Make It an All-American Fourth, Right Down to the Menu

If you’re planning a party for the 4th of July, hamburgers and hot dogs are likely—and should be—on your menu. Hot dogs couldn’t be easier for kids, and juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers are ultimate grilling foods. And because they cook quickly and are easy to assemble, serve, and eat, hamburgers and hot dogs are a perfect choice for stress-free Independence Day grilling.

Make your celebration festive and fun! Make some 4th of July Firecracker Dogs from Handmade in the Heartland, and check out these ideas for a Hot Dog Toppings Bar for the 4th of July from I Heart Naptime. And if you join the naptime squad, you can download free 4th of July printables so you can recreate the party look. Here’s a fun hot dog tidbit: according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, on Independence Day, Americans will eat 150 million hot dogs, enough to stretch from D.C. to L.A. more than five times!

For hamburgers, it’s always a good idea to serve classic hamburgers and cheeseburgers. The Great American Hamburger recipe from Steven Raichlen’s The Barbecue Bible is a simple favorite that satisfies. One important key to great burgers is using a flavorful meat that has 20 percent fat.

If you’re planning on a large crowd, you may want to have some freezer-friendly Make Ahead Hamburger Patties on hand so you have more time to focus on last-minute party prep. The step by step instructions from Happy Money Saver are super easy to follow, and the recipe will become a new favorite for fast weekday meals.

Plan your menu, send out your invitations, and have a festive and flavorful Fourth!