Labor Day Recipes

Start your Labor Day menu planning here with our favorite recipes for the three-day weekend. Burgers and dogs, salads and slaws, with beverages to boot!

Staff Picks

Potato Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 252
Quick and easy potato salad recipe with a lot of old-fashioned potato salad flavor. This will become a go-to summer side dish recipe. Better if made the day before.

Juicy Peach Crisp

Rating: 4.5 stars 349
This recipe takes the simplicity of fresh peaches and turns them into a scrumptious dessert!

Missouri Miner Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.5 stars 15
An easy, foolproof recipe for amazing pulled pork. I use a mixture of traditional and hickory/brown sugar barbeque sauce.

The Labor Day Burger

Rating: 4.5 stars 21
Enjoy the end of summer with a burger with kick with The Labor Day Burger, my own creation. The bacon grease acts as a 'glue' and will cook out on the grill, leaving the flavor in the beef. Excellent with grilled portobello caps! Note: this is a flammable burger due to the grease. It requires constant attention when grilling due to flare-ups.

Sheboygan Grilled Brats

Rating: 4.5 stars 91
Growing up on a lake in the Sheboygan area, this was a standard way that the German folks would grill their brats. We always served them on the old-fashioned hard rolls. By finishing them in the beer sauce they just get better and better. Though it's expensive, on special occasions I use a dark beer which is not German at all: Guinness Irish Stout. Around our house, we eat them with ketchup and mustard, and the cooked onions from the brat sauce.

Michigan Hot Dog

Rating: 4 stars 6
A regional specialty with a chunky beef chili sauce.

Family Picnic Macaroni Salad

Rating: 4 stars 1
This macaroni salad tastes just like the ones you buy at the local grocery store. Only difference is, it's cheaper to make yourself, and you can make as much as you need. (Let's face it...macaroni salad is always the first one to go.) You can also add relish or onions depending on your desired taste. This recipe is an easy basic starter for you to add your own touch to and have everyone raving about your macaroni salad!

Daddy K's Milk Boiled Corn on the Cob

Rating: 4.5 stars 77
Absolutely sweet and tender corn on the cob! Serve with salt, black pepper, and butter.

The Real Mojito

Rating: 4.5 stars 742
This is an authentic recipe for mojito. I sized the recipe for one serving, but you can adjust it accordingly and make a pitcher full. It's a very refreshing drink for hot summer days. Be careful when drinking it, however. If you make a pitcher you might be tempted to drink the whole thing yourself, and you just might find yourself talking Spanish in no time! Tonic water can be substituted instead of the soda water but the taste is different and somewhat bitter.
By Brandy

Adrienne's Cucumber Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 1342
Cool, delicious cucumber salad. For a pretty salad, peel only half of each cucumber, leaving strips of skin on each. Don't make the vinegar solution first and then chop the cucumber because it's important that the vinegar solution be hot to ensure proper flavoring.

Lemon Icebox Pie III

Rating: 4.5 stars 443
A family favorite when a no-bake, fast pie is needed. (And family members too small to use the oven can make dessert!) Very pretty when garnished with whipped cream and mint leaves.
By Allrecipes Member

15 Labor Day Cocktails and Mocktails to Toast the End of Summer

Labor Day is just around the corner, and with things as they are, everyone is figuring out the best and safest way to celebrate. In the spirit of "if you can't fix it, feature it," don't look at the inability to gather in a huge group as a problem, but rather as an opportunity. If you don't need to feed the masses, you can up your game from burgers to steak sandwiches, and splurge on fun and festive cocktails instead of stirring up that giant batch of punch or spiked lemonade. We've also included some non-boozy mocktails so no one has to feel left out. Let's raise a glass to summer's last blast!
By Stacey Ballis

Inspiration and Ideas

Recipes For A Perfect Labor Day Cookout
Send summer out in style! Cook up five-star burgers, kabobs, and grilled chicken for your end-of-summer picnic.
Celebrate Labor Day With This Fun Menu
The history of Labor Day began with the celebration of a day off work for employees. It has also become a day that celebrates family and the end of summer.
Oven-Roasted Asparagus
Rating: 5 stars 3206

Parmesan cheese adds a salty, savory component to sweet, tender asparagus. Try it next to grilled fish or lamb.