60 Delicious 4th of July Recipes to Make for an Epic Summer Cookout
The Fourth of July practically demands delicious grilled foods, red-white-and-blue desserts and a cold cocktail in hand. But don't stress, because we have all the recipes you need to throw a mouthwatering Independence Day party, even if it's just you and the kids this year. From classic all-American dishes, like coleslaw and burgers, to more inventive ideas, like cauliflower "potato" salad and grilled watermelon skewers, we've rounded up the very best entrees, sides and desserts to whip up before the fireworks begin. Here, the 60 best 4th of July recipes—because, after all, isn’t every holiday just an excuse to eat excessively?
7. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce
This flavorful handheld is quickly rising up the ranks as our favorite burger of all time. It’s lighter and more flavorful than a traditional beef patty, so it’s basically the perfect warm-weather dinner. Eat it with salad, chips, fries…or all three.
9. Mexican Street Corn Dip
Whip up a batch, grab a bag of tortilla chips and invite some friends over. (Not that you'll need much help cleaning the plate.)
11. Berry, Feta and Spinach Salad
The most festive summer salad we ever did see. Our favorite part is the sweet, creamy strawberry-poppy seed dressing.
12. Berry-Coconut Rocket Pops
This chic rocket pop, made with berries and creamy coconut milk, is a treat both kids and grown-ups will love. Despite it not containing any artificial dyes, it tastes like straight nostalgia.
15. Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites
In less than an hour, you can have 48 of these delightful little bites on the table, baked with two kinds of gooey cheddar cheese.
16. Baby Back Ribs with Balsamic-Peach BBQ Sauce
Behold, the ultimate barbecue main. Slice these babies up and serve them alongside the remaining sauce. (You’re going to need extra napkins for this one.)
17. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad
Forget the mayo and all that starch. Choose this lighter spin on classic potato salad, made with Greek yogurt and our favorite cruciferous veggie instead.
18. Greek Watermelon Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette
Sweet, savory and refreshing. Consider this your official salad of the summer.
20. Chilled Cucumber Salad
A healthy and refreshing dish to add to your 4th of July spread. All you have to do is slice some cukes, season them and let them marinate in the fridge for a little. Easy peasy.
21. One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
In the summer, we try to chill as much as possible. Luckily, this sweet fits right into our schedule, since it’s made of nothing but twice-frozen watermelon.
22. Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli
Instead of boiling the corn and dousing it with butter and salt, give these guys a flavor upgrade by drizzling them with a smoky sriracha sauce.
26. Spicy Glazed Meatballs
We prepare the balls with fresh ingredients, sauté them in a pan and coat the batch in our very own tangy glaze.
27. Pink Drink Popsicles
Inspired by the most Insta-worthy drink you can order at Starbucks. These pops can be upgraded with drizzled white chocolate, coconut flakes or strawberries.
28. Cauliflower ‘Tater’ Tots
When you need a break from all those potatoes, opt for these cuties that are crispy, satisfying and perfect for dipping.
32. Shrimp Boil Skewers with Corn, Sausage and Potatoes
We love low-maintenance meals. Just pop these skewers on the grill, lay some newspaper down on the picnic table and let your guests dig in.
33. Cuban Sliders
The classic ham-and-cheese sandwich has never been easier to prepare for a crowd. Get your kids to help you assemble these delicious bites, then warm them in the oven before serving.
34. Roasted Buffalo Chicken Wings
We have a secret: These wings are baked from start to finish, so not a drop of hot oil is needed. Not to mention, they’re seasoned to perfection. Pass the ranch.
35. Rainbow Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Why limit yourself to red, white and blue this holiday? These colors are sure to please any crowd.
37. Baked Chicken Quesadillas
When we think of comfort food, our mind goes straight to these guys. They're warm, crispy and oh so cheesy.
40. Charred Corn and Rosemary Grilled Pizza
A taste of summer in every bite. Charring the corn gives the whole pie a smoky flavor you'll love. Feel free to prep it indoors with a grill pan if you don't want to fire up the barbecue.
41. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Why choose between your two favorite desserts? This easy recipe gives you the best of both worlds. You’re welcome.
43. Angel Food Cake with Mixed Berries
Not every cake needs multiple layers and heaps of buttercream frosting. This light-as-air treat is best served with plenty of fresh berries and whipped cream.
45. Slow-Cooker Baked Beans
One summer essential, coming right up. A pound of navy beans turns soft, savory and sweet after six hours in the Crock-Pot. Don’t be shy with the brown sugar.
46. Whole Roasted Carrots
Forget boiling carrots until they're bland and soft. From now on, roasting them is the only method you’ll ever need.
47. Thai Turkey Burgers
Switch up the classic burger with cheese for this Thai-inspired patty topped with crunchy cabbage-carrot slaw.
48. Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt Ice Pops
Mint chocolate chip ice cream lovers, rejoice. This lighter DIY version is the perfect sweet treat on a hot summer day.
49. Champagne Doughnuts
The mother of all holiday desserts, these babies are baked in the oven—not fried. If that doesn't call for a celebration, we don't know what does.
50. Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies
Finish dinner with a classic American dessert. The individual portions are just the right amount, and the mason jar packaging is a lot cuter than a standard pie dish.
53. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
All the tangy, creamy flavor you crave—minus the heavy mayo. Here, we lean on Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard and rice vinegar instead.
57. Corn Fritter Caprese with Peaches and Tomatoes
This dish couldn't get any summerier if we tried. Picture golden fritters of corn and diced scallion beneath slices of fresh mozzarella, summer tomatoes and basil.
58. Rodney Scott’s Pimento Cheese
For the uninitiated, your first taste of pimento cheese will absolutely blow your mind. Don't say we didn't warn you.
60. Strawberries and Crème
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with fresh summer produce and whipped cream. Pair it with shortbread or pound cake.
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