30 Classic Father's Day Recipes the Whole Family Will Enjoy
Dads rarely ask for much, even though they do it all—taking out the trash, killing spiders, and leading car road trips. Their taste is usually simple, classic, and well-executed—just like these 30 dad-approved recipes that are designed for a casual Father's Day party. Whether your dad is manning the grill all day, or you're lending a helping hand, these recipes will win over his heart. Leading the charge for appetizers and small bites are a cheesy beer dip, salsa fresca, soft pretzels, and a creamy lebneh dip.
What would Father's Day be without red meat of every cut and style? For someone as classic as a dad, there's the Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger, which pairs effortlessly with Classic Boston Baked Beans. Grilled Flank Steak and Asparagus with Chimichurri Butter is just as timeless but slightly grander for the dad who spares no expense. (And even though everything that your dad does in life is well done, we really do recommend cooking these meats medium-rare.)
While most dads never really want to be in the spotlight, these side dishes deserve as much attention as he does. The Test Kitchen’s Favorite Potato Salad, Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornbread, and Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt are delicious additions to his go-to backyard barbecue celebration.
Start the meal or end the day with a refreshing cocktail for that festive toast. Try a new twist on the iconic martini, which swaps out the usual vodka or gin for tequila, or go more classic with a Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned. Here's to you, Dad. We love you…and we're so thankful for your grilling skills and expert taste in craft brews.
Sour Cherry Old-Fashioned
Blistered Shishito-Peppers Salad with Chive Vinaigrette
Any health-conscious father will adore this refreshing, slightly spicy salad. While cooking the peppers in a cast iron skillet is less time-consuming than firing up the grill, a little extra flame and charcoal flavor from a real grill will take this salad to the next level.
Roasted Buffalo Shrimp
A delicious and novel twist on Buffalo wings. Serve the shrimp and dip with cucumber spears, celery stalks, and wedges of crunchy fennel.
Labneh Dip with Caramelized Onions and Fennel
This reinterpretation of meatballs combines sausage, cheddar cheese, and onion for a flavor-packed appetizer that no dad can resist.
Serve this fresh salsa with tortilla chips for an easy appetizer on Father's Day.
Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Wings
Ginger and sesame seeds add exotic notes to these tangy-sweet wings.
Lina Kulchinsky's Soft Pretzels
These handcrafted, heart-shaped pretzels are guaranteed to show Dad how much you love him. The dough can be made 12 hours in advance, so you can spend more time day-of celebrating with him.
Salted Fried Chicken
Fish Tacos with Salsa Verde and Radish Salad
If hanging out by the ocean and eating fresh fish tacos isn't an option for you and Dad this Father's Day, make him this recipe. It's easy to put together and fresher than its deep-fried counterparts.
Midwestern Grilled Bratwurst Sandwiches with Caraway Sauerkraut
For this favorite Midwestern sandwich, grill precooked bratwurst until golden brown and serve on hard rolls with spicy brown mustard and bread-and-butter pickles. Make the classic side dish by sauteing red onion in butter and then stirring in sauerkraut and caraway seeds.
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
A perfectly-seared, juicy burger on the grill gets toppings fit for a king (maybe a king in jeans). It wouldn't be a burger-joint classic without seeded potato buns, crisp tomatoes, simple American cheese, pickles, lettuce, and ketchup.
Easy Slow-Cooked Pulled Pork
Served with a cold beer of Dad's choice and crisp fries, this beer-battered fish makes for a casual and satisfying Father's Day dinner.
Test Kitchen's Favorite Potato Salad
Backyard Jerk Chicken
Transport Dad's taste buds to the tropics with this Jamaican spice blend. Also try it with skirt steak or pork chops.
Smoked Pork Shoulder
Grilled Marinated Hanger Steak
Hanger steak (sometimes labeled "butcher's steak" or "bistro cut") is highly flavorful but needs careful handling to prevent it from being overly chewy. First, give it a soak in a tangy marinade, and then slice the grilled steak thinly across the grain.
Grilled Flank Steak and Asparagus with Chimichurri Butter
Tomatoes Stuffed with Grilled Corn Salad
Salt-and-Pepper Oven Fries
Dad will be reaching for seconds when you serve him these salt-and-pepper fries, which are healthier—and tastier—than the fried equivalent.
Classic Boston Baked Beans
Another make-ahead, hands-off dish for the win! Soaking the beans overnight, then cooking them low and slow with sweet and spicy aromatics hits a home run.
This cornbread strikes the right balance between tender and crumbly. Jazz up the batter with pickled jalapenos, sharp cheddar, and fresh corn kernels.
Creamy Stone-Ground Grits
Grilled Corn with Chile-Lime Salt
Lime juice, chipotle-chile powder, and diced jalapenos give a spicy kick to this Mexican street food-inspired corn.