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

All-American Potato Salad

Rating: 3 stars 196
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.

Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges

Rating: 3.5 stars 286
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.

Strawberry-Banana Sherbet

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Sherbet is lighter than ice cream and richer than sorbet. It's made from a frozen mix of sweetened fruit juice and water that's often fortified with milk, cream, egg whites, syrup, or gelatin to impart a smooth, soft consistency.

Vacherin with Whipped Cream and Mixed Berries

Rating: 3.5 stars 16
Layers of meringue are adorned with raspberries, strawberries, currants, and wild blueberries -- nature's delectable take on the good old red, white, and blue.

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.

Double Crust Apple Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 88
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.

Lobster Rolls

Rating: 3.5 stars 109
Some people like only mayonnaise or melted butter on their lobster rolls, but we love the added flavor that fresh herbs provide.

Watermelon Punch and Bowl

Rating: 3.5 stars 339
Hollowed watermelon becomes a rustic serving bowl for a drink made with its juice, ensuring nothing goes to waste.

No-Cook Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 198
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. 

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs

Rating: 3 stars 11
Try this delicious recipe for barbecued chicken and ribs for the perfect picnic fare.

Meme's Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 3.5 stars 87
This delicious cobbler recipe is courtesy of Virginia Willis and can be found in her cookbook, "Bon Appetit, Y'all."

Watermelon, Orange, and Feta Salad

Rating: 3.5 stars 149
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.
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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, any of these cakes, cookies, pies, and popsicles will make for a sweet ending at your next patriotic cookout.
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
Rating: 3.5 stars 122

Nothing is as rewarding as a dish of homemade ice cream for dessert. Top off a scoop with a chocolate-chip cookie.