Labor Day Recipe Menu Ideas!

Hosting a Cookout?

By Heather Harrington September 1, 2011

Espresso Rub BBQ Burger


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder or instant ground coffee
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 tbl. hickory brown sugar bbq sauce
  • 4 slices colby-jack cheese
  • buns, lettuce, tomato, onion to taste


Mix ground beef with espresso powder and black pepper. Form into 4 patties. Grill patties until desired pinkness and later in bbq sauce. Top with cheese, melt and serve on bun with toppings.


 Turkey Burger with Feta Cheese


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper


Mix all ingredients together in bowl and form into 4 patties. Grill until desired pinkness and top with lettuce, tomato and onion.


 Chipotle Guacamole


  • 2 avocados, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbl. lime juice
  • 2 tbl. sour cream
  • 1/2 cup medium salsa
  • 1/4 tsp. adobo sauce from canned chilis


Mix all ingredients until desired texture. Refrigerate until served.


 Grilled Fruit Kabobs


  • 3 fresh peaches, cut into cubes
  • 3 fresh plums, cut into cubes
  • 3 bananas, sliced into 4 chunks each
  • 15 large strawberries, halved
  • 1 pineapple, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • long sheet of aluminum foil


Cut fruit as directed. Mix butter and honey in small pan and melt together over medium heat. Reduce heat a heat for 3-5 mins until slightly thickened. Don't boil!

Place 1 of each fruit on a skewer and lay on aluminum sheet on medium heat grill. Brush the butter/honey mixture evenly over each skewer. Grill on each side for 5 mins or until fruit has softened.



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