8 Great Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day
The unofficial launch of summer is finally upon us, or as we like to call it: grilling season! A whopping 80 percent of American households now own a grill, according to a 2013 report from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, and we’re betting that you’re itching to fire it up this weekend. From burgers to dogs, pizza to panini, here are eight unique ways to put that charcoal or gas cooktop to good use this Memorial Day and beyond.
Beef up traditional pasta salad with grilled and sliced flank steak. Serve as a filling side or satisfying main dish for your picnic or potluck. Make a double batch of the cumin and cayenne dressing to use as a dipper with sliced carrots, celery, cucumber and more.
Kids will appreciate a basic grilled beef hot dog, while adults can scoop on buttery avocado and top with crushed potato chips. Why wait for the ballpark to enjoy a hot dog when you can score a flavor home run in you own backyard?
No summer celebration is complete without a juicy beef burger. Spice things up by mixing horseradish mustard right into the patties! If you prefer a white meat option, try our chicken or turkey burgers will also be a hit.
Grilling low and slow makes these pork ribs fall-off-the-bone tender. They take just 15 minutes to prepare, then set ‘em and forget ‘em until it’s time to party!
Grilling goes gourmet! Don’t forget to offer a vegetarian option, like these hearty stuffed mushrooms. They offer a double dose of grilled flavor: you toss the mushrooms and filling veggies onto the grates.
Summer fruits and pecans complement the slightly sweet barbecue sauce that coats these flaky salmon fillets. Try grilling the nectarines for even more smoky flavor.
For an interactive experience, allow guests to shape their own crusts, toss them on the barbecue and add their must-have meats, vegetables, cheeses and more. Just don’t skip a spoonful of pesto—you won’t regret the herb addition! Snag a jar of premade pesto at the supermarket or make your own at home with this freezer-friendly recipe.
Because grilling is about way more than just meat…keep the fire going for a toasty dessert! If you think chocolate is good straight from the box or bar, your mind will be blown when you try it sandwiched between two sliced of crusty bread!