Labor Day Main Dish Recipes

Enjoy the last long weekend of the summer with these Labor Day main dishes. With recipes for fried chicken, plank salmon and pulled pork, these main dishes are perfect features for your Labor Day menu.

Staff Picks

Juicy Lucy Burgers

Rating: 4.5 stars 228
A favorite of Minnesotans! The famous Juicy Lucy! Mmmm. So good. You MUST use American cheese on this to achieve the juiciness in the middle! I like sauteed mushrooms and onions on mine!

Grilled Tequila-Lime Shrimp

Rating: 4.5 stars 114
Lime and tequila-marinated shrimp grilled on skewers make an easy appetizer to enjoy all summer.

BBQ Teriyaki Pork Kabobs

Rating: 4.5 stars 106
A simple way to make kabobs for summer grilling, and easily adaptable to add your favorite veggies. Great with rice and a nice salad!

All-American Burger Dog

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
This 'burger dog' is far more than a hot dog-shaped cheeseburger. It's a one-handed wonder that's perfectly proportioned and easier to eat than a regular cheeseburger.

Kansas City BBQ Ribs

Rating: 4 stars 18
Get your napkins ready! These sumptuous ribs will be devoured by one and all. The overnight rest in the fridge lets the spice rub penetrate and really flavor these meaty ribs.

Sheboygan Grilled Brats

Rating: 4.5 stars 89
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.

Southern-Style Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 176
This is a down home recipe that I have used for years, and thought I would share it! The buttermilk marinade is terrific and is such a comfort food. However this is not a recipe that can be done quickly, but the wait is WELL worth it!

Slow Cooker Philly Steak Sandwich Meat

Rating: 4.5 stars 110
This makes a fantastic meat for Philly steak sandwiches. You can even use lower grade roasts and have this turn out. It also makes its own au jus if you like to dip as I do. To serve, sautee a sliced onion and sliced green pepper in a skillet. Put meat on a sub bun and top with onion and green pepper and Swiss or provolone cheese on top of that. Leave open-faced and broil until the cheese just starts to brown. The top of the bun will brown fast so don't broil that until the cheese has completely melted and just starts to show color.

Best Hamburger Ever

Rating: 4 stars 749
Juicy beef burgers perfect for summer grilling and packed with flavor.

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans

Rating: 4.5 stars 56
This slow cooker recipe delivers a hearty dish of hamburger, bacon, and beans in a thick and sweet sauce.

Cucumber Sandwiches III

Rating: 4.5 stars 446
Really great appetizer for the summer or anytime. Every time I have served these everyone wants the recipe...and they're so easy! Just be sure to refrigerate the cream cheese mixture overnight!

Inspiration and Ideas

Triple-Dipped Fried Chicken
Rating: Unrated 920
"This is the crispiest, spiciest homemade fried chicken ever! It is equally good served hot or cold, and has been a picnic favorite in my family for years." – QUIRKYIQ
Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Rating: Unrated 1117
"Followed the recipe as directed; used fresh Gulf shrimp. We loved it!" – Jimmyd
Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs
Rating: 4.5 stars 743

Baby back ribs, seasoned with a cumin, chili powder, and paprika spice rub, are slow-cooked on your grill over indirect heat until fall-off-the-bone tender.