15 American-Themed Foods To Make For Memorial Day

There are certain all-American foods that are considered by most to be barbecue standards — burgers, hot dogs, and endless amounts of pasta salad and cold drinks. But, this summer, kick things off with something a bit more creative. Spoon University compiled the best American-themed foods for Memorial Day that are just as delicious as they are patriotic. Think red, white, and blue drinks, desserts, skewers, and appetizers. Think star-shaped pigs in a blanket, and hot dogs with a (literal) twist. Your Memorial Day barbecue is going to be the best no matter what because, hi, it's summer, but there is plenty of room to take things up a notch in the menu department while still sticking to your patriotic theme.

Of course, if by the end of this roundup you are still craving burgers and brats, by all means go for it. Those are classics for a reason, you know. But for an extra Instagram-worthy food spread, these recipes are where it's at.

Summer is finally here, which means it is time to indulge in the classic American summer foods, like watermelon, hot dogs, soda, and more. With Memorial Day approaching soon and Fourth of July right around the corner, here are 15 ways to turn your favorite foods into American-themed masterpieces.

1. American Flag Jell-O Shots

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A perfect and patriotic twist on the classic party treat. Cheers, America!

2. Red, White, and Blue Soda

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Cool off from the early summer heat with this colorful Kool-Aid drink by adding your favorite soda.

3. American Flag Fruit Sticks

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What’s a better way to kick off the summer than with this four-ingredient, five-step recipe?

4. Star-Spangled Pigs in a Blanket

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Cute, simple, and festive. Plus, what’s more American than mini hot dogs? Nothing, that’s what.

5. Patriotic Oreo Pops

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Spice up America’s favorite cookie with this unique and delicious snack.

6. Festive Fruit-Filled Panini

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Ooey, gooey goodness. Need we say more?

7. Memorial Day “BBQ Grill” Cupcakes

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It really is s’cute. Get creative with this delicious recipe inspired by Memorial Day cookouts and barbecue.

8. Red Velvet, White, and Blue Cake Pops

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Impress your Memorial Day guests with these patriotic, red velvet cake pops.

9. Red, White, and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Valentine’s Day’s patriotic cousin. These little guys are fun to make, and are sure to go quick during the summer.

10. Memorial Day Cookies

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It’s as simple as adding food coloring to your favorite cookie recipe. Top it off with some sprinkles or icing.

11. Patriotic Pancakes

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Start your Memorial Day Monday morning with a hot stack of patriotic pancakes. All you need is blueberries and strawberries — and don’t forget the whipped cream!

12. Red, White, and Blue Cocktail

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A patriotic twist on the otherwise American cranberry vodka. Make it even more festive by adding star fruit or star-shaped ice cubes.

13. Spiral Hot Dogs

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Because they’re so much cooler than normal hot dogs. Plus, they get really crispy on the inside and look like confetti with condiments.

14. Patriotic Cheesecake and Berry Parfait

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This no-bake sweet treat is perfect for early mornings or cooling off in the late afternoons.

15. Red, White, and Blue Fruit Tart

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Satisfy your sweet tooth and love for ‘Murica with this relatively healthy dessert. Top it off with some shredded coconut or lemon zest.

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