11 Memorial Day Grilling Recipes

Memorial Day is coming up, and it is the perfect time to bring out the grill. In the United States we celebrate Memorial Day annually on the last Monday of May in honor and memory of United States military personnel.

It is also the traditional, yet unofficial, start of summer for most Americans. In celebration of the day, people kick off the season by grilling and gathering with loved ones. We have put together a list of 11 delicious recipes for grilling or enjoying with the bbq.

Your family and loved ones are sure to love these recipes, and for added bonus they are meal prep friendly!

Here are 11 of our favorite ways to fire up the grill and kick off summer!

Steak Fajitas

This deliciously marinated, grilled steak and fresh veggie steak fajita meal prep recipe is sure to make your mouth water! A new twist on a Memorial Day grilling recipe!

(Carbs: 38g - Protein: 34g - Fat: 37g) 

Grilled Halloumi & Watermelon Salad

A light and refreshing summer salad that comes together so quickly. Grilled halloumi adds some flavor and it's then layered with sweet watermelon and creamy avocado.

(Carbs: 27g - Protein: 13g - Fat: 28g) 

Related: Father's Day Grilling Recipes

Pesto Beef Kabobs

Beef kabobs dressed with an easy pesto sauce. Make this keto-friendly main dish on the grill or on a grill pan.

(Carbs: 7g - Protein: 37g - Fat: 40g) 

Teriyaki Salmon & Pineapple Skewers

Colorful salmon and pineapple skewers get dressed up with a healthier teriyaki sauce. Get creative and add your favorite vegetables for a great Memorial Day grilling recipe. Or bake everything on a sheet pan for an easy weeknight dinner.

(Carbs: 30g - Protein: 33g - Fat: 18g) 

Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing

DIY Healthy Homemade Ranch Dressing that you can make ahead and store in your fridge. You definitely need to have a handful of sauces to flavor your meal preps.

(Carbs: 4g - Protein: 6g - Fat: 1g)

Grill Basket Sausage and Peppers

Grill Basket Sausage and Peppers. Make grilling quick and easy with a simple accessory—the grill basket! Serve with rice, potatoes, or on its own.

Calories: 260kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 19g 

Vegetarian Chorizo & Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

You won’t miss the meat with this smoky and spicy vegetarian stuffed peppers! Quinoa and soy chorizo provide a hearty texture along with fire-roasted corn for a Southwestern-inspired dish that works great as a side to all your Memorial Day grilling recipes.

(Carbs: 57g - Protein: 14g - Fat: 14g) 

Related: How to Perfectly Grill Vegetables Every Time!

Pork Burger w/ Eggplant Buns

Get creative with your Memorial Day grilling! Pork burgers topped with grilled zucchini and sandwiched in an eggplant bun make for a delicious Whole30 (and Keto) compliant meal.

(Carbs: 11g - Protein: 39g - Fat: 45g) 

Mexican Street Corn Dip

This hearty gluten-free Mexican street corn dip is incredibly flavorful. Grill the corn, and the mayonnaise and sour cream add fat to satisfy a snack craving. Such a great add to Memorial Day grilling recipe repertoire.

(Carbs: 24g - Protein: 4g - Fat: 20g) 

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

If you’re in need of a keto-friendly snack to get you over the midday slump, these bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers will satisfy with smoky bacon and cream cheese!

(Carbs: 4g - Protein: 14g - Fat: 24g)

Grilled Steak & Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Rib eye steaks are hand rubbed and grilled to perfection in this easy recipe! Serve with a side of roasted garlic and thyme potatoes and a steamed vegetable for a hearty meal.

(Carbs: 26g - Protein: 27g - Fat: 31g) 

Grilled Halloumi & Summer Squash Kabob

Perfect for summer, this meal is delicious and served warm or chilled for those scorching hot summer days.

(Carbs: 41g - Protein: 32g - Fat: 40g) 

Pro Tip: Using oil is crucial when grilling vegetables because it helps prevent sticking, enhances flavor, and promotes even cooking. By coating vegetables with oil, you ensure they remain moist and develop a deliciously crisp exterior without burning. Different oils have varying smoke points, which determine their suitability for high-heat grilling.

For instance, oils like avocado and grapeseed oil are excellent for grilling due to their high smoke points, while olive oil adds a delightful flavor but should be used at moderate temperatures.

To learn more about the different types of cooking oils and how to use them effectively, check out this informative article: Types of Cooking Oil to Use.

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