40 Recipes to Help You Go All-Out This 4th of July

Buttery crab on a hot dog? You betcha.

Grilling is a Fourth of July tradition so important it’s a near patriotic duty. Nothing says U.S.A. more than juicy steaks, tender ribs, and a classic burger. But this year, elevate your grill game with creative marinades (blueberry, anyone?) and rubs guaranteed to draw a crowd from down the whole block. Shake up the usual hot dog condiments on offer with toppings such as buttery crab—no ketchup required!. And even though beef may be top dog at the barbecue, don’t underestimate the flavor lamb can bring. 

For a twist on summer mainstays, make your sides the main attraction, like adding pesto or chive mayonnaise to your potato salad repertoire and spiking your watermelon platter with lime salt and habanero pickled onions. And because the Fourth of July just so happens to fall in peak season for cherries, blueberries, and blackberries, serve up a cobbler, crisp, or classic pie topped with homemade vanilla ice cream—it is a holiday, after all.

Char-Smoked Baby Back Ribs

Grilling, Smoked Ribs to make this Independence Day
Michael Turek

Grilling then smoking these ribs gives them the perfect crust and soulful flavor. Get the recipe for Char-Smoked Baby Back Ribs »

Blueberry Barbecue Chicken

blueberry bbq chicken for 4th of July Recipes
Tim Robison

Similar to a shrub—a fruit syrup punctuated by vinegar—this “Blue Q” sauce just so happens to make a bracing drink when mixed with club soda or booze. Brush it on your chicken toward the end of cooking and let the meat soak up more of the berry flavor before serving. Get the recipe for Blueberry Barbecue Chicken »

Lamb Burger with Mint, Feta, and Balsamic Onions

Lamb Burger with Mint, Feta, and Balsamic Onions for 4th of July Recipes
Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

At the Marketplace at Emerald Valley in Washington, Pennsylvania, lemon zest and fresh mint go into every lamb burger patty. A tangle of sweet balsamic onions, a hint of chile, and briny feta balance the charred meat and brioche bun. Ground lamb falls on the fattier side; if using a grill, watch out for flare-ups. Get the recipe for Lamb Burger with Mint, Feta, and Balsamic Onions »

Mustard-Glazed Ham Ribs

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Ribs
Drew Anthony Smith

A three-day brining, smoking, and charring process adds incredible flavor to these ribs from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston. The result tastes like grilled bacon. Get the recipe for Mustard-Glazed Ham Ribs »

Giant Fennel-Chile-Rubbed Steak

Fennel Chile Rubbed Steak, Grilling
Michael Turek

This T-bone steak is grilled with a simple rub of ground fennel seeds, black peppercorns, and red chile flakes. Get the recipe for Giant Fennel-Chile-Rubbed Steak »

Grilled Bone-In Ribeye

All About Ribeye
Jake Cohen

Season the steak off the grill to accentuate the flavor of this smoky, slow-grilled ribeye. Get the recipe for Grilled Bone-In Ribeye »

The “Grill Everything But the Burger” Brisket Burger

The "Grill Everything but the Burger" Brisket Burger
Michael Turek

The all-brisket patty for this burger—from San Francisco’s Wes Rowe, a pop-up burger slinger—is grilled, but in a cast-iron pan over the flame. Get the recipe for The “Grill Everything but the Burger” Brisket Burger »

Lamb Ribs with Harissa Barbecue Sauce

Lamb Ribs with Spicy Harissa Barbecue Sauce for 4th of July Recipes
Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh

Fatty lamb ribs are rubbed with spices and glazed with harissa-laced barbecue sauce, yielding an irresistible sticky-sweet crust. Get the recipe for Lamb Ribs with Spicy Harissa Barbecue Sauce »

Alabama-Style Chicken with White Sauce

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce
Todd Coleman

This recipe for hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches served with tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce originated in 1925, when railway worker Big Bob Gibson dug a pit in his backyard in Decatur, Alabama, nailed a plank-oak serving table to a sycamore tree, and started smoking barbecue for friends, co-workers, and passersby. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken with White Sauce »

Lexington Pulled Pork

Lexington Pulled Pork
Todd Coleman

In Lexington, North Carolina, pork shoulder is chopped and served with a tart tomato-based sauce. Get the recipe for Lexington Pulled Pork »

Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese

Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese
Matt Taylor-Gross

Brisket is braised in stout, bourbon, and soy sauce in these spicy pimento cheese-topped sliders from Edward Lee, executive chef at 610 Magnolia in Louisville, KY. Get the recipe for Braised Brisket Burgers with Pimento Cheese »

Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce

Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce
Laura Sant

The fiery chile-based rub on this chicken is balanced by a basting of sweet-sour duck sauce. Get the recipe for Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Duck Sauce »

Potato Salad Hot Dog

Potato Salad Hot Dog
Farideh Sadeghin

Throw this easy, gherkin-flecked potato salad on a hot dog, or simply eat it on its own. Get the recipe for Potato Salad Hot Dog »

Maryland Crab Hot Dog

Maryland Crab Hot Dog
Farideh Sadeghin

Buttery corn, fresh crab, and Old Bay-spiced potato chips are piled on top this Maryland-inspired hot dog. Get the recipe for Maryland Crab Hot Dog »

Coal-Grilled Lobsters with Charred Corn, Tomatillos, and Blue Potatoes

Coal-Grilled Lobsters with Charred Corn, Tomatillos, and Blue Potatoes
Marcus Nilsson

Hot coals char the lobster shells and impart a subtle smokiness to the sweet meat. You can upgrade the classic sides, too, by blackening the corn a bit and adding tangy grilled tomatillos and briny raw oysters. Get the recipe for Coal-Grilled Lobsters with Charred Corn, Tomatillos, and Blue Potatoes »

Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters for 4th of July recipes
Matt Taylor-Gross

Contrary to conventional technique, chef José Andrés gets smoke from his coals for these grilled oysters by flicking melted butter around them as they cook. Get the recipe for Grilled Oysters »

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip
Matt Taylor-Gross

In this summery take on cheese dip, chef Sara Hauman of Huxley in San Fransisco tosses grilled sweet corn into a pool of milky ricotta, aromatics, and herbs, then bakes the mixture until it’s bubbling and brown. Get the recipe for Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip »

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip
Matt Taylor-Gross

This recipe is a far cry from the gloopy, mayonnaise-like onion dip you’ll find in a jar at your local grocery store. It’s light, tangy, and inspired by Persian mast-o-musir, a mix of diced shallots and yogurt or labneh. Here, the alliums are lightly cooked to soften their bite; it’s the perfect thing to make for a beach picnic or summer cookout. Get the recipe for Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip »

Watermelon Salad with Habanero-Pickled Onions and Lime Salt

Watermelon Salad for 4th of July Recipes
D.J. Costantino

Homemade lime salt brings out the sweetness of fresh watermelon in this lively salad and plays well with the crisp radishes and tangy onions. Get the recipe for Watermelon Salad with Habanero-Pickled Onions and Lime Salt »

Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce

Grilled Cantaloupe for 4th of July Recipes
Drew Anthony Smith

In this elegant dessert, cantaloupe is grilled until it caramelizes and is then dressed with agrodolce, a sour-sweet Italian sauce made by reducing vinegar and sugar. Get the recipe for Grilled Cantaloupe with Peach Agrodolce »

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Watermelon Tomato Salad for 4th of July Recipes
Matt Taylor-Gross

Chef Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner, a restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, serves a version of this refreshing dish during the late summer. Smith says he developed the salad after paying a visit to a few of his former cooks in Mexico, where he discovered a range of dishes that melded sweet, spicy, and sour flavors. Get the recipe for Watermelon and Tomato Salad »

Potato Salad with Red Onion

Potato Salad 4th of July Recipes
Matt Taylor-Gross

This cool, creamy potato salad is spiked with pickle relish and red onion. Get the recipe for Potato Salad with Red Onion »

Ignacio Mattos’ Potato Salad

Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad for 4th of July Recipes
Marcus Nilsson

Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don’t absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise. Get the recipe for Ignacio Mattos’ Potato Salad »

Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad for 4th of July Recipes
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Serve this simple and bright potato salad warm or cold alongside grilled or roasted meats and seafood. Get the recipe for Pesto Potato Salad »

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise

Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise
Matt Taylor-Gross

This recipe came about when a fat bunch of chives was threatening to wilt in the fridge. Our test kitchen director, Farideh Sadeghin, suggested making chive oil, and then chive mayonnaise. Just add cute fingerlings from the market, and a satisfying salad is born. Get the recipe for Fingerling Potato Salad with Chive Mayonnaise »

Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad

Jude's Perfect Potato Salad

A healthy dose of celery seeds and sharp Dijon mustard add a kick to this mashed potato and egg salad. Get the recipe for Jude’s Perfect Potato Salad »

Charred Cabbage Slaw

Houston, Chris Shepherd, Grilling, Cabbage Slaw for 4th of July Recipes
Drew Anthony Smith

In this offbeat slaw from chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, raw red cabbage adds a textural contrast to the grilled green cabbage, and a zippy, spicy-sweet-salty dressing goes well with the charred bits. Get the recipe for Charred Cabbage Slaw »

Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw

Tennessee-Style Mustard slaw
Todd Coleman

The classic mayonnaise-based coleslaw cabbage recipe is bolstered here by the addition of mustard. Get the recipe for Tennessee-Style Mustard Coleslaw »

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad

Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad for 4th of July Recipes
Farideh Sadeghin

Pasta salads are essential summer food: they travel well; they’re easy to adapt to whatever produce you have on-hand; and they’re simple to make in large batches—in other words, the ideal dish to bring to a picnic, backyard party, or barbecue. Get the recipe for Sausage and Arugula Pasta Salad »

Summer Succotash Salad

Summer Succotash Salad for 4th of July Recipes
James Oseland

This summer mainstay is elevated with grilled sweet corn, plus fresh edamame in place of the traditional limas. Get the recipe for Summer Succotash Salad »

Marinated Tomatoes with Mint

Marinated Tomatoes with Mint for 4th of July Recipes
Elizabeth Cecil

Instead of making a traditional vinaigrette, try using vegetables to flavor themselves. Take Martha’s Vineyard native Chris Fischer’s vinaigrette for his tomato-onion-mint salad: A hefty pinch of kosher salt helps draw out juices from split cherry tomatoes, then those juices mix with a glug of red wine vinegar and olive oil to make a tomato-rich dressing, no separate bowl or whisk required. Get the recipe for Marinated Tomatoes with Mint »

Escalivada Catalana

Escalivada Catalana for 4th of July Recipes
Farideh Sadeghin

Akin to Puerto Rican escabeche, roasted, tender vegetables are marinated in a simple sherry vinegar dressing for an easy side dish to grilled fish, roast pork, or tender rib eye steak. Get the recipe for Escalivada Catalana »

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce

Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce for 4th of July Recipes
Farideh Sadeghin

These tender Spanish green onions, always served with Romesco sauce, are a classic springtime treat. Get the recipe for Grilled Calçots and Asparagus with Romesco Sauce »

Blueberry Crisp

Blueberry Crisp
SAVEUR Editors

If you are lucky enough to find yourself with an overabundance of blueberries, this easy-to-make crisp is a delicious way to prepare them. It can also be made with peaches, plums, or other summer berries. Get the recipe for Blueberry Crisp »

Peach Cobbler

Peach Cobbler for 4th of July Recipes
Matt Taylor-Gross

Barry Sorkin from Smoque has a bold claim about their peach cobbler. “It’s kind of like a fruit cup. You could almost argue it’s breakfast food if you want.” A roasted almond streusel on top adds a complex nutty complement that just might convince you to make it the first thing you eat in the morning. Get the recipe for Peach Cobbler »

Sour Cherry Pie

Sour Cherry Pie for 4th of July Recipes
Brian Klutch

Buttery pastry perfectly offsets sour cherries’ puckery, sweet-tart punch in this summer party-ready pie. Get the recipe for Get the recipe for Sour Cherry Pie »

Grilled Strawberries

Grilled Strawberries
Matt Taylor-Gross

Roasting strawberries over mellow, barely glowing embers turns them from bright red bulbs to plump crimson pillows of deeply sweet juice. Get the recipe for Grilled Strawberries »

Nectarine and Huckleberry Pie

Nectarine and Huckleberry Pie for 4th of July Recipes

A brush of egg wash and sprinkling of raw sugar give this summer fruit pie the most beautiful burnished crust. Get the recipe for Nectarine and Huckleberry Pie »

Sour Cherry Crumble

Sour Cherry Crumble
Brian Klutch

Serve this fruit crumble with a cup of coffee for breakfast or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for dessert. Get the recipe for Sour Cherry Crumble »

Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie

Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie for 4th of July Recipes
Maxime Iattoni

This clever dessert fills a spicy gingersnap pie crust with an apple pie-inspired ice cream. The dish works just as well made with pears, quince, or even sweet potatoes in place of the apples. Get the recipe for Apple Pie Ice Cream Pie »