The Ultimate Labor Day Weekend Backyard Cookout Menu

If you're cooking this weekend, we have a great menu inspired by the best dishes from local restaurants

Learn how to make the perfect burger from a chef who makes one of the city’s best for your backyard barbecue this weekend. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Nothing celebrates the end of white-pants season like a Labor Day cookout, so why not let your favorite local restaurants help with the menu? We scoured our Recipe Sleuth files with a backyard feast in mind, and put together a lineup that’s a little retro and a lot of fun.

If you’re planning on a big get together, many of the items like the punch, deviled eggs, and corn dogs can be prepped in advance and finished or assembled the day-of. Headed to a potluck? Whip up Justin Bittner’s buttermilk pie—one of our favorite items at Bar Pilar in this year’s Cheap Eats—for a surefire crowd pleaser.

Labor Day Backyard Cookout

Drinks: Hank’s Oyster Bar Church Lady Punch

Appetizers: Firefly’s Deviled Eggs and ChurchKey’s Shrimp Corn Dogs

Main Courses: Michael Landrum’s Perfect Hamburger with a side of Jack Rose’s Cole Slaw and Vidalia’s Mac and Cheese 

Dessert: Bar Pilar’s Buttermilk Pie

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Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.