This Fourth of July, declare your independence from the kitchen and fire up the grill. Today is the Superbowl of grilling for many Americans, and if you’re not invited to a 4th of July party, it’s time to throw your own. So gather up star spangled party supplies, get your 4th of July party games together (if you don’t have a cornhole set up, order one now), and prepare to grill up a feast that will outshine even the best fireworks displays.
At Grillseeker, we celebrate the United States earning its freedom from Great Britain by drawing inspiration from the American flag. That’s right, we’re cooking up a culinary celebration of the Red, White, and Blue. I’ll walk you through my favorite red, white, and blue recipes for every level griller.
This food’s so good you’ll want to salute.
Red, White, and Blue: Red
I’m kicking this party off with a salute to red meat. And there’s nothing more American than grilling a burger. But while I’ve seen a few hockey pucks in my day, it’s important to remember that the key to a good 4th of July party burger is in the cooking.
Gather your Continental Congress around the grill to celebrate this traditional cookout food by schooling them on how to make a burger the right way—with loads of cheese and butter!
Virginia proudly claims Thomas Jefferson and George Washington; Massachusetts, John Adams; but about which key piece of Americana does Philly boast?
If you answered Benjamin Franklin, you’re only partially right. Philadelphia is also celebrated for a quintessential red meat dish: the Philly cheesesteak. A versatile recipe, my pull apart Philly cheesesteak sliders are a fantastic main course, or a great grilled side dish. This delicious 4th of July party recipe is the United States on a plate—individual, delicious sandwiches united in one bake!
So, forget about the cream cheese and honor Ben Franklin by celebrating one of the greatest things to come out of Philadelphia since the Declaration of Independence!
Red, White, and Blue: White
To represent the white stars and stripes on the flag, we’re cooking up the ultimate white meat: chicken. BBQ chicken legs is one of the primo 4th of July party recipes, featuring juicy drumsticks and a barbecue rub you’re going to want to put on everything you grill.
The secret to this red, white, and blue recipe is coating the drumsticks with baking soda. It draws out the moisture so the skin gets crispy, making each bite a culinary fireworks display. This is also a great budget friendly recipe, so if you’re expecting the Continental Congress, you won’t have to break the bank to feed them all.
As we continue our salute to the stars and stripes in our American flag, I’m going to recommend one of my favorite side dishes for grilled chicken. Corn polenta is one of my favorite things to eat. This sweet and spicy recipe has become my go-to side dish for dinner.
While I’d prefer to make this from scratch, you’re throwing a 4th of July party, so feel free to use pre-cooked polenta and frozen corn if you need to—I promise it will be a star spangled success.
Red, White, and Blue: Blue
I’m finishing off our salute to the stars and stripes with one of my favorite ingredients: blue cheese. This sharp and flavorful cheese adds kick to any dish you serve it with.
Blue cheese is the secret to a favorite side dish of mine, Buffalo Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs. Think of them as a regular deviled egg turned up to an 11. This 4th of July party recipe is a guaranteed hit—full of flavor, easy to make, and gone in an instant. Be sure to make more than you think you’ll need, because this side dish will be loaded onto every American flag plate at the cookout.
We end our tribute to the red, white, and blue with one more blue cheese dish. It involves Romaine lettuce, so I’m considering this grilled side dish a vegetable. I’m all about the health food! My Grilled Romaine Steak Salad recipe is quick, easy, and full of flavor. You can make it with leftover steak, or grill up some New York strip steaks while you’re cooking the rest of the meal. Be sure you save some hard-boiled eggs from the recipe above to add to this variation of a chopped salad.
The blue cheese and my special steak seasoning make this 4th of July recipe a declaration of taste. Who knew salads could be so tasty?
At your 4th of July party, make sure you’re celebrating the American flag properly—with amazing flavors and good friends. If you’d like some more colorful grilling inspiration, including a red, white and grilled recipe for angel food cake, check out my book, Grill Seeker: Basic Training for Everyday Grilling.
Any star spangled celebration that starts with a grill is sure to be a good time, and with my favorite cookout recipes, your 4th of July party will be a hit. This year, let’s make sure the United States is United By Flame.