Recipes For Memorial Day

If you're looking for some great Memorial Day ideas, I have a list of delicious Instant Pot and traditional recipes perfect for your holiday get-together.

Memorial Day is this Monday and I know many of you will be gathering with friends and family. And, I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess that you’re looking for some great recipes for Memorial Day? Recipes that your guests will love. Well, look no further, I have a great list of Memorial Day recipes for you below.

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Though Memorial Day weekend is traditionally full of poolside fun, grilling, celebrating, and sales, it’s important to take a moment and remember what it’s all about.

Memorial Day is a day for honoring all those brave men and women who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. So while you are celebrating with your family, take just a moment to explain to your kids what this day is about and how important it is to remember these brave soldiers who fought and died for our freedom.

Since it is a holiday, a lot of people will be grilling this Memorial Day weekend, as is tradition, but I know a lot of you will be using your oven, stove, or Instant Pot to prepare lots of goodies for your gathering. So I put together a list of easy, crowd-pleasing recipes you can make.

I have some main course recipes as well as a few desserts for you to choose from. Some are Instant Pot and a few are not. But all of them are delicious!

Here are my suggestions for your Memorial Day!

Memorial Day Appetizers

You’ll want to keep your family and guests busy while the main meals are being prepared, so here’s a few delicious appetizers they will love!

All super easy and definitely all crowd pleasers!

  • hummus and pita on a plate

    Homemade Hummus

    from One Happy Housewife

    This Homemade Hummus will be your new favorite go-to. After you make this, you won’t be buying any more hummus at the store. It’s creamy, delicious, and only takes a few minutes to make. Your family and guests will gobble it up!

  • overhead shot of a chip dipped in guacamole

    Homemade Guacamole

    from One Happy Housewife

    It doesn’t get any better than Fresh Homemade Guacamole! It’s super easy to make and it’s perfect for eating with chips or for topping your burgers. Everyone will love it!

Memorial Day Main Dishes

Let’s start with the main course!

  • close up of a dr pepper pulled pork sandwich topped with onions and pickles

    Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

    from One Happy Housewife

    Nothing could be more perfect for a Memorial Day gathering than some delicious pulled pork! This Dr.Pepper Pulled Pork is so easy to make and the flavor is perfection! I recommend serving it on sliders if you will be having lots of guests.

  • top view of a bowl of texas chili topped with cheese and garnished with green onion

    Texas Chili Beans

    from One Happy Housewife

    Your guests would love a warm bowl of this amazing Texas Chili! My husband’s chili recipe is definitely a favorite with our friends and family. Very easy to make and won’t take all day! If you decide to make chili, don’t forget to make a side of my delicious Texas Wildfire Cornbread!

  • chili in a bowl topped with shredded cheese and green onions


    from One Happy Housewife

    A super easy and delicious Instant Pot Chili your family and friends will love! This chili is hearty and so rich in flavor. Plus, it uses canned beans so it’s extra quick and easy. You will love this chili with beans!

Memorial Day Sides

If you don’t want to break tradition and you will be grilling all your meat, then I recommend taking advantage of your Instant Pot to make most of your side dishes. It will save you time and you can make them beforehand.

These sides make perfect companions for your main course!

  • corn on the cob with a piece of soft butter

    Corn on the Cob

    from One Happy Housewife

    This super easy side is a must have at your Memorial Day gathering! Whether you grill it or make it in the Instant Pot, corn on the cob should make an appearance!

  • cajun creamed corn

    Cajun Creamed Corn

    from One Happy Housewife

    This amazing Cajun Creamed Corn will impress everyone! It is incredibly easy to make on the stove and the flavor is perfection.

  • a dinner plate served with green beans

    Green Beans

    from One Happy Housewife

    These Instant Pot Green Beans are the ones that made me love green beans! A perfect side for pulled pork or even hamburgers!

  • a plate with a serving of mashed potatoes and pot roast

    Mashed Potatoes

    from One Happy Housewife

    Once you make these Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, you won’t want to make them on the stove ever again! Easiest side dish ever!

  • a bowl with a serving of creamy macaroni salad

    Macaroni Salad

    from One Happy Housewife

    This Amazing Macaroni Salad is so delicious! It has a surprise in every bite. I have made it for several gatherings and it’s always a huge success. You can make it in the Instant Pot like my recipe says, or you can simply boil your pasta and follow the rest of the recipe as is.

  • top view of a bowl of homemade mac and cheese on top of a plate

    Macaroni and Cheese

    from One Happy Housewife

    Mac and Cheese is a perfect side for just about anything! My super easy and incredibly yummy Instant Pot Mac and Cheese will certainly be a hit with your guests!

  • cornbread with jalapenos, chili powder and red pepper flakes

    Texas Wildfire Cornbread

    from One Happy Housewife

    So this one is for your oven. But if you’re making chili, you must make a batch of my Texas Wildfire Cornbread. If you prefer a traditional cornbread, I got you covered with this delicious Skillet Cornbread recipe.

Memorial Day Desserts

Of course, it wouldn’t be a great meal, without some delicious dessert!

  • apple crumble served in a small bowl.

    Apple Crumble

    from One Happy Housewife

    Nothing as American as Apple Pie! Or Apple Crumble in this case. This super easy to make apple crumble will hit the spot. Served with ice cream, it’s sure to make your guests leave happy!

  • taking a slice of flan


    from One Happy Housewife

    My Instant Pot Flan is easy to make and it is so creamy and delicious, your guest will thank you for making it! I recommend making it the day before, so it’s perfectly set and ready to enjoy!

  • Easy from Scratch Brownies

    Homemade Brownies

    from One Happy Housewife

    Finally, you can serve your guests some delicious homemade brownies! These easy, from-scratch brownies are amazing! You can serve them alone or topped with ice cream. Yum!

If you’d like some ideas of what to serve your guests to drink, check out my post for some Fun and Refreshing Summer Drinks!

I hope you have a peaceful Memorial Day Weekend!

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