Hey y’all, it’s Julia here, and I am so excited to share some mouthwatering Memorial Day recipes with you in this post that is all about the best Memorial Day finger foods!
Memorial Day is just around the corner, the unofficial start of summer here in the United States. It’s the perfect time to gather with family and friends to honor and remember those who have served our great country.
And what better way to celebrate the long weekend than with some good food? Whether you’re planning a backyard barbecue, heading to a neighbor’s cookout, or a picnic in the park, I’ve got some delicious dishes that will make your taste buds happy.
So, grab your apron, and let’s get to cooking! I’ve got ya covered with crown pleaser appetizers, hot dogs, potato salad, and all the fixings for your Memorial Day weekend.
Get ready to savor the flavors of Memorial Day with these finger-licking favorites and kick off the perfect holiday cookout!
What are Finger Foods?
Well, y’all, let me tell you about finger foods! To be quite honest, they can be whatever you want them to be.
Mostly, finger foods are those delightful little bites that you can pop right in your mouth with just a touch of your fingertips.
Finger foods can also include delightful morsels like easy appetizers, deviled eggs, mini quiches, sliders, burgers, hot dogs, or chicken tenders. Don’t let that stop you from serving up a couple of sides that require a fork though. We love our potato salad, coleslaw, and baked beans at a summer cookout.
I don’t know about you, but we love a good hot dog topped with my very popular Southern hot dog chili. It’s popular for a good reason! That is because it is made just the way that Nanny used to make it.
Listen, friend, I am all about bargain spices except when it comes to chili powder. The chili powder that you use for making hot dog chili makes all the difference if you want it to taste good. So, don’t skimp on a quality chili powder. I prefer McCormick’s myself.
This pepper jelly cream cheese appetizer ain’t just for the holidays, oh no. It’s so dang delicious, you’ll wanna whip it up any time of the year.
Trust me, your taste buds will be doing a happy dance once they get a taste of this sweet and spicy combo.
Serve it up with crackers and your memorial day party guests are going to gobble it right up! And, don’t worry y’all, I’ve got plenty more creamy dips that I’m sharing below that your party guests will love.
Like I mentioned earlier, don’t let the words “finger foods” cause you to think that you can’t serve up something that you need to eat with a fork. It is your memorial day celebration and you can serve up anything that you like.
My holiday potato salad is a family favorite and everyone wants me to make a big batch whenever we have get-togethers. It is a classic potato salad that everyone will love.
Y’all didn’t think that I was gonna forget about the sweet treats did ya? So how about a delicious classic strawberry pie made with fresh strawberries to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings after the main meal?
Doesn’t that sound delicious! Late spring and beginning of summer brings us plenty of fresh local strawberries here in South Carolina. I am loving everything strawberry right now!
Those fresh berries are irresistible in this easy recipe dessert. You will love it! Enjoy a slice of this pie on its own or with a scoop of your favorite ice cream.
If you're searching for delicious memorial day food ideas then you've come to the right place. These are my top picks for the best finger foods and appetizers along with main dishes, tasty bites, and sweets for your memorial day weekend celebration. There's no better way to enjoy the start of summer with remembering our fallen heroes with a big party with lots of delicious food to share with family and friends.
Memorial Day Appetizers
Delicious finger foods and appetizers for your memorial day weekend.
This corn dip is an old timey favorite that everyone loves. There is lots of good stuff in this creamy dip made with sour cream, cream cheese and mayo. Enjoy it with tortilla chips, toast points or crackers.
Easy bruschetta recipe using fresh cherry tomatoes from the garden to prepare this tasty Italian antipasto appetizer. Guests will love every tasty bit of this simple appetizer and the amazing flavor of fresh herbs with the tomatoes and balsamic glaze.
Delicious and spicy homemade classic shrimp cocktail sauce recipe to enjoy with fish, shrimp, prawns and other seafood. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and your guests will be delighted with this fresh take on a seafood classic.
An easy recipe to create a delicious ham and cheese roll up appetizer with flaky puff pastry. Ham and cheese pinwheels are always a hit at gatherings making it a great recipe addition to your collection of party foods.
This super easy spinach dip is always a crowd pleaser at any event. Whether you serve it warm or cold, people can’t seem to get enough of this delicious appetizer . This is naturally a gluten free recipe without any special ingredients required.
Mini Tostada Bites are the perfect Mexican Appetizer! Homemade flour tortilla cups are filled with beans, ground beef, cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and more! Add a squeeze of lemon juice for burst of flavor that guests will love!
Slow cooker bbq beef sandwiches are a great crockpot recipe and perfect for busy days. Serve the delicious barbecued beef on toasted sandwich buns with your favorite toppings and sides for a meal that the whole family will love this memorial day weekend.
A delicious tried and true Crunchy Broccoli Salad recipe with a sweet creamy dressing combined with broccoli, crispy bacon, pecans and grapes for a delicious blend of flavors that everyone loves. This broccoli salad is a great side to enjoy at home or sharing at your potluck gatherings.
This amazing grape salad recipe with a creamy dressing, pineapple and crunchy pecan brown sugar topping is an amazing sweet side or dessert that is perfect for sharing. Enjoy grape salad for family suppers and holiday gatherings.
Make this zesty Italian pasta salad for the perfect side dish to bring to to your memorial weekend cookouts! Made in under 30 minutes, it’s full of fresh vegetables, tangy Italian dressing, and feta cheese.
Memorial Day Desserts
Here are a few more sweet options for your Memorial day feast.
This Creamy Fruit Salad is sweet and creamy with lots of apples, grapes, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and blueberries. Plus there’s some shredded coconut and chopped pecans. The fruit is coated in a creamy mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise. It is perfect sharing this memorial weekend.
A simple elegant dessert of apple pie pinwheels served with ice cream and caramel sauce
Welcome to Summer Y’all!
Thanks for stopping by for the best memorial day finger foods! I am so glad that you did. It’s been a mighty fine time spending this Memorial Day weekend with all of you!
From firing up the grill to savoring all of those tasty dishes, , we’ve celebrated the brave men and women who have served our great nation.
let’s cherish the memories made, hold our loved ones a little tighter, and always keep gratitude in our hearts. Wishing y’all a blessed and happy Memorial Day weekend. Until we meet again, love and happy cooking!
Hey Y'all! I'm Julia, the cook and writer behind the recipes here at Julia's Simply Southern. I began my website so that I could share easy to follow recipes that anyone can use to put a home cooked meal on the dinner table. Thanks so much for stopping by!