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20 Best Summer Potluck Recipes

These easy recipes are just what your summer potluck needs!

By: Amy Jackson, Editor,
Updated June 03, 2021
20 Best Summer Potluck Recipes

It's summertime! The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the bugs are (unfortunately) biting, and it's time for a picnic potluck. It can be hard to decide on which potluck recipes to bring to the party--there are so many summer potluck ideas out there! You don't want to merely grill some frozen hot dogs or hamburgers, and you don't want to bring that same-old macaroni salad either. It can be a real conundrum. What should you bring to the summer potluck?

Luckily, this collection of the 20 Best Summer Potluck Recipes is sure to make your life easier. These easy summer potluck recipes will impress all of your friends and family, from the adults to the little ones. From summer potluck sides to appetizers to desserts, these recipes are the way to go to make any picnic potluck a success.

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Potluck Finger Foods

Chunky Cowboy-Style Salsa

Potluck appetizers can be the best part of a picnic! After all, who doesn't love finger foods? Your summer party will be a success thanks to these quick and easy potluck appetizers.

What's a potluck without chips and dip? This Chunky Cowboy-Style Salsa is a hearty salsa with all the bright colors and tastes that you need to start your summer right.

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Easy Potluck Side Dishes

Dude Ranch Beans

Have you ever been to a potluck where you ended up with fifteen platters of hamburgers? Don't let that happen again! Here's a list of our five favorite potluck side dish recipes. These cheap potluck dishes are all easy side dishes for a large crowd. Nobody will go hungry on your watch!

Of course, every good summer potluck needs to feature baked beans. This recipe for retro-style Dude Ranch Beans is the answer to your prayers. This easy potluck side is the perfect combination of pork and beans. We know that these BBQ beans will satisfy everyone.

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Potluck Dinner Recipes

Baked Baby Back Ribs

This is the main event! These potluck main dishes are sure to make a splash. Featuring lots of meat, grill recipes, and plenty of BBQ, these are all great potluck main dishes for a crowd.

One potluck main dish you absolutely have to give a shot is this recipe for Baked Baby Back Ribs. Grilled to mouthwatering perfection, this is one summertime rib recipe you don't want to miss.

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  • Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

    Baked hot dogs make the ultimate classic summer meal wrapped in slices of bacon and baked, they’re ready to eat in 25 minutes. Everything is better with slices of bacon wrapped around it including hot dogs! 

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  • Grilled London Broil Recipe

    This mouthwatering Grilled London Broil can be made in a snap. Marinated in Easy Red Wine Marinade for Beef or your favorite beef marinade, this London broil will be a favorite at any picnic!

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  • Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes are one of the easiest potluck recipes ever! This classic picnic food will travel well to any potluck location.

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  • BBQ Chicken Wings

    Everyone loves barbecue, and everyone loves chicken wings--so this recipe is a no-brainer! Easy to grill outdoors, this recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings will have everyone licking their fingers.

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Potluck Desserts

Firecracker Strawberry Pops

No good picnic is complete without a solid potluck dessert recipe. Each recipe on this list is an easy dessert for a large group, with fun, summery twists that will hit the spot on these swelteringly hot days.

Just take a look at these patriotic Firecracker Strawberry Pops. When you're outside under the sun, you don't want super-heavy desserts, so these chocolate-coated strawberry pops are perfect. Healthy, colorful, and cute as a button, these no-bake fruit desserts will be a hit.

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