Our 30 Best Memorial Day Recipes

All-grilled-everything and the perfect picnic sides

By SAVEUR Editors

Published on April 30, 2018

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have sacrificed their lives serving in our armed services. In their honor, we come together at the start of summer to celebrate with friends and family—traditionally through the annual tradition of al fresco cooking and feasting.

Don't wait till the the last minute to plan out your Memorial Day menus. Whether you're planning a backyard family cookout or packing for a fancy picnic, we've got you covered with the best of summer eats. That means our favorite burger recipes, the absolute juiciest steaks, and even grill-friendly veggies worth busting out the charcoal for.

Once you've got all our essential grilling tools, pour yourself some sangria and fire up the grill for the 25 most mouthwatering Memorial Day recipes in our arsenal.

Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls
Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls

Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

These hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches are served with a tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce »

Warm Red Potato Salad
Warm Red Potato Salad

Tender grilled red-skinned potatoes are doused in herb vinaigrette in this warm salad. Get the recipe for Warm Red Potato Salad »

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cantaloupe
Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce »

Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon
Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon

Fresh heads of romaine lettuce are split down the middle, grilled until charred and smoky, and then topped with blue cheese and bacon for this satisfying salad. Get the recipe for Grilled Romaine with Blue Cheese and Bacon »

All About Ribeye
Grilled Bone-In Ribeye

Season the steak off the grill to accentuate the flavor of this smoky, slow-grilled ribeye. Get the recipe for Grilled Bone-In Ribeye »

Potato Salad
Potato Salad with Red Onion

This cool, creamy potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion. Get the recipe for Potato Salad with Red Onion »

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw
Charred Cabbage Slaw

In this offbeat slaw from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe for Charred Cabbage Slaw »

Maryland Crab Hot Dog
Maryland Crab Hot Dog

Buttery corn, fresh crab, and Old Bay-spiced potato chips are piled on top this Maryland-inspired hot dog. Get the recipe for Maryland Crab Hot Dog »

Parker's BBQ Fried Chicken, Pilgrimages
Fried Chicken

Parker’s BBQ in Wilson, North Carolina, famous for its Family Platter with shatteringly crisp fried chicken, goes through seven to eight thousand chickens a week. A favorite of chef Elizabeth Karmel’s, this super-simple recipe lets the flavor of the chicken shine. Get the recipe for Fried Chicken »

Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger
Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger

This burger, inspired by one created in Modernist Cuisine co-author Nathan Myhrvold’s culinary lab, is topped with a tangy cream and vermouth sauce. Adding egg yolks to freshly ground meat makes for a supremely rich burger. Get the recipe for the Ultimate Grilled Cheeseburger »

Memorial Day White Sangria
White Sangria

Choose a high-acid, no-oak sauvignon blanc or similar white for this sophisticated version of the party wine drink from bartender Jon Santer of Prizefighter in Emeryville, California. Get the recipe for White Sangria »

Strawberry-Lillet Crush
Strawberry-Lillet Crush

Muddled strawberries and mint star in a refreshing, lightly sweet cocktail that packs a punch. Get the recipe for Strawberry-Lillet Crush »

Cheddar Cheese Biscuit
American Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

When making these buttery little biscuits, opt for a true American cheese—fourth-generation Wisconsin cheesemaker Sid Cook, of Carr Valley Cheese, advised us to use a three-year-old extra-sharp cheddar. Get the recipe for American Cheddar Cheese Biscuits »

Grilled Steakhouse Steak
Grilled Steakhouse Steak

What does it take to grill a great steak? Careful technique. These steaks are all about the “reverse sear,” in which you start the steak over a low fire and then brown it over high to finish. Recipe adapted from Meathead by Craig Goldwyn. Get the recipe for Grilled Steakhouse »

If Coconut Cake Is Your Thing, Try Thomas Keller's Version

Thomas Keller’s Coconut Cake

New Orleans Doberge Cake
New Orleans Doberge Cake

New Orleans Doberge Cake

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