Your Ultimate Memorial Day Menu

May 24, 2019 by Cathy Carr

Whether you’re a grill master or broiler royalty, the best part about Memorial Day is always the food. Gathering friends and loved ones to enjoy the summer sun and the tasty dishes you’ve whipped up is the best way to kick off the summer. So host a barbecue and start the season in style! And don’t worry about the menu – we’ve got the perfect Memorial Day BBQ ideas for your big cookout.


Honey-Tomato Bruschetta with Ricotta
Start strong with an appetizer that’s sure to wow! Bruschetta is a classy, classic hors d’oeuvre, and this recipe has just the right balance of sweet and savory to get your guests primed to chow down. It’s a four-star restaurant appetizer that’s surprisingly simple to make, and lets you start your Memorial Day BBQ the right way.

Grilled Onion Dip
If you prefer to keep your appetizers simple, chips and dip are always a safe bet. And sure, you could buy some plain old tortilla chips and salsa from the store—or you could use this as a chance to show off some of your culinary skills! The recipe might be simple, but making your own dip will still make you look like a total pro. It’ll be way tastier than the store-bought stuff anyway!


Grilled Corn on the Cob
What cookout is complete without corn on the cob? Not a cookout we’d want to be at! Sticking your corn on the grill is an even tastier way of preparing America’s favorite summer food than boiling it. A little bit smoky, a little bit sweet, your guests will go wild over this delicious side dish.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad
Salad is a necessary evil in many cases, but this is one salad you’ll be dying to chow down on. Sweet, summer watermelon, fresh cucumber and tomato, with bright citrus and spice makes the perfect complement to any main course.

Main Course

Don’t settle for the boring burgers of yesteryear! These creative burgers are sure to give your Memorial Day festivities the extra oomph you’re looking for. Don’t be afraid to have fun with your Memorial Day recipes—this is one occasion when playing with your food is encouraged!

Barbecued Chicken
What’s more classic than barbecue at a barbecue? Grill up some chicken with this irresistible BBQ sauce and you’ll have a one-way ticket to the perfect Memorial Day dinner. You could even shake the recipe up and put some slices of this delicious chicken on a bun for an on-the-go meal.


Red, White, and Blue Dessert
Don’t forget the dessert! This festive treat is as patriotic as it is delicious, and it’s just the thing to close out your Memorial Day meal. You can even add angel food or pound cake to the layers of cream for a slightly more filling dessert.

Watermelon Sorbet
Pull out all the stops and make your own fresh, summer sorbet! All it takes is a watermelon, and a touch of sugar, water, and lemon juice. Deceptively simple and exceptionally delicious, this refreshing treat is the perfect way to cap off your Memorial Day culinary journey and end the night with a bang.

Your friends at Howard’s are always ready to help you make every meal memorable! Stop into our store for more Memorial Day food ideas and some amazing grills to try them out on.

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