40 Labor Day Recipes to Make Your Final Summer Cookout the Best One Yet

End your three-day-weekend on a delicious note with these easy ideas.

Labor Day Recipes
mike garten

Somehow, the end of summer always comes way sooner than we'd like it to. Luckily, Labor Day weekend lets us indulge in the season's finest before we go into hibernation mode. During your three-day weekend, celebrate summer's last hurrah with BBQ favorites, grilled veggies, and fruity desserts. Fizzy cocktails and drinks are highly encouraged, especially since you're OOO and all.

Labor Day Recipes - Shrimp Skewers
Mike Garten
Charred Shrimp, Leek, and Asparagus Skewers

Kick the heat up a notch by serving these shrimp and veggie combos with homemade harissa mayo.

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Labor Day Recipes - Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Corn Wheels with Hot Honey Butter

The slightly-sweet, slightly-spicy butter is the real MVP of this summer side.

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Labor Day Recipes - Grilled Chicken Sliders
Mike Garten
Grilled Chicken Sliders

Because mini burgers are basically an open invitation to eat as many as you'd like ... right?

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RELATED: 30+ Burger Recipes You Need to Try ASAP

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Labor Day Recipes - Ice Cream S'mores
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Ice Cream S'mores

By the time September hits, your favorite summertime sweet could use a makeover. That's why this customizable ice cream and cookie version exists.

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Labor Day Recipes -  Korean Marinated Country-Style Ribs
Mike Garten
Korean Marinated Country-Style Ribs

Put your classic BBQ aside: These ribs are marinated with Gochujang, a Korean pepper paste, for extra spice.

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Labor Day Recipes - Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart
Mike Garten
Herbed Ricotta and Fresh Tomato Tart

Take advantage of summer's freshest fruit — tomatoes! — with this cheesy tart.

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Labor Day Recipes - S'mores Icebox Cake
Mike Garten
S'mores Icebox Cake

This no-bake cake turns your campfire staple into a decadent dessert.

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RELATED: 25 Easy, No-Bake Summer Desserts to Make This Weekend

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Labor Day Recipes - Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Granola
Mike Garten
Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad with Savory Quinoa Granola

Nope, this isn't your basic fruit salad. This melon, onion, and cucumber medley is topped with cayenne-infused granola.

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Labor Day Recipes - Beef and Pineapple Kebabs with Cashew Rice
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Beef and Pineapple Kebabs with Cashew Rice

Your summer vacation may be long gone, but these grilled pineapple, pepper, and beef skewers will take you right back to the beach.

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Labor Day Recipes - No-Churn Mango-Berry Ice Cream
Mike Garten
No-Churn Mango-Berry Ice Cream

Turn your kitchen into your very own ice cream shop by scooping this homemade fruit ice cream into waffle cones.

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RELATED: 9 Best Ice Cream Makers for Easy At-Home Sundaes

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Labor Day Recipes -  Grilled Leek Potato Salad
Mike Garten
Grilled Leek Potato Salad

Once you have potato salad dressed with grainy mustard, you'll never go back to the mayonnaise variety.

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Labor Day Recipes -  Double Red-Eye St. Louis–Style Ribs
Mike Garten
Double Red-Eye St. Louis–Style Ribs

If you're in need of a caffeine boost after a long (and exhausting) summer, add instant coffee to your homemade BBQ sauce.

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Roasted Tomato and Chive Pizza - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Roasted Tomato and Chive Pizza

Topped with fresh mushrooms, tomatos, and chives, this Italian classic makes it worthwhile to turn your oven on in the September heat.

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Labor Day Recipes - Mint Julep Cupcakes
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Mint Julep Cupcakes

Cheers the three-day weekend with these booze-filled cupcakes. Best served with a complementary cocktail, of course.

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Taco Dogs - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Taco Dogs

Celebrate Taco Tuesday a few days early with these Mexican-inspired franks.

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Fried Green Tomatoes - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Fried Green Tomatoes

Golden and crispy panko-coated tomatoes are the best way to enjoy summer's most iconic fruit.

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Smoky Guacamole - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Smoky Guacamole

If you haven't grilled your guac yet, then now's the time.

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RELATED: How to Grill Like a Pro This Summer

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Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Goat Cheese and Cherry Caprese

Make your summer plate even more colorful with heirloom tomatoes and juicy cherries.

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Watermelon Pizza - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Watermelon Pizza

Bite into a slice of summer with this easy, no-carb dessert.

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Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Shaved Zucchini and Prosciutto Grilled Pizza

This kid-friendly dinner is summer on a crust, basically.

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crispy mushroom and muenster cheese sliders - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Cheese Sliders

The smaller the sliders, the more room you have on your plate for sides a.k.a. the best part.

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Chile Lime Grilled Corn - Labor Day Recipes
Gabriella Vigoreaux
Chile-Lime Grilled Corn

Before summer comes to an end. get your fresh corn on the cob fix on with this spicy grilled option.

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Labor Day Recipes - Pork Lettuce Wraps
Mike Garten
Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is proof that slow cookers can be used year-round.

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Old Bay Shrimp 4th of July Recipes
Jonny Valiant
Old Bay Shrimp

Because what's summer without a grilled shrimp dish? Nonexistent.

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BBQ Herbed Drumsticks - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
BBQ Herbed Drumsticks

This crowd-pleaser only requires two (yes, two!) ingredients.

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Labor Day Recipes - Basil Berry Lemonade Sorbet
Mike Garten
Basil-Berry Lemonade Sorbet

Homemade basil syrup takes this sorbet to the next level.

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Buttermilk Fried Chicken - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Take your feast outside with a basket of this picnic-worthy fried chicken.

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New England Lobster "Bake" - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
New England Lobster "Bake"

When in doubt, make all the seafood and throw it on the table. Whatever you do, don't forget the bowl of melted butter.

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Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles - Labor Day Recipes
Mike Garten
Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

Spicy sesame zoodles are the perfect complement to the medley of grilled meats on your table.

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RELATED: 40 Healthy and Delicious Zucchini Recipes

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Sweet and Smoky Tri-Tip - 4th of July Recipes
Mike Garten
Sweet and Smoky Tri-Tip

Tri-tip, the triangle of meat at the bottom of a sirloin, is made even heartier with a paprika and brown sugar rub.

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