44 Memorial Day Recipes You Can Make In Your 13x9

These Memorial Day recipes for your 13x9 will never leave you without celebratory meal options.

Patchwork Cobbler
Hector Sanchez.

When the weather starts heating up and the kids finish up another school year, we know it's time for a backyard barbecue. Memorial Day serves as the perfect opportunity to kick off the summer season right—by celebrating the long weekend with fun in the sun and an outdoor bash to boot.

It's not about fancy table settings, strict time schedules, or fussy menus. It's about inviting the whole neighborhood, firing up the grill, and getting the good times going. But first, you need to get your Memorial Day food squared away. This year, pair your barbecue, hamburgers, and hot dogs with a fresh spread of summer casseroles that you can make in your trusty 13x9 baking dish.

Every cookout starts simple enough, but Southerners are a social bunch. More are bound to come out of the woodwork for a heaping plate of baked beans, macaroni and cheese, and sheet cake. These Memorial Day recipes will have you prepared for every summer cookout this season, starting with a big send-off.

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Zucchini, Squash, And Corn Casserole

Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Hector Sanchez

The reviews on this recipe are nothing but positive, and we can see why. This casserole doesn't stop at one fresh summer vegetable—it's a triple threat. Yellow squash, zucchini and corn all work in concert to deliver fresh seasonal flavors. This will be a big hit for everyone at the table.

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Roasted Tomato Macaroni And Cheese

Roasted Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
Victor Protasio

Ripe tomatoes in the summer yield some of the most beautiful dishes. This is no exception. Your macaroni and cheese deserves that ripe tomato summery touch, too. This will be a seasonal favorite after only one go in the oven.

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Okra And Rice Casserole

Okra and Rice Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Because making enough fried okra for a cookout full of Southerners just isn't going to happen. This dish is simple and delicious, featuring a mix of tender sautéed okra, and sweet corn. Cajun spices, and buttery garlic breadcrumbs pull it all together.

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Baked Ziti With Summer Vegetables

Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
Alison Miksch

We lightened up the usual oven pasta with loads of seasonal squash and tomatoes. This is an exemplary way to use your farmers' market haul. Don't forget that one important thing about making your best pasta dish: Quality ingredients are a must, and you must always choose the best cheese, sausages, and veggies available. 

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Baked Beans

a casserole dish of baked beans
Photographer: Fred Hardy II, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Props Stylist: Christina Brockman

You can't beat this classic side at any backyard barbecue, cookout, or picnic. Baked beans have been a side for an open flame meal since the time of the cowboy, and before that, our Britsh ancestors. There are many versions that embody regional flavors from Boston to the South. This version covers all those bases.

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Red, White, And Blue Cheesecake Bars

Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Be a star at the Memorial Day cookout with these patriotic bars. And you certainly don't need to hide this beautiful presentation just for red, white and blue holidays. These are tasty and beautiful enough to be a hit any time of year.

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Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake

Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Alison Miksch

This not-too-sweet cornmeal cake is a gorgeous way to celebrate the season. The vanilla enhanced batter gives the perfect base for fresh fruit, and some freshly whipped cream finishes it off. Which guest will be lucky enough to be celebrating a birthday when this is served? Light it up and watch it disappear.

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Cakey Strawberry Cobbler

Southern Living Cakey Strawberry Cobbler baked in the pan ready to serve

Jen Causey; Food Stylist: Ana Kelly; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

With only 10 minutes of prep time, this cakey strawberry cobbler will leave you plenty of time to prepare for the celebratory weekend. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or dollop of whipped cream and watch it disappear within minutes.

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Old-School Squash Casserole

Southern Living Old School Squash Casserole with a serving scooped out onto a plate with a fork

Fred Hardy II; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Stylist: Christina Brockman

We just can't get enough of yellow squash in the summer and our old-school squash casserole is no exception. From meat-and-three diners across the South to just about any summertime backyard cook out or potluck, you're bound to find this classic.

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake

This classic should be in every Southern woman's recipe repertoire. A moist, delicious Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake pleases crowds of all ages, and is the perfect dessert to bring to a neighbor, to a potluck, or to a summer party. Mayonnaise may sound like a strange ingredient to add into a cake, but this iconic Southern staple yields an ultra-moist texture and mellows out the sweet flavor.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Every Memorial Day cookout loves a full-fledged Tex-Mex casserole. Whip up some fresh guacamole on the side, and you're set. This is one of those crowd-pleasers that will see no leftovers for your ride home from the party.

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Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up

Deb Wise's Tamale Pie Mix-up
Hector Sanchez

This big-batch version of the beloved Tex-Mex pie will help feed a hungry cookout crowd, no sweat. The ingredients are approachable and easy to source, and the ease with which this comes together makes it a potluck standard. Just watch that 13x9 get wiped out in no time at all.

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Hot Chicken Salad

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This hot chicken salad adds a dose of texture and crunch thanks to the additions of water chestnuts, slivered almonds, and crisp potato chips. Just, yum. This recipe also brings to the table the classic chicken salad creamy texture we've come to crave—that's thanks to the cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream, plus a good pour of fresh lemon juice for a tart touch.

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Macaroni And Cheese With Ham

Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

This deliciously smoky recipe is packed full of a creamy smoked Gouda and Cheddar sauce, corkscrew pasta, and chopped smoked ham. Need we say more? You will be able to throw this together in a jiffy, and it will be one of the first dishes cleared.

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Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake

Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Sweet tea and lemonade are summer beverage staples on their own and this Arnold-Palmer inspired cake perfectly showcases their refreshing flavors. Substitute the lemon juice for vodka or bourbon in the frosting for a fun and boozy spin.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Win over the fruit lovers at the cookout with these gooey crumble bars. These are portable, irresistible, and will disappear from the dessert table in a snap. Be ready to share the recipe with anyone who might be trying to solve a summer of day camp lunches.

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Shrimp And Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Pull this classic Southern dish together in just one hour—and in a portable casserole that can be served family-style at the Memorial Day party. This Southern classic is always a hit, and this version is dependable and delicious. You'll have to linger near the buffet to see which grits dish is getting the most attention. It'll be this one.

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Hot Potato Salad

Hot Potato Salad
Helen Norman

Think of this recipe as the perfect middle ground between potato salad and cheesy potato gratin. Feeding a crowd is made easy with these flavors, which are always a hit. Serving this warm will pair well with your main protein dish.

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King Ranch Chicken

King Ranch Chicken
Southern Living

This Tex-Mex recipe is a crowd favorite, making it a one-stop shop for success at a Memorial Day family dinner. Though not an invention of the famed King Ranch—it's more likely the creation of a ladies' Junior League—the spicy flavors of chili powder, roasted peppers, and toasted cumin never fail to please.

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Cherry Pie Bars

Cherry Pie Bars
Greg Dupree

Classic cherry pie practically screams summertime, and these bars capture all the fruity flavor in a big-batch, portable recipe. The sugar-coated pecan mixture on top adds a light crunch to balance the gooey cherry filling.

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Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Tina Stamos

Freshen up a family favorite for spring and summer. Thin, woven slices of zucchini make it festive enough for any potluck. Use a mandoline slicer, not a vegetable peeler, to cut the thinnest zucchini strips. Once you've sliced the squash, the lasagna is a snap to put together—just layer the ingredients and bake.

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Homemade Green Bean Casserole With Crispy Leeks

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Leeks
Linda Puglies; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Thin, crispy fried leeks make a lighter topping alternative to fried onions for a warm weather cookout. This is not just a delightful taste pairing, but the texture also wins. Fresh greens beans always result in the best version of this dish.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole

Kentucky Hot Brown Casserole
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Kentuckians—and Kentuckians at heart—rejoice! This recipe takes a classic Hot Brown sandwich and turns it into a potluck-ready casserole. The creamy, crunchy mixture of fresh tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, toasted bread, and crispy bacon make this dish high on our list of comfort food favorites. 

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Savannah Red Rice

Savannah Red Rice
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

You'd be hard pressed to find a rice dish with as much flavor as red rice, and ours is made with bacon, tomatoes, cayenne pepper, and hot pepper sauce. The spice is almost addicting and deserves seconds or even thirds.

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Tater Tot Bake

Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Jennifer Causey

Because every kid will take down a hearty portion of this tater tot-laden casserole, no matter the time of day—and especially with a hot dog on the side. With just 15 minutes of active prep time, this recipe is quick and easy to whip up for a lazy weekend or Sunday brunch. Just keep in mind that no one can turn down a tot.

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Patchwork Cobbler

Patchwork Cobbler
Hector Sanchez

Topped with squares of sugar-crusted pastry, this cobbler will show off those fresh summer peaches, plums, and blueberries. Your barbecue companions won't be able to resist this presentation, or the combination of these rich summer flavors. A dollop of vanilla ice cream atop this sweetness will take it to another level.

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

Sloppy Joe Casserole
Southern Living

We took a classic summer camp lunch and made it into a potluck-worthy casserole. This brings tasty memories back for us adults, and brings the kids to the table to enjoy the flavors they love. Trust that the lunch lady has never seen a version of Sloppy Joe this good.

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Rum Baked Beans

Rum Baked Beans
Hector Sanchez

These aren't your average baked beans. These are combined with bacon, rum, and onions to create an exceptional flavor combination that'll pair with anything off the grill. Make the holiday weekend stress-free by preparing the dish up to two days in advance.

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Bake BLT Dip

Baked BLT Dip

Take all the ingredients of the best summertime sandwich, a classic BLT, and toss them into a 9x13 dish with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and garlic. When it comes out of the oven all hot and bubbly, top it with lettuce, extra tomatoes, and more bacon, then serve it with crostinis for a dip that no one will be able to walk away from.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Topped with banana pudding, this fun dessert will keep them coming back for more. This is definitely one of those sentimental flavor journeys we always crave, and the look of this cake is a pillowy dream. Bring it to a party, and you've just won the dessert portion of the potluck.

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Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas

Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Southern Living

Has there ever been a time when chicken enchiladas weren't a crowd-pleasing hit? The best part about this comforting dish, with its layers of chicken, green chilis, and cheese, is that's ready in just 30 minutes, making it the ideal last minute addition to the weekend's casserole lineup.

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Hector Sanchez

This casserole fits under the "friendly for every occasion" category. It's a potluck savior and the perfect main dish for a Thursday when you suddenly have a couple of extra kids over for dinner.

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Blueberry Bread Pudding

Blueberry Bread Pudding
Jennifer Causey; Food Styling: Loren Wood; Prop Styling: Christine Keely

With crisp bread bits and sweet, in-season blueberries, this custardy dessert will easily move to the top of your summer dessert list. We recommend breaking out the vanilla ice cream when it comes time to enjoy.

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Ham And Noodle Casserole

Ham and Noodle Casserole
Jen Causey

Made with egg noodles, chopped ham, and a mix of springy vegetables, this casserole feeds a crowd in a pinch. This is also one of those perfect make-ahead dishes that will save you on a busy weeknight. Be sure to fully defrost if you choose to freeze and then dine.

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Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies
Micah A. Leal

A rich and tangy layer of swirled cream cheese mixture takes regular brownies to delicious new heights. Not only will they be eaten quickly, but they'll also be admired for presentation. This is one of those stackable piles of delight that deserves a fancy cake stand.

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Mini Confetti Cakes

Mini Confetti Cakes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Use a small round cutter to wrangle these adorable mini cakes out of a simple sheet cake—then let them steal the show. These beautiful delights are perfect examples of how a dessert can be transformed with edible flowers. Couple the delicate petals with homemade whipped cream, and you've made something easy look elegant and elevated.

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Macaroni Corn Casserole

Macaroni Corn Casserole
Will Dickey; Prop Styling: Christina Daley; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners

Can't decide between baked macaroni and cheese or corn casserole? Combine both in one easy dish. This 9x13 side studded with crumbled bacon and corn is melty and cheesy thanks to a mix of cheddar and gruyere. The panko topping gives it a crunch on top, sure to make you come back for more.

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Pecan-Peach Cobbler

Pecan-Peach Cobbler

Beth Dreiling Hontzas

No Southern summer cookout is complete without peach cobbler. While we love the classic dish, this version gets a slight nuttiness from pecans that add texture to the dessert and cut the sweetness.

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Monica Farber

There's hardly an occasion when buffalo chicken dip isn't welcome on the table.

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Luscious Lemon Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Kacy Carroll

From luncheons and teas to shower and holidays, lemon bars are always welcome. For a relaxing weekend, make them up to a month ahead of time and store them in the freezer for an easy, bright dessert.

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Linda Pugliese; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Fresh vegetables covered in melty cheese and crushed buttery crackers? Done and done. This casserole is simply too good to be true and may need to be doubled, depending on your crowd.

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Ham Delights

Ham Delights

Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

These sliders came to party. This trusty appetizer with layers of flavorful Gouda cheese and ham and a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning is one all ages will love.

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Chocolate-Zucchini Cake

Chocolate-Zucchini Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

With seasonal zucchini abounding, why not toss it in your dessert too? No one will even guess the secret ingredient in this impressive yet easy-to-make cake topped with a salty-sweet brown butter-pistachio frosting.

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Reunion Pea Casserole

Reunion Pea Casserole
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Line your favorite 9x13 casserole dish with a crescent roll crust, then layer in Italian sausage, cheese, squash, zucchini, and black-eyed peas for a rich and homey dish that won't disappoint.

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