Cookout Classics for Labor Day

Savor the end of summer with Food Network's Labor Day party recipes, including Labor Day desserts, appetizers and picnic recipes.

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Barbecue Cheeseburgers

Nothing says summer celebration like grilled burgers. Top each patty with homemade sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, red onion, Jack cheese and avocado.

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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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Foil-Pack Grilled Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings

Marinate your wings in an easy sweet-and-spicy mixture, then grill them in a foil pack for mess-free cooking (you’ll still need napkins for eating, though!).

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7-Layer Pasta Salad

This summer salad has it all: layers of creamy avocado, heaping spoonfuls of diced ham, crunchy broccoli, hearty pasta, cheddar cheese and a topping of crispy romaine.

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Fresh Peach Cake

Ina uses peaches and eggs from a local farm to make her cake, which is delicious served warm. She layers the fresh peaches, cinnamon sugar and batter, and tops it off with crunchy chopped pecans.

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Dijon Chicken Wings

Make a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey, mustard powder and garlic to make deliciously sticky wings.

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Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches

This sandwich spread is as refreshing as it is satisfying; dressed up with shredded chicken, celery, mayo and onions, it's perfect for a Labor Day lunch. 

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Baked Creamed Corn With Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

With just five ingredients, Ree Drummond turns fresh corn into a delicious casserole with a kick.

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Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Sriracha, an Asian chile sauce, gives spice to these grilled shrimp skewers.

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Sparkling Raspberry Limeade

Make the Neelys' raspberry syrup up to two days in advance. Just keep it in the refrigerator until the party starts.

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Strawberry-Arugula Salad with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

Sunny's simple strawberry and arugula salad is drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette.

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Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

A beer can holds this chicken up while cooking and brings it to a juicy and tender state. Slather the chicken with a cola barbecue sauce that is sweet and savory.

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Macaroni and Egg Salad

In just 20 minutes you can turn elbow macaroni into a creamy, egg-filled salad.

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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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Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar

Three layers come together in Melissa's no-mess picnic meal: vinaigrette-dressed rice, spiced chickpeas and garlicky eggplant. 

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Fried Chicken

Marcus Samuelsson fries chicken dredged in a chile and paprika spice blend and marinated in buttermilk and coconut milk. The result is crispy, flavorful meat fit for summertime.

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Food Network Kitchen chefs combine flour, brown sugar and butter to make a sweet, crumbly topping for juicy late-summer blackberries. 

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Honeydew and Arugula Salad

The sweetness of honeydew melon complements the spicy quality of arugula for a refreshing summer salad.

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Slow Cooker Beef Brisket

Trisha’s beef brisket is a great multi-purpose dish for a crowd. Serve it as-is with your favorite sides or use it as the filling for a barbecue sandwich.

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Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Skewers

Molly combines warm spices and creamy yogurt to make an easy marinade for her chicken skewers. Layers of sweet onion and juicy pepper round out her crowd-pleasing kebabs.

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Rachael's super-easy salad is a foolproof cookout side. Chop and add whatever vegetables you have on hand to the corn-and-bean combo, then brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lime.

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Herb-Stuffed Zucchini

Scoop out zucchini seeds and stuff the hollowed out vegetables with breadcrumbs, tomatoes, herbs and garlic.

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S'mores Pudding Pie

No campfire needed for Kelsey’s creamy pudding pie. If you don’t have a kitchen torch, place the pie under the broiler until the marshmallows are brown and gooey.

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American-Style Potato Salad

This eggy potato salad gets crunch from onions and a creamy texture from a mustard and mayo dressing.

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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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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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Baby Back Ribs with Spicy Peach BBQ Sauce

Giada’s secret to great ribs? She brushes the meat with BBQ sauce after roasting, then pops them under the broiler for just a few minutes. The high heat allows the sauce to get extra thick and perfectly sticky.

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Vanilla Ice Cream with Peach Syrup

Sweet peaches and sugar make a simple syrup for topping vanilla ice cream.

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Chili-Corn Casserole

Leftover chili, corn, polenta and Monterey Jack cheese are layered to make an easy yet hearty side dish that's great with hot dogs.

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Triple B Burgers

The Triple B stands for a beef patty topped with bacon and boubon sauce. It also comes with smoked cheddar.

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Turkey Burgers With Orange Mustard Glaze

Guy found this burger in health-conscious San Diego. A turkey patty gets topped wtih an orange-mustard glaze.

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Nectarine-Tomato Salad

The flavors of yellow tomatoes and ripe nectarines are complemented by a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing. Toasted pine nuts and shaved cheese add the finishing touches.

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Foil-Packet Corn

Roast summer corn easily on the grill in a foil packet filled with butter and fresh herbs. The aromas of thyme, basil and rosemary will infuse the corn with earthy flavors.

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Green Salad with Shallot Dressing

Thinly sliced shallots are mixed into a warm mustard vinaigrette. Toss with mixed greens and serve, or add favorite toppings.

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Mini Open-Faced Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Bread with Aged Provolone and Parsley Oil

Wrap up grilling season with Bobby's open-faced steak and provolone sandwiches complete with crusty garlic bread and a parsley olive oil sauce.

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Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Juicy chicken breasts topped with a zesty ranch mayo and sandwiched between rolls are a quick, go-to summer entertaining dish.

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Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Yogurt Sauce

Individual lamb kebabs made with tomatoes and zucchini are perfect for Labor Day entertaining. Serve with a cucumber, dill and yogurt dipping sauce for a Mediterranean-inspired dish.

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Frozen Sangarita

Trisha finds inspiration for her frozen sangarita at a Texas restaurant. This cocktail is a blend of frozen sangria and frozen margarita; just spoon a few layers of each into a margarita glass and it's ready to sip. 

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Hoisin Eggplant

Glaze eggplant in a mixture of hoisin — a sweet and savory Asian dipping sauce — rice vinegar and hot chili sauce before tossing on the grill for a tangy summer side.

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Stuffed Mini Peppers

Whether you're making them as a grab-and-go snack or as a party-ready appetizer, these stuffed peppers are sure to be a hit. Alex stuffs them with creamy goat cheese and toasty pine nuts to give them a touch of decadence.

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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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Flank Steak With Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Bobby Flay grills with flank steak for these party-ready bread bites because it cooks quickly and is affordable.

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Grilled Pizzas

Use an outdoor grill instead of an oven to make margherita pizzas for Labor Day celebrations. The mozzarella and basil combination is an assured crowd-pleaser.

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Grilled Turkey Sliders with Tomato Jam

Adding ricotta cheese to a turkey burger mixture helps to keep it moist and flavorful.

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Grilled Triple-Decker Hot Dog Sandwich

Jeff’s over-the-top dish is like a cross between a sandwich and lasagna. He layers the hot dogs with Cheddar, provolone and salami, then grills the dish until the cheese is melted. Before eating, top with mustard, lettuce, tomato and celery salt.

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Green Tomato and Strawberry Salad

Juicy strawberries and plump green tomatoes infuse this salad with freshness and color.

Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls with Butter

Fresh lobster tossed with melted butter, lemon juice and paprika is stuffed into hot dog buns for a summer cookout classic that's ready in 20 minutes.

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