Fourth of July Dinner Ideas

Fourth of July Dinner Ideas are your ticket to planning the most epic party ever! Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish, there’s something here for you. Classic barbecue favorites to recipes with a twist that will have everyone talking!

bacon wrapped hot dogs for a july fourth dinner idea

Fourth Of July Dinner Ideas To Make Your Party A Hit

My motto is plan ahead for every single thing that you can when you’re planning any holiday or party. The food, the drinks, right down to how the food is served. We’ve got the cocktails covered, so let’s dive into the menu.

I like to only have a few things that are last minute items so that the majority of it all is ready to go way before my guests arrive. That way you can enjoy your party right along with your guests.

Another thing to consider is the weather. Sunny skies may call for a lot of grilling where a cooler or possibly rainy day would bring the party indoors. Dan and I often think of main courses that could work for both scenarios, or something that you can make in the oven or on the grill.

Another thing to consider is the timing. Having everything ready to serve all at the right temperature can sometimes be tricky. Mix mostly homemade food with a couple of store bought items to make life easier. Also, try not to plan a menu of all home cooked or hot items. A mixture of cold recipes and hot recipes also helps so that your oven or grill isn’t overloaded.

Planning the menu ahead will help you enjoy you’re party more. After all, hosting is a lot of work, the least you can do is enjoy it!

Chili dogs with hot dogs stacked on a platter

Hot Dog Chili Recipe

This simple beef chili recipe is perfect for serving on hot dogs, baked potatoes, french fires or nachos!

Dan's Whiskey Steak with a slice on a fork

Dan’s Famous Whiskey Steak

This addicting steak recipe uses a marinade with whiskey and ketchup to tenderize the steak. So you’re not just adding flavor, this marinade is also making the meat super tender and juicy!

garlic parmesan chicken wings on platter

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

Cooked in a buttery sauce with parmesan cheese and sharp notes of garlic, these juicy and tender Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings really pack in the flavor. Their mild sauce pairs well with any dressing, but the deep, rich flavor profile and delightfully crispy skin of these wings make them great plain too.

Oven baked chicken wings recipe

Dry Rub BBQ Chicken Wings

These crispy, oven baked chicken wings are so addicting, even without sauce! But feel free to add sauce if you like, or serve it on the side for dipping!

slow cooker chicken on a bun with potato chips

Hawaiian Pulled Chicken

This addicting, sweet pulled chicken is one of our favorites for serving a crowd at parties, or for meal prepping during the week. This bbq chicken practically cooks itself, making for an easy, delicious meal!

Turkey burger recipe with lettuce, cheese and jalapeños on a poppy seed bun

Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

These super flavorful, super juicy turkey burgers are better than a restaurant! Mildly spicy from pickled jalapeños, you can make these burgers as hot as you like, or tam them down for the kids!

Italian sausage, peppers and potatoes on a sub roll

Italian Sausage and Potatoes

This Italian sausage & Potatoes recipe is made all in one skillet for an easy dinner with little to clean up! Serve this sausage and peppers recipe on sub rolls or over pasta!

Steak marinade recipe for flank or skirt steak

Fiesta Steak Marinade

This steak marinade will turn any night into a fiesta! The simple ingredients in this marinade will make the most tender, addicting steak ever!

Bourbon Steak Kabobs with vegetables and chopped parsley

Bourbon Steak Kabobs

These Bourbon Steak Kabobs have the most addicting bourbon and brown sugar glaze! these steak kabobs are perfect for dinner at home or for your next BBQ!

Crock Pot Root beer chicken recipe on a bun

Slow Cooker Root Beer Chicken

Slow Cooker Root Beer Chicken is so easy to make, and everyone loves it! Perfect for family dinners, parties and holidays!

Italian Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich on a white plate

Italian Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich

This Italian Chicken Ciabatta Sandwich is perfect for game day, holidays, tailgating or just dinner at home! Crispy chicken cutlets with creamy mozzarella, roasted red peppers and fresh basil!

steak sandwich with peppers and cheese

Cheesy Steak Sandwich

These Cheesy Steak Sandwiches are so easy to make! Tender, sliced rib eye steak with sweet peppers and onions and melted provolone cheese! Make these steak sandwiches for easy dinners or on game day!

sausage and peppers on a bun

Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers

Our Crock Pot Sausage and Peppers are slow cooked in a sweet marsala wine sauce. So tender and flavorful, this is sure to become a favorite!

Frito Pie casserole on a wood board with napkin

Frito Pie Recipe

This super fun Frito Pie is a fun dinner to make any night of the week! Top with all your favorite taco toppings like sour cream and guacamole!

A stack of chicken quesadilla triangles, with a dollop of guacamole on top

Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas

Our Ultimate Chicken Quesadillas have a perfect ratio of chicken, creamy beans and gooey cheese. The only quesadilla recipe you’ll ever need!

Tequila Shrimp Quesadillas stacked on a plate with tequila bottle

Tequila Shrimp Quesadillas

Tequila Shrimp Quesadillas are the most epic party food! Tequila and lime marinated shrimp tucked between two layers of gooey cheese!

grilled chicken breasts on a platter with corn

Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Our Balsamic Chicken Marinade is delicious on any cut of chicken! Tangy and sweet with fresh, vibrant herbs flavor chicken wonderfully. But don’t stop there, you can also use this marinade recipe on turkey or pork, too!

teriyaki chicken sliced on platter with pineapple

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken

This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken recipe tastes just like it came from a restaurant! Tender, juicy marinated chicken thighs with an addicting teriyaki glaze!

bbq pork chops stacked on a platter

Grilled BBQ Pork Chops

These Grilled BBQ Pork Chops are super juicy thanks to a quick brine! Just a few minutes on the grill and dinner is done!

bacon wrapped hot dogs on buns with lettuce

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

These Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs are our favorite way to make hot dogs for parties! Super crispy, bacon wrapped hot dogs with a sweet and spicy glaze!

fork with bite of salmon

Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe

This Easy Grilled Salmon Recipe is the perfect summer dinner! A healthy seafood meal that you can have on the table in 15 minutes!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is an easy pulled pork recipe that can be used in many different recipes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This pulled pork recipe is our family favorite! Add your favorite BBQ sauce or enjoy as is!

pulled pork with cheese stirred in

Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork

This Cheesy BBQ Pulled Pork is so hearty and comforting! Tender and juicy pulled pork with tons of melted cheese, our new dinner obsession!

slow cooker bbq pulled pork on a bun

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork is sweet, savory and crazy delicious. Classic cherry soda caramelizes and tenderizes this addicting slow cooker pork recipe!

chicken sliders stacked on a plate with melted mozzarella

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These Buffalo Chicken Sliders are unbelievably addicting! An easy recipe that feeds a crowd, no one can resist these buttery, cheesy chicken sliders!

philly cheesesteak sliders stacked on plate

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are the ultimate party food recipe! Tender beef with sweet onions and peppers tucked under a blanket of cheese!

french dip sliders stacked on a plate with napkin in background

French Dip Sliders

Our French Dip Sliders have a secret sauce that sets them apart from the rest. Beefy, cheesy comfort food perfect for parties and game days!

bbq pulled pork sliders stacked on plate

Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders are always a hit! Super tender, BBQ pulled pork piled onto slider buns and baked with mozzarella cheese. The perfect party food!

BBQ ribs sliced on a board

Slow Cooker Ribs

These Slow Cooker Ribs are so tender they fall right off the bone! Easy to make right in your slow cooker, perfect for holidays, parties and BBQs!

These Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs have the most addicting BBQ sauce ever!

Sticky Root Beer BBQ Ribs

This bbq ribs recipe has the most amazing bbq sauce ever! It’s sticky and sweet and coats the pork spareribs perfectly!

bbq ribs stacked on a plate with fries

Best BBQ Ribs Recipe

The BEST BBQ Ribs Recipe ever! Cooked low and slow in the oven and then finished on the grill or under the broiler right before serving!

cheeseburger with toppings on plate with pickles and fries

Best Hamburger Patty Recipe

This is the Best Hamburger Patty recipe for making homemade hamburgers! Super juicy burgers made with just a few simple ingredients, and they’ll taste even better than a restaurant!

Chicken Pineapple Kabobs

These Chicken Pineapple Kabobs are a show stopping dinner that’s perfect for everyday meals or parties! Tender, marinated chicken skewered with sweet gilled pineapple and vegetables. Serve these kabobs over rice or just enjoy them as is!

bratwurst with onions in basket with beer and ketchup

Beer Brats

Grab your favorite beer to make these addicting, super flavorful Beer Brats! We have one secret ingredient that makes our recipe the best. Bratwurst on the grill is such an easy dinner idea, but also perfect for cook outs and parties!

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  1. Julia Stearns

    These BBQ Party Ribs are so Instagrammable and adorable! As you know I made it a short while ago and it was lovely! Thx for sharing!

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