8 Recipes for Your Memorial Day Menu

If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your Memorial Day menu, then you’ve come to the right place. The long weekend is an early kickoff to summer as friends and families across America gather for picnics and cookouts to remember those who gave their lives serving their country. Standards like burgers, chicken, macaroni salad, and coleslaw are expected, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to your guns by using the same recipe you have for the past five years. To give you a little food for thought, we’ve found eight recipes that are perfect for Memorial Day menus and included a few updates to the old standards.

1. Homemade Relish

Homemade relish is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day menu

Homemade relish is the perfect addition to your Memorial Day menu | Source: iStock

In addition to your usual ketchups, mustards, slaws, and any other toppings you set out for people to pile onto their hot dogs and hamburgers at a summer cookout, why not add a homemade relish to the mix? The first recipe is for 1¼ cups of a basic relish from Michael Chiarello via The Cooking Channel.


  • 1 cup diced dill pickle
  • ¼ cup hot or sweet mustard
  • 1 tablespoon pickle brine
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Directions: Combine all ingredients, stir, and serve with hot dogs or hamburgers.