13 Easy Dishes To Make For Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day marks the official start of summer, and if you're planning to celebrate with a BBQ or picnic, we've curated the absolute best dishes in each possible category for you.

Whether you're grilling burgers and hot dogs, serving a salad or prepping dessert, we're bringing you the best of the best.

1. Chili Dogs or Chili Burgers with BBQ Coleslaw

Rachael's Chili Dogs or Chili Burgers with BBQ Coleslaw
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This recipe is all about the toppings: a quick chili sauce and a sweet-tangy red slaw.

Watch Rach make it in the video above!

GET THE RECIPE: Chili Dogs or Chili Burgers with BBQ Coleslaw

2. Spicy Guacamole

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Actor and chef David Burtka steers away from the classics when making the guacamole from his cookbook, Life Is A Party.

GET THE RECIPE: Spicy Guacamole

3. Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

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The summery salad from Rach features rotisserie chicken, so it's extremely easy to put together and will look amazing on the table.

GET THE RECIPE: Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

4. Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

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Charred pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness to Josh Capon's skirt steak tacos.

GET THE RECIPE: Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

5. Watermelon Aperol Spritz Cocktail

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Ice cubes made with fresh watermelon and the vibrant, citrus Italian liqueur Aperol make this refreshing drink perfect for warm weather.

GET THE RECIPE: Watermelon Aperol Spritz Cocktail

6. BLT Ranch Burgers

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Nothing says Americana quite like ranch dressing, and this burger from Katie Lee Biegel has that and crispy bacon with fresh tomatoes. What more could you want?


7. Lobster Sliders

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Eating these lobster sliders from "Fantasy Foodball" contestant Cindy will make you feel like you're on vacation.

GET THE RECIPE: Lobster Sliders

8. Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

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This lemonade from Andrew Zimmern is refreshing for the whole family and will cool guests down on a hot summer day.

GET THE RECIPE: Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

9. Slow-Cooker Street Corn

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This slow cooker corn on the cob from Sunny Anderson is seasoned with Cotija cheese, mayo, lime + cayenne pepper for a street corn-style finish inspired by her Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park.

GET THE RECIPE: Slow-Cooker Street Corn

10. Cheeseburger Hot Dogs

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These cheeseburger-style hot dogs combine two summertime favorites in just one bun.

GET THE RECIPE: Cheeseburger Hot Dogs

11. Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

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This slow-cooker recipe for barbecue chicken sandwiches from "The View" co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is a crowd-pleaser and easy to make in bulk. Bonus: They're gluten-free!

GET THE RECIPE: Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

12. Watermelon Sorbet Sandwiches

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Senior Culinary Producer Jeanette Donnarumma—our resident watermelon queen—gets crafty with sweet summer watermelon for an ice-cold treat.

GET THE RECIPE: Watermelon Sorbet Sandwiches

13. Red, White & Blue Yogurt Ice Pops

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End your meal with a delicious and nutritious treat that Jessica Alba makes for her own kids: homemade ice pops bursting with fresh fruit!

GET THE RECIPE: Red, White & Blue Yogurt Ice Pops

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