10 Easy Fourth of July Dinners

Celebrate America's birthday with 10 dinners packed with over-the-top flavor, ready in 45 minutes or less.

  • Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

    Pretend you slaved over an open fire all day by serving this sweet-and-savory chicken sandwich. Your guests will swear you slow-roasted the bird thanks to the rich mix of ingredients including garlic, cumin, honey, Worcestershire, and chipotle chiles.
  • Cowboy Hot Dogs
    Photo: Erin Kunkel

    Cowboy Hot Dogs

    With several toppings, including caramelized onions, bacon, and barbecue sauce, these can be customized for a range of diners, from those who like their dogs plain to those who want them fully loaded and hearty enough to fuel a day out on the range.
  • Open-Faced Pimiento Cheese BLTs
    Photo: Johnny Autry and Randy Mayoy; Styling: Cindy Barr and Lindsey Lower

    Open-Faced Pimiento Cheese BLTs

    Pimiento cheese is a Southern tradition. We add a little Parmesan to the standard cheddar-mayo mixture for extra savory depth.
  • Caramelized Onion-and-Blue Cheese Mini Burgers
    Oxmoor House

    Caramelized Onion–and–Blue Cheese Mini Burgers

    Small but loaded with flavor: Caramelized onions, blue cheese, arugula, and sirloin fill your mouth with sweetness and pungency.
  • Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders
    Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Molly Findlay

    Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders

    With homemade muffins, a crispy panko topping, fresh guacamole, and crispy bacon, these 32-minute Southwest Crispy Chicken Sliders are perfect for the Fourth of July.
  • Great Plains Burger
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Great Plains Burger

    The Great Plains Burger delivers deep corn essence in two ways—one is right in the patty with corn chips crumbled into bison meat, and the second is with a sweet, creamy fresh-corn mayo that brightens up the whole burger.
  • Egg Salad BLTs

    Egg Salad BLTs

    Combine two of America's favorite sandwiches for a surefire hit. The egg salad recipe is lightened so you can enjoy all the flavor of egg salad and a BLT without unnecessary calorie content.
  • Our American Hero

    Our American Hero

    Pack this family-sized hoagie for your picnic to watch the fireworks. It's loaded with roast beef, veggies, and a fresh basil mayonnaise. Use an unlit sparkler to hold the slices together, or use toothpicks instead.
  • Chipotle Barbecue Burgers with Slaw
    Beau Gustafson; Melanie J. Clarke; Sabrina Bone; Mike Wilson

    Chipotle Barbecue Burgers with Slaw

    Balance the heat of this spicy burger with a sweet and satisfying slaw. Your taste buds will forget that ketchup ever existed.
  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

    Keep these delectable sandwiches warm on the road by wrapping them in foil. The hot jalapeño jelly, used to baste the pork while it cooks, adds a subtle heat to the spiced tenderloin. Serve with a sauce made from ranch dressing and barbecue sauce.

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