It’s time to clean that grill, set up the outdoor furniture in your backyard, and fill the fridge with bottles of rosé: Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Celebrate the unofficial start of summer, and the endless weekends of tasty cookouts this season brings with it, with these tasty, crowd-pleasing outdoor party recipes.
Brush up on your essential grilling techniques, check that your grill still actually works, and then invite your friends and family over for the first big cookout of the year. With recipes covering everything from cocktails, to sides, to grilled meats, to cherry pie dessert, this list of our best dishes for Memorial Day will provide you with everything you need to host the best outdoor party over this long holiday weekend. Fill pitchers with chilled drinks, set out bowls of chips and dips, and spend your afternoon sizzling meat and vegetables on that searing hot grill. There is no better way to while away a holiday Monday than with a resplendent cookout, shared with your family and friends.
Of course you should always include the classic, all-American dishes of ribs, hot dogs, and lobster rolls, but make sure you don’t exclude the vegetarians and vegans at your cookout, which could quickly transform into a meat-rich feast. Portobello and peach burgers are so rich and delicious that no one will notice the absent meat, and grilled vegetable kabobs can be elevated to a popular entrée when doused in an herby, creamy dressing: Your grill can do so much more than just sear meat.
Read on to start planning your menu for this year’s first big cookout. You need to make the most of this three-day weekend, and these recipes will help you make sure everything is perfect. We all know that the best summer parties center on fabulous food.