50 Cookout Classics Every Labor Day Party Needs

50 Cookout Classics Every Labor Day Party Needs

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Grilled Cheeseburgers

To kick off your end-of-summer party, serve chips alongside Trisha’s mix of yellow and white corn, jalapenos, chiles and tomatoes.

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Corn Salsa

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Foil-Pack Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings

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Rainbow Coleslaw

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Turkey Club Kebabs

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Grilled Picnic Corn

Trisha finds inspiration for her frozen sangarita at a Texas restaurant. This cocktail is a blend of frozen sangria and frozen margarita; just spoon a few layers of each into a margarita glass and it’s ready to sip. 

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Frozen Sangarita

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Sweet and Spicy Apricot BBQ Chicken Thighs

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Pepperoni Potato Salad

Nothing says summer celebration like grilled burgers. Top each patty with homemade sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, red onion, Jack cheese and avocado.

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Barbecue Cheeseburgers

This summer salad has it all: layers of creamy avocado, heaping spoonfuls of diced ham, crunchy broccoli, hearty pasta, cheddar cheese and a topping of crispy romaine.

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7-Layer Pasta Salad

Ina uses peaches and eggs from a local farm to make her cake, which is delicious served warm. She layers the fresh peaches, cinnamon sugar and batter, and tops it off with crunchy chopped pecans.

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Fresh Peach Cake

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Grilled Pesto Pizza with Marinated Mozzarella and Tomatoes

Make a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey, mustard powder and garlic to make deliciously sticky wings.

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Dijon Chicken Wings

This sandwich spread is as refreshing as it is satisfying; dressed up with shredded chicken, celery, mayo and onions, it’s perfect for a Labor Day lunch. 

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Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches

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Ranch-Rubbed Pork Ribs

With just five ingredients, Ree Drummond turns fresh corn into a delicious casserole with a kick.

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Baked Creamed Corn With Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

Sriracha, an Asian chile sauce, gives spice to these grilled shrimp skewers.

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Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

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Double Patty Veggie Burger

Sunny’s simple strawberry and arugula salad is drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette.

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Strawberry-Arugula Salad With Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

A beer can holds this chicken up while cooking and brings it to a juicy and tender state. Slather the chicken with a cola barbecue sauce that is sweet and savory.

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Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

In just 20 minutes you can turn elbow macaroni into a creamy, egg-filled salad.

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Macaroni and Egg Salad

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Grilled Rib-Eyes with Peperonata

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Anna’s Tomato Tart

Three layers come together in Melissa’s no-mess picnic meal: vinaigrette-dressed rice, spiced chickpeas and garlicky eggplant. 

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Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar

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Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce

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Glazed Veggie Skewers

Marcus Samuelsson fries chicken dredged in a chile and paprika spice blend and marinated in buttermilk and coconut milk. The result is crispy, flavorful meat fit for summertime.

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Fried Chicken

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp

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Bourbon-Mustard Steak Kebabs

The sweetness of honeydew melon complements the spicy quality of arugula for a refreshing summer salad.

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Honeydew and Arugula Salad

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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Skewers

Rachael’s super-easy salad is a foolproof cookout side. Chop and add whatever vegetables you have on hand to the corn-and-bean combo, then brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lime.

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Scoop out zucchini seeds and stuff the hollowed out vegetables with breadcrumbs, tomatoes, herbs and garlic.

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Herb-Stuffed Zucchini

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S’mores Pudding Pie

This eggy potato salad gets crunch from onions and a creamy texture from a mustard and mayo dressing.

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American-Style Potato Salad

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Sparkling Raspberry Limeade

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Zucchini and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Peach Syrup

The Triple B stands for a beef patty topped with bacon and boubon sauce. It also comes with smoked cheddar.

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Triple B Burgers

Guy found this burger in health-conscious San Diego. A turkey patty gets topped wtih an orange-mustard glaze.

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Turkey Burgers With Orange Mustard Glaze

The flavors of yellow tomatoes and ripe nectarines are complemented by a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing. Toasted pine nuts and shaved cheese add the finishing touches.

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Nectarine-Tomato Salad

Roast summer corn easily on the grill in a foil packet filled with butter and fresh herbs. The aromas of thyme, basil and rosemary will infuse the corn with earthy flavors.

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Foil-Packet Corn

Juicy chicken breasts topped with a zesty ranch mayo and sandwiched between rolls are a quick, go-to summer entertaining dish.

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Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

Use an outdoor grill instead of an oven to make margherita pizzas for Labor Day celebrations. The mozzarella and basil combination is an assured crowd-pleaser.

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Grilled Pizzas

Adding ricotta cheese to a turkey burger mixture helps to keep it moist and flavorful.

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Grilled Turkey Sliders with Tomato Jam

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Grilled Triple-Decker Hot Dog Sandwich

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Green Tomato and Strawberry Salad

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