50 Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

Our 50 Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend will get you ready to enjoy the final days of summer! With the help of some great fellow bloggers, we have all kinds of tasty ideas for you. We have updated this post just in time for Labor Day 2016. Scroll through all the great recipes, or click ahead to the section of interest: Meat (beef, pork, lamb) | Veggies & Vegetarian | Seafood | Poultry | Drinks and Dessert

50 of the best grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend.

Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend

Hold the pumpkin recipes and Ockoberfest beer! It is still officially summer for a few more weeks, and we have a long Labor Day Weekend to be enjoyed. In my book, Labor Day Weekend is a time to celebrate and savor summer. What better way to do than by firing up the grill and enjoying some tasty food along with family and friends. Pour a summer ale if you’ve managed to save one before the stores switched over to pumpkin beer–or check out one of our drink options below–and pick a couple of these great recipes for the grill.

I’ve assembled 50 Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend with the help of fellow food bloggers. 50 recipes are a lot, so this grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend post is organized into sections: Meat, Veggies/Vegetarian, Seafood, Poultry and Drinks/Dessert. If I don’t mention the blogger who shared the recipe, that means the recipe is from here on Cooking Chat. I’m sure you will find many recipes here that can make for a tasty Labor Day Weekend meal from the grill!

Grilled Meat Recipes

Grilled Ribeye with Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa We will kick off our 50 grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend with this perfect late summer dish. Use those Hatch Chile peppers just now rolling into stores to make a delicious topping for grilled steak.

Grilled Ribeye with Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa recipe.

Heaven Sent Grilled Pork Chops:  The succulent pork chops with a simple garlic cumin rub get their name from our nine year old’s reaction to how tasty they are! Consider this one if you’re looking for something that packs a lot of flavor with minimal work.

Heaven Sent Grilled Pork Chops for Labor Day Grilling Roundup

Cilantro and Lime Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Chipotle Cream This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, especially served with these Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter. This was another Wine Pairing Weekend pairing, served with a Bonny Doon Syrah.

Pork Tenderloin Tacos Pork tenderloin makes a nice taco filling, even better paired with a good red wine.

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Cilantro Corn Salsa I can tell this steak recipe must be just bursting with flavor! From Mahy at Two Purple Figs.

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Cilantro Corn Salsa from Two Purple Figs, included in Cooking Chat Labor Day Grilling roundup.

Grilled Ribeye with Portobello Mushrooms Meaty portobello mushrooms grilled and served alongside ribeye steak for a succulent supper.

Grilled Steak Tacos with Awesome Avocado Chimichurri Sauce: Entertaining this weekend? This is a great way to get your guests some steak without breaking the the bank! A few pieces of beef along with the tasty sauce makes a a great taco. “Awesome” was the operative word for the sauce when we served it to family at a recent gathering.


Grilled Turkish Kofta Kebabs Ground lamb with Turkish spices sounds like the makings of a great meal. Recipe from Lisa at Panning the Globe.

Caprese Grilled Filet Mignon Two of my favorites get combined here, the tomato and mozzarella Caprese taste with tender filet mignon. Great recipe and photo from Brianne at Cupcakes & Kale Chips.

Caprese Grilled Filet Migno recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips, part of Labor Day grilling roundup post on Cooking Chat.

Grilled Steak with Garlic Cumin Rub Regular readers of Cooking Chat may have figured out by now I use this rub a lot! Hey, when you’ve got something that packs a lot of flavor but also gets a thumbs up from a nine year old, you’re going to make it a lot. This is another easy option for a low maintenance weekend grilling plan.

Umami Burger Erin from Platings & Pairings serves up a full-flavored burger. Like us here on Cooking Chat, she offers pairing tips for most of her recipes and suggests serving this with an ice cold beer, or a rosé if you’re in the mood for wine.

Umami Burger from Platings and Pairings.

Cocoa & Coffee Roasted Beef Kebabs I love my coffee, but am more likely to have it on my cup than on my steak. But I’m intrigued by the idea! This one shared by I am Not the Nanny.
Beef Kebabs from I'm Not the Nanny featured in Labor Grilling Roundup on cookingchatfood.com

Korean Barbecued Beef Sandwich Some international flair gets added to this steak sandwich from Sarah at Curious Cuisiniere.

Spice Rub Grilled Pork Tenderloin I love pork tenderloin! Valerie from Lifestyle Food Artistry grills hers up with some chipotle spice and then tops it with a tasty looking topping.

Spice Rub Grilled Pork Tenderloin from Lifestyle Food Artistry for Labor Grilling Roundup on cookingchatfood.com

Fig Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Another tasty pork tenderloin preparation. Gotta be good with bacon, right? Recipe from Sue at a Palatable Pastime.

Turmeric Pork Skewers & Thai Basil Dipping Sauce A flavorful Asian twist on grilled pork tenderloin from Bam’s Kitchen.

Turmeric Pork Skewers from Bam's Kitchen for Labor Day Grilling recipe roundup.

Gruyere Burger Sometimes a simple meal is what you want on a long weekend. This burger is simple, but still is a special burger topped with gruyere cheese and served with a Bordeaux.

Gruyere Burger recipe for Labor Day Grilling Roundup | cookingchatfood.com

Veggies and Vegetarian Recipes from the Grill

Grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend doesn’t have to be all about the meat! Check out these great dishes to get your veggies from the grill. Includes main course and side dish options.

Grilled Garlic Butter Sweet Potatoes Oh my, I’ve got to try this one from Christie at Food Done Light! I’m a big sweet potato fan, and especially fond of them when you have some garlicky flavor to contrast with the sweetness.

Healthy grilled garlic butter sweet potatoes from Christie at Food Done Light, picked for Cooking Chat best Labor Day Grilling Recipes.

Herbed Cream Cheese Grilled Bell Pepper Boats Carla from Chocolate Moosey has grilled up some peppers and filled with cream cheese and fresh herbs for a must-try summer appetizer.

Tangy & Sweet Grilled Corn Salad I still haven’t tried grilling corn, but looking at this tasty grilled corn salad from I’m Not the Nanny has bumped grilling corn higher on my to do list!

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches Wow, these sandwiches from Magnolia Days are gorgeous! Great option if you want to grill something lighter that will still impress.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches from Magnolia Days, for Labor Day Grilled Roundup on cookingchatfood.com

Grilled Bok Choy Dorothy from Shockingly Delicious originally shared this recipe for Father’s Day, but it would also be a great option as summer winds down.

BBQ Cauliflower Curry Grilled veggies can be wonderful, and Tara from Noshing with the Nolands has put her stir fry BBQ wok to creative use with this dish!

Grilled Lemon Pineapple Tofu I haven’t tried grilling tofu yet, so I need to try this vegan recipe from Where You Get Your Protein.

Grilled Lemon Pineapple Tofu from Where You Get Your Protein, from Labor Day Grilling roundup.

Cuban Quinoa Bowl Grilled Sweet Potatoes and Plaintain This healthy recipe from the grill gets topped off with avocado-mango salsa. Yum! From Caroline’s Cooking.

Grilled Baby Romaine Lettuce with Parmesan Vinaigrette Wow! I wouldn’t have thought of grilling lettuce, but this recipe from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen looks awesome.

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pasta Here’s a substantial vegetarian main course featuring portobello mushrooms. Great with a Pinot Noir!

Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pasta for Labor Day Grilling Roundup | cookingchatfood.com

Best Grilled Seafood for Labor Day

Grilled Halibut with Mango Salsa I tried grilling halibut for the first time this year, and love the way it came out topped with a mango salsa.

Grilled Swordfish and Eggplant with Fusilli and Tomatoes I’m a fairly new convert to the virtues of eggplant. Grilling is the key for me. This Sicilian inspired combination was very good, shared for a Sunday Supper event earlier this summer.

Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa Gotta love salsa! The pineapple in this one gets grilled along with the fish, great flavors.

Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa, for Labor Day Grilling Roundup. | cookingchat.com

Seared Trout on the Grill with a Tropical Viogner Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere came up with this one for our July Wine Pairing Weekend event. This post demonstrates that cooking whole fish on the grill can be pretty easy, and is especially nice served with a good wine!

Marinated Grilled Octopus If the grilled whole trout got your creative juices flowing, maybe you are ready to try the grilled octopus from Culinary Adventures with Camilla! Gotta love that this dish was inspired by her kid’s requesting this when visiting the local fish market…and now he has some interesting leftovers to scare his friends at school!

Simple Grilled Tilapia  Though it’s a fairly light fish, tilapia grills up nicely. This is a simple recipe to try.

Simple Grilled Tilapia for Labor Day Grilling | cookingchatfood.com

Red Snapper Fish Tacos Fish tacos make good eating, and this version with grilled red snapper looks very good! Recipe from A Gouda Life.

Grilled Salmon Sandwiches Love the sound of these salmon sandwiches from Peas and Crayons. The arugula, avocado and pesto combination along with the salmon can’t be passed up!

Grilled Salmon Sandwiches from Peas and Crayons, included in Cooking Chat Labor Day grilling roundup.

Italian Dressing Grilled Shrimp Sticking with the seafood theme for a bit longer (easy to do, writing this from Cape Cod!), here’s a great looking grilled shrimp from Julie, a.k.a. The Texan New Yorker.

Grilled Red Snapper with Cilantro and Onion Stuffing Another tasty idea for grilled whole fish! This one from Stacy at Food Lust People Love has a stuffing that certainly has me wanting to give this a try.

grilled red snapper from Food Lust People Love for Labor Day Grilling Roundup


Simply Scrumptious Grilled Chicken with Garlic Basil Butter: Bone-in chicken breasts can be a good value. Many online recipes for them can get a bit complicated; my recipe streamlines the process with tasty results!

Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts These boneless chicken breasts are cooked in a very different manner than the bone-in chicken above, but comes up with similarly tasty results!

Juicy Grilled Chicken Breasts for Labor Day Grilling Roundup

Grilled Tandoori Chicken Typically baked in an Indian clay oven, Tandoori chicken is tasty on the grill, too! This marinates in a yogurt spice blend for a flavorful meal, but is not overwhelmingly spicy.

Grilled Chicken and Veggie Bruschetta from Patricia at Grab a Plate is a colorful and delicious meal from the grill.

Grilled Chicken Veggie Bruschetta from Grab a Plate, included in Labor Day Grilling recipe roundup.

Finger Lickin’ Chicken Drumsticks Another chicken drumstick option for you, this one via Tara from Noshing with the Nolands. Yum!

Finger Lickin' Chicken Drumsticks from Noshing with the Nolands for Labor Day Grilling Roundup

Vegetable and Chicken Shish Kebabs We’ll stick with the kebab theme and share this tasty looking dish from The Freshman Cook.

Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken from What the Fork blog has flavors that are right up my alley!

Grilled Maple Mustard Chicken from What the Fork, part of Labor Day Grilling Recipes roundup.

Piri Piri Grilled Chicken Ready to kick things up a notch? Stacy has you covered with this recipe from Food Lust People Love! Plenty of hot pepper and garlic flavor here, inspired by a trip to Portugal.  Or maybe you’d like the similar flavors to go with some grilled fish.

Grilled Chicken with White BBQ Sauce Here’s a creative BBQ sauce for chicken from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen. I don’t think I’ve had white BBQ sauce but I’d like to try this!

Greek Chicken Kabobs These chicken kabobs from Dinner at the Zoo look simple yet full a flavor, a nice option for Labor Day Weekend Grilling!

Greek chicken kabobs from Dinner at the Zoo, picked for Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend roundup.

Drinks and Dessert

Grilled Lemon Cherry Drop Martini All this grilling is going to make you thirsty! So why not add some lemons to the grill and try this creative martini recipe from Renee at Magnolia Days. So fire up the grill, pour a glass, and enjoy your weekend!

Grilled Lemon Cherry Crop Martini. Renee Dobbs photo & recipe featured in Cooking Chat Labor Day grilling roundup.

Summer Wine Pairings If wine is your beverage of choice, you’ll want to be sure to check out my always growing list of summer wine pairings! Many of these pairings would be great with these grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend.

Banana Split Grilled Dessert Nachos Here’s a fun, healthy-ish dessert from Two Healthy Kitchens.

Banana Split Grilled Dessert Nachos from Two Healthy Kitchens.

Grilled Figs with Mascarpone & Honey I don’t make a lot of dessert, but was pleased with the way the grilled figs came out when I made them for our anniversary last year. A great dessert to enjoy in the backyard to celebrate the last long summer weekend!

grilled figs with mascarpone and honey for Labor Day Grilling RoundupWe hope you have a chance to enjoy some of these grilling recipes for Labor Day Weekend. Whatever you choose to grill, enjoy your final days of summer!




  1. […] The conventional wisdom among food bloggers is to hold off on posting new recipes as people will be too busy savoring the final days of summer over this Labor Day Weekend. But I wanted to share the Grilled Ribeye with Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa that we enjoyed last night today because you just might be looking for for something to grill up for this holiday. Or maybe you are trying to do a bit more grilling later in September. Either way, I decided this savory steak topped with Hatch Chile Avocado Salsa was too good not to share today! If you’re looking for more grilling inspiration, be sure to check out 40 Grilling Recipes for Labor Day Weekend. […]

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