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.
Seared Apricot Ginger Cooler
Unlike other stone fruit, apricots stay quite resilient when ripe and stand up to a quick sear on the grill with aplomb. Once the flesh warms through and its juices bake a bit, the apricot takes on deeper flavors that pair nicely with a spicy bourbon or rye and an equally spicy ginger beer. Swap out apricots for peaches or nectarines as the summer gets on toward the dog days. Get the recipe for Seared Apricot Ginger Cooler »
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 »