What Should You Grill For Memorial Day

Memorial Day is here, and it's time to fire up the grill. Here are six Memorial Day Weekend grilling recipes:

Grilled Split Lobster

1. Grilled split lobster

Cooking lobster on the grill ensures that no water gets inside the shell, which means you'll get a more concentrated lobster flavor.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 live lobsters
  • Salt and pepper
  • Melted unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges


  • Prepare grill for medium-high heat
  • Chill lobsters in freezer 15 minutes before
  • Bisect the body and head of the lobster lengthwise, and then turn lobster around and cut lengthwise through the tail
  • Remove any tomalley or eggs
  • Rub cut side of lobsters with vegetable oil, and then season with salt and pepper
  • Grill, cut side down, pressing claws against the grill until meat is nearly cooked through, eight minutes
  • Turn and grill until shells are charred and meat is cooked through
  • Remove lobsters from the grill and serve with lemon wedges and melted butter
grilled thai chicken wings

2. Thai grilled chicken wings

The tangy dipping sauce is great with any meat.


  • 6 dried chiles
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 pounds of chicken wings
  • Skewers


  • To make the dipping sauce, mix together the chili powder, fish sauce, lime juice, sesame seeds, and sugar in a medium bowl
  • Prepare the grill for medium-high heat
  • Combine the oyster and soy sauces, sugar, oil, and pepper in a large bowl
  • Add the chicken wings, and toss to coat
  • Allow the wings to sit for 30 minutes
  • Thread the chicken wings through each skewer
  • Grill until lightly charred and cooked through
  • Serve with dipping sauce
lamb kebab with garlic yogurt sauce

3. Lamb kebabs with garlic yogurt

These lamb kebabs are seasoned with cumin and chile for some kick.


  • 1 grated garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1-inch pieces


  • To make the garlic yogurt sauce, mix together the garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, and yogurt in a small bowl
  • Coarsely grind cumin seeds, peppercorns, caraway seeds, red pepper flakes, and sugar in a spice mill
  • Prepare the grill for medium-high heat and oil grates
  • Thread lamb onto 6-to-8 skewers
  • Season with salt and the spice blend
  • Grill lamb over direct heat, turning every minute until browned and beginning to char
  • Move to a cooler side of the grill, and continue to grill until lamb is cooked to the desired doneness
  • Serve with yogurt sauce
Grilled halloumi

4. Grilled halloumi

This grilled halloumi is served with watermelon and basil-mint oil.


  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package halloumi cheese, cut into eight slices
  • 6 small triangles of thinly sliced watermelon


  • Puree the basil, mint, and garlic in a blender, and then add the olive oil
  • Strain the puree and season with salt and pepper
  • Prepare the grill for medium-high heat
  • Brush the grill rack with oil
  • Drizzle two tablespoons basil-mint oil over tomatoes and cheese, and then season with salt and pepper
  • Grill tomatoes until charred and bursting
  • Grill the cheese until charred and beginning to melt
  • Arrange the watermelon on a platter
  • Top with cheese and tomatoes
  • Drizzle remaining herb oil over it
Grilled clams with paprika butter

5. Grilled clams with paprika butter

Toss hot clams right off the grill with some butter so that the butter melts and mingles with the clam liquor.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pounds of clams


  • Prepare grill for medium-high heat
  • Place clams directly on the grill grate
  • Grill until they pop open, and then transfer to a large bowl
  • In a small bowl, mix the butter, paprika, celery seeds, and cayenne together until combined and season with salt and pepper
  • Add the butter to the bowl with the grilled clams
  • Toss to coat and transfer to a platter
Grilled Burgers

6. Grilled burgers

Make the patties ahead of time, which can be chilled up to eight hours.


  • 3 pounds ground beef chuck
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 potato rolls
  • Burger toppings
  • Salt and pepper


  • Form beef into eight 4"-diameter and 1" thick patties
  • Make a small indentation in centers to help keep patties flat
  • Prepare the grill for medium-high heat
  • Season patties with salt and pepper
  • Grill until lightly charred on the bottom
  • Flip and top with cheese
  • Grill patties to desired doneness
  • Serve on rolls with toppings

1. "75 Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Recipes," Bon Appetit, May 23, 2018.

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