10 Best Grilling Recipes for the 4th of July

Who's ready for sun, kiddie pools, and grilling this 4th of July?! If you're seeking some inspiration for your cookout menu, take a look at our favorite recipes. We've got burgers, kebabs, fish tacos, and more!

The 4th of July is one of those quintessentially American summer holidays that just requires firing up the grill and hanging around outside. Whether you’ve got your menu all planned out already or need some inspiration, don’t miss these ideas!

There’s something for fish lovers, a few grilled chicken suggestions, and burgers and kebabs, too. I’m particularly stuck on the Mexican street corn (elotes) and may have to make these in advance. For research, you know.

bbq pork shoulder on grill

Yes, you read that correctly. You can use your gas grill to make amazing barbecued pork shoulder. Your guests will thank you.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

Fish grills quickly, making this a great choice for a hungry crowd. Make the salsa ahead of time, and let your guests assemble their own tacos and add toppings to their liking.

Honey Mint Grilled Chicken

It’s not likely that you’ve had chicken with such a unique flavor profile: it sits in a vinegar-based marinade and is topped with a honey-mint glaze that feels light for the summer.

Mexican Street Corn

Corn on the cob, grilled, is sweet, smoky, and already delicious on its own. But when you add a tangy creamy sauce, some lime, and crumbled cojita cheese, it takes this corn over the top.

Grilled Tuna Kebabs

Chunks of peppers, onions, and mushrooms nestle between seasoned hunks of tuna—or use swordfish instead.

Grilled Lime Chicken Black Beans

There’s something about warm weather that makes me crave flavors from South of the Border. Marinate the chicken in lime, and then serve with a cilantro-infused black bean sauce.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

The marinade—garlic, soy sauce, and honey—and a quick turn on the grill make this flank steak so great.

Mushroom Burgers

Between the beef and the mushroom, you’re in umami overdrive—and that’s a good thing. Slathered with melted Swiss and sautéed shiitakes and onions, this is not your typical mushroom burger.

Grilling Pork Chops

Some extended time soaking in a brine keeps these chops moist on the grill. Citrus adds a special zing.

Grilled Romaine Lettuce

This is beyond delicious—despite the fact that it sounds like a crazy idea to grill lettuce. It’s charred and sweet and takes well to the herb vinaigrette it’s paired with here.

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Carrie Havranek

Carrie Havranek is a former Associate Editor of Simply Recipes and the author of the cookbook Tasting Pennsylvania (2019). She lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and goes out of her way for farmers' markets, new ingredients, yoga, and walks in nature.

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