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Fire Up the Grill: A Memorial Day Weekend Guide

Grilling burgers outside on Memorial Day

Hey there, grill masters and backyard BBQ enthusiasts! Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to dust off your grill, gather your friends and family, and savor the start of summer with some deliciously grilled goodies. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie, we’ve got you covered with tips for grilling different kinds of meats, veggies, and even desserts. Let’s get that grill sizzling!


Grilling Meats to Perfection

Burgers and Hot Dogs

   – Burgers: For juicy burgers, use ground beef with an 80/20 meat-to-fat ratio. Make your patties about ¾ inch thick and create a slight indent in the center to prevent puffing up. Grill over medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness. Remember to let them rest for a few minutes before serving!

   – Hot Dogs: Score your hot dogs with shallow diagonal cuts to ensure they cook evenly. Grill over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes, turning frequently until they have a nice char.


   – Breasts: Pound chicken breasts to even thickness for uniform cooking. Marinate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight for maximum flavor). Grill over medium heat for about 6-7 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

   – Thighs: These are more forgiving than breasts and stay juicy. Grill over medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes per side.


   – Choose cuts like ribeye, T-bone, or sirloin for great flavor. Season with salt and pepper or your favorite steak rub. For a perfect medium-rare, grill over high heat for about 4-5 minutes per side. Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 135°F.


   – Opt for baby back or spare ribs. Apply a dry rub the night before. Pre-cook ribs in the oven for a couple of hours at 275°F, then finish on the grill over medium heat, basting with BBQ sauce until caramelized and slightly charred.


Veggies on the Grill

Grilling vegetables brings out their natural sweetness and adds a delightful smoky flavor. Here are some veggie tips:

Corn on the Cob

   – Peel back the husks without removing them, remove the silk, and then soak the corn in water for 15 minutes. Grill over medium heat for 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally. For extra flavor, spread with herb butter before grilling.

Bell Peppers, Zucchini, and Eggplant

   – Slice into thick strips or rounds and toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes per side until tender and slightly charred.

Portobello Mushrooms

   – Remove stems and marinate caps in a mixture of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and garlic for at least 30 minutes. Grill over medium heat for 5-7 minutes per side until tender.


   – Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Grill over medium-high heat for about 2-3 minutes per side.


Sweet Endings: Grilled Desserts

Yes, you can grill desserts too! Here are some scrumptious ideas:

Grilled Pineapple

   – Slice pineapple into rings or spears, brush with honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Grill over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side until caramelized.

Grilled Peaches

   – Halve and pit the peaches, then brush with melted butter. Grill over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


   – No campfire? No problem! Wrap graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows in foil packets. Grill over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes until gooey.

Grilled Pound Cake

   – Slice pound cake into thick slices, brush with butter, and grill over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes per side until lightly toasted. Top with fresh berries and whipped cream.


Final Tips for a Great Grilling Experience

– Preheat your grill: Give it a good 10-15 minutes to heat up to ensure even cooking.

– Oil the grill grates: Prevent sticking by oiling the grates with a paper towel soaked in oil.

– Keep it clean: Use a grill brush to clean the grates before and after grilling.

– Have a spray bottle: Keep a spray bottle of water handy for flare-ups.

– Let it rest: Allow meats to rest for a few minutes before serving to retain juices.


This Memorial Day weekend, embrace the joy of grilling and make your cookout a memorable one. Whether you’re flipping burgers, charring veggies, or caramelizing fruits, there’s something magical about cooking over an open flame. We have many items you may need for your Memorial Day meal, so before you grab your apron, fire up that grill, and enjoy the flavors of summer, come check us out.

Happy grilling, everyone! 🍔🌽🍑🔥