Don't fret about the uneaten food at from your backyard barbecue—here are five ideas to make the most of your leftovers.

Memorial Day weekend is a blast—but if you're hosting a crowd, it can be hard to judge how much food to cook. Generally, you overestimate, and then you've got leftovers. What to do? 

While some dishes are fine and dandy the next day (put 'er there, potato salad) some leftover grilled meats or veggies aren't the most appetizing straight out of the fridge. So we strapped on your thinking caps and found a few creative ways to use up grilling weekend leftovers:

Grilled Chicken 

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One of the easiest ways to get multiple uses from chicken is by shredding. Using grilled leftovers in these Shredded Chicken Tacos with Tomatoes and Grilled Corn will give a nice smoky hint while clearing out your fridge stash.


Similar to our method of re-use for chicken, hamburger patties are easily crumbled to replace cooked ground beef in recipes. One of our favorite uses for it is in creamy and satisfying Quick Pastitsio.


What to do with extra watermelon slices? Fire the grill back up! Grilled Watermelon Pizza is a savory dish that is just as tasty as it's unusual.

Grilled Veggies

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Whether they were grilled on kebabs or as a burger accompaniment, most households will have leftover veggies. These can easily be tossed into breakfast egg dishes, like this Summer Vegetable Frittata, to make a veggie-packed beginning of the day.


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Avoid reheating steak, which might affect the taste and texture of the cut. Instead, embrace its cold state and toss it into a salad like this Flank Steak Salad with Plums and Blue Cheese.