Fourth of July has some pretty standard holiday traditions: flags, fireworks, and the grill. Burgers are some of the most popular dishes on the fourth, and whether you’re looking to put an intense spin on the typical meal or keep it simple with your classic plate, this list should help you find that perfect recipe.
These Rachel Ray-inspired Southwest burgers will pack the heat you might need on this summer day. They’re an American classic in their own way, and definitely worth a shot. Make sure you’ve got plenty of lemonade to wash down the spice if you opt for the tobasco-infused ketchup, yellow mustard or sweet red pepper relish.
While a vegetarian burger might not scream ‘MURICA, this delicious recipe should more than make up for its admitted unpatrioticism. The sides are what really make this dish stand out: shoestring sweet potato fries and Sriracha mayo? Sounds intimidating to tackle on the grill but more than worth it.
Can’t afford a ticket to NYC or LA? Well this recipe seems like a great alternative. The ramen burger is a mystery to all who tackle it, but the fascination of the bun is quickly overshadowed by the flavor the second you take a bite. If you cook these up at your party, it’s bound to be a success talked about for weeks afterwards.
A vegetarian meal that doesn’t taste or even look like one? Sign me up. This is the way to impress a meat aficionado on a budget. And, depending on how many people you’re cooking for, this could turn out to be much more cost effective. (Spoiler alert: there’s more Sriracha mayo.)
Since this is such a classic, American holiday, it makes sense to include a perfectly classic burger on this list. No frills, no added extras, no fancy mayo. Just a burger. What more could you or your fellow barbecuers ask for?
On campus for the summer? Don’t stress. You might not be having a big barbecue (make sure to check out your school’s newsletter to check for any holiday activities) but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little celebration by yourself. The cafeteria food might not be the best, but you can always create something wonderful with a little determination.
Step up your patty game with this easy, delicious recipe. Like the ramen burger, instead of relying on fancy condiments, this spin on the burger thinks outside the bun and aims to be original without completely forgetting the classic burger taste.
I can practically hear my dad cringing at the mention of a burger with anything but good ol’ beef, but hear me out. Turkey burgers are not only healthier, but equally delicious. The great thing about this recipe is that it’s just the patty that we’re experimenting with, and everything else on the burger can stay nice and old-fashioned.
Quinoa on Independence Day? It’s a bit of a stretch, but if you and your friends are into saving calories, money, and time, then this seems like the perfect recipe for your group. It’s tasty and healthy – a combination that’s hard to come across these days, so don’t knock it until you try it.
Jameson in a burger? Yes, okay, I’m sure I have your attention now. If you’re looking for something full of flavor, then this is definitely the recipe for you. Lots of meat and lots of juices. (There’s also a lot of Irish heritage in this burger, but if you can get over that, then you’ll enjoy this without a doubt.)
This has got to be one of the more adventurous burgers on this list, but that doesn’t mean you should be intimidated by it. This burger only takes twenty minutes to prep and cook, which is ideal for when you’re trying to feed a large crowd, or ensure that everyone eats plenty between games of volleyball or playing with sparklers. The flavors are out of this world and definitely not like your classic burger, so if you decide to tackle this one, be ready for something entirely different and extremely delicious.
Hello, beautiful. Do you see that sauce? That steaming marinara is the stuff of dreams and is sure to win over anyone who takes a bite into this flavorful masterpiece. It’s messy and a bit time consuming (45 minutes!) but that doesn’t make it any less worth it, especially given how large the portions are and how filling it is.
Alright, this little burger mini-masterpiece doesn’t quite have the appeal of being as lean as some of the vegetarian options on this list, but who said carbs were that bad? Noodles in the bun and in the patty itself sound like a match made in heaven if you ask me. These could be used as fun appetizers to load up your paper plates with. Regardless of how you serve them, they’re bound to be a hit.
Not going to lie, this bad boy does take over four hours to prepare, but it is definitely worth the time commitment. Pulled pork is a barbecue hit no matter what the holiday is, but you get extra points almost on the Fourth. If you whip this out amongst family and friends, you’re bound to be the hero of the party.