These recipes are just what you need to put together the ultimate Memorial Day menu. It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning an outdoor grilling party or a light weekend brunch. With this collection, you can mix and match dozens of simple, crowd-ready recipes, from traditional grilled fare to creamy pasta salads, tasty dips, crisp veggies, and more. Kiss party-planning stress goodbye with the best Memorial Day recipes on hand.
Traditional Memorial Day food often includes American classics, such as burgers, hot dogs, and ribs—usually cooked on the grill. Alongside these meaty mains, people often serve veggie-based sides, like corn on the cob, potato salad, and various dips.
Some of the best food you can cook for a Remembrance Day party are those that can be made ahead, such as bean or grain-based salads that will maintain their freshness during transit. Additionally, if a Memorial Day barbeque is on the cards, consider bringing marinated meat ready to sizzle on the grill upon arrival. In terms of dessert, fruity ice cream, and a simple fruit salad typically rank as crowd-pleasing sweets that everyone will savor.
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For The Burger:
- 1 lb ground beef I used 85/15
- ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Vegetable oil olive or avocado oil would work to oil the grates
- 4 slices sliced cheddar cheese optional – American Cheese, Swiss Cheese or Pepper Jack Cheese would also work
- 1 large tomato sliced
- 4 burger buns I used my Brioche Buns
- 4 lettuce leaves
For The Bacon
- 8 slices turkey bacon (8oz) or regular bacon would also work
For The Guacamole
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 ripe avocados
- Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper. Set it aside.
- To make the burger patties: Place ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Divide it into 4 equal portions and flatten them into ¾-inch thick burger patties that are about 3 inches in diameter. Make a dent in the middle of each patty using a small flat-bottomed ramekin (please refer to how-to images for a visual).
- Transfer patties onto the prepared baking sheet. Cover them with plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes.
- To cook the bacon in the oven: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line turkey bacon slices on the wire rack (or on a parchment-lined baking sheet) making sure not to overlap. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, flip them and bake for another 5 minutes. Set them aside.
- To make the guacamole: Mix together garlic, lime juice, and salt in a large bowl. Cut the avocados in half and scoop out the avocados and place them into the bowl. Using the back of a fork (or a potato masher) mash the avocados until it reaches to your desired level of chunkiness. Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
- To cook the burgers: Preheat a gas grill* to 400 degrees F. Dip a wad of paper towel into vegetable oil and then generously wipe the grates. Place beef patties on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip the burgers and cook for another 4 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the middle registers 125 degrees F for medium-rare, 130 degrees F for medium, and 155-160 degrees F for well done.
- When they are done, move them from the direct heat and top each burger with a slice of cheese, if using. Let the residual heat melt the cheese for 45 seconds to a minute.
- Transfer the burgers onto a plate, cover them with foil and let them rest for 5 minutes.
- If preferred, while the burgers rest, lightly toast buns (off direct heat) on the grill, for a minute or two.
- To assemble the burgers: Place the bottom bun on a plate. Line it with avocado, tomato slice, burger meat, bacon, and a lettuce leaf. Put the top bun on. Repeat with the rest of the burgers. Serve!
- No grill, no problem: Alternatively, you can use a grill pan or a skillet to cook your burger patties on the stove top.
- This recipe is written for four people, but you can multiply it as many times as you want.
- Prefer pork bacon instead? Simply use regular bacon and if you need help, here is a great baked bacon recipe.
- Put a thumbprint in the burger: This tip is one of Bobby Flay’s tricks to make the best burgers – When placed on the grill, beef patties tend to bulge in the center, leading to unevenly cooked meat. Though you may want to fix misshapen burgers by pressing down on them with a spatula, this solution can lead to dry, flavorless meat. For best results, then, I recommend creating an indentation in the center of your uncooked beef patties using your thumb or a small, flat-bottomed ramekin. As the beef expands, the dent will disappear, and you’ll have perfectly shaped guacamole burgers.
- Storage: To store leftovers place each ingredient in its own airtight container. When ready to eat, reheat and assemble them one by one.
- Reheat: To reheat your guacamole bacon burgers, reheat the meat in a low heat oven (300 degrees F for 7-10 minutes) or a skillet. Once warm, assemble the rest of your burger using the remaining ingredients.