Labor Day is just around the corner, and if you're anything like us, you're excitedly preparing to chow down at a backyard barbecue with friends and family. But before you prep your favorite cookout recipes and fire up the grill, you'll have to finalize the menu! Here, we're sharing our very best Labor Day recipes in the hopes that you'll serve up something extra delicious this year. From delectable appetizers (like a watermelon and tomato salad!) to summery, fruit-filled desserts (extra slice of pie, anyone?), there's something here for just about everyone. Of course, we know you'll be aiming to please at least a dozen different palates—after all, Labor Day's a big event. That's why we've made sure to feature delicious Southern-style recipes that each and every guest is guaranteed to love, including a few solid vegetarian options, crowd-pleasing starters, tasty and oh-so-simple grilled sides, and filling mains too. And in addition to the more decadent options, we've also included some lighter fare here for the more health-conscious among you— easy, time-saving recipes that first-time grillers and pros alike are bound to appreciate. Browse through our picks, then get cooking!
Just look at those grill marks. Dreamy! Add your favorite toppings, and a platter of these sausages will win you "host of the year."
Herb-infused butter, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, makes these mini corn cobs stand out from the rest of the side dishes on your table. They're just plain adorable to boot.
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Extra-hungry guests will appreciate your including these hefty, bone-in rib eyes and cheesy baked potatoes on your Labor Day menu.
For those craving something a little lighter, this salad's the way to go. It's loaded with fresh watermelon, onion, feta, and refreshing mint.
Parmesan tots? Say no more—we're sold. These kid-friendly bites will please even the most discerning guests, but you may want to make a double batch—they're bound to go fast.
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We don't need to tell you to make this your go-to burger recipe. One look at your guests' faces after their first bite, and you'll get the idea all on your own.
No al fresco party is complete without a tall glass of lemonade. Here, Mason jars and fresh berries add to the charm.
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There just aren't many things more satisfying than dunking a crispy fried pickle into a cool bowl of ranch dip. We have a feeling your guests will agree.
Pickles and onions, tangy horseradish, or spicy chiles: Which fixin' will be your favorite? (Good news: You can try all three!)
A fresh, crunchy salad is all but necessary during a Labor Day cookout. This one fits the bill nicely.
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