4th of July Menu Ideas
Break out the stars and stripes, and fire up the grill this 4th of July with all your favorite dishes. Whether you need a few sides and apps to round out the usual burgers and hot dogs or want new inspiration for the main course, we've got you covered with this 4th of July BBQ menu. Go classic with old-school potato salad and ribs, or shake things up with a crunchy ramen and broccoli slaw and marinated, grilled chicken wings. When it comes to dessert, anything red, white, and blue will do: Cool, creamy trifle and cheesecake are as patriotic as they are delicious. Keep clicking for a fantastic Fourth of July menu.
No-Bake Cheesecake Flag Cake
No-bake cheesecake is a blank canvas for the berry stars and stripes here. This version folds together cream cheese, mascarpone, and whipped cream for a rich, fluffy filling. "A sweet, cooling, and refreshing dessert for the 4th," says user Braedie.
Blue Cheese Burgers
Keep the patriotic theme going on the grill with these blue cheese burgers. The cheese is added right to the patty, along with Worcestershire and chives, so it forms little melty pockets in the burger.
Best Ever Cowboy Caviar
Think of this summer classic, also called Texas caviar, as salsa meets three-bean salad. Serve with tortilla chips for scooping or as a side for burgers and hot dogs. "We couldn't get enough of it," says cook LinnieS.
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
Corn on the cob goes from forgettable side to one of the stars of your 4th of July plate. This recipe is inspired by the popular Mexican street snack, with mayo, crumbly cotija cheese, and fresh lime.
Grill Master Chicken Wings
Five stars and over 600 reviews make this recipe the one to beat. It's a game day staple but also perfect for a cookout crowd. After marinating overnight, the wings are grilled and tossed in a buffalo-style sauce.
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie
Celebrate our first president, George Washington, on July 4th by making his favorite dessert! Fresh cherries are used in the pie filling here. "Absolutely the best cherry pie I have ever made," says reviewer Fabricgal.
Red Potato Salad
This classic side is the perfect balance of crunchy, creamy, tangy, and herby. We love the addition of chopped hard-cooked eggs too. It gets even better when made a few hours ahead and refrigerated.
Easy Broccoli Slaw Salad
For a side to round out the meat and starchy sides on your 4th of July table, look no further than this colorful broccoli slaw. It gets extra crunch from crushed ramen noodles and a little sweetness from golden raisins.
Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs
If your 4th of July is all about barbecue, these grilled ribs are sure to wow your crowd. They start with a simple spice rub, then finish with bottled barbecue sauce. "It more than lives up to its five-star rating," says reviewer Lorna.
French Onion Dip from Scratch
Expect this cool and creamy onion dip to be the first thing gone at your cookout, long before the main meal is served. Keep it cold by nestling a small bowl in a tray of ice and refilling as needed.
Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs
How cute are these patriotic deviled eggs? They taste even better than they look, with a horseradish- and paprika-flavored filling. If you don't have a piping bag or tip, fill a resealable bag and snip off one corner.
Eaton's Easy Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is effortless in the slow cooker — a great make-ahead option if you don't have a grill or it's already occupied during your cookout. "Won't be looking for any other recipes for pulled pork," says reviewer mags.
All American Trifle
An English dessert goes all American with this cool, creamy, fruity trifle. Strawberries, blueberries, a whipped white chocolate cream filling, and cubed pound cake make up the red, white, and blue layers.
Refreshing Watermelon Salad
Juicy, refreshing watermelon is a must on the 4th of July, and not just as big wedges. Cubed watermelon goes so well with salty feta and crunchy cucumber in this simple salad. This recipe also makes enough for a big crowd.
Pasta Salad with Homemade Dressing
This pasta salad takes its inspiration from an Italian antipasto platter, with pepperoni, provolone, and a red wine vinaigrette. Rotini is the perfect shape for holding the chopped veggies and olives.