Go 4th and Grill! Best 4th of July Recipes For Any Backyard BBQ

One of America’s favorite patriotic holiday, the 4th of July, is just a few days away. Whether you’re throwing a BBQ or attending one, chances are you’ll need to whip something up to share with a crowd. For Memorial Day (our other favorite patriotic holiday), we shared with you our favorite Pinterest-inspired patriotic desserts. These are clearly ideal 4th of July recipes too, so you’ve got your 4th of July desserts covered. Thus, we’ll share a few favorites for the grill.

Whether you’re looking for healthy 4th of July recipes, easy 4th of July recipes, or just something unique, we’ve got you covered.

5.) For The Vegetarian: Houston’s Copycat Veggie Burger

Vegetarian 4th of July recipes.

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Let’s face it: the majority of 4th of July recipes involve either something thrown on the grill or something thrown in a bowl. What’s on the grill is typically meat-related, leaving slim pickings for vegetarians. Thus, we bring you one of our favorite vegetarian 4th of July recipes: a veggie burger even omnivores will love, Houston’s Copycat Veggie Burger, courtesy of Danielle Omar ofFood Confidence.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5-7 minutes on the grill

Serves: 4


  • 4 Tbs hickory barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon oat bran
  • 2 tablespoons onions finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped canned beets
  • 1 teaspoon beet juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh (or pickled) jalapeno pepper chopped
  • 1 egg white for binding purposes (add more if needed)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 slices Monterey jack cheese (optional)


  1. Stir together barbecue sauce and molasses. Set aside. In a large bowl or food processor, mash beans. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the barbecue mixture (reserving remaining for brushing), rice, oat bran, onions, beet and beet juice, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper, jalapeno, and egg white.

  • Form mixture into four 6 oz patties. Heat olive oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium. Grill burgers for ~5 minutes on one side. Turn and brush with remaining barbecue/molasses mixture. Top with Monterey Jack, if using, and grill for another 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite toppings (lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and mustard) on a bun which has been grilled in butter.