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27 Easy 4th Of July Ideas That'll Make Everyone Say, "Where Did You Get This Recipe?"

There's still time!

Thought you had tons of time to prepare for your 4th of July gathering? Yeah, so did we. But we don't. Luckily, these flavorful, summery recipes are easy to make, and most can be done in 30 minutes or less. It's not too late!

1. Maple Bourbon BBQ Kielbasa Bites

Mary Ann / Via thebeachhousekitchen.com

Thanks to a smart (and incredibly flavorful) glaze, these bites are equal parts simple, quick, and delicious.

Recipe: Maple Bourbon BBQ Kielbasa Bites

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2. Mint Watermelon Salad With Feta

Katie Crenshaw / Via aforkstale.com

After all, it's not the 4th of July without watermelon.

Recipe: Mint Watermelon Salad With Feta

3. Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil (with Compound Butter)

Huy Vu / Via hungryhuy.com

Cooking corn in its own foil pouch keeps all that flavor tightly packed in. Also great for if you went shopping last minute and couldn't find corn in the husk. 

Recipe: Grilled Corn on the Cob in Foil with Compound Butter

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4. Settlers Beans

Emily / Via onelovelylife.com

No BBQ would be official without smoky, sweet, and tangy baked beans. 

Recipe: Settlers Beans

5. Easiest 4th of July Fruit Skewers

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These festive skewers are basically impossible to mess up.

Recipe: Easiest 4th of July Fruit Skewers

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6. Hot Dog Fiesta

Clara Gonzalez / Via dominicancooking.com

Hot dogs + 4th of July. Name a better duo... We'll wait. This better-than-basic recipe is perfect for hosting a variety of preferences. It's like you took everyone to Pink's

Recipe: Hot Dog Fiesta

7. Grilled Flank Steak With Dry Rub

Julia / Via acedarspoon.com

A little rusty with your grill skills? This one is nice and easy, and it's quick. If you're struggling to find flank, skirt or hanger steak will do. You got this!

Recipe: Grilled Flank Steak With Dry Rub

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8. Crunchy Pickled Salad

Tori Avey / Via toriavey.com

The fresh flavors of cucumber and dill are great on these hot summer days. 

Recipe: Crunchy Pickled Salad

9. BBQ Tempeh

Nisha / Via rainbowplantlife.com

We know you would neverrrr forget about your plant-based friends. This recipe can be used for salad, sandwiches, and more. 

Recipe: BBQ Tempeh

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10. Corn, Crab, and Old Bay Deviled Eggs

Irvin Lin / Via simplyrecipes.com

Of course we have to include a deviled eggs recipe — what kind of BBQ would it be without them? This recipe takes it up several notches with lump crab meat and grilled, smoky corn. 

Recipe: Corn, Crab, and Old Bay Deviled Eggs

11. Air Fryer Onion Rings

Marrekus and Krysten / Via cookswithsoul.com

Surely your air fryer is just itching to get in on some holiday action! These can be done in under 20 minutes, and you probably already have all the ingredients at home. 

Recipe: Air Fryer Onion Rings

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12. Quick and Easy Avocado Hummus

Eric and Shanna / Via dudethatcookz.com

Hummus has become a staple in the dips lineup. This one is extra creamy because of the avocado. 

Recipe: Quick and Easy Avocado Hummus

13. Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

Brandi / Via staysnatched.com

Did you forget to take the chicken out of the freezer? No problem. You can still get these wings served up in time by sticking them right in the air fryer (look at the air fryer just being the perfect appliance, as usual). According to the USDA, frozen chicken can be cooked in an oven from its frozen state (just make sure it hits the 165-degree internal temp). 

Recipe: Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Wings

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14. Simple Berry Parfait

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Layer Greek yogurt, bananas, and berries ahead of time — then stash these in the fridge for a cooling, make-ahead treat.

Recipe: Simple Berry Parfait

15. 10 Ingredient Sweet Corn Salad

Jasmin Foster / Via mashandspread.com

This salad just screams summer, summer, summertime! It's light and easy to assemble, and you can swap out the cob for regular canned sweet corn. 

Recipe: 10 Ingredient Sweet Corn Salad

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16. Melon Caprese Skewers

What's Gabby Cooking / Via whatsgabycooking.com

These summery skewers filled with fresh, in-season melons are a great alternative to traditional Caprese. A small ice cream scoop or measuring spoon can work just as well as a melon baller. 

Recipe: Melon Caprese Skewers

17. BLT Sheet Pan Salad With Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing

Rosalynn Daniels / Via rosalynndaniels.com

Everyone can pick what they want and leave what they don't with this easy sheet pan salad. 

Recipe: BLT Sheet Pan Salad With Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing

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18. Beef Sliders With Bacon Pepper Jam and Brie

Paige / Via mymoderncookery.com

With something like bacon pepper and brie, it *seems* like you took all the time. But you can get this done in 30 minutes. If making bacon pepper jam is intimidating, just grab a jar at the store. We won't snitch. 

Recipe: Beef Sliders With Bacon Pepper Jam and Brie

19. Guacamole

Tasty / Via tasty.co

Guac needs no explanation.

Recipe: Guacamole Recipe by Tasty

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20. Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

Diana Kuan / Via cinnamonsociety.com

This popular Chinese wings recipe can definitely come to the cookout. The writer recommends getting your hands on Mexican Coca-Cola if you can. 

Recipe: Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

21. Quick and Easy Tomato Salad

Lola / Via cheflolaskitchen.com

Grape and cherry tomatoes going to good use right here, but if you don't have that on hand, regular tomatoes work just as well. The author also has a suggestion for making onions less pungent for those who can't deal. 

Recipe: Quick and Easy Tomato Salad

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22. Baked Salmon With Lemon Sauce

Jillian / Via foodfolksandfun.net

Looks impressive, and you only need 20 minutes.

Recipe: Baked Salmon With Lemon Sauce

23. Shrimp Avocado Sandwich

Maria Doss / Via kitchenathoskins.com

This is a great burger alternative, and adding the Sriracha mayo makes it just *chef's kiss*.

Recipe: Shrimp Avocado Sandwich

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24. Easy Skillet Mac 'n' Cheese

Kylee / Via kyleecooks.com

We all know mac 'n' cheese is America's favorite child. 

Recipe: Easy Skillet Mac 'n' Cheese

25. Easy Watermelon Sangria

Sonja and Alex Overhiser / Via acouplecooks.com

Watermelon and sangria are a match made in summer heaven. 

Recipe: Easy Watermelon Sangria

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26. Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Country Boil

Karen Bellessa Petersen / Via 365daysofcrockpot.com

If you've let your Instant Pot collect dust while you play with your air fryer, now's the time to bring it out. This delicious, filling, perfect-for-summer recipe is done in almost no time. (The air fryer could never.)

Recipe: Instant Pot Smoked Sausage Country Boil

27. Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ashlyn Edwards / Via belleofthekitchen.com

Of COURSE there's room for some red, white, and blue. 

Recipe: Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Happy 4th of July! What are you cooking up this weekend? Share in the comments below.

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