Easy Football & Labor Day Recipe Ideas

We know we’re not the only ones pumped up about the return of college football! Whether you’re celebrating touchdowns or Labor Day (or both!), we’re here to provide some food inspiration!


Punch up your hamburgers with unexpected toppings, like pineapple, guacamole, fried eggs or buffalo sauce. For an unexpected twist: try it with peanut butter and bacon!

Don’t let your dinner go to the dogs! Dress up your hot dogs with slaw, chili, pickles, or wrap it in bacon (YUM!).

Looking for a lighter option? Grab 8-10 peeled shrimp and pop ’em on a skewer! Cook until opaque. We like them with a little salt and pepper and fresh lemon juice!


Is there anything better than baked beans? Buy them canned and put in your cast iron stockpot or slow cooker. Time on your hands? Here’s a great recipe.

  • Pour navy beans into a medium stockpot.
  • In a medium skillet, add diced bacon, onion, and garlic. Cook until bacon is crisp and onion is tender. Add to beans.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce, molasses, brown sugar, ketchup, and yellow mustard.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.

Go above and beyond with Bacon-Ranch Potato Salad. Don’t settle for the typical recipe! Instead, toss in some bacon and homemade ranch. Do yourself a favor and check out this recipe for this backyard barbecue game-changer!

How easy are deviled eggs? Just a few minutes and you have a delicious appetizer. Mix yolk with a little mayo and mustard. We like ours with a little relish, too! Top with paprika. If you haven’t had enough bacon by now, crumble the leftovers on top of it for perfection!

While the grill is hot, throw on some end-of-summer vegetables to round out your meal! Cut zucchini and squash into long strips, coat in olive oil,  and lay directly on grill. You can add bell pepper slices, tomatoes, and mushrooms to the mix! Coat in olive oil, salt, and pepper and use tin foil to keep them contained until they’re done and ready to eat!


Almost everything is better covered in chocolate. Get into the football spirit with these adorable chocolate covered strawberries! Melt milk chocolate morsels in the microwave and carefully dip the washed strawberries. Set on parchment paper and let cool. Then, melt white chocolate morsels and pour into a ziplock bag. Snip tip of bag and use to make the lines of the football. (Photo: Love From The Oven)






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