Slideshow: 26 Grilled Snacks, Appetizers, and Side Dishes For Your Memorial Day Grill

Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese
Figs Stuffed with Goat Cheese

Sweet, tender figs pair wonderfully with creamy, salty goat cheese. Balsamic brings a little tang and rosemary adds woodsy flavor, yielding a tasty snack perfect for a sunny afternoon of grilling.

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Bacon-Wrapped Crimini Mushrooms
Bacon-Wrapped Crimini Mushrooms

Simplicity is the trick to these cremini mushrooms, wrapped with bacon and skewered. A few minutes over the fire, and these instant party poppers are good to go.

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Planked Goat Cheese-Stuffed Peppadews
Planked Goat Cheese-Stuffed Peppadews

Incredibly quick to put together, these sweet and spicy goat cheese-stuffed Peppadews are perfect for a party and easy to make ahead.

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Italian-Style Meatballs with Pecorino and Parmesan
Italian-Style Meatballs with Pecorino and Parmesan

These meatballs—a mix of beef, pork, herbs, and cheeses—are the perfect consistency to hold up on the grill, cooking through and browning beautifully. The cheese lends a bit of a bite and a complex saltiness that melds into the rest of the mixture to make a cohesive flavor throughout.

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Armadillo Eggs (Cheese-Stuffed, Sausage-Wrapped, Grilled Jalapeños)
Armadillo Eggs (Cheese-Stuffed, Sausage-Wrapped, Grilled Jalapeños)

So, what are armadillo eggs? The question should instead be, "What aren't they?" These little balls of excellence hold so much flavor, it's incredible.

They start with a half of a jalapeño, stuffed with cream cheese and combined with your favorite mix-ins—here we used cheddar cheese and cilantro. Then the entire thing gets wrapped in sausage, sprinkled with a barbecue rub, and smoked over a hot fire until cooked through and nicely browned.

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Barbecue Meatballs
Barbecue Meatballs

These are some awesomely flavored meatballs: slightly smoky and intensley meaty, they have an unmistakable barbecue flavor from a rub-sauce combo.

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Pig Candy
Pig Candy

This is everything pig candy (that's candied bacon, for the uninitiated) should be: a thick bacon that stands meaty as its saltiness combines with the rich sweetness of caramelized sugar, while a touch of spice creates a little bite within the sea of sugar.

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Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp
Bacon-Wrapped, Jalapeno and Cheese-Stuffed Shrimp

Slicing, stuffing, and wrapping the shrimp can be a little time consuming, but the effort is well rewarded once they're off the grill. They have a nice crisp, salty bacon coating that holds a heat from a jalapeno that's put into check by some creamy Monterey Jack, all delivered in one might tasty crustacean.

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Smashed Potatoes
Smashed Potatoes

Just because these are pretty quick and simple to put together, doesn't make them any less impressive. The crackling of the skin makes a great contrast to the creamy innards, with rosemary adding a nice fragrance and flavor.

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Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

For a sweeter take on Hasselback potatoes, substitute a sweet potato for the Idaho and stuff with the ingredients of your choice. Here, we used an aromatic blend of olive oil, rosemary, and garlic.

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Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes, and Fried Onions
Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes, and Fried Onions

Grilled lettuce has great texture, contrasting the lightly charred, soft leaves on the outside with the cool, crunchy ones that remain raw. A little spicy Ranch dressing to top goes a long way, adding some excellent tang and kick.

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Zucchini with White Cheese and Zucchini Flowers
Zucchini with White Cheese and Zucchini Flowers

Strips of zucchini are grilled and tossed with lemon juice and olive oil, and tender zucchini blossoms are added to the bowl with a soft cheese of your choice; goat and feta work equally, well but a goat feta is even better. Exotic black nigella seeds finish this salad, adding little dots of their oniony, black pepper flavor.

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Chinese Eggplant with Sweet Ginger-Miso Paste
Chinese Eggplant with Sweet Ginger-Miso Paste

The eggplant and paste meld into one creamy concoction on the grill, with a nice balance between a mild miso flavor, sweetness, and a little bite from ginger.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adding some shallots along with the bacon brings a nice sweetness that contrasts with the crispy, bitter sprouts.

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Zucchini with Parmesan and Garlic Chili Oil
Zucchini with Parmesan and Garlic Chili Oil

Zucchini gets a great kick from some garlic chili oil, and parmesan adds a nice, melty nuttiness. But the vegetable still takes center stage—neither the oil nor the cheese overwhelm the cooling green squash.

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Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad with Olive-Caper Dressing
Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad with Olive-Caper Dressing

This grilled asparagus and zucchini salad is a take on panzanella, but rather than using day old bread, we like to slather fresh bread in olive oil and grill it before tearing it up and tossing it with a punchy caper-olive vinaigrette.

The best part is that this salad gets better with age, as the vinaigrette soaks into all the ingredients. We recommend making it at least a day ahead and letting it come back up to room temperature before serving.

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Corn with Chili Lime Butter
Corn with Chili Lime Butter

Right off the grill, corn is mightily tasty, but slather on a butter mixture with chili powder, cayenne, lime zest and juice, and it's taken to a whole new level. The sweetness of the corn puts the spicy butter in check, and together they create a flavor that's incredibly well-balanced.

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Italian-Style Grilled Corn
Italian-Style Grilled Corn

Corn is grilled and then slathered in a garlic butter, before getting a cheese coating. The flavors are a great mix of sweetness, creamy garlic, and some sharp bite of from a combination of Parmesan and Pecorino Romano cheeses.

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Negimaki (Scallion-Stuffed Beef Rolls)
Negimaki (Scallion-Stuffed Beef Rolls)

Negimaki—scallions wrapped with thinly sliced flank steak in a teriyaki sauce—gets an excellent sear on the grill. The trick to this recipe is blanching the scallions and marinating the steak before cooking.

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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pickles
Sweet and Spicy Grilled Pickles

Grilling pickles prior to canning adds a bit of grilled flavor, but mainly creates a spear that is both crisp and soft—great middle ground to settle any dispute between people at opposite ends of that pickle debate.

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