memorial day food ideas

The long weekend and unofficial start to summer is just around the corner! I pulled together some great Memorial Day food ideas for your brunch, cookout, or sweet tooth.


While many families spend the weekend at the beach, our family has a tradition of staying home and making an elaborate Memorial Day brunch together. It is one of the only days of the year when we all have the day off and can take our time cooking an early meal together, without the pressure of impressing guests, like we would have on other holidays. We like to try new dishes each year, so I’m excited to use some of these recipes in our brunch spread.

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |


The quintessential Memorial Day celebration includes a cookout, preferably with an ice cold drink in hand. For the traditionalists, these goat cheese guacamole burgers with cheddar and caramelized onions, and chorizo burgers with smashed avocado and crispy onions look good enough to pull out of the screen and eat right now. Vegetarians shouldn’t feel left out at a cookout, and they won’t be with options like blue cheese stuffed portobello burgers with grilled corn and crispy shallots, and spicy cauliflower burgers. The sides bring the whole meal together and are easy enough to bring along if you are a cookout guest. They are filled with fresh fruits and veggies, like watermelon, tomatoes, corn and cherries, to ring in the warm weather and new season.

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |

Sweet Treats:

You know I’m a sucker for a good sweet treat, especially at fun gatherings where lots of people can enjoy them. I’m excited to pull out the fruit pies, crumbles and buckles, along frozen desserts like ice cream and popsicles. With so many great options, the real question is, which berries should we use in the pie?

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |

Memorial Day Recipe Ideas |

What are you making for Memorial Day?


*Each photo is from the recipe linked directly below it.

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