10 Great Barbecue Recipes For Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is a wonderful opportunity to honor the lives of those who have passed to defend our country. It also marks the beginning of the summer season, and though it is bittersweet, it is always a smart idea to acknowledge and/or celebrate a holiday with a delicious meal.

So whether you are having a big party for the long weekend, quietly grilling in your backyard with some family and friends, or celebrating the life of someone dear to you, our contributor, Jenna Wohlwend, has  great recipes that are perfect to share with loved ones.

Shredded BBQ Chicken Burgers

Cheese, avocado and shredded, deliciously marinated chicken? These will barely stay on the serving plate they are so delicious. And since they are from What’s Gaby Cooking, you know you are in for an extra-special treat!

Best Ever Potato Salad Recipe

This classic side dish is a favorite among many. And this particular recipe is loaded with all the goods, not leaving a single flavor out. It’s all-inclusive.

Mexican Fruit Salad

This unique take on the classic fruit salad adds a savory twist and is super-refreshing and flavorful. Make an old staple feel new again with this delicious recipe.

Hot Dog Bar

Nothing says summer like a good, juicy hot dog. This idea for a hot dog bar, with all the fixings included, is a great way to get people to make their meal just how they like it. You can also grill some meatless hot dogs, making this dinner idea great for everyone!

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings

Is it a barbecue without wings? Nope! This recipe is both sweet and savory—and a crowd favorite. They won’t last long, so make sure you grab yours.

Greek Lentil Salad

This recipe is vegetarian and healthy. It’s also a light side that is filled with flavor and texture. It adds a little variety to the heavier foods you often find at barbecues.

Cranberry Crunch Broccoli Slaw

This is a delicious option that is also a lighter side. Not only that, it offers substitutes to meet any dietary needs of your guests. It also pairs really nicely with the larger dishes.

Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip

Craving something sweet? Not only is this recipe scrumptious, it is also perfectly in the Memorial Day spirit.

Grilled Lemon Shrimp Skewers with Vegetables

A little seafood is crucial at a barbecue. These citrus-y skewers are perfect meal options with bursts of flavors from the pairing of the shrimp, seasonings and grill.

Bloomin’ Grilled Apples

Put the grill to use for dessert! These grilled apples are easy, unique and are sure to leave smiles on all your guests’ faces.

These recipes offer creative ideas and a unique take on some classics. Build your hosting (or guest) reputation as an awesome cook and bring one of these plates! You will be sure to make empty tummies full. Plus, you won’t have a lot of dishes to do—as the plates will be wiped clean (score!)!

Jenna Wohlwend is a content strategist at a tech company in San Francisco and runs her own lifestyle blog, Jenna Rose Colored Glasses. She has her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and loves karaoke, reading, cooking and traveling with her husband.

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