To kick off the start of grilling season, we love these recipes best for big Memorial Day parties in the park. These crowd-pleasers are easy to transport or cook on whatever grill comes your way
Make this superstar burger for your Memorial Day BBQ. Form the patties ahead of time and keep them chilled in a cooler until you grill. Pack the toppings separately. Then start flipping these beauties, and watch the crowd form around your grill!
For those at your Memorial Day party who’d rather not consume lots of beef, here’s a delicious option–the juicest, boldest-flavored poultry burger we’ve ever had. You can always leave off the bacon if you like.
Recipe: BLT Chicken Burgers
At last, a decent veggie burger! Make the patties ahead and tote them to your Memorial Day party chilled, then heat up a cast-iron pan on the grill for cooking these delicate creations. Even the meat-eaters will want to try them.
Recipe: Lentil Veggie Burgers
Toast the rolls on the grill while you cook the sausages till they’re shiny and juicy. Melt some provolone in a cast-iron skillet at the same time. Set it all out on the picnic table with some spicy Argentine chimichurri, and let everybody make these amazing sandwiches for themselves.
Marinate these the night before—they’ll be even more flavorful. Then skewer ‘em up in the morning and pack in a cooler, along with a tub of couscous salad. All that’s left to do is grill the skewers for 10 minutes, heap the couscous on a platter, and set them out together.
Make the pesto ahead and dunk the shrimp in it right before grilling. To make it faster, don’t skewer the shrimp; heat a cast-iron skillet on the grill, slick it with oil, and throw in a bunch of shrimp at once. Pile the cooked shrimp on a platter and you’re done.
Slow-cooked until richly crusty on the outside but still juicy inside, this classic recipe comes from the Elks Lodge in Santa Maria, on California’s Central Coast.
Recipe: Santa Maria-Style Top Sirloin
Many consider rib-eye to be the tastiest steak anyone can buy. We also love it because it cooks so quickly. Miso butter brings umami to this beautiful cut of meat. If you’re not in the mood to fire up the grill, you can easily cook this indoors in a hot cast-iron skillet.
Make this the day before, tote it to your Memorial Day party chilled, and let come to room temp. It goes with everything.
Recipe: Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)
The chunks of creamy avocado soften the heat of the vinaigrette, and the corn freshens everything up. It’s easy to make the day ahead, and will earn you raves at a Memorial Day picnic.
So easy, uncomplicated, and fresh, this salad goes with just about any grilled meat, making it a perfect Memorial Day party side dish. Toss the tomatoes with the dressing at the picnic site.
Recipe: Tomato Salad with Chile and Lime
Sure, you can bring cupcakes or cookies, but people (especially the kids!) will remember these long after Memorial Day has passed.