There are without a doubt the 8 foods you need on your table for the 4th of July. These 8 delicious entrees and sides are going to keep all of your friends and family happy from your meat lovers to your vegetarians and have everyone leaving with their belt buckles undone!
This is a classic 4th of July meal. That’s why you have to have it! The cheeseburgers (or hamburgers) specially made by one of the dad’s, grandpa’s, uncles, BFF whoever you hand over the spatula to are a must have at your 4th of July event. You can make these into a cool buffet style of eating. Just lay all of your toppings out and allow people to go through and decorate their tasty burger however they please.
2. Hot Dogs
Hot dogs are another cliché but must have entree at your 4th of July event. These are simple and can be eaten by the dozen. No matter if you make them on the grill, on the stove, or in the microwave they are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser. These dogs are great for the whole family as you can even cut them up into bite size pieces for the little ones. The hot dogs can be served with cheese or any other topping you and your friends or family enjoy. Loose the ketchup though, because the best way to eat a hot dog is Chicago style!
3. Potato Salad
This is a great addition to any meal. It is super simple to prepare and a great way to get a starch into everybody’s meal that tastes great! All you need is some potatoes, mayo, salt pepper and parsley for a more simple mashup, but you can really add anything you want into your mixture such as relish, egg or mustard! Don’t forget this is the 4th of July so presentation is key! You can throw a little paprika on top for a sprinkle of red!
4. Grilled corn
So dad, grandpa, uncle, and BFF are back at the grill but this time they are preparing one of their delicious sides! This tasty veggie is a great thing to add on the side of any meal and can be prepared in any way you please! Some people prefer it simply made with just butter and salt, but other people add all different types of flavoring! Whatever you and your party guests prefer you can set an array of choices to keep everyone happy! Some people like to grill this tasty side still in the husk while other like to un husk it, soak it in butter and their preferred seasoning and wrap it in foil! However you choose to prepare it you are guaranteed a crowd pleaser!
5. BBQ Chicken
Whatever your favorite BBQ sauce is, that is where the flavor lies! The tastiest? Bone in, skin on, and slow roasted over the coals of your grill cooking in the heat rather than the fire. This will give you and your party guest some savory and tender chicken that everyone will enjoy. Kids can enjoy the drumsticks while adults tend to like the breast. No matter what, make sure to make an assortment of white and dark meat to please everyone at your 4th of July gathering!
6. No Meat Bratwurst
For the vegan or vegetarians in the crowd, or people who just want to eat healthy, there are a wide variety of no meat products that are just as delicious as your original entrees. This alternatives to your everyday brats, hot dogs, burgers etc. will help make sure there’s something for everyone attending your 4th of July BBQ. Grill up a tasty meatless bratwurst and serve it to your guests with all of the desired toppings and everyone will be satisfied! This meal tastes great, helps you feel great and helps the environment, preventing all of the meat pollution that is happening in our world today!
7. Baked beans
This side is your classic home cooking, comfort food. It is all simple and nothing fancy which is exactly why people make it at every BBQ. It is simple to make, simple to prepare, and simple to serve. The best part? A little bit goes a long way! So everybody gets a chance to enjoy them without you heading home with pounds of leftovers. If your 4th of July gathering is a potluck this is the dish you need to bring! I guarantee the host will be ecstatic. Pro tip: don’t forget the brown sugar!
8. Balsamic glazed grilled veggies
This is another healthy food lover dish that can be made with any of your favorite veggies. Make sure you are cutting these veggies into bigger slices so they are not falling through the grates of your grill. Squash, zucchini, eggplant anything you want will taste great especially after it is marinated! Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, oregano, basil, garlic powder, or fresh garlic all taste great! Compiling all of you and your guests favorite seasonings to really pull this crowd pleaser together is a sure fire way to satisfy the entire party. Make sure to let it marinate for about a half hour before throwing your veggies over the coals on your grill cooking them until your veggies are tender and charred for this very delicious side! Make sure to reserve the leftover marinate to serve the veggies in!