40 Easy Memorial Day Recipes | BBQ Menu Ideas

Easy recipes that are also nutrient-dense and healthy.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and you might be feeling some stress. I am, anyway – I always worry about ruining my diet plan with all the unhealthy food available at these types of parties. This year, I’m hosting the party and I have the best BBQ menu ideas. These easy Memorial Day recipes are not only quick to prepare, but they’re healthy and filled with nutrient-dense ingredients.

Even if you’re not hosting the party, you can bring some of these easy Memorial Day recipes as your potluck offering. No one will even notice that they’re healthy, because these dishes are going to be super delicious!

1. One-Pack Shrimp Bake

This foil-baked shrimp makes cleanup a breeze, and it’s filled with so many tasty ingredients!

2. BBQ Chicken Foil Packets

One of these foil packets is perfect to throw on the grill. Protein and veggies, all in one tasty package!

3. Foil Baked Chicken and Broccoli

If you’re worried about healthy options, bring your own foil baked chicken. Everyone else will be jealous!

4. Black Bean Superfood Burgers

Skip the meat with these black bean burgers. These superfood burgers are absolutely packed with delicious flavor.

5. Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Burger

Combine your favorite wing flavors of buffalo and ranch with a meatless burger. Plant-based burgers are tasty and healthy.

6. Turkey Burger with Avocado Relish

You can’t go wrong with a burger that has avocado on top. No one will know these aren’t beef!

7. Quinoa Mushroom Burger

Combine superfood quinoa with nutrient-dense mushrooms for a tasty, vegan burger.

8. Grilled Salmon Sliders

Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids, so let’s turn them into the best burgers of the party! Miniaturize your meal by creating 8 delicious sliders from one filet of salmon.

9. Grilled Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Salad

Skip the bun and serve these turkey burgers with cucumber salad instead. The crunch will be super satisfying.

10. Spinach and Feta Turkey Burger with Tzatziki Sauce

Go Mediterranean-inspired with tzatziki sauce. Combined with salty feta, this will be one craveable burger.

11. Sweet Potato and BBQ Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Skip the bun and wrap up your favorite barbecue chicken in a lettuce leaf! It will be just as satisfying, and the sweet potatoes will add a punch of flavor.

12. Mediterranean Grilled Eggplant Burgers With Cheese

Mushrooms don’t always have to be the star of plant-based burger patties. Have some fun with eggplant steaks instead!

13. Spicy Southwestern Vegetarian Burger

Give your veggie patty a flavor boost with Southwestern flavors. Corn and green chilies will really make this burger something special.

14. Grilled Turkey Veggie Burgers

Add some veggies to your turkey patties to give them a flavor boost. The grated carrot and zucchini will keep this patty super moist as it cooks.

15. Low-Carb Philly Cheesesteaks

These Philadelphia-inspired cheesesteaks are sure to be a winner. They have all the flavor of a regular cheesesteak, but the lettuce wrap keeps things low-carb.

16. Portobello Burger with Savory Balsamic Marinade

A Portobello mushroom makes the perfect vegetarian burger patty. You don’t have to do anything except pull off the stem and grill it up!

17. Skinny Kale Burgers

Any excuse to eat the superfood kale is a good one. They make incredibly healthy plant-based burger patties, too!

18. Open-Faced Mediterranean Lamb Burger

Don’t let turkey and beef have all the fun. Lamb burgers are a great way to spice up the variety in your Memorial Day feast.

19. Cilantro Lime Three Bean Salad

The main dishes aren’t the only ones that will shine on this Memorial Day. Bring this three-bean salad to really brighten up the plate.

20. Southwestern Black Bean Salad

Add some pizzaz to your plate with the fresh flavors of the Southwest. Between the beans and the veggies, this is one nutrient-dense side dish.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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