Labor Day Menu – a Roundup of Best Recipes

A few years ago, our family went to the beach on Labor Day and enjoyed an amazing jubilee–crabs were everywhere! We crabbed from dawn to dusk. I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at the beach. Remembering that day, I’m in the mood to add some delicious crab cakes to the Labor Day menu.

This Labor Day will be fun and joyful in a different way: my son’s wedding is coming up! In the midst of all the craziness of wedding preparations and showers, I’ve been gathering these recipes to have them all in one place for easy reference.

If you need ideas for your Labor Day menu, I’ve got some fantastic recipes for you. Scroll down for delicious main dishes (including the best crab cakes), sides, condiments, and of course, desserts.

montage of main and side dishes from Stacy Lyn's Labor Day menu
You’ll find something for everyone in this Labor Day menu.

Complete Labor Day Menu

Main Dishes

These baked BBQ ribs raised quite the stir on my social media these past few weeks. Who knew so many people would be so passionate about what makes BBQ BBQ? No matter your opinion, you can rest assured that these ribs, though baked, are just as tasty as can be. And for those of us wanting to keep things lean, this quarter-pound turkey burger would be a wonderful substitute! You may even want to include them both in your Labor Day menu.

Side Dishes

Southern fried cornbread was my Granny’s specialty. She was used to making small portions because my dad was an only child. Then when I had this slew of kids, she had to get used to making a ton of this cornbread because it became my kid’s favorite as well! And, of course, fried green tomatoes are a Southern staple. If you are having the ribs or chicken, you can’t go wrong with mashed potato casserole, and you can even make it ahead!


If you’re cooking up burgers or hot dogs, you can’t go wrong with these fantastic toppings! These dill pickles are always a hit at my house, and the squash relish is the perfect summer accompaniment to any cookout.


Of course, a Labor Day menu isn't complete without dessert! Here are two luscious pies that you'll want to save room for.

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