Whether you’re grilling with your family or venturing into post-pandemic entertaining, these recipes will spark joy in you and everyone around you! Wishing you a happy Memorial Day filled with your favorite recipes and all the people who matter most.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake in a white dish.

Strawberry Jello Poke Cake.

Table of Contents
  1. Best Bacon Cheeseburger
  2. Easy Garden Salad
  3. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
  4. Scotcheroos
  5. Fruit Punch

Best Bacon Cheeseburger

If you’re like me, you’ve been eatings beer brats any day that is warm enough to grill! So this Memorial Day, I’m shifting gears ever so slightly in favor of burgers with bacon and cheese (or whatever else floats your boat!). I love a good burger!

Like many people, when bacon enters the picture, I usually go big or go home. This bacon cheeseburger is no different, because I pile bacon onto the patty, sneak it into the sauce, and even toast the bun with it. In this recipe, I go big and go home, because the absolute best bacon cheeseburger I've ever tasted is always the one I make myself.

More backyard barbecue favorites

Tri Tip

Today I’ll let you in on a California secret: The humble tri-tip. Part steak, part roast, and totally, absolutely, 100% delicious. This little-known cut of meat that’s sure to be the next big thing at…

40 minutes

Easy Garden Salad

There is no better way to celebrate new spring vegetables than with a fresh, colorful garden salad. Follow my ingredient suggestions OR create the salad of your dreams! And I’m all about store-bought shortcuts except when it comes to salad dressing. I hope you can find one you’ll love to make.

Ranch dressing being poured onto an easy garden salad in a clear bowl.

DIY Dressings

Ranch Dressing

This made-from-scratch Ranch Dressing is thick, creamy, and packed with fresh herbs, just the way you and your vegetables want it. It’s perfect for dipping, dressing, and tossing! Homemade Ranch is really easy to make.…

5 minutes

Favorite salad toppers

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Somewhere between a salad and dessert, this classic Midwestern side dish is the perfect combination of salty and sweet, creamy and crunchy, and downright delicious addictiveness. This strawberry version is most popular but the raspberry pretzel salad is good too!

A serving of strawberry pretzel salad on a white plate with a fork.

More classic Midwestern sides


These “elevated” Rice Krispy bars have peanut butter in the mix and melted chocolate and butterscotch on top. Make or bring a plate of them to pass and watch them disappear!

Scotcheroos on a cooling rack.

More treats to share

Congo Bars

Loaded with chocolate, nuts, and coconut, Congo Bars hit all the right notes. Some say nothing else even comes close to how good they are. No mixer is required and, like other bar cookies, they…

2 hours 35 minutes

Fruit Punch

Quench your thirst with this easy, tropical punch flavored with lemonade, orange juice, and pineapple juice. This recipe doesn’t have alcohol, but you can stash a bottle on the side (vodka, rum, brandy) for the adults who want a splash.

Fruit punch in three clear glasses.

More thirst quenchers

Strawberry Peach Frosé

This delicious Strawberry Peach Frosé is sweet, summery, and made with just 4 ingredients! If you keep frozen wine cubes on hand, you’ll always be 1 minute away from your own personal happy hour. My…

2 hours 5 minutes

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Memorial Day!

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