Slideshow: 40 Main Dishes for Your July 4th Feast

Grilled Steak, Avocado, and Spicy Crema Sandwiches
Grilled Steak, Avocado, and Spicy Crema Sandwiches

Toasted bread, grilled steak, velvety avocado, and cool, spicy crema make this an incredibly satisfying sandwich.

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[Photograph:María del Mar Sacasa]

Grilled Jalapeño-Marinated Steak Sandwiches With Charred Onions and Cotija Mayo
Grilled Jalapeño-Marinated Steak Sandwiches With Charred Onions and Cotija Mayo

Spicy and beefy jalapeño-marinated hanger steak is paired with salty cotija mayo, charred onions, and fresh cilantro, which come together in one incredibly flavorful sandwich.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

The Best Grilled Hot Dogs
The Best Grilled Hot Dogs

It doesn't take much to grill a decent hot dog: Just put it on the grill until heated through. But making a truly great hot dog requires knowing a few key tricks.

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[Photograph: Daniel Gritzer]

Tender Grilled Short Ribs
Tender Grilled Short Ribs

The Koreans and the Argentineans know something that we don't: short rib is the best cut of meat for grilling. English cut short ribs are short ribs that are cut with one long piece of bone in each one, and some nicely marbled with plenty of meat make for a deliciously simple main course.

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Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Roasted Chilies and Pepper Jack Cheese
Grilled Stuffed Flank Steak With Roasted Chilies and Pepper Jack Cheese

Butterflied flank steak rubbed with a garlicky chili rub, then layered with roasted green chilies and pepper jack cheese gets rolled, sliced, and grilled until smoky and charred.

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Seven Spice Pork Lettuce Wraps
Seven Spice Pork Lettuce Wraps

You can size up these patties to make full-on pork burgers, but we prefer smaller ones to wrap in tender lettuce and dip in a garlic-laced soy dipping sauce. Be careful not to compress the meat when forming the patties; they should just hold themselves together. Leftover dipping sauce can be served over rice or stir fried with leafy green vegetables as a side dish.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Tocino (Filipino-Style Grilled Cured Pork)
Tocino (Filipino-Style Grilled Cured Pork)

There isn't much to Filipino-style tocino—just thinly sliced pork shoulder cured in salt and sugar for a few days—but the sweet, chewy Filipino breakfast meat that results is amazing, especially when paired with some garlic fried rice and egg.

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The Best Juicy Grilled Pork Chops
The Best Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

Dry, chewy pork chops are a thing of the past—these thick-cut beauties are everything an excellent grilled pork chop should be.

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Chinese Takeout-Style Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Chinese Takeout-Style Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

Spare-ribs, deep-fried so they are golden brown and a little crisp, are simmered in soy sauce and sugar. The mixture reduces into a syrupy glaze. At the last moment, spoonfuls of Chinkiang Vinegar are mixed in, imparting a subtle degree of sourness.

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[Photograph:Chichi Wang]

Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, and Sauerkraut
Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, and Sauerkraut

The key to perfectly cooked sausages on the grill is to start them in a moist bath of flavorful toppings, slow cooking them to infuse them with flavor and get an even cook, then finishing them off over the hot side to crisp and char them.

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Grilled Chicken Panzanella
Grilled Chicken Panzanella

Grilled chicken turns this summertime salad into a main course. Toasting the bread on the grill lets it sop up all of the juice from those farm fresh tomatoes without getting too mushy.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick with Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary
Grilled Chicken Under a Brick with Lemon, Garlic, and Rosemary

Placing a brick atop a butterflied chicken results in an evenly browned and slightly crisp skin, a great start to an excellent bird. Brush chicken with garlic and rosemary mixture for the perfect marriage of texture and flavor.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

The Ultimate Extra-Crispy Double Fried Confit Buffalo Wings
The Ultimate Extra-Crispy Double Fried Confit Buffalo Wings

Classic buffalo wings are a real triumph in recent American history. Extra crispy and perfectly spicy, this recipe is the best way to prepare your drumsticks and flats for ultimate crowd-pleasing power.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever
The Best F&$king Grilled Chicken Sandwich Ever

Packed with crushed potato chips, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and two different sauces, this juicy, drippy, delicious grilled chicken sandwich is not only surprisingly quick and easy, it'll also rival any burger out there.

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The Best Juicy Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
The Best Juicy Grilled Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

Grilled skinless chicken breasts are all-too-often more like pieces of cardboard than proper serious eats. With a little know-how, however, we no longer have to stand for this injustice. The key to juicy grilled chicken breasts is to brine them first, then to cook them over a two-zone fire, using a thermometer to gauge doneness.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Moroccan-Spiced Rack of Lamb
Grilled Moroccan-Spiced Rack of Lamb

Inspired by the deep, rich, and balanced flavors of Moroccan dishes, this delicious grilled rack of lamb is rubbed with a complex spice mixture that includes paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper, then crusted in a bright and fresh pesto-like blend of fresh cilantro, parsley, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. They're flavors that can both stand up to and enhance the strong flavor of lamb.

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Kofte Kebabs with Spicy Harissa Yogurt Sauce and Grilled Flatbread (Minced Lamb Kebabs)
Kofte Kebabs with Spicy Harissa Yogurt Sauce and Grilled Flatbread (Minced Lamb Kebabs)

Kofte Kebabs are traditionally made with lamb, however, ground beef or pork can be substituted. Harissa is a Tunisian spice pasted made from piri-piri peppers. If you can't find it, any fresh chili sauce will do, such as sambal oelek.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, and Mustard Crust
Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb with Rosemary, Garlic, and Mustard Crust

A mustard, garlic, and rosemary crust add a complimentary bite to the flavor and silky lamb, making it a real holiday treat. Yes, we know what you're thinking, but 4th of July is definitely fair game!

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Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers
Spicy Cumin Lamb Skewers

A marriage of Middle Eastern and Chinese influence, these earthy, spicy, and pungent lamb skewers deliver such a unique flavor that they seem persistently exciting.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Leftover Lamb Sandwiches With Tapenade Mayo, Watercress, and Caciocavallo Cheese
Leftover Lamb Sandwiches With Tapenade Mayo, Watercress, and Caciocavallo Cheese

These lamb sandwiches with caciocavallo cheese, watercress, and an olive-anchovy mayonnaise are a great way to use leftover lamb as a distinct and hearty meal.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Shrimp Boil Skewers
Shrimp Boil Skewers

All the components of a shrimp boil—shrimp, corn, andouille, and potatoes—come together on a single stick.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Garlic-Lime Shrimp
Grilled Garlic-Lime Shrimp

Jalapeño adds fruitiness and a slight heat to the tangy garlic marinade that seasons these shrimp, but doesn't overpower their natural flavor.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

 Planked Whitefish with Cilantro-Lime Butter
Planked Whitefish with Cilantro-Lime Butter

A cedar plank on the grill is a great way to bring woody flavor to virutally any mild white fish, and a nice compound butter of your choice rounds out the dish with familiar flavors. We slathered on on a tasty compound butter of cilantro, serrano chile, and lime.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Simple Grilled Halibut
Simple Grilled Halibut

A perfectly grilled piece of seafood can be a glorious thing—this light and fresh fish will leave you relishing its simplicity.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan
Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

For a summery version of the classically vegetarian-friendly dish, check out this recipe, which grills the eggplant slices until they're soft and smoky, then tops them with buttery melted mozzarella. The fresh tomato and basil topping harnesses some of the best flavors of the season, and makes a light, juicy counterpart to the tender eggplant underneath.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Japanese Miso-Glazed Eggplant (Nasu no Dengaku)
Japanese Miso-Glazed Eggplant (Nasu no Dengaku)

Surprise your cookout guests with this unmistakably miso-flavored eggplant preparation. Mirin, sake, scallions, and sesame seeds complement tender eggplant for the ultimate Japanese grilling experience.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Vegan
Vegan "B.L.A.T."s: Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado, and Crispy Smoked Mushroom Sandwiches

A 100% vegan sandwich made with smoked mushroom bacon, tomato, lettuce, and avocado. Hearty, varied in texture, and full of refreshing veggies!

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Crispy Fried Chickpea Cake and Slaw Sandwiches
Crispy Fried Chickpea Cake and Slaw Sandwiches

Another hearty vegan sandwich to enjoy, these crispy chickpea patties are flavored with cumin and coriander, and topped with a bright tahini-based slaw.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers
Really Awesome Black Bean Burgers

These black bean burgers have a complex, satisfying flavor and robustly meaty texture that even devout carnivores will love (seriously, try them with bacon on top). The mixture comes together in just 25 minutes and can be used to make patties for cooking either on the backyard grill or indoors in a skillet.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

Homemade Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck
Homemade Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck

After tasting these, you'll never look at veggie burgers the same way again.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]