40 Fourth of July Recipes, from Marvelous Mains to Seasonal Sides
Celebrate the Fourth of July with a delicious party for family and friends featuring our best main course and side dish recipes. It's not a summer get-together without grilled meat, barbecue-inspired plates, seasonal vegetables, and all-American hot dogs and burgers, which is why we made sure to include recipes for all of the above and more.
Ahead, you'll find two different takes on one essential main: pulled pork. Our Italian Pulled Pork, pictured here, strays from the usual barbecue sauce by using herbs and spices, such as fennel seeds, parsley, sage, rosemary, and garlic, to ensure it has tons of flavor. Looking for something a little more classic? Make our Pulled-Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Vegetables. Boneless pork shoulder is prepared in a slow-cooker with ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, sage, and oregano. Once it becomes tender and shreddable, encourage your family to pile it high between sliced potato rolls and finish their sandwiches with their favorite toppings. If you ask us, though, our Tangy Cabbage Slaw is the perfect finishing touch.
Of course, no Independence Day festivity is complete without hot dogs—and we have several flavorful recipes that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your group. Try the Grilled Hot Dogs with Sweet-Hot Relish, which are topped with a homemade relish that's made from cornichons, sliced onions, and sliced chile peppers—it'll put the jarred stuff to shame every single time. Even more indulgent is the recipe for our California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs—double the pork means double the flavor. Topped with a fiery blend of peppers, onions, and tomatoes, this bright bite is sure to disappear in a flash.
Nothing goes better with burgers and hot dogs than potato salad, another summertime classic. Go for our foolproof Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad, which is made with mayonnaise, whole-grain mustard, cornichons, and chopped scallions. Looking for a mayo-free option? Our Dill, Potato, and Egg Salad is a delicious alternative. With succulent meats and fresh vegetables galore, your 4th of July menu will be one to beat.
Grilled Hot Dogs with Sweet-Hot Relish
California Bacon-Wrapped Dogs
Dill, Potato, and Egg Salad
No July 4th festivity is complete without potato salad as a side dish. This version goes mayo-free, which means that not only can it sit out at room temperature for longer, but the tangy, zesty flavors of cornichons, quick-pickled shallots, and lemon juice really pop.
Take a bite out of this feel-good, lightened up burger for your cookout's main dish. It has plenty of texture from cooked barley and grated carrots plus all the juicy, meaty flavor that you know and love from ground beef.
Perfect Lobster Roll
Grilled Zucchini with Miso
Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad
Grilled Balsamic Flank Steak With Peppers and Onions
If you're hosting a smaller group for the Fourth of July, make this delicious recipe for grilled flank steak, which is a more affordable cut of meat that becomes super tender as it cooks. It's infused with irresistible flavors like rosemary, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard.
Smoky Grilled Chicken with Sweet Vinegar Sauce
Your guests will line up one by one to grab this juicy grilled chicken main dish on July 4th. The chicken is rubbed with a spice blend including paprika, dry mustard, light brown sugar, and cayenne pepper, and served alongside a honey, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce.
Instead of making one big salad, arrange a bevy of beautiful chopped vegetables on a cutting board along with cheese (we chose a block of crumbled feta for this Greek-inspired board), plus a simple vinaigrette.
Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter
Everyone will love grabbing a slice of this scrumptious garlic bread. It's particularly apt for July 4th because it's cooked on the grill, which infuses it with charred flavor in addition to the delicious garlic butter smeared on top.
Herbed Celery-Potato Salad
Grilled Lamb Burgers with Yogurt-Feta Sauce
Tender lamb meat is an upgrade from traditional beef in these all-American burgers for July 4th. After grilling, they're topping with the tangy, Greek-inspired sauce, parsley, and diced tomatoes.
Potato Salad with Quick-Pickled Onions and Celery
Keep your Fourth of July side dish simple with this light and bright potato salad. It's perked up with fresh dill and light agave syrup, which makes it a welcome change from ordinary versions.
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
This leaner main course for Independence Day is just as flavorful as all-beef burgers. Chicken gets a boost of extra flavor, from ground cumin, diced green chiles, and cilantro leaves.
Summer Squash Slaw
Swirls and twirls of yellow and green zucchini, carrots, and bell peppers simply say summer in this side dish made for the Fourth of July.
Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt
Let freedom ring with this grilled corn side dish adorned with melted butter, grated Parmesan, chipotle-chile powder, and lime juice.
Grilled Dry-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks
This crowd-friendly steak main course gets some serious heat from smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried oregano, and crushed coriander seeds.
Bloody-Mary Tomato Salad
Grilled Heritage Pork with Plums, Farro Verde, and Summer Herbs
Grilled Peas with Toasted Coconut
This snackable 4th of July side will be gone in a flash, so you'd be wise to double the recipe. English peas are threaded onto skewers, grilled until blistered, then topped with a fabulous combination of unsweetened shredded coconut, cayenne pepper, and flaky sea salt.
Pasta Salad with Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Chickpeas
Give a nod to America's melting pot culture with this Caprese-inspired pasta salad. Gemelli pasta is tossed with chopped fennel, capers, chickpeas, two kinds of cheese, and parsley for an easy and delicious side dish.
Grilled Scallops with Blistered-Yellow-Pepper Relish
Scallops cook in a flash when skewered and grilled, which makes this recipe so easy. It's just a touch elegant, so it's a particularly great dish to make for a smaller group.
Corn-and-Avocado Salad with Goddess Dressing
From the thin slices of bright pink radishes to crisp corn kernels, this crowd-friendly salad is the epitome of summer. The best part is that you can make it up to eight hours in advance, which helps to ease the amount of party prep work, allowing you to enjoy more of your 4th of July festivities.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Vegetables
Black Bean, Cucumber, and Feta Salad
Say happy birthday to America with these crowd-friendly ribs flavored with an earthy blend of sage, thyme, rosemary, fennel, and paprika. You can marinate them overnight and roast them a couple of hours before guests arrive.
Shredded Cabbage Slaw with Ginger Vinaigrette
Skip the deli counter version and make your own coleslaw with Asian-inspired flavors such as rice vinegar, lime juice, fresh ginger, and toasted sesame seeds. The bright colors and crunchy texture is exactly what your 4th of July menu needs.
Take a tour of the South with this classic mixture—diced pimientos, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise. A big schmear across beef patties is a decadent and delicious.
Try your hand at wowing the crowd with homemade salted potato chips. Use a mandoline to achieve a super thin spud that crisps up perfectly in hot oil.
Rub chicken pieces with a finger-licking combination of ketchup, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. It's a main dish that's sure to hit a home run.
Give guests a taste of this nostalgic bite on the 4th of July. This recipe only requires 15 minutes of prep work, but it tastes as if you've been building the flavor since 1776.
Grilled Corn with Bacon
Top grilled corn on the cob with a savory selection of grated Parmesan cheese, fresh oregano, bacon, and mayonnaise, which binds it all together.
Italian-Style Pork Sausage
Wow your crowd with homemade sausage (yes, really!). You can make them up to three months in advance and store in the freezer, which we recommend because it's a time-consuming—but worthwhile!—process.
Baked Beans with Bacon
Watermelon, Orange, and Feta Salad
We love salty-sweet combinations, and this salad is a great play on those flavors. It's also got a refreshing crunch.
Barbecued Pork Ribs
These pork ribs are rubbed with a blend of earthy spices and brushed with a slowly simmered sauce that has a slight kick. They come off the grill tender yet pleasingly chewy, with just the right hit of smoky goodness to add to your Independence Day meal.