If you’re planning on having some friends and family over to celebrate the fourth of July, these summer lunch recipes are sure to impress them. You’ll have the perfect mixture of delicious food and a wide variety so you can appeal to anyone’s tastes. It’s very likely you’ll find many of these summer lunch recipes to be so good that you’ll be using them again and again. Here are 10 unforgettable summer lunch recipes to serve at your fourth of July backyard barbeque party.
1. Bourbon BBQ Glazed Pork Chops
Pork chops are delicious summer lunch recipes that are perfect for a fourth of July backyard barbeque! This recipe for bourbon BBQ glazed pork chops is a delicious and relatively easy option for your party. You’ll make the glaze beforehand on the stovetop but that shouldn’t take you more than 20 minutes. The key to a good glaze is to grill the pork chops to get them mostly cooked, then to baste them with your glaze during about the last four minutes of cooking. Then, finally basting them again after taking them off the grill, and finally serving them with any leftover glaze!
2. Grilled Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers
This recipe for grilled stuffed mini bell peppers can make a delicious appetizer or side dish for your fourth of July party. It’s a great vegetarian option and is quick to make! All you have to do is make the filling by combining cream cheese, sour cream, lime juice, cilantro, and green onion. Then salt & pepper your mini bell pepper halves, and put some filling into each. Grill them for about seven or eight minutes until they’ve got a nice char on them and then enjoy! Make sure to make a lot because these will probably get eaten fast.
3. Grilled Hot Dogs with Hatch Pineapple Salsa
Although this hatch pineapple salsa doesn’t exactly qualify as lunch in itself, it deserves to be on this list for summer lunch recipes for its versatility. The recipe is quick and easy but oh so delicious. All you need to do is combine fresh pineapple, hatch chiles, red onion, cilantro, Fresno chiles, lime juice, and salt & pepper. In terms of a fourth of July backyard barbeque party, you could easily throw this salsa on some grilled hot dogs! Maybe put some bacon and pepper Jack cheese on there also (as the recipe also recommends). But you wouldn’t have to stop there. You could find tons of other great summer lunch recipes that could be improved with this delicious hatch pineapple salsa!
4. Vegetable Kabobs
You don’t want to leave vegetables off your summer lunch recipes planned for your fourth of July party. This recipe for vegetable kabobs is a great healthy side dish to put out for your guests! The great part of these vegetable kabobs is the garlic lemon marinade that you’ll coat the particular vegetables in before grilling. It’s easy to make with just olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, dried oregano, dried basil, and salt & pepper to taste. After making the kabobs, brush the marinade onto the vegetables and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Also, if you’re unsure about some veggies used in this particular recipe you can definitely mix it up! You can get creative and try a bunch of different variations that will both look and taste great.
5. Strawberry, Basil, Bacon, and Brie Chicken Burger
It may seem like this burger has an interesting collection of ingredients, but don’t be dissuaded because it truly is unforgettable. One bite and this burger will immediately make the top of your list for your go-to summer lunch recipes! This truly is a unique recipe and will really impress the guests at your fourth of July backyard party if you break this out. The combination of the sweet strawberries with the earthy and nutty flavors of brie cheese makes this chicken burger absolutely delicious.
6. Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs
Pretzel dogs are a classic for fourth of July barbeques so don’t leave these off your summer lunch recipes you use for your party. Although this isn’t a grilled recipe, that can be good because your guests can be enjoying these while you grill up some other delicious food! This can be a little more complicated and time-consuming than some other summer lunch recipes on here but you definitely won’t regret it. The combination of fluffy soft pretzels with hot dogs and cheese will blow you, and your guests, away. Be careful not to eat them all yourself before your fourth of July party! Although, that will be difficult.
7. Sweet-and-spicy Ribs
It would be unheard of to host a fourth of July barbeque party without serving ribs! This recipe for sweet-and-spicy ribs takes a bit of prep but will definitely satisfy any rib-loving guests at your party. The prep beforehand will actually benefit you because sometimes ribs can take a long time to grill, so this way it will only take you a couple of minutes to get these served. You can even cook them the day before and chill them in the refrigerator until it’s party time!
8. Macaroni Pie
This macaroni pie will take both your fourth of July party and love of macaroni & cheese to the next level. Another dish that you can make before the party to give you more time to hang out with your friends/family instead of slaving away in the kitchen. This recipe isn’t too difficult to prepare besides, perhaps, setting up the pie crust. You’ll need to press your piecrust into a nine-inch pie plate and freeze until firm so about 15 minutes. Then, you’ll line your piecrust with aluminum foil and fill it with pie weights which are essentially little ball weights you put on the crust to prevent air pockets in your crust. The recipe says you could use dried beans if you don’t have any official pie weights around. You’ll bake your covered piecrust for 20 minutes, then removing your pie weights and foil, then bake until the bottom is dry so probably just five more minutes. After making your macaroni & cheese mixture, bake the pie for about 30 minutes and garnish with thyme leaves! One bite of this and it will certainly be a go-to for your summer lunch recipes in the future.
9. Potato Salad with Grilled Kale
You’ll need to have out at least one salad at your fourth of July barbeque to maintain the illusion of being healthy. This recipe gives you a delicious potato kale salad that everyone will love! You’ll boil the potatoes for about 15 to 18 minutes, then grill the shallots and scoop out the insides. Make your dressing with lemon juice, vinegar, oil, and salt & pepper. You’ll grill your kale in a medium bowl with some oil and salt for just about a minute and then combine with everything else to have a quick, healthy, and delicious salad perfect for your backyard barbeque.
10. Mini Stars Berry Pies
Although this doesn’t necessarily count for the list of summer lunch recipes, you need to put out these mini stars berry pies at your fourth of July party! This recipe will take a bit more time and work in preparing but the end result of these delicious pie desserts will truly impress all your party guests. The berry combination on its own makes these pies delicious, but if you want to go above and beyond throw on a scoop of vanilla ice cream!