12 July 4th Recipe Ideas

Whether you are having family and friends over for a July 4th celebration or it’s just you and one other, these recipes can help you get things started. I’m posting some of my favorite recipes that I like to use for family gatherings so I hope you find something you like as well.


These are just a few appetizers that are always a hit at my house.

Layered Cheesy Refried Black Bean Dip

This can actually be a meal in itself. This dip is great for noshing thru the day or evening. It can be put together the day before and just throw it in the oven right before serving.

Deviled Eggs

I know, some might say these are a side not an appetizer. These always seem to disappear before the meal arrives. So whether you choose to have them before or during your July main feast, enjoy.

Pigs In A Blanket

These little sausages wrapped in bacon are quite addictive. They are easy to make. You might want to have plenty on hand because these little guys disappear pretty fast.

The Main Deal

These are great if you really don’t feel like grilling out or the weather doesn’t cooperate, but you want something that is just as pleasing.

Air Fryer Hot Dogs

These are the most pinned and viewed on this site. These are the next best thing to grilled hot dogs. They are so delicious and the only way hubby and I cook our hot dogs. So if you don’t want to grill out this 4th or you have too many things going on the grill, throw these in the air fryer and you will not be disappointed.

Pizza Hot Dogs

These are the best of both worlds, hot dogs and cheesy pepperoni pizza. These are easy to put together and let the oven do the rest. You can make as many as you like and clean up is easy, just one baking dish.

BBQ Bacon Cheeseburgers with Sautéed Onions

BBQ, Bacon and cheese…need I say more. These are cooked in a cast iron skillet, but these will be great cooked on the grill as well. The bacon can also be cooked in a cast iron skillet on a grill if you are feeling that grilling need.

Cheese Stuffed Chorizo Burgers

These are cheesy, messy and oh so delicious. These will please any carnivore at your gathering. The chorizo is mixed with ground beef to give the patties a nice extra flavor. This recipe was originally cooked in a cast iron skillet, but can also be done on the grill as well.

The Sides

Every main dish needs a just as worthy side kick.

Dad’s Cheese Potatoes

My dad made these a lot to go with grilled chicken or steaks. If you are a potato lover, this kicks potatoes up a notch with gooey cheese and bacon. These can be cooked in a cast iron skillet or on a baking sheet. These are even better cooked in a cast iron skillet on the grill. The smoke from the grill adds another layer of flavor to the tasty potatoes.

Air Fryer Corn on the Cob with Smoky Parmesan Cilantro Butter

These turn ordinary corn on the cobb into something special. These are great for if you don’t feel like heating up the grill because they are cooked in the air fryer. The corn still gets a little of those charred bits, then it’s coated in a butter mixed with smoky paprika and chili powder with parmesan cheese and cilantro.

Nina’s Baked Mac and Cheese

This post was originally posted for Thanksgiving a few years ago, but let’s face it, mac and cheese goes well at any holiday gathering. My grandmother always made this when we would all come together as a family. This is a cheesy macaroni bake, or macaroni pie as some call it, that you will see at a lot of gatherings down here in the south. This always disappears fast so you can double it if you need to. Feel free to add any other variety of cheeses and make it your own.

Corn Salad

This side dish is easy to make and tastes so unbelievably good. I know just looking at it it might not seem all that wow worthy, but trust me it is. There is corn, chili cheese Fritos…yes, I said Fritos, cheese, mayonnaise and a few other ingredients all blended together to make your taste buds sing. It can be prepared ahead of time, just add in the Fritos right before serving.


Chocolate Pudding Cake

This cake is a chocolaty delight. It’s so easy. You don’t have to be a master at cake making. It takes a simple boxed cake mix, chocolate pudding, and a few other ingredients and turns this dessert into a crowd pleaser. It’s even better with some vanilla ice cream on the side.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe July 4th. May you eat lots and enjoy the time that is spent with family and friends.

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