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20 Best Summer Potluck Recipes

These easy recipes are just what your summer potluck needs!

By: Amy Jackson, Editor,
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.

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.

  • BBQ Meatball Sliders

    These BBQ Meatball Sliders are a fun way to make any picnic or BBQ party memorable. This tasty recipe, made unique with the addition of sweet and spicy Hawaiian-jalapeno rolls, smoked Cheddar cheese, bacon, and tangy BBQ sauce, is the perfect addition to a table full of predictable hamburgers and hot dogs.

  • Bacon-Wrapped Brats

    These Bacon-Wrapped Brats are a great addition to any picnic or neighborhood potluck. This bratwurst recipe has just the right amount of kick for this easy summer grilling recipe. These delicious brats won't sit on the plate for long!

  • Ranch Chicken Cheese Dip

    What's any party without ranch? This Ranch Chicken Cheese Dip comes together in a matter of minutes, perfect for a last-minute easy potluck dish. This dip tastes great when eaten with crackers or your favorite vegetables.

  • Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes

    Tomatoes are one of the most summery vegetables out there, perfect for a picnic potluck. These Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes are a great finger food for hot summer days. With crumbled bacon, Dijon mustard, and ripe tomatoes, this recipe is simply the best.

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.

  • Mama's Best Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

    Serve this pasta salad recipe at your church's next potluck and you're sure to get some compliments. This basic chicken Caesar salad recipe works well as a side dish to bring with you to a potluck or party. This is a classic pasta salad recipe that won't go out of style.

  • Easy Breezy Hawaiian Coleslaw

    This Easy Breezy Hawaiian Coleslaw recipe will make you feel like you're on vacation. Crunchy, sweet, and slightly tangy, this easy, summery side dish will have you laid back and living easy in no time. Pair this coleslaw with BBQ ribs, and you'll be king of the summer potluck in no time at all.

  • Best Mexican Street Corn

    This is a traditional Mexican street corn recipe, also known as elote. This sweet corn is topped with crumbly cotija cheese and sprinkled with just the right amount of spice.

  • Creamy Pesto Potato Salad

    This Creamy Pesto Potato Salad is a great summer side dish for any potluck. This basil-loaded side dish is sure to be the best potato salad at any picnic.

Potluck Dinner Recipes

Pork Spare 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 Pork Spare Ribs. Glazed to mouthwatering perfection, this is one summertime rib recipe you don't want to miss.

  • Bacon Wrapped Aloha Dogs

    This Bacon Wrapped Aloha Dog includes a Maui barbecue sauce made of garlic, jalapeño, orange zest, and Worchestershire. This barbecue sauce recipe brings out the smoky taste of the bacon. These hot dogs are a perfect recipe for toasty summer days.

  • 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!

  • Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

    Sloppy Joes are one of the easiest potluck recipes ever! It's difficult to resist seasoned ground beef, savory ketchup gravy, and Cheddar cheese. This classic picnic food will travel well to any potluck location.

  • 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.

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.

  • Zucchini Cake Bars with Browned Butter Frosting

    Zucchini Cake Bars with Browned Butter Frosting are a tasty summer dessert that's ridiculously addicting. The browned butter frosting makes all the difference and adds a smooth, sweet layer to the top of this super moist cake. For more zucchini recipes, try these 13 Easy Zucchini Desserts.

  • Vegan Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich

    At a summer party, there absolutely has to be ice cream! However, at a potluck, you never know what kind of dietary restrictions will be in play. Luckily, this recipe for Vegan Coconut Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches will make sure that everyone can participate in the sweet fun.

  • Raspberry Rhubarb Hand Pies

    These homemade Raspberry Rhubarb Hand Pies are small, hand-held pies that can easily fit in Tupperware, making them an ideal bring-along dessert.

  • Peaches and Cream Pie Bars

    This recipe combines the best parts of cheesecake and peach pie by turning them into Peaches and Cream Pie Bars. Luckily, this fruity, fresh dessert can be made in under an hour, so you won't have to slave over the oven to get ready for the picnic.

What are your favorite summer picnic traditions? Let us know in the comments!

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