Check out these easy, delicious Labor Day weekend recipes for ideas on what to make for your end-of-summer cookout.
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Summer is coming to an end – which means it’s time for one last barbecue before school’s in session and the sun sets before 7. If you’re throwing a Labor Day party in your backyard this weekend (and you’re reading this), chances are you might need a little menu inspiration. You’re in luck, because we’ve got you covered with 16 recipes for an awesome Labor Day weekend BBQ!
Keep reading for ideas on what food to make for your Labor Day weekend bash, from savory appetizers to upscale dishes and large batch crowd-pleasers.
Labor Day Weekend Appetizers
1. Agave Chili Lime Chicken Wings
These sweet, savory, and slightly spicy oven-baked wings are the perfect summer BBQ appetizer for Labor Day weekend. They’re super easy to make in a large batch – and you better make a ton, because they’ll be gone in an instant! No one can resist their sticky chili lime glaze and sweet heat flavor.
2. Air Fryer Buffalo Wings
For fans of classic wings, try this crispy, spicy air fryer buffalo wing recipe. While they’ll take a little more effort to prepare, they’re totally worth it. Just make sure to put a few rolls of paper towels on the buffet table so your guests can clean up after themselves – these wings are super saucy and messy (as good wings should be!).
3. Pan Con Tomate
Pan con tomate, or Spanish tomato bread, is one of those Labor Day weekend appetizers that just screams “summer.” Indulge in fresh, juicy vine-ripened tomatoes on crusty bread with olive oil and salt before colder weather hits. Trust us, you’ll be craving this last taste of sunshine in just a few weeks, so enjoy it now!
4. Restaurant Style Mexican Bean Dip
You can never go wrong with serving chips & dip at a backyard BBQ party. Make this easy restaurant-style bean dip and serve with tortilla chips for a crowd-pleasing appetizer no one can resist!
5. Black Bean Corn Salsa
Nothing beats a refreshing homemade salsa when you’re snacking under the sun. Swap tomatoes and onions for black beans and corn (you can even use fresh corn even though the recipe calls for frozen!) to shake up traditional chips & salsa at your Labor Day weekend bash this year.
6. Strawberry Spinach Goat Cheese Salad
This healthy salad recipe is perfect for Labor Day weekend parties. It’s quick and easy to make, and tastes amazing with fresh strawberries. Toss the ingredients together in a large salad bowl to make this for a crowd, and put out all kinds of flavored oils & vinegars for guests to dress their own salads as they please.
Labor Day Weekend Recipes For A Small Crowd
7. Blueberry Lemon Goat Cheese Burgers
If you’re grilling for a smaller crowd, why not offer up a gourmet burger topped with blueberry preserves, goat cheese, arugula, and lemon zest? This sweet and savory burger tastes like summer on a plate – and it will definitely wow your guests.
8. Parmesan Panko Fish & Chips
Can you get any more “summer” than fish and chips? Celebrate the last hurrah of the season with crispy breaded cod filets and homemade french fries. Everything in this recipe bakes in the oven, so you can simply prep and then let dinner cook itself.
9. Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Chicken tenders are a staple at family cookouts and BBQs, especially if there are kids around. These air fryer chicken tenders are an easy alternative to takeout that you can whip up ahead of time and reheat before serving. Pair them with your favorite dips & condiments, and enjoy!
10. Vegetarian Black Bean Southwest Sliders
If you’re looking for healthy Labor Day weekend recipes, try these vegetarian sliders made with frozen black bean burger patties. They taste just as savory and delicious as traditional ground beef sliders, and they’re even easier to make! Just remember to prepare the sauce ahead of time and you’ll be able to have dinner out in 20 minutes.
11. Baked Mac n Cheese
No cookout is complete without mac n cheese! For smaller parties, try making this decadent baked mac n cheese and serving it in cute little cast iron skillets for your guests. Or, prepare a small batch and serve it as a side dish along with grilled chicken or burgers.
Get the recipe from Truffle Nation here.
Labor Day Weekend Food Ideas For A Large Crowd
12. Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
Two of the first foods that come to mind when you say “Labor Day weekend cookout” are cheeseburgers and mac n cheese. So why not combine them into a big batch, crowd-friendly meal? This recipe feeds a ton of people and is irresistibly creamy.
13. Easy Cheeseburger Tacos
For a unique twist on classic cheeseburgers, make these easy cheeseburger tacos for your Labor Day weekend party. They’ve got all the fixings that any good cheeseburger should have, and you can easily whip up a big batch of meat on the stove instead of tending to the grill all day long.
14. BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders
Sliders are a wonderful alternative to burgers if you’re looking to serve a whole cookout spread with plenty of appetizers and side dishes. These classic bacon cheeseburger sliders on Hawaiian rolls are a total crowd-pleaser. Serve them with chips and salsa, mac n cheese, potato salad, or french fries and watch as they disappear before your eyes!
15. Teriyaki Pulled Pork Pull-Apart Sliders
If you have some time to prepare ahead, make our slow cooker pulled pork and then turn it into these savory teriyaki sliders for your Labor Day weekend cookout. This recipe is easy to scale for feeding a crowd, and it only takes 20 minutes to make.
16. Chicken Parm Sliders
Finally, close out summer with a bang and kick off a new football season with these game day inspired chicken parm sliders! They’re messy, saucy, and super savory – the perfect Labor Day weekend food to indulge in before hunkering down for hibernation season.
What are your go-to recipes for Labor Day weekend? Let us know in the comments!