All the Labor Day cookout recipes you'll need

By Eric Wright

With Labor Day weekend rapidly approaching, it's time to start planning that annual family cookout—filled with mouth-watering food—and avoid a half-baked spread! Even though summer may be coming to an end and the kids are thinking about heading back to school, there's still time for one big backyard barbecue and all that's left to do is to organize the legendary menu. Without further ado, lettuce begin!

From Southern-style mains and grilled sides to tasty starters and vegetarian options, make your Labor Day weekend 2019 one to remember with these delectable recipes.

1. Steakhouse burgers

A delicious steakhouse burger recipe from Once Upon a Chef.

For many Americans, a juicy burger straight off the grill is the epitome of Labor Day celebrations, and these tender steakhouse morsels are sure to impress. The main ingredient and star of the show here is the 85% lean ground beef, which gets mixed with bread, salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and scallions before hitting the flames. Whether you like your burgers medium-rare or well done, these patties are always packed full of flavor.

2. Spicy buffalo wings and buffalo sauce

A juicy buffalo wing recipe from A Fork's Tale.

If you're looking to sink your teeth into something hot and spicy this Labor Day, you've just found a match made in heaven. These spicy buffalo wings only take around 35 minutes to make, and you can add as many red hot chili flakes to the sauce to get that perfect level of heat. Hungering guests at your summer cookout will be raving about your recipe for months!

3. Corn wheels with hot honey butter

A corn wheel recipe from Good Housekeeping.

The sweet taste of corn wheels dripping in hot honey butter makes them the real side star of any Labor Day cookout with family and friends. With simple ingredients, like unsalted butter, honey, Kosher salt, habanero hot sauce, and, of course, the all-important ears of corn, neighbors and friends alike will be a-maized by the rich flavor.

4. Bacon jalapeño cheese dog

A bacon jalapeño cheese dog recipe from Hungry Doug.

Thick-cut bacon, premium cheddar cheese, spicy jalapeños, and sizzling hot dogs create the heavenly bacon and jalapeño cheese dog, which is sure to be a massive hit at any Labor Day party. Super simple to make and ready in only 30 minutes, you know what they say, "Sun's out, hot dog buns out!"

5. Creamy potato salad

A great potato salad recipe from Inspired Taste.

A large, creamy bowl of potato salad is a must-have on the menu come Labor Day, and with this recipe, you'll have even the pickiest eaters praising your cooking. All you'll need is celery, pickles, sweet red onion, hard-boiled eggs, fresh herbs, and regular household condiments to create this ap-peal-ing side dish—all in just over 30 minutes.

6. Veggie skewers

An easy veggie skewer recipe from The Forked Spoon.

Grilled veggie skewers are an ideal complement to any main dish served on Labor Day, and with a wide range of fresh ingredients, like zucchini, red onion, and bell peppers, and a dash of garlic sauce, it's a super healthy addition, too! The ingredients all have the same cooking time of around 10 minutes, making these perfectly charred skewers an instant hit.

7. Kansas City ribs

Photo courtesy of Kevin is Cooking.

A couple of racks of Kansas City ribs sitting on the table just dripping in a sweet, yet spicy, rub are going to have your friends coming back for seconds and thirds! The thick, sweet, and tangy sauce takes around 50 minutes to make, and once applied to the baby back or spare ribs, the only thing left to do is to grab a cold one and wait for the smoker to do its work.

8. Baileys s'mores

How can you resist these Baileys s'mores from All Recipes?

If sweet treats are your thing, here's the inside scoop on the perfect dessert—this delicious Baileys s'mores recipe. A ridiculously easy dessert to make, yet irresistibly tasty, all you need in the kitchen are graham crackers, large and mini-marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and, of course, that all-important bottle of Baileys Irish Cream.


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