The unofficial start of summer begins! Whether or not your kids return to school on Tuesday, one thing is for sure: It’s time for summer eating. Whether you’re dining al fresco, picnicking on the beach, or taking cover from rain this weekend, we have all of your Memorial Day eats. Over 50 summer recipes and party tips, from grilled everything to long weekend worthy desserts — bring it on.

Related: 8 OMG summer party hacks for the food and drink at your next outdoor party.

 

Summer party hacks to host the best summer soiree on a budget | Cool Mom Eats

Before you start choosing between grilled burgers or slow cooked ribs, start with these 5 tricks to host a fabulous outdoor party on a budget.

 

Summer party hacks: Ready made cocktails at The Chic

Ready-Made Cocktails | The Chic

These brilliant summer party hacks for easy weekend entertaining are also perfect for the long weekend. Nothing fancy, just lots of clever ideas that will help keep your party — and you — feeling laid back.

 

Summer party recipes: Grilled Chicken for a Crowd at Cook the Story

Grilled Chicken for a Crowd | Cook the Story

Unless the weather punks out, I have a feeling that many of us will be grilling this weekend. If you’re having people over, these tips on how to grill for a crowd will save you. Because why does cooking more always end being harder?

 

The best hamburger recipes for summer grilling: The Burger Lover’s Burger at Epicurious

The Burger Lover’s Burger | Photo by Lara Ferroni for Epicurious

If the grill is on, I want burgers. It’s that simple. If you’re with me, start with these 6 expert tips for juicy burgers every time, then move on to these 5 mouthwatering burger recipes for inspiration.

 

Best recipes for summer grilling: Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad | What’s Gaby Cooking

Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad | What’s Gaby Cooking

Maybe steak is more your speed? This guide on how to cook steak perfectly, which includes a killer recipe for Grilled Skirt Steak with Tomato Salad, is one of our most popular posts of all time. You can see why.

 

Best recipes for summer grilling: Grilled Citrus Chicken Breasts | Photo by Maria del Mar Sacasa for Bon Appetit

Grilled Citrus Chicken Breasts | Photo by Maria del Mar Sacasa for Bon Appetit 

Even if you’re a die hard fan of grilled beef, these fantastic grilled chicken recipes will restore your faith in the bird. Because done right, juicy grilled chicken is pretty damn delicious.

 

Best recipes for summer grilling: Franklin Barbecue sauce | Cookbooks 365

Franklin Barbecue sauce | Cookbooks 365

No matter what your protein — and even if it’s plant-based — please put down the bottle of cheap supermarket BBQ sauce and whip up one of these easy BBQ sauce recipes. They are simple to make and so, so much better than anything you can grab off of the shelf.

 

Best recipe for summer grilling: Bahn Mi Hot Dogs | My Name is Yeh

Bahn Mi Hot Dogs | My Name is Yeh

If you ask me — and my kids — no BBQ is complete without a few dogs too. Keep them from being a second thought with these 6 killer hot dog recipes that will knock your socks off. Then try not to eat them all summer long.

 

Best recipes for summer grilling: How to grill pizza at Cool Mom Eats

Many of my vegetarian friends are fine with the standard veggie burger or veggie dog swap, but I think it’s a little boring when you can grill up pizzas instead. Our step-by-step guide on how to grill pizza will have you whipping up pro pies in no time. And keep it easy by using dough from your favorite pizzeria.

 

Best summer salad recipes: Mexican Corn Salad | Photo by Hirsheimer Hamilton for Bon Appetit

Mexican Corn Salad | Photo by Hirsheimer Hamilton for Bon Appetit

Do we have to talk veggies? I suppose it’s the responsible thing to do — and not so bad if we talk fresh corn. If the corn by you is already sweet, make sure you know how to boil corn perfectly and serve it with nothing more than butter and salt. Or use our trick for a no-mess way to cut corn off of the cob and make one of these 7 sweet corn salad recipes.

 

Best summer salad recipes: Wheat Berry Salad at Food Network

 Wheat Berry Salad | Food Network

These delicious, make-ahead grain salads also get in some veggies and hearty grains too.

 

Best recipes for summer grilling: Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches with Salted Bourbon Caramel | In Sock Monkey Slippers

Grilled Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Peaches with Salted Bourbon Caramel | In Sock Monkey Slippers

We can move on to dessert now, right? Phew. These sweet grilled fruit recipes are easy and light, a perfect way to end a BBQ, if you ask me.

 

Best summer dessert recipes: Birthday Cake Oreo Icebox Pie | Sweetest Menu

 Birthday Cake Oreo Icebox Pie | Sweetest Menu

Or, if you want to go with something a little more traditional (and decadent), whip up one of these easy icebox pie recipes that you can make ahead.

 

Best summer dessert recipes: DIY homemade ice cream cake using a genius hack at Cool Mom Eats

Another favorite summertime dessert that will make the kids happy (and you, too, if you get them in the kitchen to help make this), our easy DIY ice cream cake that uses the most amazing store-bought hack. GENIUS.Ins

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