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10 Game & Fish Recipes to Grill for Your Memorial Day Cookout [PICS]

Whether you spend Memorial Day at the beach, on the boat, or in the backyard, you'll want to fire up your grill for these awesome grilled game & fish recipes.

The Mother Huddle
The Mother Huddle

It's finally (almost) summer, and the weather is perfect. What better way to kick off the season than with a big cookout, enjoyed with family and friends, and starring everything from venison hot dogs to grilled cobia.

It's time to break out those grilling tongs, grab a fresh bag of charcoal, and invite everyone over - Memorial Day is almost here!

Click through the slideshow to 10 of the best grilling recipes for Memorial Day. 

Grilled Breakfast Pizza

How Sweet Eats

Why not get your Memorial Day cookout started first thing in the morning? Wake up and get that grill started for your breakfast pizza, topped with eggs and fresh herbs. Swap out the store-bought bacon for some wild boar sausage or bacon, and you've got a wild game breakfast pizza breakfast of champions.

Grilled Duck Bites

Ducks Unlimited

Easy appetizers on the grill are a great way to serve a crowd, and these duck bites will definitely be a hit. And what better way to do use up some of the duck you filled your freezer with over the winter than with these grilled duck bites? Salty prosciutto, spicy jalapeno peppers, and sweet mango add the perfect punch of flavor.

Venison Hot Dogs


Take an all-American classic and give it a wild game twist - venison hot dogs should be on your Memorial Day menu. This offers a step-by-step process for making them right at home. I like that idea much more than the mystery meats at the grocery store, don't you?

Cumin-Dusted Catfish Sandwiches

Southern Living

It's hard to beat good fried catfish, isn't it? This grilled catfish sandwich offers the crispy crust reminiscent of fried fish, along with the smoky char marks from the grill. Adding cumin to the mix only enhances the deliciousness.

Seasoned Salmon on Lemons

The Mother Huddle

Ever have your fish stick to the grill, when you can barely flip it without it falling apart, only to have it do exactly that when you try to take it off the grill? I have. Like, 2 days ago with some mahi. Enter: grilling on lemons.

Put a big piece of seasoned salmon on top of a layer of thinly sliced lemons, and it will come off the grill intact and perfectly permeated with a bright lemon flavor. Who knew?

Bacon-Wrapped Quail

Bright Side Outdoors

You could wrap bacon around a shoe and I know more than a few people who'd give it a try. It's bacon, right? Well, luckily this grilled quail is vastly greater than even the best shoe, and it too is wrapped in bacon. Lemon pepper seasoning punches up the flavor, and you won't be able to resist the crispy outside and juicy inside of these delectable birds.

Grilled Crab Legs

Nibble Me This

Crab legs on the grill take essentially no time at all. Heavily seasoned & garnished with lemon butter? Sign me up. You'll be enjoying your Memorial Day feast in no time.

Kentucky Outdoor Adventures

Who says turkey should just be served for Thanksgiving? Turkey season ended a few short weeks ago here in the Lowcountry, and I can't think of a better way to enjoy the season's bounty than a sandwich piled high with this grilled turkey breast glazed in brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, lemon, and garlic.

I didn't actually have any success this season, mind you, so it looks like I'll have to invite someone to the cookout who did!

Grilled Cobia with Lemon Basil Pesto

Bright Side Outdoors

The cobia bite is on around here, and one big fish can definitely serve more than a few at your cookout. Go the simple route, using just olive oil, lemon, and fresh thyme, or jazz it up with a lemon-y basil pesto sauce drizzled across the top. Lucky for you, you get both recipes here!

Tequila-Lime MahiMahi Tacos


It's pretty much a guarantee that I'll like anything that begins "tequila-lime," and these are undoubtedly no exception. Not to mention, I can't think of one person who doesn't like fish tacos (or, at least tacos in general). Topped with cabbage slaw and fresh cilantro, and your Memorial Day crowd is sure to love the bright flavors of these zesty tacos.

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