Fourth of July Recipes

The best burgers, pasta salad recipes, and easy desserts are what you need for your July 4th cookout, including red, white, and blue cocktails, homemade lemonade, deviled eggs, dips, and wings, burgers, sliders, and bratwurst along with plenty of sides -- potato salad is a must. Finish the feast with patriotic desserts; our iconic American flag sheet cake, berry-and-yogurt parfaits, and cake pops.

Staff Picks

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.45 stars
Like a lot of filling to pastry in your apple pie? Try this fall recipe that's filled with three pounds of apples. We like to use an assortment of different varieties such as Granny Smith, Rome, Fuji, and Jonagold.

Martha's Sour Cherry Pie

Martha made this recipe on episode 703 of Martha Bakes. The pie can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 days.

All-American Potato Salad

Rating: 3.22 stars
Our recipe is a variation on classic American-style potato salad. Warm potatoes are sprinkled with vinegar, dressed in mayonnaise, and mixed with hard-boiled eggs, celery, cornichons, and scallions.

Lobster Rolls

Rating: 3.34 stars
Some people like only mayonnaise or melted butter on their lobster rolls, but we love the added flavor that fresh herbs provide.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.41 stars
This grown-up fruit dessert borrows flavors from margaritas. Tequila and Triple Sec infuse the watermelon slices, which also get a spray of lime juice and a sprinkling of coarse salt. The longer the watermelon soaks, the more flavorful it becomes -- one more reason to save any leftover slices.

Coconut-Lime-Crumble Blueberry Pie

Blueberry pie is an iconic summer dessert. This recipe adds a squeeze of lime and pinch of allspice for a zesty kick. Opting to finish it off with a coconut-lime crumble adds more tropical punch and texture—but go for the lattice variation if you would prefer a more traditional pie. 

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

Rating: 3.44 stars
Layers of meringue are adorned with raspberries, strawberries, currants, and wild blueberries -- nature's delectable take on the good old red, white, and blue.

Fourth of July Summer Berry Pies

These mini pies are deliciously patriotic when topped with stars and stripes. You can also make one 9-inch pie.

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs

Rating: 2.91 stars
Try this delicious recipe for barbecued chicken and ribs for the perfect picnic fare.

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.53 stars
This delicious cobbler recipe is courtesy of Virginia Willis and can be found in her cookbook, "Bon Appetit, Y'all."

Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

Rating: 3.56 stars
This dessert—a red, white, and blue berry trifle—would be right at home at a Fourth of July barbecue. Strawberries can be substituted for raspberries.

No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Rating: 3.67 stars
Relax with this colorful, no-cook, festive July 4th dessert that spends time in the fridge, not the oven. This red, white, and blue cheesecake will be your new favorite patriotic recipe. 

Inspiration and Ideas

60 Beautiful Berry Desserts That You'll Want to Eat All Summer
Pick your berries and eat them too! Here are 60 fabulous ways to use farm fresh summer berries in a variety of delightful desserts.
30 Red, White, and Blue Desserts for a Patriotic Celebration
Bursting with beautiful summer berries, these cakes, cookies, pies, and popsicles make for a sweet ending to a patriotic cookout.

Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and Strawberries

Yogurt puts a new spin on French pastry cream, which is typically made with milk. Much to our delight, the result is brighter in flavor and still delivers that same silky richness. Layer it into a flaky, buttery shell, and then top it with strawberries.