Memorial Day Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Recipes

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These Memorial Day pressure cooker recipes will help you feed a hungry crowd at your Memorial Day picnic, without heating up your kitchen!

collage of instant pot ribs, pulled pork, cheesecake, potato salad, and chili dogs

Summer is the perfect time to use your pressure cooker. You won’t heat up the house by using the oven, and if you love grilling in the summer like I do, the pressure cooker is great for making side dishes to go with whatever you’re grilling. Here are some of my favorite Memorial Day pressure cooker recipes.

(I’m also sharing some great non-pressure cooker recipes this week on Barbara Bakes. Be sure and stop by and check them out too!)

Favorite Memorial Day Pressure Cooker Recipes

Main Dishes

For me, the perfect main dish for a party gets me out of the kitchen when my guests arrive. I love meals that I can make in the pressure cooker before the party starts and then either use the keep warm setting or finish off on the grill. Use your pressure cooker to simplify your memorial day!

collage showing Make Ahead Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs

My Make-Ahead Pressure Cooker BBQ Baby Back Ribs are perfect for a party! You pressure cook the ribs ahead of time, so they stay tender, then just finish them on the grill so you get that sticky, caramelized BBQ flavor everyone loves.

Smokey Beef Brisket in the Pressure Cooker

Smokey Beef Brisket in the Pressure Cooker is perfect for Memorial Day! If I’m serving a warm side dish, I like to serve this brisket sliced, but if I’ve got a big crowd and need to make it stretch, I’ll shred it and serve it on rolls with potato salad or coleslaw.

Easy Pressure (Instant Pot) Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich on a roll with coleslaw

If you’d rather have pork, this Easy Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork is great for parties. It makes up a big batch and your guests can add BBQ sauce to get it exactly to their taste.

3 hot dogs in buns topped with old fashioned chili dog sauce (made in an electric pressure cooker), yellow mustard, and diced onions

Maybe you’re keeping things easy and grilling up some burgers and hot dogs. Kick things up a notch with this Pressure Cooker Chili Dog Sauce—easy to make and can be easily doubled or tripled if you’re feeding a crowd.

More Favorites from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:

  • Buffalo Chicken Tender Sandwiches with Blue Cheese Sauce (page 60)
  • Shredded Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches (page 64)
  • Short-Order Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip (page 136)

Side Dishes

These classic side dishes are summer favorites! So many of them are make-ahead and easy to serve!

Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad - Make this delicious Pressure Cooker Memorial Day recipe in an Instant Pot!

Put my Quick Pressure Cooker Potato Salad on the top of your Memorial Day list. You’ll be amazed at how fast and easy it is to make potato salad when you make it in the pressure cooker—you can cook the potatoes and hardboil the eggs at the same time! And the recipe is easy to customize with your family’s favorite seasonings.

Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin, step by step pictures made in an Instant Pot

If your guests would rather have a hot side dish, my Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin are sure to please. Make them in the pressure cooker just before the get-together and then wait to top them and brown just prior to serving.

(Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker baked beans in a sweet, smokey, sticky sauce are the perfect side dish for whatever you\'re grilling this summer.

My Pressure Cooker Baked Beans are fabulous and start with dried beans so you can adjust the sweetness and seasonings to your liking. They are even better then next day. So make them a day ahead if you have the time.

More Favorites from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:

  • Garlic & Parsley Red Potatoes (page 251)
  • Buttermilk Cornbread (page 261)
  • Grown-up Mac & Cheese (page 268)


If you’ve been following this site, you’ll know that desserts are my very favorite thing to cook and eat! Break out the popsicles for the kids while the adults indulge!

Red, White, and Blue Pressure Cooker Cheesecake

Finish up your Memorial Day celebrations with this Red, White, and Blue Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot) Cheesecake! I love the patriotic look of this easy-to-make cheesecake. If I’m serving it from home, I’ll wait to add the topping to individual slices.

If you’ve never made cheesecake in an Instant Pot before, be sure to check out these tips for creating the perfect pressure cooker cheesecake.

raspberry cheesecake covered in dark chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries and blackberries, sitting on a cake stand

This Pressure Cooker Raspberry Cheesecake is sure to impress your guests. Chocolate and berries is always a winning combination!

Pressure Cooker Nutella Rolo Cheesecake on a white plate with a fork

If you’re crazy about chocolate, you’ll want to serve this Pressure Cooker Nutella Rolo Cheesecake is easy-to-make and impressive to serve. And I’m not exaggerating, my daughter said “Mom, this is ridiculously delicious” with every single bite.

chocolate covered cheesecake pop on a white plate

If you’ll have lots of cheesecake fans on-hand, you can make these easy-to-eat Easy Pressure Cooker Cheesecake Pops. Mix it up by dipping them in white chocolate with red, white, and blue jimmies, or dip them in milk chocolate and use red, white, and blue melts to drizzle on top.

Pressure Cooked Chocolate Pots de Crème garnished with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles

If you’re not a cheesecake fan but still crazy about chocolate, these Pressure Cooker Chocolate Pots de Crème are quick and easy to make. They’re also rich, creamy, and decadently delicious.

A tart, creamy key lime pie with a graham cracker crust \"baked\" in the pressure cooker, then served topped with some lightly sweetened whipped cream.

Pressure Cooker Key Lime Pie is quick and easy to make. It’s tart and refreshing and perfect for summer.

More Favorites from The Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook:

  • Vanilla Lover’s Cheesecake (page 282)
  • Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Cookie Crust (page 286)
  • Dangerously Delicious Rice Pudding (page 296)

Now, I’d love to hear your plans for Memorial Day. What are you planning to cook in your pressure cooker this holiday weekend?

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Instant Pot and Pressure Cooker recipes photo collage—baby back ribs, potato salad, cheesecake, pulled pork, chili dogs


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