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13 Recipes for 4th of July: Easy Dishes That Are Packed With Flavor and Patriotic Flair

Berry pie, loaded burgers and frozen limeade are a few of the tasty dishes in our roundup!


With Independence Day right around the corner, finalizing your holiday menu is likely top of mind. Luckily, there’s no need to stress as we’ve gathered our top July 4th recipes that are full of flavor and festive flair. From red, white and blue berry pie to saucy cola-glazed BBQ chicken, preparing a patriotic spread couldn’t be easier. Keep reading for 13 delicious recipes that will make your 4th of July dinner even more memorable!

1. Patriotic Layer Cake

Patriotic Layer Cake

For a wow-worthy dessert centerpiece, you can’t go wrong with this layer cake. It’s a treat that has layers of strawberry and blueberry preserves along with white frosting. This makes it a sweet and creamy delight! (Click here for the recipe.)

2. Cherry-Cola Barbecued Chicken

cherry-cola barbecued chicken
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A barbecue sauce made with ingredients like cherry-cola and chili sauce gives chicken thighs and drumsticks a smoky-sweet flavor. The sauce even adds a nice shellac finish to the chicken just before it comes off the grill. Yum! (Click here for the recipe.)

3. Firecracker Popcorn Balls

Firecracker Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls are the perfect handheld treat for guests to nosh on after the meal. You only need six ingredients to make them. Plus, adding candy gives this treat a sugary flavor and festive pop. (Click here for the recipe.)

4. Blue Cheese and Bacon Wedges

Blue Cheese and Bacon Wedges

Wedge salads are a staple as they’re creamy, filling and creamy all in one. This version is topped with blue cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for a sweet and tangy kick. (Click here for the recipe.)

5. Let Freedom Ring Berry Pie

Let Freedom Ring Berry Pie

Summer berries like strawberries and blueberries are transformed into a vibrant fruit filling for this 4th of July pie. The filling is encased in an easy-prep crust, which features a star spangled design on top. (Click here for the recipe.)

6. California Burgers

California Burgers

Classic burgers get a West Coast-inspired flavor twist thanks to fresh ingredients like avocado, watercress and jalapeño. The end result is a batch of batch bursting zestiness and a hint of spiciness. (Click here for the recipe.)

7. Triple Berry Trifle

triple berry trifle

This berry trifle is the ultimate no-bake dessert that will wow your July 4th crowd. It boasts layers of sweet angel food cake, rich whipped cream and tart fruit. The best part: You can make this trifle a few hours in advance and then serve when you’re ready. (Click here for the recipe.)

8. Dijon Potato Salad Kebabs

Dijon Potato Salad Kebabs

For a tasty spin on classic potato salad, give these potato salad kebabs a try. Each kebab consists of sliced potatoes and bell peppers that are grilled and brushed with a zesty vinaigrette. Even picky eaters will devour these veggie kebabs! (Click here for the recipe.)

9. Brownie Flags

Brownie Flags

These decorative brownies are a surefire way to get into the patriotic spirit. The recipe uses store-bought red icing, powdered sugar and blueberries to create a red, white and blue flag effect on top of each brownie. (Click here for the recipe.)

10. Corn With Pepper Butter

Corn With Pepper Butter

Grilled corn will definitely satisfy your taste buds, especially when it’s slathered in a zesty and peppery butter. Be sure to have an extra set of napkins handy for guests as they devour this juicy and irresistible corn on the cob. (Click here for the recipe.)

11. Bacon-Cheddar Pasta Salad

Bacon-Cheddar Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a quintessential cookout side — and this version makes it extra hearty by adding chopped bacon. Ranch dressing, an American staple, also adds creaminess and taginess to this toss. (Click here for the recipe.)

12. Smoky Bourbon Brisket

Smoky Bourbon Brisket

If you ask us, a smokey brisket is on par with other BBQ meats including ribs. This brisket recipe is full of rich and sweet flavors thanks to a bourbon-infused sauce. Also, you don’t need a fancy smoker to achieve juicy results. (Click here for the recipe.)

13. Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Limeade

Cool off with this sweet and refreshing frozen sip. It contains four ingredients and comes together in five minutes with the help of a blender. (Click here for the recipe.)

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