9 Amazing Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance. We set the day aside to think about those who have given their lives in service to our country. But this holiday is also the unofficial first weekend of summer. Many people enjoy their day off with a cookout, putting the grill to use for the first time since last fall. These quick and easy recipes are perfect for your Memorial Day gathering. Mix and match them to create your own personalized menu. Remember to fly your flag and savor the time with family and...MORE friends.

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    Brownie Flag. Linda Larsen

    Fresh blueberries and raspberries make a beautiful pattern on top of these tender white cupcakes. Let your kids frost and decorate the cupcakes. They'll have fun and it will give you a break.

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    This basic potato salad is tossed with a seasoned vinegar and oil dressing. Garlic and thinly sliced onion add flavor to the salad, and the entire recipe can be made without mayonnaise.

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    All-American Burgers. Linda Larsen

    These delicious burgers are simple and perfectly seasoned. Top them with melted cheese, mustard, mayo, tomato, and lettuce for the finishing touch. 

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    Katie Workman

    A fresh and tasty vegetarian pasta salad that's packed with some of summer's best produce. Plus, it couldn't be easier to pull together.

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  • 05 of 09
    The Spruce

    These crowd-pleasing cookie bars are made with seven amazing layers, each one better than the next. Buttery graham crackers form the crust, topped with chocolate and butterscotch chips, then coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and chopped pecans. 

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    Molly Watson

    Sweet corn kernels, cool and crunchy cucumber, bright ripe tomatoes: this salad is summer in a bowl. It's fresh, cool, and super easy. It's a simple summer salad that goes great alongside any grilled meal, and is the perfect addition to any potluck. 

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    Here's a delicious, refreshing lemonade perfect for a special occasion or just everyday enjoyment. This Southern classic is sure to delight kids and adults alike. 

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    Everyone who tries this steak loves it. The marinade tenderizes the steak to a velvety and buttery consistency. Choose any of the steaks from my Best Steaks list to make this recipe.

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    Jill Chen / Stocksy United

    These mini burgers are so fun to make and eat. Use a grill mat or look for a slider grilling basket at the hardware store so they're easy to maneuver on the grill.