15 Appetizers That Are Perfect for a Labor Day Cookout

Whether you’re hosting a get-together with family and friends or just firing up the grill for summer’s last hurrah, these small bites are a great way to kick off any backyard barbecue.

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Smoked Red Pepper Dip with Grilled Crudite

Kardea’s easy-to-make dip is loaded with sweet-and-smoky flavor. Her secret ingredient? Red peppers that she chars on the grill.

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Corn Salsa

To kick off your end-of-summer party, serve chips alongside Trisha's mix of yellow and white corn, jalapenos, chiles and tomatoes.

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Bacon-Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Upgrade a beloved cookout starter — deviled eggs — by adding an ingredient that everyone loves: salty, smoky bacon.

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Anna's Tomato Tart

Late-season tomatoes, which tend to be extra-sweet and juicy, are perfect for Ina’s impressive tarts. She tops a homemade crust with Gruyere and Parmesan cheese, thick tomato slices and fresh pesto.

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Zucchini and Goat Cheese Pinwheels

Katie’s pretty pinwheels are deceptively easy. To make them, slice zucchini into very thin sections (use a mandoline if you have one), top with a goat cheese filling and roll ‘em up.

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Muffuletta Bruschetta

Valerie takes bruschetta to a whole new level by layering in the flavors of a classic muffuletta sandwich: mortadella, capicola, salami and a savory homemade olive spread.

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Stuffed-Mushroom Skewers

Stuffed mushrooms are an all-time favorite appetizer. Slide them onto a skewer and pop them on the grill for your next outdoor gathering. For a zesty spinoff, try substituting fresh chorizo and cilantro for the sausage and parsley.

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Grilled Garlic Flatbread

Turn a ball of pizza dough into a crowd-pleasing appetizer by topping it with olive oil and spices from your pantry — and grilling it to warm, toasty perfection. This garlic flatbread could be served with dip but it’s also great as-is.

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Yogurt Ranch

Crudités and zesty ranch dip are a classic cookout appetizer. Here, Molly makes her dip from scratch using Greek yogurt and a blend of dried spices from her pantry. It couldn't be easier!

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Citrus Shrimp Nachos

Ree scoops citrus-marinated shrimp and veggies onto crispy chips for an easy-yet-elevated appetizer that screams ‘summer’.

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Grilled Oysters with Lemon Dill Butter

There’s no better way to end the summer than with Ina’s simple grilled oysters. A quick homemade herb butter (touched with just a hint of citrus) added to each shell guarantees a juicy, flavorful bite when the seafood comes off the grill.

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Greek Guacamole

Salty feta, fresh dill and tangy olives put a Greek-inspired twist on the classic guacamole. Serve with tortilla chips and cucumber slices for dipping.

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

This party-ready appetizer is sure to be a hit. Alex stuffs the peppers with creamy goat cheese and toasty pine nuts to give them a touch of decadence.

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Grilled Pizzas

Use an outdoor grill instead of an oven to make margherita pizzas. Cut them into thin slices and you've got a crowd-pleasing appetizer that your guests can nosh on while the burgers and steaks are on the grill.

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Mini Chicken and Mango Tostadas

Save time on this appetizer by using cooked, shredded chicken. Scoop onto a tortilla chip with mashed avocado.

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