training Files for the recipe.
When you’re filling up Korean BBQ hot dogs and corn quinoa salad, you might not have much room left for dessert, so it’s smart to have a lighter, healthier option than shortcake that guests can enjoy. These watermelon-slice popsicles are so simple—literally just frozen watermelon—but they’re also quite refreshing. Visit Nutrition Stripped for the recipe.
It’s wise to give guests something to snack on while the grill is heating up, and these homemade salt and pepper potato chips, which are inspired by Kettle crinkle-cut chips, are just the thing. You can make them as spicy or salty as you like or even get playful with different herbs and seasonings. Visit Babble for the recipe.
A simple but flavorful side for your ribs, burgers, dogs, and the like is a must-have for every barbecue. The addition of sweet basil in this mixed new potato salad makes it something a little more special yet still easy to tackle. Visit The Kitchn for the recipe.
What are your favorite barbecue staples? Tell us in the comments below.