34 Fun and Festive Memorial Day Recipes

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Memorial Day is coming up!

What are you going to eat this year? When I think of Memorial Day I think of picnics, backyard BBQ’s, and days spent out on the water.

It’s the official start of summer after all. If you’re unsure of what festive foods to incorporate into your day, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve got you covered from breakfast to dessert. Here are some fun and festive Memorial Day recipes:

1. Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch

Nothing makes kids happier than having a special drink on a special day. Normally, we choose punch for special occasions. In this case, you mix three fruit flavored beverages, and give the kids a twisty candy straw. They’re going to love it!

2. Patriotic Marshmallow Crunch Brownies

This is a boxed brownie mix with marshmallows inside and finished off with icing and chocolate candies. They’re easy and festive. What more could you want?

3. Easy Taco Salad Flag

Taco salad is a great recipe for Memorial Day. With this design, it can be festive. It’s delicious too! Plus, it’s easy to take on a boat or to a picnic.

4. Patriotic Trail Mix

This recipe is super fun! It would be a great snack to leave out for everyone to munch on during Memorial Day. It contains salted peanuts, almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, Boston baked beans, yogurt covered raisins, and chocolate covered blueberries.

5. Mini Shortcake Cups

When we go out on our boat, I want to take flavorful foods, but I also have to pack in a way that everything will fit in a cooler. This is a great dessert that you can put in your cooler for Memorial Day. It’s packed with angel food cake, fresh berries, and whipped topping.

6. Patriotic Trifle Recipe

A trifle is the easiest dessert for every occasion. Why would Memorial Day be any different? You can make this ahead of time and pull it out for your guests when they’re ready to dive in. This recipe consists of angel food cake, fresh berries, and two different types of gelatin for an added touch of patriotism.

7. No-Bake Graham Cracker Dessert

If this isn’t the easiest dessert, I don’t know what is! Place graham crackers on a flat surface in a rectangle. Cover them in frosting or nut butter, make the white stripes with marshmallows, the red stripes with strawberries, and the stars with Kix cereal. Seriously guys, how cute and simple?

8. Patriotic Smoothie

By Memorial Day, the sun is usually blazing down on us. This means you’ll need new and refreshing ways to cool off. This can be done in a patriotic fashion too! Try this fruit smoothie that’s layered in red, white, and blue.

9. Baked Mac and Cheese

I told you I had you covered with all kinds of recipes. Well, you can’t live on desserts and smoothies (though, don’t you wish you could?!) When you’re ready for sturdier foods, pull out the baked mac and cheese. It’s delicious and goes great with almost anything you’ll prepare on the grill.

10. Patriotic Toast

Even though it’s Memorial Day, you can’t forget about breakfast. Why not start the day off in a festive way? Don’t do boring toast. Do patriotic toast! It’s bread with cream cheese spread on top. The toast is then layered in strawberries and blueberries. It’s healthy and tasty too!

11. Patriotic Popcorn

Popcorn is such a fun and frugal snack. This version looks delicious, too! Plus, it’s super easy. You pop popcorn, add melted butter, and dump marshmallows, chocolate candy, sprinkles, and pretzels in the same bowl. It all melts together and becomes a fun snack.

12. Firecracker Jell-O Snacks

Jell-O is another easy, frugal, and fun snack. Most people love the texture. Why not add this festive snack to your Memorial Day menu? It’s red and blue Jell-O squares layered into a cup. Add whipped topping and licorice sticks to top it off.

13. Best Baked Beans

I don’t care who you are, you can’t have a Memorial Day cookout without someone bringing the baked beans. These beans are easy and delicious! It’s pork and beans with seasonings and hamburger. Give them a try this year!

14. Patriotic No-Bake Batter Truffles

If you enjoy cake, you’ll love these no-bake truffles. They consist of strawberry cake in the center. Once the truffles are made, they’re dipped in vanilla coating and fun sprinkles are added.

15. Firecracker Marshmallows

Some people just really love marshmallows. If you’re one of them, you must try this recipe. It’s cute but also easy to make. The marshmallows are partially dipped in blue chocolate and topped with a cherry.

16. Chipotle Bacon Sweet Potato Salad

Is it really Memorial Day without some form of potato salad? If you’re looking for a side dish that’s outside of the box, you must try a sweet potato salad. It has chipotle mayonnaise, pickles, herbs, onions, apple cider vinegar, and much more. You’ll love this flavorful option!

17. Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Salad

I don’t know about you all, but I love some cheesecake. The only problem is making one homemade takes more than I want to give sometimes. This Memorial Day you can have all the cheesecake flavor in this patriotic salad. Give it a try and see what you think.

18. Red, White, and Blue Cookie Bars

This would make another fun addition to your Memorial Day recipes. If you’re tired of doing plain cookies or brownies, consider making these cookie bars. They’re easy to grab-and-go for an active family picnic or while out on the lake.

19. Summer Fruit Salsa

Picnics are great! You can have traditional foods like hotdogs and hamburgers, or you can do finger foods. If you take the finger foods route, consider making this delicious (and healthy) fruit salsa.

20. Patriotic Salad

I love making fruit plates. They’re pretty when serving and healthy. This salad is so easy. You can design it to look like a flag, and you only need a few different fruits and some cheese.

21.  Heavenly Blueberry Cherry Muffins

If you’re looking for a breakfast idea you can make ahead of time for Memorial Day, check out these muffins. They’re a lemon base with blueberries and cherries inside. It comes together to make a tasty patriotic breakfast.

22. Patriotic Cones

I love this fun idea! Memorial Day is a perfect time for making homemade ice cream, but why should the fun stop there? You can make these festive patriotic cones to put your dessert over the top.

23.  Patriotic Yogurt Bites

Sometimes you want to be festive without ruining your diet. I get it! It can be hard. Check out these healthy yogurt bites with bits of fruit in them. They look festive and are still healthy.

24. Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs

Is it really even a picnic without deviled eggs? It isn’t around my house. We raise chickens and always have eggs on hand. If you want a festive way to present a traditional picnic item, you must try these deviled eggs.

25. Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

We’ve covered many breakfast ideas, desserts, and a few side dishes that would be perfect for Memorial Day. It’s time to discuss meat. Whether you’re grilling outdoors, packing a picnic for your boat, or going on a picnic, meat on a skewer is always a good idea. These chicken skewers would make a great main dish!

26. The Best Broccoli Salad

If I’m asked to bring a dish to a picnic, you can guarantee I’m coming with this in tow. Why? Because broccoli salad is amazing! You can’t have a picnic without it (in my opinion, anyway.) It’s a must-have for Memorial Day.

27. Big Mac Sliders

When I think of Memorial Day, I always think of eating off a paper plate. Do you really need a big, heavy burger to weigh down your plate? You don’t, but don’t skip the burgers all together. Make these sliders instead.

28. Bacon Cheddar Stuffed Burgers

Imagine you’re eating a burger off a paper plate. The burger has toppings, and they fall all over the place. Stop battling your burger! Instead, use these burgers where the cheese and bacon are stuffed inside. Your paper plate will thank you.

29. Loaded Baked Potato Salad

When my family asks for potato salad, I skip the southern style. Instead, I go straight for the loaded baked potato salad. Why? Because it’s really that good! You must try it this Memorial Day.

30. Grilled Barbecued Hot Dogs

Are hot dogs a tradition at your Memorial Day cookout? Do things a little different this year. Grill hot dogs that are coated in ketchup, barbecue, apple cider vinegar, and honey. I’m not a hot dog fan, but this sounds delicious!

31. Everything Pigs in a Blanket

This recipe adds a small twist on a traditional and simple favorite. Roll hot dogs in a puff pastry, top the pastry with Everything Spice Blend, and bake until done. They make a delicious finger food perfect for a Memorial Day barbecue or picnic.

32. Killer Barbecue Ribs

My husband doesn’t think it’s Memorial Day until he fires up his grill and puts a large slab of meat on it. If you feel the same way, you’ll love this recipe for delicious finger-lickin’ barbecue ribs.

33. Smoked Sweet Barbecue Wings

If you have a smoker, Memorial Day is a great time to get it going. Give the grill a break and create these delicious smoked wings!

34. Barbecue Chicken Kebabs

We end our Memorial Day recipes food tour with barbecue chicken kebabs. They’re easy to make, delicious, and easy to eat on a picnic or on your outdoor adventures. They’d make a delicious main course on this holiday.

You now have 34 different recipes to choose from. Hopefully this post will help you plan a delicious and festive Memorial Day menu.

Enjoy this holiday weekend, stay safe, enjoy time with loved ones, and eat as many good foods as you can! Happy Memorial Day, everyone!