Of all the food-heavy holidays, the Fourth of July is arguably the easiest one to make Paleo.
All the outdoor grilling allows us to channel primal-style cooking with hunks of meat over an open flame. No substitutions necessary!
This list compiles all our favorite grill-kissed recipes that’ll please your whole Fourth of July gathering. From steaks and chicken to pork chops and fish, we’ll help you come up with skewers, burgers and fajitas to wow your guests this Independence Day!
Paleo Steak Fajitas
A tried and true grill standby will make this holiday shine. There’s even has a recipe for Paleo Tortillas!
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Paleo Steak Fajitas
What’s the Fourth of July without burgers on the grill? This juicy burger, seasoned with curry powder and allspice for extra kick, trades the bun for roasted sweet potato discs.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Jamerican Paleo Burger
Lemon Garlic Grilled Swordfish
Unlike tilapia and other flimsy white fish, swordfish steaks are firm and hearty enough to stand up to your Fourth of July appetite. This recipe packs flavor with aromatic lemon and garlic.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Lemon Garlic Grilled Swordfish
Smashed Steak Skewers with Cherry Barbeque Sauce
You could make a conventional fruit salad for the Fourth of July potluck, or you could make like Nom Nom Paleo and incorporate the fruit into giant hunks of skewered beef. We know which we’d choose.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Smashed Steak Skewers with Cherry Barbeque Sauce
Plank Grilled Salmon
Like swordfish, salmon is hearty enough to withstand the grill’s aggressive advances. Paleo Newbie upgrades your fish with woodsy Cedar grilling planks.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Plank Grilled Salmon
Nom Nom Paleo incorporates fruit into meat again. This time, fresh peaches meld with a smoky Barbeque sauce to coat pork skewers—a sticky, multi-napkined feat.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Peachy Pork-a-Bobs
Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Chili Pepper Salsa
The spicy combos of fruit and meat continue, this time with succulent pork chops and a sweet pineapple salsa.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple Chili Pepper Salsa
Spicy Turmeric Chicken
Pack your grilled chicken breasts with flavor and anti-inflammatory benefits with this turmeric-heavy recipe.
Recipe: The Iron You | Spicy Turmeric Chicken
Salted Mocha Burgers
Don’t freak out: This burger is nothing like a Starbucks drink. It simply uses coffee and raw cacao powder for warm, sultry burgers.
Recipe: Popular Paleo | Salted Mocha Burgers
Paleo Newbie devised a super-simple Paleo teriyaki sauce—a feat on its own. Then they threw it on a burger. You’re welcome, America.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Teriyaki Burgers
Turkey Bacon Burger
If curry and allspice aren’t your thing, try this balsamic and bacon infused turkey burger. Topped with rich wedges of avocado and grilled onions, you won’t miss the bread.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Turkey Bacon Burger
Mojo Pork Tenderloin
Mojo—a Cuban garlic-citrus sauce that’ll have you asking “What is this sorcery?!”—coats a thick, grill-blackened pork tenderloin. Marinating this hunk of meat is a couple day affair, so get started now.
Recipe: The Girl Who Ate Everything | Mojo Pork Tenderloin
Fearsome Flat Iron Steak
Paleohacks writer Rebecca Maclary suggests thinking beyond fajitas with this red wine and peppercorn-marinated flat iron steak. Grill it up and throw it on a fresh salad for your Fourth of July spread.
Recipe: PaleoHacks | Fearsome Flat Iron Steak
Korean BBQ Short Ribs
Serve these salty and savory short ribs alongside umami and spicy kimchi.
Grilled Green Chicken
Green might not be a ‘Murica color, but with cilantro, mint, basil, garlic and Aleppo pepper, there’s no way this herbaceous grilled chicken won’t beautify your picnic.
Recipe: Nom Nom Paleo | Grilled Green Chicken
Bacon Wrapped Chili Chicken Skewers
These deceptively simple chicken skewers take 10 minutes to grill and incorporate bacon and Sriracha—need we say more?
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Bacon Wrapped Chili Chicken Skewers
Masala Spiced Chicken Kabobs
Masala is a South Asian term for spice blend, so, technically, these are spicy spiced chicken kabobs. We’re into that.
Recipe: Popular Paleo | Masala Spiced Chicken Kabobs
Pancetta-Stuffed Chicken Breast
Take cues from the Italians this holiday and stuff chicken breasts with rich pancetta, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and garlic. Then blacken that chicken on the grill!
Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Capture all the bright and fresh flavors of summer with these lemon and herb-blend shrimp kebabs. The secret flavor upgrade: Dijon mustard!
Recipe: Everyday Occasions | Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken
Feel free to stick with grill standbys like lemon pepper chicken—the Fourth of July is all about traditions, after all.
Recipe: The Recipe Critic | Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken
Jalapeno Chicken Burgers
For those of you on Whole30 this holiday, rejoice! These spicy and lean burgers are for you.
Recipe: Once a Month Meals | Jalapeno Chicken Burgers
Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak with Grilled Peppers
Of course, feel free to experiment with your fajitas. This recipe incorporates Balsamic and Dijon mustard for a sweet and savory twist.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak with Grilled Peppers
Triple Protein Burgers
Hot dogs, the Fourth of July mainstay, make their first appearance on this list. This time, getting cozy with bacon and a burger patty in PaleOMG’s triple-protein burger, devised especially for the holiday.
Recipe: PaleOMG | Triple Protein Burgers
Maple and Mustard Grilled Chicken
For another sweet and savory take on grilling, try these maple and mustard glazed chicken breasts.
Recipe: Paleo Newbie | Maple and Mustard Grilled Chicken
Blueberry Maple BBQ Chicken
This unique blueberry barbeque sauce covers the obligatory blue food for your Fourth of July spread—now what will you do for red and white?
Recipe: PaleOMG | Blueberry Maple BBQ Chicken
Grilled Cumin Crusted Lamb Chops
Ditch the roasting pan and grill your lamb chops this holiday. The cumin-heavy spice blend functions both for flavor and texture, adding a nice crust to the meat once grilled.
Recipe: Paleo Magazine | Grilled Cumin Crusted Lamb Chops
Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Parsley-heavy, garlicky chimichurri coats these juicy chicken thighs for a bright and refreshing summer meal.
Recipe: Cook Eat Paleo | Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Shawarma Chicken Thighs
These grilled chicken thighs borrow the flavor profile of Middle Eastern spit-roasted Shawarma. They’re sure to please with their spice-heavy kick.
Recipe: Eat Your Beets | Shawarma Chicken Thighs
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