Browsing for some 4th of July dinner inspiration? Give your backyard BBQ a boost with homemade elements that will make it unforgettable.

Let’s keep 4th of July easy this year! Start with soft, buttery homemade Brioche Buns that perfectly complement a seriously good patty, a.k.a. The Best Burger. Enjoy the flavor combination of rosemary, shallots, and just a little kick of mustard, and balance out the meaty goodness with a light and refreshing Watermelon Ice Tea. 

If you’ve invited the whole gang over, do yourself a favor and prepare some of the dishes in advance. Less pressure on you, and you have something to nibble on while you’re (wo)manning the grill. If you have a slow cooker, try our Maple-Glazed Ribs for succulent slow-cooked ribs with a sweet, sticky maple glaze. Or Dry-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs for sweet and spicy baked ribs that can be made the morning of the big event.

Halloumi Orange and Mint Salad with pint nuts in a white bowl

Grilled Halloumi with Citrusy Summer Salad

Firm and salty, halloumi grills beautifully without melting and is perfect as a vegetarian option at a 4th of July BBQ. The juicy oranges and minty dressing cut through its richness here.

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Chili Beef Burgers with salad on a wholemeal bun

Red-hot Hamburgers

These burgers are packed with heat so choose cooling toppings such as sour cream and avocado and serve with sweet potato fries for perfectly-balanced flavors.

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Maple glazed ribs made with Drop.

Maple-Glazed Ribs

Succulent ribs with a sweet, sticky maple glaze cooked in the slow cooker for 7h on high heat until tender. Serve family-style with homemade coleslaw for a satisfying dinner.

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Homemade Boston baked beans in a skillet.

Boston Baked Beans

Baked beans are a hearty and flavorful favorite at summer barbecues. They’re easy to make at home if you have the time, and they freeze well.

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A homemade burger with fries.

The Best Burger

The ultimate hamburger for your 4th of July feast. Delicious alone or with minimal toppings, and equally tasty as a base for toppings galore!

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Homemade brioche buns.

Brioche Buns

Take your burgers and sandwiches to the next level with homemade brioche buns sprinkled with sesame seeds!

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Spicy thai BBQ fish cakes with a lime wedge.

Spicy Thai BBQ Fish Cakes

Put your food processor to work with these hot and spicy salmon fish cakes. Packed with ginger, lemongrass, chili and garlic; each bite is an explosion of flavor.

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Grilled chicken on a plate with salsa

Grilled Chicken with Fresh Salsa

Grilled chicken with a fresh, colourful salsa. Butterflied chicken breasts cook quickly on the BBQ and are less likely to overcook, and all you need is a good pair of kitchen scissors.

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Homemade peach and pineapple salsa.

Peach and Pineapple Salsa

Juicy pineapple, fresh tomatoes and sweet peaches are given a kick with a good squirt of lime juice and some serious jalapeno heat.

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Fried halloumi and courgette with red pepper salsa.

Fried Halloumi and Courgette with Red Pepper Salsa

Halloumi is a salty cheese that keeps its shape when fried. Here, it pairs beautifully with sweet courgettes.

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A jar of watermelon sweet tea.

Watermelon Sweet Tea

A light, refreshing sweet tea made with watermelon and simple syrup. Fresh, fruity and so pretty! 

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A board of dry rubbed baby back ribs.

Dry-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs

This recipe is for one rack of ribs. It’s wonderful to make ahead and bring to a summer party!

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A jar of homemade tomato ketchup.

Homemade Tomato Ketchup

A thick and flavorful homemade tomato ketchup loaded with natural vegetables and spicesway better than the store-bought stuff!

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A bowl of buttermilk coleslaw.

Buttermilk Coleslaw

Our slaw uses two types of cabbage coated in a buttermilk dressing. It’s a crunchy, slightly sweet coleslaw, perfect for picnics and barbecues.

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A bowl of classic potato salad.

Classic Potato Salad

The perfect side for picnics, barbecues, and luncheons, this herby potato salad will become a standby that you’ll make and share often.

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Homemade cuban style mojo chicken skewers made with Drop Recipes.

Cuban Style Mojo Chicken Skewers

Serve these tasty, citrusy chicken skewers with rice or sweet potato wedges. Don’t be afraid of a hot grill to get a nice char on the chicken!

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Homemade tabbouleh salad made with Drop Recipes.

Tabbouleh Salad

Parsley is the star of the show in this herb-packed salad adapted from a Yotam Ottolenghi recipe. Serve as a healthy side dish for the 4th of July.

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Homemade chickpea and quinoa burgers made with Drop Recipes.

Chickpea and Quinoa Burgers

These delicious, healthy, and protein-packed veggie burgers are full of flavor. Double the recipe and freeze a few for quick weeknight dinners!

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