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Memorial Day recipes that will make your weekend awesome

It's Memorial Day weekend, the kick-off to summer! Barbecue season begins Saturday. Here's what you should be making to get things off on the right foot.

BURGERS

This double-decker burger is topped minimally, with cheese
Photo Credit: ohsweetbasil.com

This double-decker burger is topped minimally, with cheese and pickles. Blogger Oh Sweet Basil says the secret is in the meat. She uses a blend of 60% ground chuck and 40% brisket. Keep it moist! Get the recipe at: ohsweetbasil.com.

Festive popsicles

These beauties promise to make your party delicious
Photo Credit: becca-bakes.com

These beauties promise to make your party delicious and fun. Get the recipe at: becca-bakes.com.

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno dogs

These bad boys are what we would call
Photo Credit: portandfin.com

These bad boys are what we would call "fully loaded." But they aren't your traditional hot dog with saurkraut and mustard. Nope. These dogs are not only wrapped in bacon but also topped with jalapenos, guacamole, onions and cheddar cheese. Get the recipe at: portandfin.com.

Mix it up with watermelon

Here's something we've never seen before: watermelon cake
Photo Credit: paleocupboard.com

Here's something we've never seen before: watermelon cake that is not at all what you imagine. Talk about creativity! Get the recipe at: paleocupboard.com.

Mini burger cupcakes!

This creative twist of the cupcake is perfect
Photo Credit: hellosociety.com

This creative twist of the cupcake is perfect for a grill out. You can eat a burger, and then another burger. YESSSSS. Get the recipe at: hellosociety.com.

Fun drinks for kids and adults

This blue drink can be altered all you
Photo Credit: fakeginger.com

This blue drink can be altered all you want. We would cut down on the amount of sugar, or use seltzer instead of lemon-lime soda, for example. And the great thing is this drink can work as a base for both adults and kids. For adults, omit the Swedish Fish (though you don't have to!) and add vodka or gin. Get the recipe at: fakeginger.com.

Barbecue Chicken

A barbecue isn't a barbecue and a grill-out
Photo Credit: thepauperedchef.com

A barbecue isn't a barbecue and a grill-out isn't a grill-out and a lawn party isn't a lawn party without barbecue chicken. This is an in-depth and well explained recipe. Get it at: thepauperedchef.com.

Fancy asparagus and prosciutto

While this recipe says use a broiler you
Photo Credit: chow.com

While this recipe says use a broiler you can just as easily grill. We recommend blanching the asparagus in some boiling water for 2-3 minutes first. Let the stalks cool before wrapping with asparagus. Get the recipe at: chow.com.

AMERICA

That's what we call this absolutely gut-busting and
Photo Credit: tasteandtellblog.com

That's what we call this absolutely gut-busting and appealing Memorial Day recipe: America! You just might want to make everyday a holiday so you can eat this all the time. Get the recipe at: tasteandtellblog.com.

Patriotic Punch

Punches are versatile so treat this recipe like
Photo Credit: karaspartyideas.com

Punches are versatile so treat this recipe like a canvas that you can alter however you see fit. What we love are the festively-shaped fruits, so make sure you do that and serve it in a see-through pitcher. Get the recipe at: karaspartyideas.com.

Patriotic pies in a jar

These are just too cute -- and serving
Photo Credit: thenerdswife.com

These are just too cute -- and serving them in a little Mason jar will facilitate easy eating. It's also green - no waste! Get the recipe at: thenerdswife.com.

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle

This is one of those healthy-ish desserts that
Photo Credit: skinnytaste.com

This is one of those healthy-ish desserts that looks incredible. We love the presentation here and the recipe couldn't me simpler. If you don't want a dietary version, use full fat and sugar versions of the milk and pudding and make your own whipped cream. Get the recipe at: skinnytaste.com.

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