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

Fruited-Cheesecake Flag

Rating: 3.87 stars
Strategically placed berries make this rich, creamy, and indulgent dessert even more memorable. Cut into diminutive squares, the patriotic cake affords guests equal opportunity in their pursuit of the perfect summer sweet.

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.

Filled Fourth of July Strawberries

Create a festive, fruity dessert in 15 minutes. These creamy red, white, and blue bites are just right for the Fourth of July or a summer picnic.

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.

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. 

Watermelon, Orange, and Feta Salad

We love salty-sweet combinations, and this perfect Watermelon, Orange, and Feta lunch salad is a great play on those flavors. It's also got a refreshing crunch.

Watermelon Punch and Bowl

Rating: 3.41 stars
Hollowed watermelon becomes a rustic serving bowl for a drink made with its juice, ensuring nothing goes to waste.

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.

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.

Firecracker Ice Pops

Rating: 3.71 stars
Swirled strawberries, blueberries, and yogurt bring the red, white, and blue to these ice pops.

Grilled Banana Splits with Hot Fudge and Rum Caramel Sauce

Everyone loves banana splits. But, hey, when the bananas are grilled to caramelized perfection and then topped with goodies -- watch out! This recipe is from"Emeril at the Grill" by Emeril Lagasse.

Flag Sheet Cake

Rating: 3.25 stars
This beautiful flag sheet cake makes a festive addition to the dessert table at a patriotic-themed party. This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living, July 2001.

Inspiration and Ideas

40 Fourth of July Recipes, from Marvelous Mains to Seasonal Sides

Get cooking on the Fourth of July with our best-loved recipes. From hot dogs to creamy potato salad to pulled pork sandwiches, we're sharing everything you need to make the holiday a memorable one.

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.

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.