Published: May 22, 2015

    5 Recipes for a Quick Memorial Day Meal

    Memorial Day is a solemn holiday—a day for remembering the brave men and women who gave their lives in the US armed forces. We hope you’ll take some time to remember those who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy such holidays with those we love. At the same time, the day has become the unofficial start of the summer barbecue season, and a popular family holiday.

    With that in mind we’d like to offer this quick and easy Memorial Day menu with some items that are perfect for good old-fashioned American cooking.

    Vintage Lemonade

    There’s a fair bit of sugar in this recipe, but you can cut it down as you see fit. On the plus side, it’s quick, tasty, and better for you than store-bought lemonade


    • 5 lemons
    • 1 ¼ quarts filtered water
    • 1 ¼ cups sugar

    Wash the lemons in filtered water, then thinly peel the rinds. Place the peeled lemons to one side, put the rinds in a large jug, and sprinkle sugar over them. Gently stir them to make sure the sugar’s well-distributed, but don’t overdo it—rough handling will add bitterness to the lemonade.

    Let the sugared rinds stand for an hour, absorbing flavorful oils from the lemon rinds. When the hour’s up, bring 1 ¼ quarts of filtered water to a boil and pour over the sugared lemon peel. Let stand for 20 minutes and remove the rinds without squeezing them.

    Squeeze the lemons, and add the juice to the water using a strainer. Stir well, refrigerate, and serve over plenty of ice.

    Fruit skewers

    Quick, easy, and healthy, fruit skewers make a great distraction for the kids while they’re waiting for their burgers.


    • 5 strawberries, halved
    • ¼ cantaloupe, peeled and diced
    • 2 bananas, peeled and diced
    • 1 apple, diced
    • 20 skewers

    Wash all fruit in filtered water, dice and halve, and thread onto skewers. Or put the diced fruit in a bowl and let kids make their own skewers.

    Memorial Day Hamburgers

    These juicy hamburgers will get the BBQ season off to the right start.


    • 1 ½lb lean ground beef
    • ½ onion, finely chopped
    • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon Worchester
    • 1 egg
    • 1oz package dry onion soup
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Form into four patties. Grill for five minutes on each side or until well done. Serve on your favorite buns and with a selection of condiments.

    Potato Salad

    This spiced-up version of an old standby goes well with burgers and fresh garden salad.


    • 5lb red potatoes
    • 1 large onion chopped
    • 2 ½ cups mayo
    • ¼ cup prepared yellow mustard
    • 6 hard cooked eggs, diced
    • Salt and pepper

    Wash potatoes and place in large pot. Fill the pot with enough filtered water to cover potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium. Cook until potatoes are tender enough to pierce with a fork—about fifteen minutes.

    Drain and cool. Remove potato peel and cube.

    Mix onion, mayo, and mustard in a large boil. Stir in the diced egg and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Patriotic Strawberry Shortcake

    And finally, a dessert in honor of Old Glory.


    • 1 18.25oz package yellow cake mix
    • 1 8oz contained frozen whipped topping (can substitute whipped cream)
    • 1 pint blueberries
    • 2 pints fresh strawberries

    Follow the cake directions and bake in a 9×13 pan. Cool completely, and frost with the whipped topping or whipping cream. Place blueberries in a square in the upper corner, and arrange slice strawberries to create the Stars and Stripes. Chill until ready to serve.