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Fire up the grill before it’s too late!
Summer isn’t over yet! And with Labor Day weekend here at last, there’s no better way to celebrate the season’s last hurrah than with a celebration filled with zucchini, tomatoes, fresh corn, and more. Sure, there’s probably still a few days left to enjoy Ladd Drummond’s grilled beef tenderloin or your favorite grilling recipes, but with the end of summer coming near, it goes without saying that you might want to add these Labor Day recipes to your list of things to make this weekend. Here, you’ll find everything you need for a backyard cookout, including BBQ recipes, pasta salads, refreshing cocktails, and even some patriotic Labor Day desserts.
Planning to spend the weekend camping or at the beach? We’ve got you covered! This list has plenty of camping recipes, picnic side dishes, and ice cream recipes that are perfect for enjoying in the great outdoors. Of course, no Labor Day menu would be complete without hot dogs and burgers. Ahead, you’ll find tons of creative variations on the classic cookout foods, like bacon-wrapped hot dogs, cheeseburger salad, and a recipe for homemade chicken burgers topped with buffalo sauce. For more summer recipe inspiration, try the grilled pork chops, mango salsa, macaroni salad, and strawberry cobbler. So, what are you waiting for? Your summer send-off has officially begun!
The key to these perfectly grilled pork chops is in the marinade. It has vinegar, soy sauce, smoked paprika, garlic, thyme, and a touch of brown sugar to promote browning and round out the flavors.
Get the Grilled Pork Chops recipe.
SHOP GRILL TOOLS
Any dish you can make ahead of time is perfect for easy summer entertaining. This broccoli slaw is even better the longer it sits. Make it and refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
Get the Broccoli Slaw recipe.
Baby potatoes can be tricky on the grill so this method for making them on skewers is much more manageable. Plus, it’s so much fun to eat!
Get the Grilled Potatoes recipe.
Fresh, juicy, in-season peaches are the star of this comforting dessert. Of course, they’re highlighted even more by the buttery crumble topping and vanilla ice cream.
Get the Peach Crumble recipe.
Summer might be almost over, but the temperature outside is still pretty hot! Luckily, this refreshing tequila-based drink will help all your guests stay cool.
Get the Ranch Water recipe.
Take things up a notch for this holiday weekend! Instead of plain hot dogs, wrap them in bacon for an extra-smoky flavor.
Get the Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs recipe.
Pesto fans will love this flavorful pasta salad that also happens to be loaded with other Italian favorites, like mozzarella, salami, and olives.
Get the Italian Pasta Salad recipe.
This simple and sweet dessert is loaded with seasonal strawberries. You can enjoy it on its own or with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Get the Strawberry Cobbler recipe.
A homemade marinade is the secret ingredient to any good kebab. It’s easy to put together and great for prepping ahead so you can enjoy more time with family and friends.
Get the Beef Kebab Marinade recipe.
If you’ve never tried grilled asparagus before, you’ll want to add it to your list of things to do before summer comes to an end. It’s quick, easy, and perfectly charred.
Get the Grilled Asparagus recipe.
These ribs get their flavor two ways: The first is a homemade spice rub made from brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion, and garlic. Then, the ribs are smothered in a sticky BBQ sauce and grilled—giving them their “best-ever” status.
Get the Best-Ever Grilled Ribs recipe.
Burgers are a classic cookout food but serve them over a salad with sesame seed bun croutons and their sure to become a brand-new favorite! There’s also pickles, bacon, and Thousand Island dressing.
Get the Cheeseburger Salad recipe.
By the time summer comes to an end, you’ll want to master the trick to cooking corn on the grill. Don’t worry, this recipe makes it so easy to do!
Get the Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe.
It’s fruity, tart, refreshing—and it tastes just like summer! This watermelon cocktail is made with tequila blanco, simple syrup, and mini watermelon wedges for serving.
Get the Watermelon Margarita recipe.
Consider dressing up your hot dogs for the ultimate summer party. Ree Drummond tops hers with barbecue sauce and a homemade cilantro-cabbage slaw.
Get Ree’s BBQ Hot Dogs with Cilantro Slaw recipe.
This pasta salad has everything you love about a classic Greek salad, including the tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and feta. Plus, plenty of fresh herbs like mint and dill.
Get the Greek Pasta Salad recipe.
Pay tribute to this national holiday with an all-American dessert inspired by the flag. Load up on blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries to make this trifle shine.
Get the Red, White, and Blue Trifle recipe.
Is it a dip? Is it a salad? Either way, this new way to eat your greens is sure to be a hit at your next backyard cookout. Serve it up as a hearty appetizer or a fun side to your grilling favorites.
Get the Green Goddess Chicken Salad Dip recipe.
If you’re picky about macaroni salad, you’re not alone! Ree likes hers to be creamy (but still light), tangy, spicy, and a little but sweet. Luckily, she’s created a recipe that’s perfectly balanced.
Get Ree’s Best Macaroni Salad Ever recipe.
The key to any good cheeseburger is in the cheese, of course! Use a cheese that melts easily, like yellow American or shredded Gruyère. Or opt for something with a kick like pepper jack cheese.
Get the Classic Cheeseburger recipe.
SHOP MIXING BOWLS
Using a marinade adds so much flavor and moisture to grilled chicken. You only need 30 minutes to do it, but if you want some extra credit, try marinating for up to 4 hours.
Get the Grilled Chicken Marinade recipe.
Keep hungry guests happy with this all-time favorite party dip. Serve it up with tortilla chips, vegetables, or even alongside tacos.
Get the Best-Ever Guacamole recipe.
Grab a skewer for this fun twist on a traditional chef’s salad. All the ingredients can be prepared in advance, so it makes entertaining easy.
Get the Chef’s Salad on a Stick recipe.
Whether you’re looking for an alternative to beef burgers or you just want more choices for your guests to choose from, these homemade chicken burgers are a great addition to your backyard cookout.
Get the Homemade Chicken Burgers recipe.
This treat combines two summertime favorites: blueberries and ice cream! Serve it on a cone, in a cup, or even in a sundae!
Get the Blueberry Ice Cream recipe.
SHOP ICE CREAM MAKERS
Summer-ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil are the perfect seasonal ingredients in this pasta salad recipe. Plus, it’s readily made in less than 30 minutes.
Get the Caprese Pasta Salad recipe.
Cool down from the summer heat with this refreshing cocktail. It combines crisp white wine with sparkling water and plenty of fresh fruits.
Get the White Wine Spritzer recipe.
You can buy lemon-pepper seasoning as most supermarkets but making your own is easy to do—and it’ll make your grilled steaks sing!
Get Ree’s Lemon-Pepper Grilled Rib Eyes recipe.
This surprising side dish gives juicy, fruity watermelon a hint of smokiness that you never knew it needed. Serve with lime wedges and fresh cilantro for even more flavor.
Get the Grilled Watermelon recipe.
This version of a creamy potato salad is loaded with crunchy mix-ins like celery and bacon. If making it ahead of time, be sure to keep the bacon on the side until you’re ready to serve.
Get the Red Potato Salad recipe.