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Red, White, and Blue 4th of July Cookout Recipes


June 20, 2023

Basic, no-frills hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and coleslaw are always a hit. But if you’re looking for something beyond the basic for your 4th of July cookout this year, check out these delicious, flavor-packed recipes – including three red, white, and blue desserts – that are sure to please any crowd!

Burgers, Dogs, and Other Main Dishes

Jalapeno Stuffed Cheeseburgers

Diced jalapeno and shredded cheese inside give these burgers extra dimension and kick.

Grilled Chicken Ranch Burgers

Ranch dressing is as American as apple pie, so it deserves a place at your July 4th table, too. Ground chicken is mixed with ranch, parmesan cheese, and other flavors, and cooked up, for a tasty alternative to beef burgers.

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, and Potato Chips

Why chow down on a plain dog when you can load it up with a ton of toppings? Not just a gimmick, though – the salty, crispy, creamy, creamy, spicy treat tastes as fun as it looks!

Vegan Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers | 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Vegan Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burgers

For the vegetarians and vegans on your guest list, serve up delicious and flavorful portobello mushroom burgers featuring a homemade steak sauce.

Easy Pulled Pork Sliders

Start with store-bought pulled pork or make your own and top with your favorite BBQ sauce and/or coleslaw for a real crowd-pleaser.

Salmon Burgers

This recipe uses no breadcrumbs or eggs, so that the flavor of the fresh salmon can really shine, and uses a technique that helps keep the patties together so they don’t fall apart on the grill.

Grilled Fish Tacos

Tired of burgers and dogs? Try fresh fish tacos instead! Marinated white fish is cooked on the grill, then topped with a creamy taco sauce and your favorite taco toppings.


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Salads, Slaw, and Other Sides

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers | 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Easy Grilled Veggie Skewers

Grilled veggies are delicious enough on their own, but this recipe features a garlic herb sauce for brushing on top at the very end for extra flavor.

Potato Salad (Mayo-Free)

Classic mayo-based potato salad is a summertime staple, but if you’re not crazy about mayo, try this recipe that includes crispy red onion and plenty of fresh herbs.

Pasta Salad without Mayo

Speaking of mayo-free, this pasta salad features an oil-heavy vinaigrette to give the creamy feel without mayonnaise.

Mexican Street Corn (Elotes Mexicanos)

Mexican street corn, grilled and topped with queso fresco, lime, and chili powder, can be a bit messy to eat but it’s totally worth it!

Broccoli Slaw

This coleslaw includes the traditional purple cabbage but also uses shredded broccoli stems, along with a sweet ginger dressing, for something different.

Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon | 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Homemade Baked Beans with Bacon (Southern Style)

The stuff from the can is great, and when you’re short on time, it’s a lifesaver. But if you have the time, try your hand at making your own from scratch!

Watermelon Salad with Feta

Fresh, juicy watermelon is the star of this summery salad which also includes cucumber, avocado, and feta cheese.  

Whipped Ricotta Dip with Lemon & Herbs

Serve this light and citrusy dip with cut vegetables, pita chips, or grilled bread – or spread it on your burger!

Sweet Treats for Dessert

American Flag Pretzels (Red, White, and Blue)

These salty-sweet treats use red, white, and blue candy melts, and a little creativity, to recreate Old Glory on thick pretzel rods.

Campfire-Grilled Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Cook this pineapple upside-down cake, with fresh pineapple slices and store-bought pound cake, right on the grill!

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

Another dessert you can make on the grill, these tasty skewers top chunks of grilled pound cake and strawberries with a purple-hued blueberry glaze

Two-Berry Fluff Salad | 4th of July Cookout Recipes

Two-Berry Fluff Salad (Red, White, and Blue)

This concoction of red strawberries, white creamy “fluff,” and blueberries is simple to make and really highlights fresh, seasonal berries.  

Wacky Cake with No Fail Fudge Frosting

This sheet pan chocolate cake uses no eggs, butter, or milk, yet is moist and tender. Use red, white, and blue sprinkles on top of the fudge frosting for a patriotic touch.

Flag Cake (Red, White, and Blue)

Ina Garten’s recipe makes stars and stripes out of blueberries, raspberries, and white icing on a large vanilla sheet cake for a showstopper of a dessert – perfect for July 4th!