15 Incredible Burger Recipes for Your Best Labor Day Cookout Ever

Your grill knew this day would come. Summer cookouts couldn’t last forever — and you were bound to break out the Dutch oven eventually. Even after months of perfect steaks, barbecue, and everything in between, your grill understands. This was the way it was meant to be.

But don’t douse the flames just yet. Labor Day is around the corner — and that means grilling season gets one last hurrah. In honor of all that your trusty grill has done for you this summer, let’s give it the biggest send-off yet, in the tastiest way possible: with burgers. All kinds. We’ll do a classic, Shake Shack-inspired creation, and then, we’re pulling out all the stops. From sweet potato to decadent lobster, here are the only burgers you need to make this Labor Day the best one yet.

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Campfire Breakfast

The best way to kick off Labor Day, obviously, is with a burger for breakfast. Bonus points if you make these over a campfire, à la Jelly Toast.

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The Shack Burger

Sorry, In-N-Out fans. No one does burgers better than Shake Shack — except you, with a little help from I Am a Food Blog. Here’s the scoop on the chain’s most infamous menu item.

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Nordic Style

Looking to shake things up? Take a cue from our friends up north. This Nordic-inspired burger from Tucker stars pork, brightened up with pickled beets.

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Black Bean

Everything’s better with fries, and burgers are no exception. Half Baked Harvest dresses up her black bean patties with curly cheese fries.

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Strawberry, Bacon & Brie

We’re officially diving into the deep end. Chicken burgers are one thing, but strawberry and bacon? Pure genius. Thanks, Cooking for Keeps!

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Moroccan Lamb

Who says you need buns? These Moroccan-inspired lamb burgers from Half Baked Harvest are irresistible on flatbread.

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Chickpea & Halloumi

Burgers are no stranger to cheese — but A Better Happier St. Sebastian takes things a step further with slivers of fried halloumi.

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Curried Salmon

If you must ditch the bun for a lettuce wrap, at least make sure there’s curried salmon involved. Half Baked Harvest pairs her salmon burgers with crispy sweet potato straws and chèvre, aka the mother of all burger cheeses.

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Jerk Chicken

What do you get when you take the awesomeness of a burger and all the spicy goodness of jerk chicken? Heaven between two buns, that’s what. Thanks, Tucker!

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Portobello Peach

Got vegetarian friends coming over? Portobello burgers are the standard, but Green Kitchen Stories kicks it up a notch with slices of juicy peach.

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Turkey burgers aren’t just your last resort anymore. Topped with caramelized shallots and mushroom, these creations from Roasted Root are nothing short of inspired.

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Taiwanese Chicken

Don’t forget the slider! Much as we love our two-handed, ten-napkin burgers, these adorable Taiwanese-style sliders are just the thing if you can’t decide between burgers or fried chicken. Thanks, Pepper!

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Sweet Potato

Your next veggie burger just got a whole lot better, thanks to sweet potato. Creamy and packed with flavor, these burgers from Love and Lemons put beef to shame.

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Pulled Pork

Up Close and Tasty combines two of our favorite things: barbecue and burgers. Finish these pulled pork sliders off with a bright, crunchy slaw.

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Yes, that burger is made of lobster. And yes, it’s everything we dream about when we dream about summer. Half Baked Harvest, you complete us.

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