Labor Day Grilling Guide: 9 Relaxing Foodie Ways to Celebrate the 'Last Weekend' of Summer

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, September 3, 2015

Rachael Ray Show

Aired September 3, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

Although summer isn’t technically over until September 23, Labor Day is generally regarded as the last day of the summer season. So, make the most of this last long summer weekend, get outside and grill up some delicious food! Read on for nine delish suggestions.

No. 1: BLT Ranch Burgers

Katie Lee’s simple, summery BLT burger will be the hit of any BBQ. Katie accessorizes her beef patty with bacon, homemade ranch dressing and a toasted bun.

Tip: Add Worcestershire sauce to your ground beef when you make your burger patties, because as Katie says, it will make your meat taste “meatier.”

No. 2: Five-Ingredient Grilled Steaks

This classic but simple, juicy steak recipe is sure to be a home run with any crowd! Start with New York strip steaks with garlic oil and salt and pepper. Grill to your desired doneness and enjoy!

No. 3: Big Smacker Burger

Next, we have the big daddy of all burgers, the masterpiece Big Smacker burger that Rach created for YouTube burger expert Daym Drops. This triple-decker creation features bacon, a special sauce, onion, lettuce, cheese and pickles. Perfection!

No. 4: West Virginia-Style Hot Dogs

When you think of regional hot dog recipes, usually New York or Chicago-style comes to mind. But Katie Lee is bringing you West Virginia-style dogs! Her dogs are slathered with a delicious homemade chili sauce, yellow mustard, onions and cole slaw -- delish! Katie says, “If you make this for your neighborhood block party, you will be the hero of the neighborhood.”

No. 5: Rolled Flank Steak With Mint Pesto

A vibrant spinach and mint pesto is slathered over a butterflied flank steak in this easy but impressive recipe. Then, you simply roll up the steak and tie with string, brown on the stove, and transfer to your oven or grill. Easy and excellent!

No. 6: Baby Back Ribs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

These tender, flavorful ribs are started in a simmering pot of water on the stove, then finished off on the grill with a homemade BBQ sauce for a sweet and smoky flavor.

No. 7: Grilled Pinwheel Steaks

These pinwheel steaks are bursting with intense flavor. Roll skirt steaks with lemon zest, herbs and spices, garlic, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, tie, slice and grill. Delish!

No. 8: Bratburgers with Onions

If you want the peppery flavor of Bratwurst without having to take the time to stuff the meat into sausage casings, you can make Rachael’s Bratburgers in half the time! Rach serves with a homemade red cabbage for authentic German flavor.

No. 9: Grilled Guacamole

What, you’ve never tried grilled guacamole? Seriously, though, this delish take on the classic dip is one you have to try before you cover up the grill for the winter! Rach grills all the ingredients before mashing and mixing, to add a smoky flavor.

What summer activity are you hoping to do before summer is over? Share below!