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13 Labor Day cookout recipes for the ultimate end-of-summer party

We may be bummed that summer is coming to a close, but that's why we need to make the most of our Labor Day with an epic end-of-summer cookout.

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To help ease the party planning stress (we know that's the worst part of hosting any get-together), we've compiled a list of our favorite summer recipes that will be a guaranteed hit with your guests — offering summer classics with a little twist.

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Dinner solved: Labor Day BBQ done right

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Dinner solved: Labor Day BBQ done right

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Pick from our mains, sides and desserts and you'll have a full menu in minutes. It couldn't be easier to host one last finger-lickin' good summer cookout!

Mains

Cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dog

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with three kitchen hacks from Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple. – July 23, 2015. Spiral-cut hot dogs, braided hot dogs, and cheesy bacon-wrapped hot dogs

Green chile burger

Rockit Ranch

Grilled butterflied chicken with oregano and fennel seeds

Samantha Okazaki/TODAY

Grilled salmon and zucchini skewers

Maya Visnyei

Brie tomato pasta

Samantha Okazaki / TODAY
TODAY Show: Katherine Heigl joins Kathie Lee and Hoda in the Studio 1A kitchen for some Italian home cooking. -- May 12, 2015

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Sides

Grilled Southeast Asian street corn

Rockit Ranch

Mac-n-cheese muffins

Weldon Owen

Cobb salad in a crispy bacon cup

Samantha Okazaki

Vegan creamy avocado–potato salad

Avery

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Desserts

Campfire Bread Pudding

Kevin Hartmann / Rockit Ranch Productions

Muffin tin fruit pies

Casey Barber

Peach-blueberry skillet cobbler

Lucy Schaeffer Photography

Cherry hand pies

Maya Visnyei

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