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38 Last-Minute Memorial Day Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes

The best Memorial Day food doesn't have to take hours—these recipes are ready in a flash.

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Buffalo Beef BurgersTaste of Home

Buffalo Beef Burgers

This tangy, amped up burger puts a new twist on Buffalo wings and buffalo burgers. -Michael Cohen, Los Angeles, California

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Red, White and Blue Summer SaladTaste of Home

Red, White and Blue Summer Salad

Caprese and fresh fruit always remind me of summer. In this salad, I combine traditional Caprese flavors with summer blueberries and peaches. I also add prosciutto for saltiness, creating a balanced, flavor-packed side dish. —Emily Falke, Santa Barbara, California

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Summertime Watermelon Punch for a CrowdTaste of Home

Summertime Watermelon Punch for a Crowd

I attended a patio party years ago where the hostess had a clever watermelon “bowl” with a scalloped edge and filled with this punch. It was the hit of the party, and she was kind enough to share the delicious punch recipe with me. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Easy Seafood SaladTaste of Home

Easy Seafood Salad

This easy seafood salad was inspired by a dish I had in the Bahamas that featured conch. I substituted crab and shrimp and like it even more! —Cindy Heyd, Edmond, Oklahoma

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Grilled Chicken Ranch BurgersTaste of Home

Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers

This is one of the most fantastic, flavorful burgers I've ever made. Ranch is a favorite in dips and dressings, and believe me, it doesn't disappoint in these burgers, either! —Kari Shifflett, Lake Mills, Iowa

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Feta Cheese-Stuffed TomatoesTaste of Home

Feta Cheese-Stuffed Tomatoes

These tempting cheese-stuffed tomatoes are bursting with fresh flavor. Use the small end of a melon scoop to easily remove the pulp. —Laura LeRoy, Waxhaw, North Carolina

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Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill SauceTaste of Home

Lemony Grilled Salmon Fillets with Dill Sauce

Grilled lemons add a smoky tartness to a butter sauce made to enjoy with grilled salmon. A touch of dill adds a fresh, clean finish. —April Lane, Greeneville, Tennessee

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Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with OlivesTaste of Home

Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with Olives

This quick and flavorful salad recipe always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. It's a timesaver during the holidays, as it can be made ahead. —Angela Spengler, Niceville, FL

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Sesame Ginger Beef SkewersTaste of Home

Sesame Ginger Beef Skewers

My family loves the flavors of these zippy kabobs. They're perfect for a laid-back cookout in the backyard. —Jasey McBurnett, Rock Springs, Wyoming

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Grilled Mahi MahiTaste of Home

Grilled Mahi Mahi

Instead of grilling out the usual hamburgers or chicken breasts, prepare this mahi mahi from our Test Kitchen and reel in raves!

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Crispy Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Crispy Fried Chicken

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

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Easy Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Easy Deviled Eggs

After wondering how to make deviled eggs for years, I stumbled across this recipe. It comes from the Durbin Inn, a well-known restaurant in Rushville, Indiana from the 1920s until it closed in the late '70s. The eggs are delicious, and it's easy to make more for larger gatherings. —Margaret Sanders, Indianapolis, Indiana

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Cola BurgersTaste of Home

Cola Burgers

A friend who's an excellent cook shared this hamburger recipe with me, and it has since become a family favorite. The unusual combination of cola and French salad dressing added to the ground beef gives it fabulous flavor. The mixture is also used as a basting sauce on the moist burgers. -Melva Baumer, Millmont, Pennsylvania

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Colorful Fruit KabobsTaste of Home

Colorful Fruit Kabobs

"These luscious fruit kabobs are perfect as a summer appetizer, snack or side dish," assures Ruth Ann Stelfox of Raymond, Alberta. "The citrus glaze clings well and keeps the fruit looking fresh."

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Confetti Macaroni SaladTaste of Home

Confetti Macaroni Salad

The bits of bright red and green in this easy macaroni salad remind me of fun confetti. The inspiration for the dish came from a recipe I found in a church cookbook when I was a young writer responsible for a newspaper’s food section. —Renee Page, Rochelle, Illinois

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Chipotle Chili DogsTaste of Home

Chipotle Chili Dogs

Long live childhood favorites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. The medium spice level means that people of all ages love the flavors. —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota

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Grilled Banana Brownie SundaesTaste of Home

Grilled Banana Brownie Sundaes

My niece Amanda Jean and I have a lot of fun in the kitchen creating different dishes. One of us will start with a recipe idea and it just grows from there—and so does the mess. In this case, the happy result was our Grilled Banana Brownie Sundae. —Carol Farnsworth, Greenwood, Indiana

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Watermelon GazpachoTaste of Home

Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a delightfully simple, elegant dish. Serve as a side or with pita and hummus for a meal. It’s so refreshing—guests will love it. —Nicole Deelah, Nashville, Tennessee

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Flat Iron Steak SaladTaste of Home

Flat Iron Steak Salad

My steak salad with avocado and radishes is a big plate of summer deliciousness. I sometimes add dried cranberries and cherry tomatoes, but you can customize it to suit your tastes. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Zippy Shrimp SkewersTaste of Home

Zippy Shrimp Skewers

These flavorful skewers deliver a mouthwatering kick with minimal effort. Fix them for your next party and watch them disappear. —Jalayne Luckett, Marion, Illinois

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Ginger Pound Cake S'moresTaste of Home

Ginger Pound Cake S'mores

Kids and adults won't be able to resist this fun spin on campfire S'mores. Pound cake replaces the traditional graham cracker while crystallized ginger adds a unique flavor twist. —Peter Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas

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Fiesta Corn Chip SaladTaste of Home

Fiesta Corn Chip Salad

This Frito corn salad is always requested by friends and family! Super easy and great alongside just about any main course. Quick tip: wait on adding Fritos until you're about to serve as they tend to get soggy after a few hours. —Mandy Mckinnon, North Canton, Ohio

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Star-Spangled ParfaitsTaste of Home

Star-Spangled Parfaits

The best time for this dessert is mid-summer, when the blueberries are thick in our northern woods. Red raspberries can be added to the mixed berries, too, to brighten up the patriotic colors.—Anne Theriault, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Sweet Onion Pimiento Cheese Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Sweet Onion Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs

For my mother's 92nd birthday, we had pimiento cheese deviled eggs as part of the spread. They’re timeless and always in good taste. —Linda Foreman, Locust Grove, Oklahoma

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Summertime TeaTaste of Home

Summertime Tea

You can’t have a summer gathering around here without this sweet tea to cool you down. It’s wonderful for sipping while basking by the pool. —Angela Lively, Baxter, Tennessee

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Grilled Huli Huli ChickenTaste of Home

Grilled Huli Huli Chicken

I got this grilled chicken recipe from a friend while living in Hawaii. It sizzles with the flavors of brown sugar, ginger and soy sauce. Huli means "turn" in Hawaiian. This sweet and savory glaze is fantastic on pork chops, too. —Sharon Boling, San Diego, California

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Grilled Tilapia with MangoTaste of Home

Grilled Tilapia with Mango

This is a different twist on tilapia that I created for my wife. She enjoyed the combination of mango with Parmesan. Somehow it tastes even better outside on the deck with a cold glass of iced tea. —Gregg May, Columbus, Ohio

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Grilled Vegetable PlatterTaste of Home

Grilled Vegetable Platter

The best of summer in one dish! This pretty grilled vegetable recipe is meant for entertaining. Grilling brings out their natural sweetness, and the easy marinade really kicks up the grilled vegetables' flavor. —Heidi Hall, North St. Paul, Minnesota

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Berry Puff PancakeTaste of Home

Berry Puff Pancake

Breakfast is my husband's favorite meal of the day. I use our homegrown blueberries in this sweet morning treat. —Cecilia Morgan, Milwaukie, Oregon

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Orange-Spiced ChickenTaste of Home

Orange-Spiced Chicken

Five ingredients are all you’ll need for this fast and extremely flavorful marinade. With one taste, it’ll become your most-requested chicken recipe! —Debra Stevens, Lutz, Florida

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Chicken Parmesan BurgersTaste of Home

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

A restaurant-quality burger that's topped with marinara and loaded with cheese—what's not to love? Fresh basil adds even more flavor. —Brooke Petras, Alpine, California

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Spiked LemonadeTaste of Home

Spiked Lemonade

Rum gives a tropical addition to this fabulous homemade lemonade. If you have vodka on hand, try that instead of the rum. —Susan Hein, Burlington, Wisconsin

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Homemade GuacamoleTaste of Home

Homemade Guacamole

Ever wonder how to make guacamole? Just whip together this delicious blend of your favorite fresh ingredients.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Cheesecake Berry ParfaitsTaste of Home

Cheesecake Berry Parfaits

Berry season is a real treat for me. This layered delight is an easy way to enjoy a hint of cheesecake, and it’s a refreshing change from traditional pudding and fruit parfaits. —Patricia Schroedl, Jefferson, Wisconsin

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Quick Watermelon SalsaTaste of Home

Quick Watermelon Salsa

On hot days, this sweet combo of watermelon, pineapple and fresh cilantro has everything you want. The flavors blend beautifully, it’s pretty, and it comes together in no time. —Betsy Hanson, Tiverton, Rhode Island

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Club Roll-UpsThe musical "Waitress"

Club Roll-Ups

Packed with meat, cheese and olives, these roll-ups are always a hit at parties.

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Smash BurgersTaste of Home

Smash Burgers

The best smash burger recipe comes with being liberal with the kosher salt—it's beef's best friend, trust me. Go for ground chuck that is at least 80/20. If you can find a blend with ground brisket or short rib, all the better. Now is not the time to cut the calories or skimp on the salt. —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Sun-Dried Tomato Grilled Cheese SandwichTaste of Home

Sun-Dried Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese is a classic quick and easy meal. I love experimenting with different combinations. This is one of my favorites. —jessie Apfe, Berkeley, California

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