Labor Day Grilling Recipes for Every Appetite

Labor Day Grilling Recipes for Every Appetite

Summer’s not over until you fire up the grill one final time. No matter who shows up on your patio, these recipes have you covered.

1.  The All-American Cheeseburger

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It doesn’t get more classic than a thick beef patty topped with superfresh cheddar, lettuce, onion, and tomato. (Bonus points if the veggies come from your own garden.) Whip up this beauty from Food Republic in under a half hour; if you’re feeling ambitious, serve ’em on fluffy from-scratch buns, too.

2. Cajun Salmon with Mango & Avocado

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This one’s for you, pescetarians: Cajun-seasoned salmon filets with a vibrant summer garnish. After searing the filets, whip up a salsa made of diced avocado, mango, and tomato—this topping is the perfect salute to the end of the season.

3. Veggie Kebabs

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When you’re hosting, it’s smart to have a vegetarian option on deck—you never know who has spontaneously decided to give up meat this week. The beauty of kebabs is that there are zero rules when it comes to what you skewer. Honest Cooking has a lot of good suggestions, including squash, zucchini, peppers, onions, sweet potatoes, artichokes, and cherry tomatoes; we’d like to add eggplant and mushrooms to that list. Chop them up, toss in olive oil and your preferred seasonings, then let the grill do its magic.

4. Grilled Soy-Sesame Asparagus

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According to All Recipes, this cranked-up side pairs especially well with Asian types of grilled foods, like kebabs or satays. It’s salty (thanks to a tablespoon of soy sauce), it’s sweet (thanks to a teaspoon of brown sugar), and it’s ready in 18 minutes. Sold!\

5. Garlic Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

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There are two keys to these seared pork tenderloins: using a quality balsamic vinegar (like Il Villaggio’s) and allowing for up to 12 hours of marinating. Nail those and we predict you’ll find yourself with a very happy—and full—cookout crowd.

6. Hanger Steak Sliders with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

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Part steak, part burger, and completely delicious. This is the most involved (i.e., time-consuming) recipe of the bunch, but it’s worth every minute of prep. If you’re grilling to impress a crowd, this is your golden ticket.

Unfortunately, these mouth-watering dishes won’t cook themselves, so provide yourself with a foundation for tasty success with a grill that helps take the labor out of your holiday feast.

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