The Fourth of July is the United States’ birthday, so let’s really celebrate! Number one way to guarantee a good party? Food, all-American style. That means all the classics we all know and love, but with a extra does of patriotism and festive spirit. Check out 15 of our favorite recipes and add them to your menu this Fourth. We promise they’ll make the tastiest, most fun celebration yet.
- Hot Dog Sparklers
It’s not the Fourth of July until some hot dogs have hit the grill. Make this year’s extra-festive and extra-tasty by wrapping them in pizza dough and topping them with “sparkling” Colby cheese stars.
- Stuffed Cheeseburgers
Hot dogs’ counterpart? That other all-American grilled idea: burgers! Try stuffing the meat inside a biscuit – along with bacon and cheese – for a take on stuffed cheeseburgers that are extra-special for an extra-fun day.
- Bacon Cheeseburger Egg Rolls
Want to take that twist on burgers even further? Honor the American melting pot with a fusion dish like these egg rolls that feature all the flavors of bacon cheeseburgers.
- Portabella Veggie Burgers
There’s nothing more American than going your own way, and from a culinary standpoint, that often means one thing: going vegetarian! So don’t feel like you have to miss out on Fourth of July burgers; just make these portabella mushroom versions instead!
- Avocado Caesar Salad
Want more vegetarian options or just want a side of green with all those burgers and dogs? Try a classic Caesar dressed up with some avocado and homemade dressing.
- Crab Cakes
Where I grew up, it just wasn’t summer until we’d had crab. Join in the American seafood tradition and make some ultra-tasty crab cakes for a taste of the ocean this Fourth.
You’ll definitely need a delicious beverage to wash everything down, and what could be better than lemonade?! Give the classic a fun and tasty twist by trying different versions infused with thyme, rosemary, basil, mint or even cardamom-saffron.
- Sweet Potato Cornbread
Who says cornbread is only for fall? We love enjoying this all-American bread all year round, especially when it’s also made with sweet potatoes!
- Potato Salad
We can’t forget more side dishes! Potato salad is one of our all-time favorites, and this one’s extra delicious, made by grilling the potatoes first, then making the salad with a vinaigrette.
- Rosemary-Brined Buttermilk Fried Chicken
If there’s one thing to indulge in this Fourth of July, make it fried— specifically, fried chicken! This speedy-brine and buttermilk-batter version might just be the best one yet.
- Old Glory Berry Pie
Flags will be flying everywhere on the Fourth— including your plate! This incredible treat is also a really simple pie made from blueberries and strawberries.
- Surprise American Flag Cake
It looks like an ordinary cake— then you cut into it, and it’s a perfectly patriotic slice of the red, white and blue! And the flag-based desserts don’t stop there . . .
- American Flag Roll Cake
This roll cake is not only full of strawberries and whipped cream, it has a full flag imprinted on it. Everybody will be SO impressed by this treat, but if you want something simpler, try . . .
- Red White and Blue Trifle
. . . this trifle! It’s totally easy and no-bake, but still full of all the patriotic colors.
- New England Lobster Rolls
One bite of these perfect rolls is like biting into summer on Cape Cod. When the lobster’s combined with a homemade lemon chive mayonnaise, it’s truly something special.
Everything we need for the ultimate all-American Independence Day party! Do you think there’s anything we missed? Which of these recipes will YOU try this year? Tell us about your Fourth of July menu, and if you need more ideas, go check out our partners at Food52, who have even more ideas for us all!