During 4th of July weekend, the BBQs become more plentiful, the parties get louder, and the fun keeps rolling. Between the late nights of hanging with friends and droves of fireworks that touch the sky, worrying about cleaning off the grill and hauling it back to its resting place is a dreaded task that many could do without. With that being said, finding a few 4th of July recipes you don't have to grill can be a huge life and time saver this year.
Although grilling is a huge part of summer, sometimes the maintenance that follows and the items to help prep are just not worth it. Not to mention standing outside in the burning sun over the hot grill is not a way that I want to spend my 4th of July this year. And if you have little ones running around, finding grill-free foods to serve is a great way to baby proof your BBQ. Even if you're not the one who guards the grill, giving the traditional grill master a chance to kick back, pop a brew, and chill would be a great option too.
Whatever your reasoning may be for not wanting to touch the grill this 4th of July weekend, these 11 recipes that don't require the grill are sure to help.
1. One Dish Roasted Sticky BBQ Chicken Dinner
No grill? No problem. This delicious recipe from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs for roasted sticky BBQ chicken dinner is a great substitute for a non-grilled meal. And bonus: it only requires one dish.
2. Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs
If you're looking to step your party game up a notch or two this 4th of July, these jalapeño popper deviled eggs from Ari's Menu will definitely do the trick.
3. The Best Macaroni Salad
Addictive, silky, and perky, A Spicy Perspective's recipe for the best macaroni salad needs to find a place on your table this year.
4. Oven Ribs With Peach BBQ Sauce
Missing the grill, but still wanting ribs this 4th of July? A Cozy Kitchen's got your back with this recipe for oven ribs with peach BBQ sauce.
5. Fig, Prosciutto & Brie Cracker Bites
Having a delicious no-grill appetizer at your backyard party is a supreme idea and these fig, prosciutto & brie cracker bites from Ari's Menu should be your top choice.
6. Savory Waffle Sandwiches
In my house, there's no time of the day that waffles can't be eaten. A Spicy Perspective's recipe for savory waffle sandwiches further confirms that notion.
7. Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad
There's no way any of your guests will turn down this tasty balsamic chicken caprese salad from Averie Cooks, and if you happen run out because of how good it is, making seconds can be done in a jiffy.
8. BBQ Chicken Pizzettes
Though Big Girls, Small Kitchen originally created this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday, these BBQ chicken pizzettes work well for 4th of July too.
9. Summer Couscous Salad
Who can deny that this summer couscous salad from A Beautiful Plate is what needs to have a place on your menu when it's time to celebrate?
10. Cranberry Zucchini Slaw
If coleslaw happens to tickle your fancy, Inside BruCrew Life's recipe for this cranberry zucchini slaw is a great spin.
11. Crispy Onion BBQ Chicken Burgers
You definitely won't be caught burning a sweat over the grill this year if you're looking for a burger because Chewsy Lovers has a delicious recipe for a crispy onion BBQ chicken burger that will change that.