Browsing for some 4th of July dinner inspiration? Midweek Meals is a biweekly blog series in which we highlight delicious dinners that come together in just 30 minutes (less if you’re a speedy chopper, slightly more if you get distracted mid-way!).

Let’s keep 4th of July easy this year! In this week’s Midweek Meals, we have some delicious recipes from a few of our favorite blogs, including balsamic chicken thighs, the best vegan burgers for the barbeque, and quick garlicky shrimp that take just 20 minutes. Over on Drop Recipes, you’ll find a chili-beef burger that packs a serious punch, a light and zesty halloumi salad, and homemade pork ribs that are finger-lickin’ good.

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 a perfect BBQ treat. The juicy oranges and minty dressing cut through its richness here. Paired perfectly with the light, fresh flavors in this salad available on Drop Recipes it makes the perfect side dish or vegetarian option in less than 10 minutes!

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Chili Beef Burgers with salad on a wholemeal bun

Red-hot Hamburgers

Homemade burgers beat store-bought every time, and this spiced up version available on Drop Recipes is one of the best. These burgers are packed with heat, so choose cooling toppings such as sour cream and avocado to serve. For a medium-rare burger, grill on each side for 3-4 minutes.

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A hand holding a veggie burger in a bun with all the trimmings, with burgers in the background on a wooden board

Best Darn Veggie Burgers

These delicious burgers from Love and Lemons mean your BBQ will be all-inclusive (and are so good even the non-vegans will want to try them!). Use freshly cooked short-grain rice for stickiness and enjoy that umami explosion from the mushrooms.

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grilled shrimp and lemon skewers

Shrimp Scampi Skewers

Garlicky goodness personified in these delicious little shrimp bites! This 20-minute recipe from Gimme Some Oven is finished with a buttery white wine sauce that makes them absolutely addictive, serve them up this 4th of July and watch them get demolished.

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Tex-Mex Pork Ribs on a board with Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Salsa in background

Tex-Mex Pork Ribs with Red Pepper and Corn Salsa

Homemade pork ribs in just 30 minutes with Drop Recipes. This recipe uses pantry favorites to create a sweet, sticky, finger-licking good barbecue sauce. Complete the meal with a crunchy red pepper and corn salsa.

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Balsamic Grilled Chicken Thighs with Bruschetta on a black slate

Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Tomato Bruschetta

Ready in just 25 minutes, we love this super easy chicken recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats! Get a stack of free-range chicken thighs and serve with some BBQ vegetable skewers for a simple and delicious 4th of July.

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