Easy July 4th Recipes

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You guys! HOW is it July already?

As everyone hits the grills this week, we KNOW you guys have the classics covered.

If you need a little inspiration for some less-than-ordinary BBQ fare, here’s a roundup of our favorite non-traditional hot dog and burger recipes.

(Can I interest anyone in The Angry Chef’s Famous Spicy Buffalo Burgers? Or maybe our Lamb Sliders? Seriously, they are So. Good.)

If you want to drape your grilled gorgeousness in layers of fragrant flavor, we share a few recipes for homemade condiments at the end.

I’m talking Spicy Guinness Mustard, The Only Homemade Ketchup Recipe You’ll Ever Need, Perfect Caramelized Onions, and Classic Bread & Butter Pickles.

And don’t forget our Easy Homemade Pretzel Bun recipe.


Our Hottest Hot Dog Recipes

Want an alternative to grilling those doggies? Or need to save some space on the barbecue?

Here are four easy hot dog recipes (well, one’s technically sausage), fit for a crowd!

County Fair Special: Homemade Corn Dogs


Grown-Up Pigs in Blankets

Deep-Fried Octodogs

Chicken & Apple Sausage Sub 

Our Best Burger Recipes (Beef Alternatives!)

Almost everyone has their favorite house mix for homemade burger patties. One of these days, we’ll post our classic, go-to recipe.

If you want to shake up your burger game, here are three that we love that don’t use regular ‘ole ground beef.

Lamb Sliders with Rosemary and Mint

The Angry Chef’s Famous Spicy Buffalo Burgers

Basil & Garlic Pork Burgers

Homemade Buns and Condiments

And because you need to dress up all youHere are a handful of our favorite homemade extras.

Making your own buns and condiments is easy—and can take your BBQ over the top!

(Seriously, who can resist a homemade pickle? Or mustard made with stout?)

Easy Homemade Pretzel Buns 

Perfect Caramelized Onions

The Only Homemade Ketchup Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Spicy Guinness Mustard

Classic Bread & Butter Pickles (No Canning Required!)

We hope you all have a wonderful July 4th!

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.