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45 Fantastic Recipes for Your Fourth of July Bash

Updated on June 06, 2024

Fill up on burgers and hot dogs, classic sides like potato salad and coleslaw—and wash it all down with a festive cocktail or two.

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The Best Fourth of July Foods

If you’re anything like us, the Fourth of July is cause for one of the biggest cookouts of the season. (Any backyard barbecue that ends with a fireworks show deserves an extra special menu that’s chock-full of flag-inspired treats and red, white and blue eats, right?) That’s why we go all out every year. From summer appetizers and refreshing cocktails to kick off the party to the crowd-pleasing sides, vegetarian options and patriotic desserts that round things out, we always try to fill our menu with the best—starting with this festive take on caprese salad. It takes a little extra work to assemble but, when you’re done you’ll have a stunning centerpiece that’s delicious and easy to clean up (thanks to the fact that everything’s arranged on a parchment-lined cutting board).

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Mustard-Glazed Mushroom Burger

Melissa glazes her burgers halfway through cooking with a mustard, soy sauce and sugar sauce. Top the finished burgers with Swiss cheese and sauteed mushrooms.
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Ina's Potato Salad

The Barefoot Contessa's fan-favorite take on this cookout classic is packed with flavor: lots of mayo, mustard and fresh dill — how potato salad was meant to taste.

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Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Ree takes some of our favorite ingredients (garlic, tomato, olives, feta and parsley) and tosses them with tender orzo for a simple and delicious summertime salad.

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