13 Easy Memorial Day Dishes To Make This Holiday 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. Rachael's 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: Rachael's Chili Dogs or Chili Burgers with BBQ Coleslaw

2. David Burtka's Guacamole

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: David Burtka's Guacamole

3. Rachael's Rotisserie Chicken Cobb Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing

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

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

4. Josh Capon's Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

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These tacos are easy to prepare to feed a crowd, and the smoky grilled flavor of the meat will remind everyone of what's right around the corner — summer!

GET THE RECIPE: Josh Capon's Skirt Steak Tacos with Charred Pineapple

5. Watermelon Aperol Spritz Cocktail

watermelon spritz
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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. Katie Lee's BLT Ranch Burgers

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

GET THE RECIPE: Katie Lee's BLT Ranch Burgers

7. Cindy Saavedra's Wicked Good Lobster Sliders

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If you want to evoke the summer flavors of New England at your gathering, try Cindy Saavedra's lobster sliders.

GET THE RECIPE: Cindy Saavedra's Wicked Good Lobster Sliders

8. Andrew Zimmern's Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

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This lemonade is refreshing for the whole family, and will cool guests down on a hot day.

GET THE RECIPE: Andrew Zimmern's Cucumber-Mint Lemonade

9. Sunny Anderson's Slow-Cooker Sunset Park Corn

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Summer corn never tasted so good.

GET THE RECIPE: Sunny Anderson's Slow-Cooker Sunset Park Corn

10. "Cheeseburger" Hot Dogs

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Two summertime faves in just one bun!

GET THE RECIPE: "Cheeseburger" Hot Dogs

11. Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

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These BBQ chicken sandwiches are a crowd-pleaser and easy to make in bulk. Bonus: Elisabeth's recipe is gluten-free!

GET THE RECIPE: Elisabeth Hasselbeck's Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Red Cabbage Mango Slaw

12. Watermelon Slice Sorbet Sandwiches

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

GET THE RECIPE: Watermelon Slice Sorbet Sandwiches

13. Jessica Alba's Fresh Fruit 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: Jessica Alba's Fresh Fruit Ice Pops

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