Festive July 4th Cookout Menu

  • By Ellie Sher

Declare independence from a stressful July 4th and whip up these tasty patriotic plates – all without breaking a sweat.

Summer Cocktails

Punch up your cookout with one of these refreshing summer coolers. From individual cocktails to big batch, well, punches, these 7 sips are guaranteed to beat the heat.

Get 7 Summer Cocktail recipes.

Spicy Corn On The Cob

This classic American side dish gets a lift with the addition of dried ground chile, lime, and crumbled queso fresco. Looking to avoid sweet corn kernels between your teeth? Carefully slice the kernels off the cob and mix with the garnishes for a tasty corn salad.

Get the recipe: Spicy Corn On The Cob

Potato Salad with Radishes and Peas

When dining alfresco, it pays to consider your dish’s shelf life on a warm picnic table. This zesty salad is an amalgam of baby potatoes, crisp radishes, blanched peas, and tangy vinaigrette, and is equally as delicious warm as it is at room temperature.

Get the recipe: Potato Salad with Radishes and Peas

Burgers and Dogs

Hamburgers and hotdogs are as quintessential for July 4th as fireworks and sparklers. Chuck your boring beef burger and sink your teeth into one of these 7 mouth-watering patties.

Get 7 Irresistible Burger recipes.

Perhaps a dog is more your style? Forget the eating contests and savor this over-the-top hot dog. Topped with beef chili, crispy bacon, and melted cheese, this ballpark snack proves to be dandier than Yankee Doodle.

Get the recipe: Chili Hot Dog plus 5 Summer Hot Dog Recipes

Warm Weather Treats


Channel your inner red, white, and blue with these festive sweets. Homemade biscuits with succulent strawberries and blueberries highlight the summer’s fresh fruit, while frozen Greek Yogurt pops are a handy treat for the younger crowd.  

Get the recipes for the Biscuits with Berries and the Key Lime Popsicles.


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