Fourth of July

51 Recipes All Ready for the Fourth of July

June 18, 2020
Photo by Julia Gartland

If you’re celebrating Fourth of July, odds are said shindig will look a little different this year. But! Don’t let that stop you from feasting on blue cheese burgers, superlative potato salad, cream-topped fruit pie, and then some. Here are 51 socially-distant party-ready recipes for the holiday (and for the rest of summer, too).


1. Nori Deviled Eggs

Egg yolks are mixed with mayo, soy sauce, and sesame oil, then topped with a crispy chip of nori.

2. Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Buffalo Wings

Fryer-free (i.e. fuss-free) Buffalo wings, courtesy of your broiler.

3. Crispy Garlic Dip

Like onion dip, but with garlic. Lots of garlic. Potato chips not optional.

4. Sausage Balls

While Ben Mims contributed these sausages balls for our winter Cookie Chronicles series, we can confirm they’re 10/10 all year round.

5. Roberto Santibañez’s Classic Guacamole

A never-mushy guacamole full of hefty avocado hunks, dressed-up in a chile-onion paste.

6. Crab Cakes

Lots of crab cake recipes are more about the bready fillers than the crab. This one is crab-forward.

7. Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

A dip for vegetables made from vegetables? Why not? Serve with the happiest produce you can get your hands on.

8. Potato Chip Tortilla Española

Cut into teeny-tiny squares and serve alongside garlic-spiked mayo.

9. Furikake Chex Mix

This umami-packed Japanese seasoning takes Chex Mix from good to more-please.

Meaty Mains

10. Blue Cheese Burgers

“OMG this was THE burger I have been looking for to be my house favorite,” one community member writes.

11. Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs

Spiralized hot dogs equals crispier hot dogs equals better hot dogs.

12. Avocado Crab Rolls

Plump crab meat gets tossed with avocado mayo and tucked into a buttery bun.

13. Shane’s Fried Chicken

“After frying for years, I finally figured out the best trick for a crisp crust: baking powder makes it puff up and crackle,” says food writer Shane Mitchell.

14. Corn Dogs

For bonus points: Dunk these crispy corn dogs in special sauce.

15. Jasper White’s World-Famous Lobster Rolls

The trick to never-chewy, always-tender lobster meat? Steaming instead of boiling.

16. Halfsies Chicken

A contest-winning grilled chicken—all thanks to its spicy-sweet brine—to repeat all summer long.

17. Bacon-Stuffed Burgers With Pimento Cheese & Avocado

You had me at bacon-stuffed (...and pimento cheese...and avocado).

18. Italian Sausage Sandwiches With Spicy Grilled Peppers & Fennel-Onion Mustard

Don’t eat meat? This homemade fennel-onion mustard would be A+ on veggie burgers, too.

19. Gochujang Baby Back Ribs

“The ingredients here are traditional in many Korean meat dishes,” writes recipe developer Irene Yoo, “but the proportions are amped to mimic more classic, American BBQ flavors.

Vegetarian Mains

20. Chorizo-Style Seitan Tacos

A generously spiced marinade (think ahead) gives this seitan a chorizo personality.

21. Nutty Veggie Burgers

DIY nut or seed butter not only helps bind these veggie burgers, but makes them way more flavorful.

22. Roasted Eggplant Rolls

Like a lobster roll but with...eggplant? What’s the difference, right?

23. Tempeh Kebabs With Homemade BBQ Sauce

These BBQ sauce–slicked kebabs are practically a meal on their own, with hearty tempeh and lots of colorful vegetables.

24. BBQ Baked Gigante Beans

To streamline things: You can swap in store-bought cornbread and coleslaw to go with these supersized beans.

25. Fried Avocado Tacos

Avocado wedges, dredged in crushed corn flakes and sesame seeds, and sizzled until crispy.

26. Marinated Tofu Steak Sandwiches

Frozen then thawed tofu takes on an entirely new, almost meaty texture—perfect for sandwiches.

27. Elote Rigatoni

Mexican street corn inspired this pasta that could be served warm as a main or cold as a side. Speaking of which…


28. Cornbread

A buttery, fluffy, just-sweet-enough Northeastern-style cornbread to keep in your backpocket.

29. Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

What makes this spice blend magic, you ask? Dark brown sugar plus five spices. Can you guess ’em?

30. Crispy Farro & Tomato Salad

Cook up a batch of farro in advance, then put it toward this extra-cheery tomato salad.

31. Dilled, Crunchy Sweet Corn Salad With Buttermilk Dressing

Corn, cucumber, and bell pepper are treated to a tangy buttermilk dressing and crumble of salty feta.

32. Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

"I’m gonna come out and say it because you’re gonna think it: These taste like Popeye’s biscuits. (At least back-in-the-day-Popeye’s.) Why, thank you. They do. These are what biscuits should be,” cookbook author, Carla Hall, writes.

33. Potato Salad

A mayo-based, American-style potato salad that’s anything but gloopy, thanks to whole-grain mustard and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

34. Tomato Salad With Grilled Corn, Feta & Hazelnuts

Grilled corn hops off the cob and into this juicy tomato salad with crunchy hazelnuts.

35. Pasta Salad

The secret to this extra-bright pasta salad? A zingy dressing with vinegar, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper flakes.

36. Canal House’s Marinated Zucchini

“Because the zucchini is already cooked through and relaxed, the marinade seeps in more quickly and thoroughly than had the order of operations been reversed,” writes our resident Genius, Kristen Miglore.

37. Coleslaw

Salting the cabbage in advance—then squeezing out the excess moisture—yields a slaw that resists sogginess at all costs.

38. Garlickiest Garlic Bread

No, the two heads (plus four cloves!) of garlic is not a typo.

39. Warm Eggplant & Mint Salad

To show off summery eggplant, you need little more than olive oil, lemon juice, and a tuft of fresh mint.

40. Zucchini Caesar Salad

A not-romaine Caesar salad to shake things up because you’re wild like that, right?


41. Fresh Blueberry Pie

A new way to blueberry pie with less oven time and more whipped cream.

42. American Flag Cake

I mean, c’mon. Just look at it!

43. Strawberries n’ Cream Pie

A flaky pie shell, swirled with vanilla-speckled pastry cream, crowned with juice-heavy berries.

44. Blueberry & Rye Slab Pie

If you’re sans–pie pan (or the thought of crimping sends you into a sweat), meet the ever-trusty slab pie.

45. Sicilian-Style Ice Cream

Often, ice cream gets its silky-custardy texture from egg yolks. But in this case, cornstarch comes to the rescue.

46. No-Bake Cheesecake With a Pretzel Crust

Because your kitchen is already hot enough as it is, this cheesecake only needs a fridge and freezer, no oven.

47. Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Shortbread makes for an A++ ice cream sandwich—for raspberry or whatever flavor strikes your fancy.

48. Peach, Cherry & Mint Pie

To upgrade any fruit pie: Just blitz the sugar with fresh mint.

49. Red, White & Blue Crisp

Candied ginger gives this Fourth of July–ready crisp a slightly spicy flavor and delightfully chewy texture.

50. Banana Cream Pie

Nilla wafer crust, brown sugar pastry cream, all the bananas, and a sour cream–whipped cream on top.

51. Strawberry Chocolate Shortcakes

For when you want a strawberry shortcake but also a brownie.

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    Emma Laperruque
Emma is the food editor at Food52. Before this, she worked a lot of odd jobs, all at the same time. Think: stir-frying noodles on the fly, baking dozens of pastries at 3 a.m., and writing about the history of pie in North Carolina. Now she lives in New Jersey with her husband and their cat, Butter. Stay tuned every Tuesday for Emma's award-winning column, Big Little Recipes (also the cookbook in November 2021!). And see what she's up to on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.


reggie85 June 18, 2020
That's nice. Y'all got recipes for Juneteenth?
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Emma L. June 18, 2020
Hi, yes! This virtual potluck with 68 recipes: