30 Best Labor Day Grilling Recipes

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Labor Day, a time to relax and celebrate the hard work of the year, calls for firing up the grill and indulging in delicious outdoor cooking. As you gather with family and friends, tantalize their taste buds with a variety of mouthwatering Labor Day grilling recipes.

These Labor Day grilling recipes showcase versatility and creativity to ensure that there is something for everyone at your gathering.

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No-bake lemon cheesecake, elote, and 3 2 1 ribs.

For a classic options, like juicy burgers and ribs to new favorites like Korean BBQ chicken or salmon burgers. Or perhaps opt for grilled honey sriracha chicken wings, featuring a sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.

No Labor Day BBQ would be complete without amazing side dishes, thirst quenching drinks and cocktails, and of course, dessert! We have curated these Labor Day grilled recipes to help you embrace the taste of summer before it’s over.

Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill

For this recipe, I used my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Grill, which is a new offering from the kitchen appliance brand that makes our beloved favorites, the Ninja MaxXL Air Fryer and the Ninja Creami. The Woodfire Grill is a portable outdoor grill with 7 functions: grill, smoke, air fry, bake, roast, broil, and dehydrate.

Ninja woodfire outdoor grill

Why I Like It

  • It imparts an amazing amount of woodfire flavor into the food with just 1/2 cup of pellets.
  • It’s incredibly fast and efficient.
  • It cooks faster and with more smoker flavor than my full-size smoker – by far.
  • There’s no guessing, especially with the built-in temperature probe available on the Pro version.
  • The food comes out with a perfect crispy or seared exterior that’s both gorgeous and super tasty.
  • It’s very portable and can be set up anywhere on a sturdy surface with a power outlet nearby.

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Labor Day Grilling Recipes


Now, I know these aren’t grill recipes, but what a way to get people talking! These 3 appetizers are anything but ordinary BBQ fare. Each bite is a tantalizing fusion of spicy, smoky, cheesy goodness. They’re darn good appetizers and worth the time.

Smoked Shotgun Shells

Smoked Shotgun Shells are the perfect BBQ treat, featuring manicotti tubes stuffed with a savory mixture of ground beef and cheese, wrapped in crispy bacon, and glazed with BBQ sauce.
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Smoked shotgun shells

Smoked Armadillo Eggs

These Smoked Armadillo Eggs are jalapeno poppers with a creamy, cheesy center, encased in sausage meat, then rolled in bacon and smoked to soak up all that classic wood flavor.
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Smoked armadillo eggs

Smoked Pig Shots

These Smoked Pig Shots make an excellent appetizer when you're outside smoking some meat for a BBQ. They are sausages, wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cream cheese and green chilis.
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Smoked pig shots


Classic Macaroni Salad

This Classic Macaroni Salad combines tender macaroni with a medley of vegetables, eggs, and a tangy mayonnaise-based dressing to make the perfect side dish for your outdoor cookout or picnic.
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Macaroni salad on a plate

Classic Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

A classic Mexican street food, this corn on the cob is charred on the grill, then slathered in mayo, and topped with tangy Cotija cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
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Mexican street corn

Classic Potato Salad

This Classic Potato Salad is made with tender potatoes, eggs, celery, and pickles, with a creamy mayonnaise dressing and one simple secret ingredient that really elevates the flavor.
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Potato salad on a plate

BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad

This BBQ Chicken Macaroni Salad is a great twist on a classic that combines tender macaroni with a medley of vegetables, tender chicken, and a tangy BBQ sauce and mayonnaise-based dressing.
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Bbq chicken macaroni salad

How to Make Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob is a delicious and popular summer dish that can be enjoyed as a snack or a side dish at any outdoor gathering.
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Grilled corn on the cob

Bacon, Jalapeño, and Corn Salad

This easy-to-make bacon, jalapeño and corn salad is a great side dish, but it can also be served as a party appetizer or dip.
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Bacon corn salad

Main Dish

Salmon Burgers on the Grill

Salmon Burgers On The Grill are a delicious and healthy alternative to traditional beef burgers. Made with fresh salmon, Dijon mustard, and garlic, these burgers are packed with flavor.
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A salmon burger

Best Brisket Buns

These incredibly tasty brisket buns are made with tender smoked brisket, brioche buns, and a quick pickle.
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Smoked brisket buns

Perfect Korean BBQ Chicken Recipe

Korean BBQ Chicken is the perfect thing to grill on the barbecue. Grilled chicken thighs are cooked to perfection on the grill, then slathered with the unique, robust flavors of Korean BBQ sauce. A fusion feast in your own backyard.
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Korean bbq chicken

Smash Burgers on the Grill

These Smash Burgers on the Grill get the perfect crispy edges from the grill.
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Grilled smash burgers

Simple Grilled Brats Recipe

As we usher in the warm weather, it's time to break out the BBQ and prep for those delightful cookouts. And there's one dish that's bound to be a hit among both family and friends: Grilled Brats.
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A grilled brat on a bun with onions and peppers.

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks are a classic and delicious dish that can be made on the grill all year round for that delicious smoky flavor that only the grill can impart.
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Grilled chicken drumsticks

3-2-1 Rib Recipe

These 321 ribs are fall apart tender while super juicy and packed with smoky flavor.
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321 ribs

Perfect Grilled Pork Chops

There's something supremely satisfying about pork chops sizzling away on a grill. Grilled Pork Chops are a staple of outdoor cooking, offering a tantalizing blend of savory flavors and juicy tenderness that's hard to resist.
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Grilled pork chops

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

These delicious Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings are cooked to perfection, then coated in sweet and spicy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.
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Honey sriracha chicken wings

Perfectly Grilled Steak

This is the only recipe you'll need for a perfectly grilled steak every time.
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Grilled ribeye steaks

The Best Slow Grilled Tri Tip Steak

This slow cooked, grilled Tri Tip steak is amazingly tender and tasty when cooked outdoors on the grill and it doesn't take long to grill.
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Sliced, grilled tri tip


Easy Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Combine two of your favorite desserts into one delicious treat with these homemade brownie ice cream sandwiches, made with boxed or homemade brownies and your favorite ice cream.
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Brownie ice cream sandwiches

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

This Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is an ice cream lovers dream, with just the right amount of mint flavor and little bits of chocolate throughout. It’s creamy and delicious.
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Mint chocolate chip ice cream

Easy Smores Bars Recipe

This delicious Smores Bars recipe is a perfect way to enjoy the classic campfire treat. The gooey and sweet dessert features a crunchy graham cracker base and a rich chocolate topping made from melted chocolate chips and marshmallows.
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Smores bars

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

This No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake has a graham cracker crust and a cream cheese filling that is flavored with a burst of lemon zest for an easy and impressive dessert.
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No-bake lemon cheesecake

Delicious Scotcheroos Bars

These easy no-bake Scotcheroos are rich and decadent, with a thick chocolate topping and peanut butter and butterscotch flavor.
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Scotcheroo bars

Easy No-Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Who could resist this decadent, rich, silky No-Bake Oreo cheesecake, with none of the bake time? It’s a no-brainer, especially for summertime when no-bake is a must.
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No-bake oreo cheesecake


Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea

This recipe originally appeared on A Food Lover’s Kitchen. You can make a batch of this Instant Pot Peach Iced Tea in just 15 minutes and it won’t heat up your kitchen like it does on the stovetop or have to sit outside for hours in the sun.
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Instant pot peach iced tea

Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade

This strawberry green tea lemonade is the perfect mix of sweet and sour, with a fresh green tea base – a combination that’s perfect for spring and summer drinks.
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Strawberry green tea lemonade

Peach Mezcal Margarita Recipe

Sipping on a Peach Mezcal Margarita makes everything feel like summer. We like our margaritas with the smoky notes of Mezcal. It makes this no ordinary margarita!
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Peach mezcal margarita

Spicy Watermelon Margarita

If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to enjoy this summer, a Spicy Watermelon Margarita is our new go to. This unique twist on a classic margarita combines the sweetness of fresh watermelon with the kick of spicy jalapeño peppers, creating a drink that’s both cooling and invigorating.
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Spicy watermelon margarita

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