4 Epic Five-Course Menus for Your 4th of July Cookout

These recipes are tailor-made for a perfect 4th of July party.

4th of july menu

Not sure on what to serve at your 4th of July party? Try some of these recipes out for a delicious five-course meal your guests won't soon forget.

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Cheese Lovers | Appetizer: Ranch Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Both kids and adults will devour this cheesy bite-sized appetizer.

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Tools you'll need: muffin tin ($6, )

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Cheese Lovers | Main: One-Pan Cheesy Jalapeño Chicken

An easy, 20-minute entree is ideal when you're serving four other courses.

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Tools you'll need: cast iron skillet ($15, )

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Cheese Lovers | Side: Cheesy Broccoli Bake

You won't have trouble getting the kids to eat their vegetables with this classic side.

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Tools you'll need: saucepan ($20, )

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Cheese Lovers | Side: Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

Serve this rolled up grilled cheese sandwiches with a shot of tomato soup.

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Tools you'll need: rolling pin ($5, )

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Cheese Lovers | Dessert: Vanilla Cream Cheese Custard

Pipe this custard dessert into chilled glasses for a stunning presentation.

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Tools you'll need: decorating bag ($5, )

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Homemade in the Heartland
Meat Lovers | Appetizer: Firecracker Dogs

Wrap hot dogs in flaky dough and top with cheese stars for a fun and festive appetizer.

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Tools you'll need: bamboo skewers ($4 for 100, )

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The Chunky Chef
Meat Lovers | Main: Whiskey Glazed Blue Cheese Burgers

This mouthwatering, meaty main is topped with caramelized onions and lots of melted cheese. Yum!

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Tools you'll need: large mixing bowl ($15, )

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The Comfort of Cooking
Meat Lovers | Side: Crispy Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes

The perfect pairing to an all-American burger. (Vegetarians will also love this side.)

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Tools you'll need: half sheet pan ($15, )

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roasted snap peas and mushrooms
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Meat Lovers | Side: Roasted Snap Peas and Mushrooms

A crispy bacon topping takes this vegetable side to the next level.

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Tools you'll need: porcelain serving platter ($21, )

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Meat Lovers | Dessert: Bacon-Hazelnut Buttermilk Cupcakes

Topped with Amaretto maple buttercream, brown sugar-coated bacon, and a drizzle of bourbon caramel, these cupcakes are a sweet and salty way to end the night.

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Tools you'll need: electric hand mixer ($22, )

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She Wears Many Hats
Hawaiian | Appetizer: Grilled Pineapple Ham Kabobs

These grilled starters are ready in just over five minutes. Be sure you make enough because these are sure to fly off the plate.

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Half Baked Harvest
Hawaiian | Main: Hawaiian Barbecue Salmon Burgers with Coconut Caramelized Pineapple

Barbecue sauce, juicy salmon, avocado, cheese, and caramelized pineapple combine to make this main course simply delicious.

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Mary Britton Senseney
Hawaiian | Side: Spicy Grilled Shrimp with Garlic and Lemon

Party guests will love peeling and eating these kicked-up shrimp bites.

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Damn Delicious
Hawaiian | Side: Pineapple Fried Rice

This mix of pineapple, smoked ham, brown rice, and veggies will taste better bite after bite.

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Glorious Treats
Hawaiian | Dessert: Piña Colada Cake

Give your guests a piece of this tropical dessert topped with a tasty coconut cream cheese frosting.

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Vegetarian | Appetizer: Cheese and Onion Dip

Start off your meal with this cheesy, patriotic pleaser.

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Veggies Don't Bite
Vegetarian | Main: Butternut Squash Apple Burgers

Sweet and savory flavors combine in this main course. Made with a rice medley, squash, shallots, and more, you've never tasted a burger quite like this.

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Layers of Happiness
Vegetarian | Side: Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

These are fries no one will feel guilty about eating.

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Mary Britton Senseney
Vegetarian | Side: Roasted Wax Bean, Avocado and Crispy Quinoa Salad

This fresh summer salad adds a burst of green to any plate.

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The Wiegands
Vegetarian | Dessert: All-American Pie with Lemon Butter Crust

Everyone will be begging for a piece of this beautiful berry pie.

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