Memorial Day Main Dish Recipes

Memorial Day main dish recipes are family-friendly, fit for a cookout, and feed a crowd. Think of fried chicken, pulled pork, grilled shrimp, or grilled ribs, and browse trusted recipes here.

Staff Picks

Steve's Bodacious Barbecue Ribs

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
These make real mouth-watering 'Pig-cicles'! They take a while to cook, and when you eat them, you'll have pork fat smeared from ear to ear! Mmm! Mmm! I like to smoke with hickory wood, but any of your favorite will suffice.

Chef John's Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 452
Crispy buttermilk fried chicken that's super tender and perfectly seasoned.

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 228
A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Missouri Miner Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
An easy, foolproof recipe for amazing pulled pork. I use a mixture of traditional and hickory/brown sugar barbeque sauce.

Marinated Greek Chicken Kabobs

Rating: 4.5 stars 307
This is a chicken kabob recipe that I would love to share! Plan to marinate for 3 hours. Serve with Greek rice!

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 1117
So fast and easy to prepare, these shrimp are bound to be the hit of the barbeque. And, weather not permitting, they work great under the broiler, too.

Flag Pizza

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
What's better than pizza? A patriotic flag pizza, of course! Baked in the shape of a flag with pepperoni slices for stripes and purple potatoes for the sky, you'll find yourself saluting with every slice.

Best of Everything Veggie Burgers

Rating: 4 stars 184
I have two different veggie burger recipes and found that mixing them into one created the ULTIMATE veggie bean burger. My meat-and-potatoes firefighter husband LOVES these and says he could eat them every week!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 2916
Texas-style pulled pork simmers in a tangy chili-seasoned barbecue sauce with plenty of onion, then pulled into tender shreds to serve on a buttered, toasted bun.

Chicago-Style Hot Dog

Rating: 5 stars 288
The Chicago Dog is a Windy City classic, and a big favorite with sports fans! The frank must be all-beef, the bun must be poppyseed, the ingredients must be piled onto the bun in the order specified. And whatever you do, don't spoil the splendor with ketchup!
By elsaw

Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.5 stars 743
Baby back ribs, seasoned with a cumin, chili powder, and paprika spice rub, are slow-cooked on your grill over indirect heat until fall-off-the-bone tender.

Shoyu Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 1140
Shoyu Chicken is a popular Hawaiian dish. It is often served with rice. The word shoyu is Japanese for soy sauce. Let the chicken soak in the marinade for at least an hour, the longer the better.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pepperoncini Beef
Rating: Unrated 1166
"This is my go-to recipe for a crowd that needs variety. Such a wonderful flavor! And I can throw this together and let it cook while preparing the rest of the menu." – familycook
Yummy Honey Chicken Kabobs
Rating: Unrated 3041
"Made these for Memorial Day. Everyone absolutely loved them!" – Kevin Mulligan
Best Hamburger Ever
Rating: 4 stars 752

Juicy beef burgers perfect for summer grilling and packed with flavor.