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: 3.5 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 Pork Ribs

Rating: 3.5 stars 24
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.

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.

Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries

Talk about a fun dessert! This Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries looks like a sheet cake on top, but there are actually vanilla-coconut cupcakes underneath the fresh berries and fluffy whipped-cream frosting. It's easy to make and even easier to serve—no slicing required.

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.

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."

Mini Lobster Rolls

Rating: 3 stars 45
Lobster rolls always hit the spot, and this version is especially enjoyable in halved hot dog buns.

Inspiration and Ideas

40 of Our Best 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 pulled pork sandwiches and grilled chicken plus creamy potato salad and tangy slaw, we're sharing the dishes you need to make the holiday a memorable one.
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.
Berry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream Cheese
Rating: 3 stars 127

This recipe makes four blueberry and four strawberry shortcakes. If you prefer to make just one flavor, simply double the amount of whichever berry you choose, and don’t divide the dry ingredients between two bowls. The shortcakes are best the day they are made.