35 Great Father’s Day Recipes

35 Great Father's Day Recipes

I’ve pulled together 35 of my most man-friendly recipes to help you get ready for the day when we honor our guys by feeding them whatever the heck they want!  Maybe he’d like to fire up the grill, maybe he likes things cooked low and slow, or maybe he wants a great big pot of chili bubbling on the stove. Whatever the man wants, I’ve got you covered.

I feel pretty comfortable when it comes to guy food. This is my territory. My arena. My turf. If you’re wondering why, take a look at my About page. Despite the fact that I’ve raised four boys, I’ve frequently been accused of being a “girly girl” but I must say, I love all of the recipes I’m sharing in this post. So there! This girly girl is a fan of guy cuisine.

You’ll find the link to the recipes beneath each photo. Click on the recipe title to go straight to the corresponding post.

Manly Main Dishes

Whether he wants steak, chicken, short ribs, chili, pasta, burgers, or pizza – there’s something here for everyone.

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Whiskey Balsamic Steak

Big, powerful ingredients work their magic to create incredibly flavorful grilled steak.

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Carne Asada Tacos

I think it’s almost mandatory that these tacos be washed down with some icy cold Mexican beer.

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Smoky Grilled Paprika Chicken

This here chicken is smoky, flavorful, and grilled to perfection.

Grilled Steak Marinade

Grilled Steak Marinade

This marinade turns sirloin steak into something really special. A long running favorite in our house and one of the most viewed recipes on this site.

Chili Dogs for a Crowd

Chili Dogs for a Crowd

My husband could eat chili dogs once a week. My husband is lucky I don’t let him eat chili dogs once a week. Why are chili dogs so crazy good? Darn you, chili dogs!

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Sloppy Joe Squares

The filling for these Sloppy Joe Squares is incredible. And, square food is fun.

Halftime Chili

Halftime Chili

Definitely a good one for the guys. I think the picture tells the story.

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 Pretty Chicken Marinade

Tell him it’s called Macho Chicken Marinade. Trust me, he’ll love it.

Simply Grilled Steak with Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Simply Grilled Steak with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Add a big scoop of this vibrant, fresh, salsa to wake up simply grilled sirloin.

Jim's Country Style Ribs

Jim’s Country Style BBQ Ribs

You’ve GOT to try this recipe straight from one of the best men on this planet, my brother, Jim.

Skillet Sausage Pasta

Skillet Sausage Pasta

One of my all-time favorite pasta recipes. Fast, easy, and it has sausage in it!

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Stout & Sriracha BBQ Bacon Burgers

Read the recipe title. Need I say more?

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Slow Roasted Barbecue Brisket

There’s nothing like slow roasted brisket. Fork tender, falling apart, yumminess.

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Cheeseburger Pan Pizza

The best elements of a cheeseburger piled on to deep dish pizza crust.

Barbecue Style Braised Short Ribs

Barbecue Style Braised Short Ribs

Pure and absolute comfort.

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Turkey, Bacon, Ranch Sliders with Blue Cheese

Finger food at it’s best.

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Baked Eggplant Parmesan

This collection would not be complete without my husband’s favorite – eggplant parmesan.

 Man-Friendly Sides

There might be a little bacon in some (or all) of these great side dish choices for your Father’s Day meal.

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Apple, Bacon, Blue Cheese Slaw

This crunchy, slightly sweet, flavored packed coleslaw will knock their socks off.

Tortellini Broccoli Salad

Tortellini Broccoli Salad

Tortellini and a creamy balsamic dressing take broccoli salad to a great place.

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Spicy Baked Beans

If your man likes spicy food, these are the beans you’ve been looking for all your life!

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Ryan’s Favorite Beans

These beefy baked beans are one of Boy #1’s favorites from way back, thus the name.

Appetizers the Guys will Love


Spicy Kielbasa Dip

You can turn the heat up or down to your liking. Serve this creamy, cheesy dip with sliced baguette.

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Warm Cheesy Bean Dip

Always a winner!

Bandera Queso Dip

Bandera Queso Dip

This smoky, spicy stuff is so addictive. Help me.


Italian Sausage Appetizer Bread

This is one hearty, satisfying appetizer. Frozen bread dough makes it simple to put together.

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

Mexican Shrimp Cocktail

I love everything about this Mexican Shrimp Cocktail. I could easily make a meal out of it.

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Fully Loaded Guacamole

Because Dad deserves more than just plain old guacamole!


Cowboy Caviar

Everybody loves Cowboy Caviar. It’s a fact.

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

The last time I made a batch of this salsa was for Memorial Day Weekend and it was gone in a flash. Try this one. You will not regret it.

Breakfast for the Big Guy

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Mexican Scrambled Eggs

Substantial and delicious.

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Easy Broccoli Bacon Breakfast Bake

He’ll like it – there’s bacon in it.

Easy Maple Pecan Monkey Bread

 Easy Maple Pecan Monkey Bread

Ooey, gooey, sticky, sweet. Always a nice addition to a special breakfast or brunch.

 Dessert for Dad

Molten Chocolate Cakes

Molten Chocolate Cakes with Sugared Raspberries

It may look complicated but it’s really one of the easiest dessert recipes on this site. And, it’s literally oozing with chocolate goodness.

Butter Brickle Frozen Dessert

 Butter Brickle Frozen Dessert

A super rich and decadent summer dessert.

Bourbon Pecan Pie

 Bourbon Pecan Pie

As far as my man is concerned, pecan pie is never out of season.

Here’s to all the Dads. Thanks for taking care of all of those things we need – filling the gas tank, cutting the grass, helping with those really hard math problems, coaching every sport the kids play (even if you never played), capturing scary spiders and taking them outside so they can reunite with their spider families (okay, that was specifically meant for my dad), listening, having endless patience, and loving all of us all of the time. We love you Dad. You’re the best!


  1. says

    Oh my gosh, every single recipe sounds amazing!! Pinning to my round up board…I have to save all this deliciousness where I can find it!

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