Memorial Day weekend kicks off the unofficial start of summer, which is a great reason to have a party (as if you needed a reason). We broke college kids don’t have time or money to put together an elaborate Memorial Day spread, but don’t let that stop you from entertaining and enjoying some summery treats. Here are three recipes that take no time to make and are easy on your wallet, so celebrating summer won’t be a financial bummer. My rhyming may be lame, but these recipes are not. Enjoy!

Watermelon Cocktail

Nothing says summer like watermelon, especially when it’s in a cocktail. Blend up a batch of this two-ingredient drink for a perfect poolside refresher.

Directions: In a blender, combine frozen watermelon cubes and rum (approximately 5-10 cubes per shot of rum). Blend until smooth and pour into glasses. Garnish with mint or a lime wedge if you want to get fancy.

Southwestern Beef and Bean Burger Wraps

This wrap is what happens when a burger and a burrito get married and have beautiful, cheap children. The beans in this recipe make already inexpensive ground beef go just a bit further.

12 ounces ground beef
1 cup refried beans (I like to use refried black beans)
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos (optional)
4 tortillas, regular flour or whole-wheat
1 avocado (if you can find them on sale)
½ cup salsa
2 cups shredded lettuce
½ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese


Gently combine the ground beef, beans, cilantro, and jalapenos if using. Don’t over-mix or your burgers will be tough.
Shape into four patties.
On the stove, heat a large pan and grease with cooking spray.
Cook patties over medium heat, about 6 minutes per side, flipping only once.
Meanwhile, if you have an avocado, mash it together with the salsa. Spread the mixture evenly on the tortillas (or just sprinkle on the salsa). Add a layer of lettuce and cheese and top with a burger patty. Serve immediately.

Dirt Cake

This no-bake cake can be made ahead of time. A few simple ingredients combine for a delicious dessert that will make you feel like a little kid again. Buy store-brand everything to make this dessert way cheaper.


1 package Oreo cookies (or non-brand version)
1 stick butter
1 large box of chocolate instant pudding mix
3 cups milk
1 small tub Cool Whip


Put the cookies in a large re-sealable bag, and take out all of your frustrations on them by smashing them up with a rolling pin, frying pan or other heavy object. Take out one cup of crumbs and set aside.
Melt the butter in the microwave, and combine with remaining crumbs. Press the mixture into a 9” x 13” pan.
Mix the pudding mix with the milk, and layer on top of crumb crust.
When the pudding is slightly set, layer on the Cool Whip and sprinkle with the extra crumbs. Refrigerate for at least one hour and enjoy!