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24 Amazing 4th of July Food Ideas for an All-Star BBQ

These 4th of July food ideas include tasty barbecue dishes, mouthwatering sides, patriotic desserts, and plenty of flag-shaped appetizers.

24 Best Memorial Day Food Ideas to Feed a Crowd

Hot dogs laid out in an America flag pattern.
Photo Credit: Simplistically Living

These mouthwatering Memorial Day food ideas will be the star at any BBQ or party. This list includes the best mains, sides, appetizers, and desserts to feed a crowd.

Hot Dog Charcuterie Board

Making a flag charcuterie board is a fun and unique way to serve grilled hot dogs.

Get the Recipe: Hot Dog Charcuterie Board

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Red white and blue fruit salad in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: Three Olives Branch

Add red, white, and blue to your barbecue spread with this summer fruit salad.

Get the Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

American Flag Pie

Pie shaped like an American flag.
Photo Credit: Delicious Table

This strawberry and blueberry flag pie will be a major hit at any cookout. It can serve up to 20 people, so it’s great for feeding a big group.

Get the Recipe: American Flag Pie

Patriotic Tri-Color Pasta Salad

Red white and blue pasta.
Photo Credit: The Slow Roasted Italian

This delicious Italian pasta salad gets a patriotic makeover thanks to some festive food coloring.

Get the Recipe: Patriotic Tri-Color Pasta Salad

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Grilled chicken skewers.
Photo Credit: Chew Out Loud

Say goodbye to bland chicken, you’ll love these flavorful sweet, and sour Asian chicken skewers.

Get the Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Skewers

Patriotic Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries colored red white and bue.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

Both adults and little ones won’t be able to get enough of these white chocolate-covered strawberries.

You’ll have a blast making these, there are so many different ways you can decorate them.

Get the Recipe: Patriotic Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

BBQ Pulled Pork

BBQ pulled pork on a bun.
Photo Credit: Chew Out Loud

Incredibly tender with a lovely smoky flavor, this pulled pork can easily be made in the slow cooker.

Making a batch of pulled pork is quite versatile, use it to make sandwiches, tacos, or enjoy with other barbecue sides.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Pulled Pork

Taco Salad Flag

Taco salad dip shaped like a flag with cheese stars.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin

Whether you serve this taco salad dip as an appetizer or side dish, one thing is for certain, there’ll be no leftovers.

Get the Recipe: Taco Salad Flag

Veggie Skewers

Grilled veggie skewers on a white background.
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

These veggie skewers are grilled to perfection in a garlic herb sauce.

This super popular recipe has been shared over 100,000 times on social media, so you know it will be tasty.

Get the Recipe: Veggie Skewers

BBQ Bacon Burger

BBQ bacon burger.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

This gourmet burger is seasoned with brown sugar, liquid heat, chili powder, and more.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Bacon Burgers

BBQ Grill Cupcakes

Cupcakes that look like a bbq.
Photo Credit: Princess Pinky Girl

What better dessert to bring to your Memorial Day barbecue than these adorable BBQ grill cupcakes?

The gummy candy “barbecue skewers” are the cutest thing ever.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Grill Cupcakes

Sausage & Bell Pepper Foil Packs

Sausage and peppers in foil.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

These foil packs filled with smoked bratwurst and buttery bell peppers are easy to throw on the grill.

There are plenty of variations and substitutions included to customize this recipe for kids, vegetarians, and vegans.

Get the Recipe: Sausage & Bell Pepper Foil Packs

Southern Potato Salad

Potato salad in a white bowl with an American pin.
Photo Credit: Grits and Pinecones

This old-fashioned Southern potato salad will give you instant nostalgia because it’ll remind you of the recipe your grandma or mom used to make.

This will become your new go-to potato salad to bring to any potluck or gathering.

Get the Recipe: Southern Potato Salad

Stars and Stripes Cookies

Red white and blue sugar comedies.
Photo Credit: SugarHero

It doesn’t get much more patriotic than stars and stripes sugar cookies. Don’t forget to watch the helpful step-by-step video tutorial.

Get the Recipe: Stars and Stripes Cookies

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Grilled watermelon with various fruits.
Photo Credit: Budget Delicious

This grilled watermelon salad is loaded with blueberries and feta. It’s quite refreshing on a warm summer day.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Watermelon Salad

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy caviar in a turquoise bowl with serving spoon.
Photo Credit: Muy Bueno

Cowboy caviar is made with corn, black beans, avocado, and other ingredients. Serve it with tortilla chips for an amazing side or appetizer that’s highly addicting.

Get the Recipe: Cowboy Caviar

Hawaiin Barbecue Chicken

Hawaiian barbecue chicken with grilled pineapples on a yellow plate.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

This no-hassle Hawaiin barbecue chicken and grilled pineapple dish come together in just 25 minutes.

Get the Recipe: Hawaiin Barbecue Chicken

Berry Cheesecake Trifle (No-Bake)

Red white and blue berry cheesecake trifle.
Photo Credit: Amanda’s Cookin’

Skip the oven and make these lovely no-bake cheesecakes in a jar. They’re patriotic and simple to make.

There’s even a yummy homemade vanilla whipped cream recipe that is incredibly good.

Get the Recipe: Berry Cheesecake Trifle

New York Style Hot Dogs

New York style hot dogs.
Photo Credit: Life, Love, and Good Food

This gourmet hot dog recipe is topped with a mouthwatering homemade red pepper relish and onion sauce.

Get the Recipe: New York Style Hot Dogs

Flag Fruit & Cheese Platter

Fruit and cheese displayed like an American flag.
Photo Credit: Smells Like Delish

If you’re looking for an easy and patriotic appetizer, this flag fruit and cheese platter is so simple to throw together.

Get the Recipe: Flag Fruit & Cheese Platter

Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

Jalapeno popper pinwheels on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Homemade Hooplah

Creamy and full of bacon pieces, these jalapeno popper pinwheels are a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Popper Pinwheels

Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

Cake with red white and blue layers.
Photo Credit: SugarHero

Talk about a show-stopping cake, this dessert will be the star of any Memorial Day party. The buttercream frosting is delectable.

Get the Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Layer Cake

Beer Brats

Three beer brats on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Our Love Language Is Food

Made with just four ingredients (one being beer, of course), these beer brats will get rave reviews from everyone.

Get the Recipe: Beer Brats

Bacon-Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

Cheeseburger bites and French fries on a white plate.
Photo Credit: xoxoBella

These air fryer bacon-wrapped cheeseburger bites make the perfect appetizer or side dish. They’re oozing with melty cheese and are a creative alternative to serving burgers.

Get the Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Cheeseburger Bites

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