15 Patriotic Memorial Day Recipes That Are Perfect for Backyard BBQs


These Memorial Day recipes are easy, patriotic, and almost too pretty to eat. If you need some Memorial Day desserts, these are the best ones!

If you are spending time with your family this Memorial Day (whether in person or virtually) then these are the foods you should serve. All of them are fresh and different. They will impress everyone, even yourself!

15 Patriotic Memorial Day Recipes That Are Perfect for Backyard BBQs

Memorial Day ushers in the beginning of summertime! It is a somber time to remember those that aren’t with us anymore. In fact, the first memorial day was May 30, 1868 and it was called “Decoration Day.” It was a day when people visited the tomb of the unknown soldier and decorated the graves of soldiers in Arlington National Cemetery.

Today, we can still remember those that gave their lives in the line of duty, even if we don’t leave our house. Before you enjoy some of these recipes, take a moment to remember why we are able to enjoy time together as a family. Honor the brave men and women that gave it all.

Creative & Patriotic Memorial Day Recipes

All of these recipes are fun to make and even more fun to eat! Put all of them on your menu and enjoy trying something different together.

These recipes are perfect for an Independence Day party as well! We also have some grilling recipes if you need those ideas too.

1. Red White & Blue star waffles

Enjoy a patriotic breakfast or brunch with these patriotic waffles. You can even serve them as a dessert after lunch. They are small enough for a quick Memorial Day snack too.

2. Patriotic pepperoni Pizza

These are perfect for lunch or dinner. Make your own American Flag pizza with this easy tutorial. The rectangle slice of bread is the perfect shape for a flag, but you can also use round English muffins too.

3. Patriotic Parfaits

Another fun Memorial Day snack or dessert idea is a fruit parfait. This one uses red, white, and blue colors throughout it. They are almost as fun to eat as they are to prepare. The best part is the sprinkles!

4. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Even if the weather isn’t hot, it’s always the perfect time for some ice cream sandwiches. The sprinkles remind me of fireworks, so you can serve these at your July 4th party too! Here’s the super-easy recipe.

5. Red White & Blue Layered Jell-O Cake

This is one of Carrie’s most popular patriotic desserts. This layered cake is so bright, beautiful, and delicious. It’s made with angel food cake and Jell-O, resulting in a moist texture that everyone will gobble up.

6. Patriotic Popsicles

Have you ever made popsicles out of pudding? That’s how Carrie made these and they are so fun! Kids and adults alike will love munching on them, especially when it’s hot outside. Check out her pudding popsicles recipe.

7. Berry Swirl Cheesecake

This super-easy cheesecake is as delicious as it is pretty. Wine and Glue has the entire recipe. This recipe isn’t exactly red white and blue, but it’s so delicious and looks perfectly festive on the red plate that I had to include it.

8. Keto Cheesecake Mousse

This recipe is surprisingly low-carb! Two Sleevers has the incredible recipe. If you are trying to limit how much sugar you are eating then this should definitely be on your Memorial Day menu.

9. Red White & Blue Fruit Salad

Whether you call it fruit salsa or fruit salad (yummy yummy) this is a beautiful dish for Memorial Day. On My Kids Plate shows you how easy it is to make. Check out her recipe and create a Memorial Day snack for your family that is full of vitamins!

10. Bite-Size Strawberry Cheesecakes

I love how pretty these are! They are literally strawberries filled with cheesecakes. The Country Chic Cottage has the entire tutorial, it’s pretty simple and looks intricate and luxurious.

11. Red White & Blue Mini Cakes

These mini desserts will really dress up your table! I can’t stop looking at how pretty they are. Hello Little Home shows you how to get that layered look in the small size.

12. Fruit Kabobs

This is another really fun and festive way to serve red, white, and blue fruit! I love how Lydia Out Loud arranged the fruit so it looks like the American flag.

13. Patriotic Cake Pops

Cake pops are always fun to serve at parties and get-togethers. They are so easy to customize, you can decorate them however you want. I shared this recipe on my blog, Venture1105, check it out!

14. Rice Krispie Treat Pops

These are so easy to make and they turn out super cute. I love individual desserts because they look like they took all this time, but the secret is they can be made last-minute. Check out Baking Beauty’s recipe and you will see what I mean.

15. Patriotic Monster Cookies

Cookies are another super-easy dessert that kids can help make. The red, white, and blue M&M candies are perfect in them. That Skinny Chick Can Bake has the entire simple recipe.

15 Patriotic Memorial Day Recipes That Are Perfect for Backyard BBQs

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