If you’re planning a family cookout for the holiday weekend, we’ve curated a few crowd-pleasing favorites. Happy Fourth, Little Rock families! 



Tiny hands call for mini portions with big taste. Pro tip: make a topping bar so everyone can customize their meal. 

Via FoodNetwork.com 


  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 whole dinner (or slider) rolls, split

Makes 16 sliders 

For the full recipe, click here.

Steak with Chimichurri  

Break the burger mold with this savory spin on steak. 

Via LittleRockFamily.com 



1-2 ribeyes (no set amount, just whatever/how much you want to eat)


  • 1 bunch Italian parsley 

  • 1/2 to 1 bunch cilantro 

  • 4-6 cloves garlic

  • 2-3 tablespoon fresh oregano (2-3 teaspoon if dried)

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon (can use more or less if desired)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 cup good quality olive oil 

  • *optional: red pepper flakes

For the full recipe, click here.

Black Bean Burgers

Not a meat-eater? No problem. These black bean burgers are full of flavor and fun. 

Via Skinnytaste.com


For the Spicy Chipotle Mayo:

  • 3 1/2 tbsp light mayonnaise, Hellman's

  • 1 tbsp canned chipotle in adobo sauce

For the Black Bean Burgers:

  • 16 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces

  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions

  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 jumbo egg

  • 1 tbsp cumin

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tsp hot sauce

  • 1/2 cup quick oats, use gf oats for gluten free

  • 4 whole wheat 100 calorie buns, Martin's*

  • 1 small hass avocado, sliced thin

Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 2 hours 40 minutes 

Makes 4 servings

For the full recipe, click here.


Crispy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Fries, but healthier. These are so crispy and delicious, your kids won’t know the difference. 

Via CookieandKate.com


  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 medium-large or 3 medium)

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • Optional spices: freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and/or garlic powder

Total time: 45 minutes 

Makes 4 servings

For the full recipe, click here.

Baked Beans

Is it even a cookout without baked beans? We’ll let you answer that question. 

Via SouthernLiving.com


  • 4 bacon slices

  •  1 small onion, diced

  •  4 (15-ounce) cans pork and beans in tomato sauce, drain

  •  1/2 cup ketchup

  •  1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  •  1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  •  1 teaspoon dry mustard

  •  1/2 cup sorghum syrup or molasses

Total time: 45 minutes 

Makes 6-8 servings

For the full recipe, click here.

Fried Okra

Visit a local farmer’s market to grab fresh Arkansas okra. Then, fry it up (of course).  

Via AddaPinch.com


  • 2 pounds okra sliced

  • 3/4 cup corn meal

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 cup Canola or vegetable oil

Total time: 21 minutes 

Makes 6 servings

For the full recipe, click here.


Grilled Pineapple with Yogurt Honey Drizzle 

Via CookinginBloom.com

While you have the grill fired up, throw on some pineapple and thank us later. 


  • Fresh or canned pineapple cut, cored, then sliced into rounds

  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • Pinch of cinnamon

For the full recipe, click here.

Red, White and Blue Fruit Cups

Via FoodNetwork.com 

This one checks all of our boxes: easy, quick and the right color scheme. Not to mention it gives you more items to hunt for at the farmer’s market. 


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries

  • 1 pint fresh blueberries

  • 1 pint fresh blackberries

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream

Total time: 10 minutes 

Makes 4 servings

For the full recipe, click here.

M&M Cookies 

These editor-favorite treats can be customized to match any holiday event! 

Via AverieCooks.com


  •  3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)

  •  3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

  •  1/4 cup granulated sugar

  •  1 large egg

  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  •  2 cups all-purpose flour

  •  1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (not sugar-free and not ‘cook & serve’), OR use 2 teaspoons cornstarch in place of pudding mix

  •  1 teaspoon baking soda

  •  pinch salt, optional and to taste

  •  3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

  •  3/4 cup milk chocolate M&M’s mixed into the dough + about 1/2 cup for placing on top of dough mounds

Total time: 2 and 30 minutes 

Makes 15 cookies

For the full recipe, click here.