14 Labor Day Recipes for a Classic Cookout

Celebrate the end of summer at your Labor Day cookout by serving up these picnic-perfect recipes from the Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen.

Tortellini Pasta Salad 

Tortellini Pasta Salad

Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this year and replace their spot on the picnic table with this version, packed with your favorite Italian flavors. 

Grilled Marinated London Broil

Grilled Marinated London Broil

Who doesn’t love steak at a cookout? It’s an instant classic, and for good reason. Impress your guests with your expert grill technique using this easy overnight marinade recipe.

Red, White, and Blue(berry) No-Bake Cheesecake

No Bake Berry Cheesecake

This no-bake dessert is perfect from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And the best part? You can leave the stove off – there’s no baking involved for this sweet summer treat. 

Spicy Lemon Chicken

Spicy Lemon Chicken for Two from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Healthy dishes like grilled chicken are turning up at cookouts everywhere – and healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. This chicken recipe packs a punch. 

S’mores Pie

S'mores Pie from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

S’mores are the ultimate summer dessert, but sometimes we’re just not in a place where a campfire is practical. That problem is instantly solved when you bake this gooey pie for your party.

Slow Cooker 4-Ingredient Kalua Pork 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pork

Switch things up in the pork department this Labor Day. Instead of making your tried and true North Carolina-style pork BBQ, transport your guests to Hawaii with this 4-ingredient recipe. 

Cheesy Zucchini Squash Casserole

Cheesy Zucchini Casserole

One of the most ubiquitous summer fruits, the zucchini squash shines in savory dishes like this cheesy casserole, where it’s thinly sliced and topped with crunchy breadcrumbs.

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak

Grilled Marinated Flank Steak - perfect for Memorial Day grilling! From Everydaygoodthinking.com, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Everyone loves a great meal off the grill on Labor Day, and this year you’ll be able to deliver a steak dinner at a surprisingly affordable cost.

Strawberry Lemon Sparkle

Strawberry Lemon Sparkling Water from Everyday Good Thinking / @HamiltonBeach

 Sparkling water tastes great, especially when mixed with strawberry and lemon, and it’s the perfect way to get the fizz you crave while reducing your soda intake. 

Grilled Bourbon Chicken.

Grilled Bourbon Chicken from @hamiltonbeach

One of our favorite recipes, this Grilled Bourbon Chicken will be on every Hamilton Beach staffer’s Labor Day menu.

Smoky Grilled Beef Short Ribs

Grilled Beef Short Ribs from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The smells of charcoal, smoky iron grates, fire and these Smoky Grilled Beef Short Ribs waft through the neighborhood today as everyone closes out summer.

Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, & Onions 

Slow Cooker Sausage with Peppers and Onions

Whether you serve it right out of the crock or let friends and family assemble their own sandwiches, slow cooker sausage, peppers, & onions is a nice change from the standard cookout hot dog or brat. 

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Banana pudding is a classic cookout dessert. This recipe keeps things made-from-scratch but simple, because we believe everything tastes better with homemade ingredients.


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    Grilled Salmon over Caesar salad

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    I love to cook!!!!

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