Labor Day Recipes

Start your Labor Day menu planning here with our favorite recipes for the three-day weekend. Burgers and dogs, salads and slaws, with beverages to boot!

Staff Picks

Potato Salad

Rating: 4.63 stars
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Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.

Juicy Peach Crisp

Rating: 4.6 stars
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This recipe takes the simplicity of fresh peaches and turns them into a scrumptious dessert!

Missouri Miner Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.6 stars
10
An easy, foolproof recipe for amazing pulled pork. I use a mixture of traditional and hickory/brown sugar barbeque sauce.

The Labor Day Burger

Rating: 4.36 stars
15
Enjoy the end of summer with a burger with kick with The Labor Day Burger, my own creation. The bacon grease acts as a 'glue' and will cook out on the grill, leaving the flavor in the beef. Excellent with grilled portobello caps! Note: this is a flammable burger due to the grease. It requires constant attention when grilling due to flare-ups.

Sheboygan Grilled Brats

Rating: 4.44 stars
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Growing up on a lake in the Sheboygan area, this was a standard way that the German folks would grill their brats. We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better. Though it's expensive, on special occasions I use a dark beer which is not German at all: Guinness Irish Stout. Around our house, we eat them with ketchup and mustard, and the cooked onions from the brat sauce.

Coney Island Hot Dog Chili Sauce

Rating: 4.57 stars
7
This recipe is quick and easy. Only have to simmer for 30 minutes! It started as a very saucy Coney Island hot dog sauce. I prefer a meatier chili sauce, but if you prefer it saucy with less meat, reduce ground round to 1/2 pound meat.

Family Picnic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4 stars
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This macaroni salad tastes just like the ones you buy at the local grocery store. Only difference is, it's cheaper to make yourself, and you can make as much as you need. (Let's face it...macaroni salad is always the first one to go.) You can also add relish or onions depending on your desired taste. This recipe is an easy basic starter for you to add your own touch to and have everyone raving about your macaroni salad!

Daddy K's Milk Boiled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.67 stars
51
Absolutely sweet and tender corn on the cob! Serve with salt, black pepper, and butter.

The Real Mojito

Rating: 4.74 stars
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This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.

Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.54 stars
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Cool, delicious cucumber salad. For a pretty salad, peel only half of each cucumber, leaving strips of skin on each. Don't make the vinegar solution first and then chop the cucumber because it's important that the vinegar solution be hot to ensure proper flavoring.

Lemon Icebox Pie III

Rating: 4.5 stars
363
A family favorite when a no-bake, fast pie is needed. (And family members too small to use the oven can make dessert!) Very pretty when garnished with whipped cream and mint leaves.

Caesar Potato Salad

Rating: 4.4 stars
7
We love this recipe on a summer's day, but it works at any time of year.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Recipes For A Perfect Labor Day Cookout

Send summer out in style! Cook up five-star burgers, kabobs, and grilled chicken for your end-of-summer picnic.

Creamy Pasta Salads for Summer

These cookout favorites have the perfect ratio of pasta, veggies, and dressing.

Baked BBQ Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.6 stars
574

If you're in the mood for a little virtual trip into summer, give this technique a try. This works with literally any dry rub and barbecue sauce combo.