The Ultimate 4th of July BBQ Spread

Celebrating patriotism, independence, and freedom with close friends and family, over grilled dishes, is a time-honored tradition that many of us look forward to every year. We recall beautiful childhood memories of friends and family gathered in the backyard with scrumptious food being served up from a round or rectangular charcoal grill.

The smell of barbecued hotdogs, burgers, and various salads filled the air, coupled with the ambiance of a warm-hearted get-together. The sun goes down and fireworks dominate the sky. The spirit of freedom and independence resonates so clearly in life-moments such as this. Though things have changed with the times (including the development of more sophisticated grills), many of us look forward to the good old way when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July.

It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time hosting your very own 4th of July celebration or the 40th time. If you don’t know where to start or you’re fresh out of ideas, this cheat sheet of dishes will inspire you to create the best 4th of July BBQ spread ever. Let’s get started!




Classic Burger with Crispy BBQ Bacon Recipe

With a total prep and cooking time of 25 minutes, this recipe is a breeze. It’s also a tried and true favorite during the 4th of July. Who could ever resist a classic burger with crispy, delicious bacon? I mean, no big deal. It’s just the most well-loved burger duo of all time. Both the ingredients and the steps of this recipe are as simple as can be - but this recipe packs a punch!


Ingredients for 6 Burgers:

  • 2 pounds of fresh Canadian chuck ground beef

  • 2 ½ tablespoons Steakhouse Onion Burger Seasoning

  • 12 strips bacon

  • 6 slices onion

  • 6 slices cheese

  • 6 burger buns

Looking to try this classic recipe? Then head on over to our recipe page for everything you will need to prepare Classic Burgers with Crispy BBQ Bacon.



Applewood Smoked Chicken Burgers Recipe

Wanting to serve up burgers on the 4th of July - but need something a little different? Then this chicken burger recipe could be just the thing. We all know the heavenly, guilt-free experience that grilled chicken burgers can bring. But add applewood seasoning and these burgers are divine.

In this recipe, we’re using Club House La Grille Smouldering Smoked Applewood Seasoning. It’s a smoky-sweet blend of molasses and smoked applewood - with just a hint of red pepper to add a little kick. Overall, it gives the meat a warm, slow-roasted taste that adds to the depth of flavour. The sour cream added to this recipe gives it a rich and balanced taste that is sure to wow your guests. Moreover, you only need 25 minutes to serve up this delightful recipe!


Ingredients for 4 Burgers:

For the Zesty Sour Cream Spread

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • ¾ teaspoon Smouldering Smoked Applewood Seasoning


For the Chicken Burgers

  • 1 pound of ground chicken

  • 1 tablespoon. + ½ teaspoon Smouldering Smoked Applewood Seasoning

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs

  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

  • Salt, to taste

  • Pepper, to taste

  • 4 burger buns

  • 1 beefsteak tomato

  • Romaine lettuce

So do you have your heart set on trying this Applewood Smoked Chicken Burger Recipe? Then head on over to our recipe page to find out how easy this Applewood Smoked Chicken Burger Recipe really is.



Hotdogs Wrapped with Bacon & Stuffed with Cheese

Cooking hotdogs on the grill is one of the easiest ways to make grilled food. But for an event as special as the 4th of July, we think even hotdog recipes should be taken up a notch. Can you imagine the burst of savory goodness when you combine bacon with an all-beef hotdog? Then, add the creamy goodness of cheese to the mix and you have the ultimate flavour bomb. As these are special hotdogs for a special day, you’ll need about 40 minutes to make these - but it’s worth it.


Ingredients for 4 Hotdogs:

  • 4 large, ballpark style, hotdogs

  • 4 to 8 cheese snack sticks, mostly frozen

  • 8 slices bacon

  • 4 buns, like COBS Bread Gourmet Hotdog Buns

  • Diced red onion for topping

  • Sturdy straws (like those used for a slushy)

While a little more time consuming than the burger recipes above, these hotdogs are well worth it. Check out this page for the full recipe on how to make Bacon Wrapped Hotdogs Stuffed with Cheese!



Roasted Potato Salad

No 4th of July celebration is ever complete without potato salad. This year, instead of having the usual potato salad, why not try making this delicious roasted potato salad? In this recipe, we feature a little-known spice called black garlic. This mysterious fermented version of garlic brings a sweeter taste than usual garlic - which makes it perfect for this recipe.


Ingredients for 4 Servings:

  • ¾ of a pound (½ a bag) red baby potatoes

  • ¾ of a pound (½ a bag) yellow baby potatoes

  • 4 cloves black garlic

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • 1 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • fresh snipped chives

  • fresh parsley

Want to serve up this exciting roasted potato salad recipe for your 4th of July BBQ? Then check out this new and fun take on the traditional Potato Salad here.



Steak Taco with Chipotle Salsa Recipe

A lot of popular 4th of July foods are easy to eat with bare hands. This is why burgers and hotdogs are such a popular, traditional choice. But how about you make this 4th of July special by serving something different - like, tacos? And not just ordinary tacos, oh no. We’re going for next level Steak Tacos with Chipotle Mango Salsa. The tasty blend of chipotle’s smoky, spicy flavour paired with the sweet, exotic taste of mango comes together in an exciting mix that highlights the richness of the steak even more. This recipe takes a few hours to make, but it’s definitely worth the effort!


Ingredients for 4 Taco:

Basic Ingredients:

  • 1 large flank steak

  • 4 flour tortillas

  • Shredded cheese

  • Lettuce


Steak Marinade:

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • 1 jalapeño, sliced

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tbsp. honey

  • ½ cup Prepared Margarita Mix


Chipotle Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, chopped

  • ½ red onion, chopped

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped & seeded

  • 1 ½ tsp. Chipotle Mango Seasoning

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 limes, juiced

  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Ready to try these tacos with a sophisticated twist? Then have a look at this recipe page and prepare Steak Tacos with Chipotle Mango Salsa for your 4th of July barbecue.



Stuffed Taco Burgers

Why have just tacos or just burgers when you can combine the two in an epic Stuffed Taco Burger recipe? This 4th of July, surprise your guests with this creative hybrid dish and you’re bound to get unforgettable reactions. Serve these bad boys up with some onion rings on the side, and it is the bee’s knees. Proceed with caution. After an epic dish like this, everyone might just want to turn up in your backyard for every meal. Amazingly, all you need is 45 minutes to prepare and cook this grilled delight.


Ingredients for 4 Burgers:

The Burgers:

  • 1 pound of medium ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons Taco Seasoning

  • 3 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded

  • 3 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded

  • Kosher Salt

  • Crushed Black Pepper


Pico De Gallo:

  • 1 cup finely chopped red onion

  • ¼ cup lime juice

  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ pounds of roma tomatoes, medium dice

  • ½ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro



  • 2 ripe avocados

  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped

  • Black pepper


Looking to try this exciting recipe? Then head on over to this page for the steps on how to prepare these delightful Stuffed Taco Burgers.



Barbecued Sweet Pizza

When we think of pizza, we don’t usually imagine it being sweet. And when we think of grilling, we don’t usually think of pizza. So consider this dish a surprise within a surprise that will truly amaze your loved ones. It’s novel, it’s easy to prepare, and it’s delicious - everything a 4th of July dessert should be. Celebrate the sweet taste of freedom with these awesome recipes - that’s right there’s more than just one.


This dish is so versatile, try just about any different flavor combination, or try our favorites:

  • Fig, honey, and ricotta

  • Peach, raspberry, and ricotta

  • Peach, raspberry, and mascarpone

  • Nutella, marshmallow, and hazelnut

As long as you use flavors that balance each other, you’re good to go. For the 4th of July, you can try playing around with ingredients that will form the colors of the American flag!

If you’d like to serve up a sweet pizza to cap off your 4th of July BBQ spread, then check out this recipe page for Dessert Pizzas on the Barbecue.



There you have it! 7 awesome dishes to try out for your 4th of July BBQ.

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