We think the menu for Independence Day should be festive, fun, and reliable, so we’ve pulled some of our favorite summertime recipes to help you plan your party. From a classic grilled burger, to an avocado salad, to a fresh peach pie, there’s something to satisfy everyone. But most importantly, thanks to the rigorous testing we put our recipes through, you won’t have to worry about a dish not turning out as well as it should.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Pink Bean and Lima Bean Dip with Parsley
The secret behind a bean dip that’s creamy and complex tasting is to pair a starchy bean with a lighter legume or vegetable. This dip, an interesting departure from the usual suspects you find at barbecues, is the perfect way to get your party started.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Tender, Juicy Grilled Burgers
Preground chuck patties may be easy to throw on the grill, but if you want ultrabeefy, tender, juicy burgers, start with steak tips, grind your own meat—and open the freezer.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Potato Burger Buns
Mashed potatoes are hefty and substantial, but in a potato buns recipe, they give the crumb a light, tender, moist texture.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Grilled Steak with New Mexican Chile Rub
Done wrong, this grilled shell sirloin steak resembles a dusty old boot. But apply some science to your rub and you’ve got a bold way to dress up a less expensive cut.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Avocado Salad with Tomato and Radish
Usually tossed into a pile of greens, mild-mannered avocado sinks to the bottom of the bowl like an afterthought. We found a way to make sure it shines as the star of this dish.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Tunisian-Style Grilled Vegetables
The North African flavors of this vegetarian dish lured us in, and once we found the perfect grilling method, we were totally hooked.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Fresh Peach Pie
We corralled the moisture that peaches give off during cooking in a number of ways, and the result is a pie with a perfect, sturdy, peachy filling.
RECIPE FOR MEMBERS: Blueberry Pie
A Fourth of July celebration isn’t truly American until you’ve got a slice of blueberry pie and a cool scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on top.