21 Easy Father's Day Dinner Recipes That Will Make Dad's Day

Whiskey Burgers
Photo: Jason Donnelly

Making a good meal is a great way to treat Dad on Father's Day. Quality time together is the best gift, and he'll love celebrating the day by sharing these Father's Day dinner ideas with you. There are recipes for every dad: the breakfast lover, the meat-and-potatoes guy, the beer dude, and more. We've even got vegetarian Father's Day recipes and ideas for your Instant Pot and air fryer.

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Pressure Cooker Italian Grinder Sandwiches

Pressure Cooker Italian Grinder Sandwiches
Jason Donnelly

A hoagie piled this high will surely satisfy! This Father's Day recipe is a sizable one, but it's done in a snap when you prep it in your Instant Pot. While your filling is cooking, spend a little quality time with dad. Join the forces of sausage, ground turkey, and chopped mushrooms to pump up the saucy sandwich stuffing.

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Cheesy Beer and Bacon Soup

Cheesy Beer and Bacon Soup
Andy Lyons

Cheese, bacon, potatoes...our favorite comfort foods collide in this easy Father's Day appetizer. With two types of cheese, aromatic veggies, and herbs, it tastes like you stirred and stressed about it all day. Only you need to know it took just 45 minutes start to finish. Serve it with soft pretzels for dipping.

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Pineapple-Ginger Wings

Zarela's Pineapple-Ginger Wings
Carson Downing

Put a summery spin on classic chicken wings with this pineapple and ginger-infused recipe. Plenty of spices and a mixture of orange, lime, and pineapple give these wings a sweet but smokey flavor. Fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue or pop these in the air fryer for a quick Father's Day lunch celebration.

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Suugo Suqaar

Suugo Suqaar
Carson Downing

Serve up a big bowl of comfort with this Father's Day pasta recipe. The hearty meat sauce is flavored with bell peppers and a Somali spice blend that's made with with cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and cardamom. Serve the finished dish with a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.

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Ravioli Lasagna with Baby Kale and Italian Sausage

Ravioli Lasagna with Baby Kale and Italian Sausage
Andy Lyons

Pondering what to make for Father's Day when you're feeding the whole family? Try this serves-eight easy casserole recipe. It's semi-homemade (we call for store-bought cheese ravioli, chicken sausage, and canned tomatoes) so you have more quality time to spend with Dad.

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Whiskey Barrel Burgers

Whiskey Barrel Burgers
Jason Donnelly

Whiskey and burgers. That sounds like a winning Father's Day menu. So why not combine the two into one handheld package? The whiskey is incorporated in an oozy cheddar burger filling. This grilling idea for Father's Day is sure to be a new summer favorite.

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Portobello Pot Roast

roasted portobello mushrooms with vegetables
Blaine Moats

Vegetarian Father's Day menu ideas need not be boring. This savory roast is inspired by beef but centered around hearty mushrooms instead. A few cloves of garlic, freshly grated horseradish, and a splash of white wine add layers of complexity to this plant-based dinner.

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Sweet and Spicy Mango-Sauced Ribs

Sweet and Spicy Mango-Sauced Ribs with Smoky Slaw
Carson Downing

Dad deserves the best, and this sweet and spicy ribs recipe is the perfect way to show your appreciation this year. With a spicy sweet sauce of spices, peppers, and mango, these ribs are sure to become one of Dad's favorite meals. Pair this with our homemade smoky slaw for the ultimate Father's Day dinner.

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Air-Fryer Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts

Air-Fryer Pork Chops with Brussels Sprouts
Greg DuPree

This easy Father's Day dinner idea cooks in just 10 minutes, thanks to your air fryer. Look for center-cut, bone-in pork chops for this dish. Cook the Brussels sprouts and chop at the same time and finish the plate with a tangy homemade mustard sauce.

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Spiced-Beef Sloppy Joes

Spiced Beef Sloppy Joes sandwhich
Carson Downing

Use your Father's Day menu to give Dad a taste of nostalgia! These saucy sandwiches taste similar to a classic school lunch. We've updated and upgraded the comfort food recipe to pack in even more flavor via fresh ginger, garam masala (a warm Indian spice blend), tomatoes, and peas.

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Stout-Soaked Porterhouse

Stout-Soaked Porterhouse
Andy Lyons

Is your dad a big brew buff? This Father's Day steak recipe is the dinner for him. It stars beef, soaked in a dark stout, and topped with more beer. Since life is better with balance, let him eat his porterhouse and beer today; he can have a salad tomorrow.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Bacon and Tomato

Grilled Pork Chops with Bacon and Tomato
Andy Lyons

Mmm...bacon! Salty bacon, combined with garlic and onions, makes a delicious jam to crown meaty pork chops. Father's Day falls right in the middle of barbecue season, so fire up the grill (here's how to do so safely!) and show Dad that he's passed on his master skills.

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Scandinavian Steak and Potatoes

Scandinavian Steak and Potatoes
Andy Lyons

It's a holiday, so give your standard meat and potatoes recipe a fancy touch. (Sneak peek: The Scandinavian flavors come from lemon, dill weed, tarragon, and caraway seeds.) This Father's Day steak recipe makes four servings, so treat the whole family to a classy homemade meal. It's the perfect occasion for Dad to have everyone around one dinner table!

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Tacu Tacu (Peruvian Beans and Rice)

Tacu Tacu (Peruvian Beans and Rice)
Aubrie Pick

Searching for vegan Father's Day dinner recipes that pack a flavor punch? Look no further! This pancake made with rice and beans is filled with fresh parsley and oregano. A red onion and cilantro salad on top gives each bite extra crunch.

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Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips
Matthew Clark

Fish and chips is the ultimate pub fare. Use this Father's Day food idea to create an at-home pub experience for pops. In addition to frying up some beer-battered fish, pour up a pint, and flip the telly to sports. Don't forget the homemade tartar sauce and malt vinegar.

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Bacon Cheeseburgers with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce

Bacon Cheeseburgers with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce
Blaine Moats

These burgers feel special enough for a Father's Day menu, but are casual enough that they work for a comfortable and fun day in the sun. Liquid smoke and mesquite chips infuse the beef with that summertime grilled flavor. And since Dad is never one to say no to foods made with whiskey, infuse it into the sauce on his burger.

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Classic Nachos

Classic Nachos
Blaine Moats

A plate of homemade nachos and a ballgame to watch: Does Dad really want much more than that? Make the base of chips, beef, beans, and salsa, and let Dad choose his own toppings to customize this Father's Day appetizer. (Might we suggest green onion, fresh cilantro, jalapenos, and sour cream?)

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Ramen Noodle Salad

Ramen Noodle Salad
Carson Downing

Whip up a salad recipe for Father's Day that still feels indulgent. This ginger-soy salad is the perfect mix of crunchy vegetables, savory chicken, and noodles. Garnish the dish with sesame seeds, green onions, and cilantro.

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Smoky Paprika Garlic Chicken

Smoky Paprika Garlic Chicken
Andy Lyons

Host a Father's Day barbecue and grill up a delicious (and healthy!) meal. This easy chicken recipe has a subtle smoky flavor that's not too spicy. The marinade can be made ahead of time, so when guests arrive all that's left to do is throw the chicken on the grill and spend the evening with Dad.

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Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Roasted Peppers
Andy Lyons

Take advantage of fresh summer produce for your Father's Day meal. Large peppers and sweet corn are the stars of this Southwestern dish that comes together in under 20 minutes. Place whole peppers directly on the grill rack while preparing a mixture of vegetables, shrimp, and homemade cornbread stuffing. When the peppers are charred, fill them and top with fresh herbs.

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Beef and Blue Pizza

Beef and Blue Pizza
Andy Lyons

Treat Dad to a homemade pizza night that gets the whole family involved. Prepare homemade pizza dough (or purchase a ready-made dough) ahead of time, then set out all of Dad's favorite toppings so you can make the pizza together. This hearty pizza recipe calls for roast beef, vegetables, and crumbled blue cheese.

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