15 Grilling Recipes for Your Labor Day Cookout

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Labor Day marks the end of summer—and the weekend many of us host a blowout cookout for all our friends. Here are a ton of great recipe ideas to send off grilling season with a bang.


 Pimento Cheese Burgers
Image: Tracey’s Culinary Adventures

The Pimento Cheese Burgers from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures are even more delicious on her Jalapeño Cheddar Rolls. Top them with lettuce, tomato, and onion if you must.


 Black Bean Zucchini Burgers
Image: Girl Makes Food

Girl Makes Food’s Alissa confesses she’s long had a love affair with veggie burgers, but no matter how many recipes she tried, they always fell apart. So she came up with Vegan Black Bean Zucchini Burgers, which have firm, delicious patties that hold up on the grill.


Tomato Jalapeno Salmon Burgers
Image: Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Lexi makes these healthy Tomato-Jalapeño Salmon Burgers with a little bit of coconut flour to hold them together while you grill.


Grilled Ratatouille Salad
Image: Three Many Cooks

Three Many Cooks whipped up a Grilled Ratatouille Salad that brightens up the eggplant, zucchini, and tomato flavors of the French classic with a feta vinaigrette. (You can bring this to a potluck: Just grill everything ahead and dress the salad after you arrive.)


BBQ Tofu Fries
Image: Kirbie's Cravings

The grill gives these two-ingredient BBQ Tofu Fries a crispy, glazed exterior and creamy interior.


Grilled Caprese-Stuffed Mushrooms
Image: Life's Ambrosia

Another twist on a classic salad: Grilled Caprese-Stuffed Mushrooms takes the mozzarella/tomato/basil Italian salad and stuffs it into a mushroom for a melty finger food.


Grilled Sesame-Ginger Cabbage
Image: The Fitchen

Jordan of The Fitchen sets her ingredients on a sheet of foil on the grill to make her Sesame-Ginger Cabbage—which gives it a little smoke and a lot of caramelization for crunch and flavor punch.


 Grilled Shrimp Kebabs
Image: Once Upon a Chef

This recipe for Grilled Shrimp Kebabs is so easy that all it needs is three minutes on the grill. Plus, Jenn from Once Upon a Chef says you can prep the crazy delicious tomato-garlic marinade ahead of time, so that you can spend more time with your guests.


Grilled Scallops With Butternut Squash Skewers
Image: Cook The Story

Christine of Cook The Story paired a fall veggie and a summer technique for a new Labor Day classic: Grilled Scallops With Butternut Squash Skewers.


Grilled Fish Tacos
Image: Cherished Bliss

Audrey of Cherished Bliss tops her Grilled Fish Tacos with a tangy, spicy, and creamy avocado slaw. YUM.


Rosemary Flank Steak with Fig Salsa
Image: Pink Parsley

There’s no way I can resist the Rosemary Flank Steak with Fig Salsa cooked up by Josie from Pink Parsley. Josie serves it over Gorgonzola cheese grits (uh-huh). She also recommends eating any leftover Fig Salsa by the spoonful.


Rosemary Garlic Grilled Leg of Lamb
Image: All Day I Dream About Food

This Rosemary Garlic Grilled Leg of Lamb from All Day I Dream About Food is the perfect main course to feed a crowd.


Grilled Pork Skewers With Grilled Tomato Relish
Image: Cook Like a Champion

The warm spices—cinnamon, nutmeg, cumin, coriander—in the marinade for these Grilled Pork Skewers With Grilled Tomato Relish from Cook Like a Champion add a fragrance that balances out the zing of the tart topping.


 Garlic- and Oregano-Marinated Grilled Chicken
Image: Sidewalk Shoes

Same-old, same-old grilled chicken is gussied up with a zingy marinade, as prepared by Pam at Sidewalk Shoes. Pam suggests serving this Garlic- and Oregano-Marinated Grilled Chicken with saffron-tomato rice.


 Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken
Image: The Cozy Apron

Ingrid of The Cozy Apron tops her subtly spiced Caribbean-Style Grilled Citrus Chicken with a zingy, refreshing relish of lemon, lime, mango and pineapple. She calls it " the perfect tribute to the warmth and sunshine of summer before it’s gone, once again, until next year."

What are you grilling for Labor Day? Or are you leaving all the culinary labor to someone else this year?


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