31 Great Labor Day Grilling Recipes

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31 Great Labor Day Grilling Recipes
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31 Great Labor Day Grilling Recipes

Time to get the grill fired up for Labor Day Weekend! Everyone loves a good BBQ Chicken platter, but there are so many other unique ways to spice up your favorite grilled dishes.

Mexican Grilled Corn

Street vendors across Mexico sell this style of roasted or grilled corn topped with mayonnaise, chili powder and Cotija cheese. You can serve the unadorned corn on a platter with small bowls of the sauce, cheese and lime on the side so everyone can make their own.

Get the recipe: Mexican Grilled Corn

Grilled Lemon Pound Cake With Peaches And Cream

Bryan Calvert, chef and co-owner of James in Brooklyn, New York , loves the versatility of his supermoist lemon pound cake: He uses it to make everything from French toast to a stuffing for baked apples. At this time of year, he grills it until crisp and toasty, then tops it with warm, tender grilled peaches and whipped cream.

Get the recipe: Grilled Lemon Pound Cake with Peaches and Cream

Grilled Radicchio With Lemon-Hazelnut Dressing

With smoky radicchio, toasted hazelnuts, Parmesan cheese and a bright, lemony dressing, this super-simple salad tastes like more than the sum of its parts.

Get the recipe: Grilled Radicchio with Lemon-Hazelnut Dressing

Grilled Pork Kabob Fajitas

The pork sirloin marinades up to 4 hours and becomes very moist and flavorful. Serve with fresh guacamole, sour cream and warm tortillas on the side.

Get the recipe: Grilled Pork Kabab Fajitas

Grilled Filet Mignon with Vegetable Kebabs

You might be tempted to save beef filet for special occasions, but this low-fat cut is actually perfect weekday fare: it cooks up fast, stays juicy and carries other flavors perfectly. The kebabs are a wonderful mix of lemon, herbs and fresh vegetables.

Get the recipe: Grilled Filet Mignon with Vegetable Kebabs

Grilled Corn With Herb Butter And Corn Nuts

Turn leftover cornbread into breadcrumbs to top grilled corn, then take it further by adding crunchy kernels of store-bought toasted corn.

Get the recipe: Grilled Corn with Butter and Corn Nuts.

Grilled Herbed Shrimp Skewers

The shrimp are marinaded in a mixture of yellow onion, garlic, Serrano chilies, a heavy hand of cilantro and fresh lime juice. The flavors are pretty much, WOW, so we kept the veggie selection simple. A few cherry tomatoes and baby spring onions was all that was needed to complete this one-stop recipe. Grill them up, and serve with a big bowl of warm orzo tossed with fresh herbs (we used chervil) and a drizzle of olive oil.

Get the recipe: Grilled Herbed Shrimp Skewers

Grilled Apricot, Arugula And Goat Cheese Salad

For this fun cross between a salad and a cheese course, Daniel Humm grills apricots to give them an alluring smokiness, then serves them with goat cheese, arugula and a toasted-pine nut dressing.

Get the recipe: Grilled Apricot, Arugula and Goat Cheese Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Slightly roasted the sweet white corn, just long enough to add some pretty little grill marks. I wanted the corn to still have crunch, which basically means, still being “raw." The secret to bringing it all together – an avocado. It made the dressing all creamy, almost like it had a mayo base, but it didn’t.

Get the recipe: Grilled Corn Salad

Grilled Chicken Ratatouille

This classic Provencal dish tastes of summer with grilled vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. Fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Ratatouille.

Grilled Salmon Soft Tacos

Fish tacos have become all the rage in recent years and are a specialty of the Pacific coast of Southern California and Mexico. This is a simple recipe: all the components can be made ahead of time and the fish grilled at the last moment.

Get the recipe: Grilled Salmon Soft Tacos

Salt and Pepper Sirloin

A simple grilled steak topped with tangy tomatillo salsa is a favorite of EatingWell's Food Editor, Jim Romanoff. Instead of serving a slab of steak, he likes to slice it and fan it on the plates. Not only is it more attractive this way, it is easier to control portion sizes.

Get the recipe: Salt and Pepper Sirloin

Grilled Steak with Fresh Corn Salad

Prepare the ingredients for this easy salad before you head to the grill with the steak. That way, you can mix together the corn salad and serve it at once, while the taste is still bright and summery.

Get the recipe: Grilled Steak with Fresh Corn Salad

Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers

These tasty turkey burgers, served on toasted focaccia and dressed with marinara sauce, are reminiscent of a sausage pizza. Shredded mozzarella combined with fresh basil melts beautifully inside these gems.

Get the recipe: Mozzarella Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Grilled Artichokes

Preparing fresh artichokes shouldn't be intimidating; our step-by-step guide will have boiled or grilled chokes on your table in less than an hour.

Get the recipe: Grilled Artichokes

Grilled Lamb Chops With Eggplant Salad

Here we grill eggplant slices and red onion to toss in a salad with fresh mint and parsley to accompany grilled lamb chops. Serve with whole-grain rice pilaf and green beans.

Get the recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Eggplant Salad

Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steaks

Salade Niçoise is one of the great summer dishes of Southern France . It's the centerpiece of a party that's all about sunny Mediterranean style, from the wine to the plates to the tea towels.

Get the recipe: Grilled Niçoise Tuna Steak

Honey-Glazed Grilled Pineapple

This Honey-Glazed grilled dessert recipe is sure to be a favorite this summer.

Get the recipe: Honey-Glazed Grilled Pineapple

BBQ Salmon Salad

Good-for-you salmon just got richer with the abundance of vitamins already in the juice which makes a fabulous salad dressing.

Get the recipe: BBQ Salmon Salad

Grilled Peaches With Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Top this treat with scoops of vanilla ice cream and a couple of shortbread cookies if you like.

Get the recipe: Grilled Peaches with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Grilled Chicken Tacos

At New York City's Dos Toros, brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer offer amazing San Francisco style tacos, burritos and quesadillas -- simple, fresh and sustainable.

Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos

Grilled Trout With Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise

Spreading a little mayonnaise on a thin, white, flaky fish like trout before grilling keeps it moist and adds rich flavor.

Get the recipe: Grillred Trout with Lemon-Caper Mayonnaise

Grilled Green Bean Salad With Lentil Vinaigrette

Most cooks boil, steam or sauté green beans, but grilling them, as Alex Seidel of Denver's Fruition does here, gives them a delicious char that's superb with the lentils, pancetta and baked tomatoes in this salad.

Get the recipe: Grilled Green Bean Salad with Lentil Vinaigrette.

Grilled Spanish Flatbread

Serve this flatbread with a mixed green salad and your favorite fresh fruit to round out the meal.

Get the recipe: Grilled Spanish Flatbread

Grilled Lobster Rolls

All around Maine's Penobscot Bay, lobster rolls set the standard for homey, simple, Down East fare. Uncooked lobster tails are available in the freezer section of most supermarkets.

Get the recipe: Grilled Lobster Rolls

BBQ Tofu Sandwich

Though vegetarian BBQ may be an oxymoron, once you take a bite of this delicious tofu sandwich topped with coleslaw and dill pickles you won’t mind the contradiction. Serve with: Baked beans and corn on the cob.

Get the recipe: BBQ Tofu Sandwich

Grilled Brown-Sugar Peaches With White Chocolate

If you like, drizzle amaretto or balsamic vinegar over the grilled peaches just before serving.

Get the recipe: Grilled Brown-Sugar Peaches with White Chocolate

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Toss leftover cooked chicken with barbecue sauce and crunchy carrots for a quick and healthy lunch.

Get the recipe: BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Barley And Grilled-Vegetable Salad

This hearty salad is vegetarian, healthy and super tasty.

Get the recipe: Barley And Grilled-Vegetable Salad

Grilled Asparagus With Pepper Zabaglione

Mario Batali chars his asparagus on the grill, then serves it with a super rich zabaglione sauce spiked with black pepper.

Get the recipe: Grilled Asparagus with Pepper Zabaglione

Grilled Rum-Basted Pineapple With Sorbet

This fun, grilled dessert comes together in less than five minutes.

Get the recipe: Grilled Rum-Basted Pineapple with Sorbet


Just because the summer is winding down, doesn't mean it's time to pack away your grill. No matter the season, there's nothing like a delicious meal hot from the grill. So don't even think about putting away your spatulas, it's time to get cooking!

We've put together a list of our favorite grilling recipes to help you keep your grilling skills top-notch during the fall and winter.

From salt and pepper sirloin to grilled lamb chops, our list has an option to satisfy any appetite. Check out the slideshow above to see the best of our grill recipes or get creative and invent some of your own!

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