16 Grilled Dishes That Take the Labor Out of Labor Day

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The holiday that signifies the end of summer is right around the corner. It's time to start planning those Labor Day cookout menus for grilling outside with family and friends and eating your way through the last of summer's best produce. We just can't wait for this late summer long weekend: Our most-loved fruits and vegetables are at their peak, it's cool enough outside that we can actually bear to be standing over a grill for a few hours, and it's our last excuse to eat multiple grilled burgers until next year.

However much we love Labor Day, if you're the one hosting this year's grill-centered party, you'll probably be stressing about how much preparation, planning, and work has to go into the celebration. It isn't easy to cook for that many people, make sure that everybody's favorite dishes are included, and make sure your home is looking suitably beautiful all at the same time. To help you out this year, we've rounded up our favorite Labor Day grilling recipes, which take up as little of your time, effort, and attention as possible. And this doesn't mean you'll just be serving hot dogs coated in ketchup and mustard.

Begin your meal with some simple charred crostini topped with salty ham and melting cheese. Follow them with fancy hot dogs, buttery grilled crab legs, easy cheesy homemade burgers, and plenty of sides ranging from classic Mexican corn on the cob to grilled salads. Don't forget that you can cook dessert on the grill, too - there's no need to turn your oven on and bake a special cake when you could serve up a decadent, family-friendly, grilled peach parfait. So grab an ice-cold beer and get cooking with these 16 grilled dishes that take the labor out of Labor Day.


Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Peaches With a Balsamic Glaze

Kick off your Labor Day cookout with these super-easy, but very impressive, sweet and salty bacon-wrapped peaches.Click here to see this Bacon-Wrapped Grilled Peaches With a Balsamic Glaze recipe.


Chorizo Cheddar Burger

No Labor Day is complete without enjoying one last summer burger. Don't waste your time following complicated recipes that involve stuffing patties with cheese; instead, grate some cheese and mix it with ground beef and chorizo for the simplest, tastiest homemade burgers.Click here to see this Chorizo Cheddar Burger recipe.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Transform a simple chicken Caesar salad into a dish worthy of its place at the center of the table by charring both the chicken and the lettuce leaves.Click here to see this Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad recipe.


Grilled Crab Legs With Garlic Butter

Celebrate summer's last hurrah by grilling plates full of crab legs and dousing them in garlic butter for the most wonderful warm-weather finger food.Click here to see this Grilled Crab Legs With Garlic Butter recipe.


Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled eggplant has the best smoky, charred flavor. We really can't get enough of this amazing vegetable. Top it with salty goat cheese and fresh herbs for a perfect side dish.Click here to see this Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad recipe.


Grilled Glazed Sweet and Spicy Salmon

Grilled fish is one of the all-time simplest things to cook. To make sure you don't just serve a bland, overcooked fillet, cover your salmon in this sweet, sticky, spicy glaze.Click here to see this Grilled Glazed Sweet and Spicy Salmon recipe.


Grilled Peach Parfait

Don't miss out on the last of summer's juicy, ripe fruits. End your Labor Day festivities with this incredibly easy layered peach and raspberry parfait.Click here to see this Grilled Peach Parfait recipe.

Urban Accents

Grilled Serrano Ham and Manchego Crostini

Crostini are always a popular appetizer. Why not branch out from your typical toppings and try this salty, melting, Spanish-inspired recipe instead?Click here to see this Grilled Serrano Ham and Manchego Crostini recipe.


Grilled Shrimp With Miso Butter

Grilling shrimp takes fewer than five minutes, and making umami-packed miso butter just involves whizzing everything in the food processor; this recipe really couldn't be easier.Click here to see this Grilled Shrimp With Miso Butter recipe.


Marinated Grilled Fish Skewers

Use your favorite kind of fish, marinate it for however long you have, and grill the skewers until they're done to your liking. You can improvise on this recipe as much as you want - the result will always be delicious, and there's nowhere to go wrong.Click here to see this Marinated Grilled Fish Skewers recipe.


Mexican-Style Grilled Corn

You can't celebrate the last weekend of summer without having corn stuck in your teeth. Luckily, our favorite way to eat corn also happens to be almost entirely labor-free.Click here to see this Mexican-Style Grilled Corn recipe.

Whole Foods Market

Reuben Dog

You'll obviously be grilling many, many hot dogs throughout Labor Day weekend, so why not serve a twist on the classic by following this recipe for an all-beef, Swiss- and sauerkraut-topped dog?Click here to see this Reuben Dog recipe.


Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders

This dish uses the classic steakhouse flavor combination of bacon and blue cheese, but delivers them in a playful but delicious slider form. Serve these at your next summer barbecue and they will be sure to be a hit.Click here to see this Bacon and Blue Cheese Sliders recipe.


Honey Soy Grilled Skirt Steak

A simple honey-soy marinade helps transform the normally cheap cut of skirt steak into something magical in this recipe. The use of fresh garlic and ginger helps to add extra spice to the dish.Click here to see this Honey Soy Grilled Skirt Steak recipe.

Morton Salt

Spatchcock Grilled Chicken With Beetroot Slaw

This is a great technique to keep in mind when cooking a whole chicken. Removing the backbone enables the chicken to lay flat on the grill, meaning it cooks at a much faster rate.Click here to see this Spatchcock Grilled Chicken With Beetroot Slaw recipe.

Nando's PERI PERI Sauce

Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri

Skirt steak has incredible flavor and texture, but be sure not to overcook it. Enjoy this with some Argentine wine for a delicious and easy meal suitable for any night of the week.Click here to see this Grilled Skirt Steak With Chimichurri recipe.

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