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Your Ultimate 4th of July Meal Planner

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If you’re hosting a 4th of July party this year but are feeling overwhelmed with the planning process, look no further! Your friends at Savory are here to help. We’ve gathered our favorite mains, sides, drinks, and desserts to help you create the perfect Independence Day menu. We have it all: Red, white, and blue recipes, refreshing cocktails AND mocktails, and the best burgers you’ll ever make. Just pick a few things from this list, and voila! Your 4th of July menu is complete. Check them out below.  


Grilled French Onion Burgers 

If you’re throwing a good ol’ fashioned 4th of July cookout, Uncle Sam would want YOU to have burgers on the menu. But this isn’t just any kind of burger. Our recipe combines the flavors of another popular recipe: French onion soup! Gooey Swiss and caramelized onions take this burger to the next level, without much effort. Your guests won’t be able to get enough.  

 Get the recipe: Grilled French Onion Burgers 

Chickpea Veggie Burgers  

For those who are on a plant-based diet, or who are simply looking to cut back on meat, this vegetarian recipe is perfect for you. The convenience of canned chickpeas and frozen riced cauliflower and broccoli makes these veggie burgers easy to throw together. 

 Get the recipe: Chickpea Veggie Burgers

Grilled Greek Pork Burgers  

Shake things up and serve these pork burgers inspired by the flavors of a classic Greek gyro. Frozen spinach keeps the burgers moist, while feta adds plenty of flavor. 

Get the recipe: Grilled Greek Pork Burgers 

Cherry Cola Spareribs 

An easy 3-ingredient dry rub makes these oven-roasted ribs a breeze, but the real treat lies in the sweet-and-sour glaze made from fresh cherries and classic cola. 

 Get the recipe: Cherry Cola Spareribs

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers With Grilled Pineapple 

Add a tropical spin to shrimp skewers by combing the rich and salty flavors of bacon with sweet pineapple. 

Get the recipe: Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers With Grilled Pineapple  

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Peppers 

The slow cooker does most of the heavy lifting so you can take a break from the kitchen. Add blue chips for a satisfying crunch and a hint of festive decoration. 

Get the recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Pickled Peppers  

Beer Braised Sausages with Sauerkraut on Pretzel Buns 

Take a break from serving standard hot dogs and try this recipe. Hearty sausages are held in soft, pillowy pretzel buns and a tangy sauerkraut topping. 

Get the recipe: Beer Braised Sausages with Sauerkraut on Pretzel Buns  

Reuben Hot Dogs 

Try this spin on a classic hot dog that draws inspiration from a favored diner sandwich.  

Get the recipe: Reuben Hot Dogs  

Grilled Chicken With Strawberries and Balsamic 

Strawberries on chicken? Trust us on this one. Smoky flavors from the grill are complemented by the sweet and tangy flavors of the balsamic and strawberries.  

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken With Strawberries and Balsamic  




Sweet Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing  

Looking for an easy way to upgrade your barbecue potato salad? Use sweet potatoes instead of white! They work well with the savory flavors of the blue cheese dressing. 

Get the recipe: Sweet Potato Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing   

Grilled Corn on the Cob With BBQ Butter 

Corn is a cookout staple and adding this compound butter makes it a little extra special. Plus, you can smother it on bread or other veggies. 

Get the recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob With BBQ Butter  

Slaw With Lime Vinaigrette and Tortilla Strips  

Lime vinaigrette turns this summer slaw into a lighter version of this cookout classic. Add red, white, and blue chips for some patriotic flair.  

 Get the recipe: Slaw With Lime Vinaigrette and Tortilla Strips  

Mexican Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Spicy Shrimp Cocktail 

Refresh your palate with this easy, no-cook seafood appetizer. Use store-bought cooked shrimp as a time-saving hack.  

Get the recipe:  Mexican Spicy Shrimp Cocktail 

Mexican Corn Macaroni Salad 

This summer side combines two warm-weather favorites: Pasta salad and sweet summer corn. You can’t lose!  

Get the recipe: Mexican Corn Macaroni Salad  

Texas Caviar 

This bean-based Southern classic is the perfect complement to hearty proteins like grilled steak or chicken.  

Get the recipe: Texas Caviar  

Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Carrot Salad 

Add this vinegary German-inspired side salad to your backyard cookout menu. It’s the perfect way to cool down in the summer sun. 

Get the recipe: Sweet and Sour Cucumber and Carrot Salad  

Spicy Queso With Chorizo 

Creamy white queso, chorizo, and blue corn tortilla chips make the perfect effortless appetizer for your July 4th menu.  

Get the recipe: Spicy Queso With Chorizo  

Macaroni Salad With Crushed Chips 

Add some crunch to this pasta salad side dish with red and blue tortilla chips. No time to cook? Use pre-made pasta salad for a speedy shortcut.  

Get the recipe: Macaroni Salad With Crushed Chips  

Southern Style Potato Salad 

Once your guests take a bite out of this traditional, Southern-style dish they won’t be able to get enough!   

Get the recipe: Southern Style Potato Salad  



Blueberry Lemonade Slushies  

Get the blue in your July 4th spread with this refreshing slushie recipe.  

Get the recipe: Blueberry Lemonade Slushies   

Rosé Slushies 

Cater to the adults in your party with this cool 4th of July drink. It pairs well with sparkling rosé, moscato, or a fruity sauvignon blanc! 

Get the recipe: Rosé Slushies  

Jam Mocktail 

For an easy drink hack, use up the last bits of jam in a jar to make this fruity mocktail. 

 Get the recipe: Jam Mocktail 

Big Batch Mint Julep 

This big-batch cocktail features a delicious mint simple syrup that can be made a week or two ahead and refrigerated. 

Get the recipe: Big Batch Mint Julep  

Sweet Tea Rum Slush 

This boozy and sweet slushy cocktail is perfect for a hot summer day. Turn it into a mocktail by leaving out the rum and increasing the frozen lemonade. 

Get the recipe: Sweet Tea Rum Slush  

 Spicy Micheladas  

If you love a Bloody Mary, you’ll love this beer-based cocktail. The zesty lime and tomato juice give it a nice kick.  

Get the recipe: Spicy Micheladas   

Red, White, and Blue Big Batch Cocktail 

This tropical, piña colada–inspired drink is easy to whip up for your 4th of July crowd and tastes just as good as it looks.  

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Big Batch Cocktail  

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cubes 

Plop these brightly colored ice cubes into lighter drinks like lemonade or water for a cute 4th of July surprise.  

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Ice Cubes  

Summer Fruit Agua Fresca  

Transform juicy peak-season fruit into refreshing drinks that take on the summer heat. Feel free to add vodka, rum, or tequila to turn it into a cocktail.  

Get the recipe: Summer Fruit Agua Fresca   

Strawberry-Mint Mocktail 

This refreshing and easy mocktail is mixed in a blender and uses only 5 ingredients. It’s a crowd-pleasing drink that’s perfect for a summer afternoon.  

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Mint Mocktail  



Red, White, and Blue Swirled Cheesecake Bars

Red, white, and blue desserts are our favorite show-stopping treats. These bars are sure to be a hit! 

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Swirled Cheesecake Bars  

Berry Phyllo Cups 

This fabulous dessert spread is super easy to make. You’ll be the talk of the town without exerting too much effort.  

Get the recipe: Berry Phyllo Cups  

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches  

These ice cream sandwiches are made with boxed cake mix so you can speed up the prepping process.  

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sandwiches   

Swirled Fourth of July Cookies

Sometimes simple is better! Red and blue swirls add a special touch to this easy cookie recipe.  

Get the recipe:  Swirled Fourth of July Cookies

Berries and Cream Icebox Cake  

When it’s too hot to use your oven, use this no-bake icebox cake recipe that features fresh summer berries.  

Get the recipe: Berries and Cream Icebox Cake   

Ice Cream Cake 

Talk about sensational! This ice cream cake recipe will take your breath away. 

Get the recipe: Ice Cream Cake  

Red, White, and Blue Star Jigglers  

Your little ones will have a blast with these festive, layered jiggly treats! 

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Star Jigglers   

Berry Skewers with Cheesecake Dip  

Take advantage of the juiciness of summer berries with this recipe. Serve them with a quick cheesecake dip for an added pizzaz.  

Get the recipe: Berry Skewers with Cheesecake Dip   

Red, White, and Blue Slab Tart 

Feed your whole 4th of July crew with this blueberry tart recipe. The stars AND the flavors will dazzle everyone.   

Get the recipe: Red, White, and Blue Slab Tart  

Pound Cake and Berry Cups  

This might be the fastest 4th of July treat. Whip up this portable dessert in just 5 minutes using store-bought pound cake, frozen berries, and top with jam and whipped cream for a quick, effortless treat that the whole family can enjoy. 

Get the recipe: Pound Cake and Berry Cups  

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