Thanks to these keto Labor Day recipes, you have no reason to skip a Labor Day cookout this year.
Labor Day is the perfect time to gather with friends and family to celebrate the end of summer. It’s a special event you shouldn’t miss just because you are following a low carb diet.
The key is to prep delicious meals made from ingredients that won’t kick you out of ketosis. To help you with this, here’s our roundup of the top keto Labor Day recipes, from salads and side dishes to grilled meats and tasty desserts!
Keto Labor Day Recipes
1. Keto Classic Macaroni Salad
Let’s start with the classics. This tasty macaroni salad from Annie of Keto Focus is made with shirataki noodles and crisp vegetables and finished with a light mayonnaise dressing.
While the recipe used bell peppers, onions, celery, tomatoes, and parsley, it can work well with almost anything you want to add.
You can also add broccoli and other low carb veggies. If you’re not following a vegetarian keto diet, you can add tuna, bacon, and hard-boiled eggs. It’s pretty easy to prepare – cook the keto pasta, mix the salad dressing, add the veggies, and toss!
2. Lettuce Wrapped Hot Dogs
Hotdogs are some of the most popular foods eaten on Labor Day. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council revealed that Americans consume about 7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day!
If you don’t want to break the tradition, follow this Lettuce Wrapped Hot Dogs recipe from Aimee of Ketogenic.com, which uses lettuce instead of buns.
You can prepare it with any toppings of your choice. But make sure they are keto-friendly, such as the sugar-free ketchup, shredded cheese, mustard, onion, sauerkraut, and low-carb chili.
3. Keto Bacon Cheeseburger
Like hot dogs, burgers are some of the most popular foods eaten during Labor Day. Therefore, this keto Labor Day recipe roundup won’t be complete without a keto burger recipe.
You’ll find many versions of keto burgers out there, and this Keto Bacon Cheeseburger from Annie of The Best Keto Recipes, which uses chaffles for the bun, is highly recommended.
Chaffles are basically waffles made of cheese and other low carb ingredients, such as almond flour and eggs. The grilled patty consists of high-quality ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, and some seasonings. Top the burger with cheeses, bacon, lettuce, tomato slices, and onions.
Check out these tasty Keto Burger Recipes for more ideas.
4. Tsukune, Japanese-style Chicken Meatballs
Labor Day is the perfect time to feast on barbecues and grills. If you want to try something new, check out Chihyu’s recipe for Japanese grilled chicken meatballs, also known as Tsukune.
The soft meatballs are juicy and go perfectly well with the sweet and salty sauce. They are incredibly flavourful and are guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser on your Labor Day cookout.
Made entirely of low-carb ingredients, these chicken meatballs taste so good that even those not following the low-carb diet won’t be able to resist!
5. Keto Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe
If you’re looking to switch up your usual grilled shrimp recipe, give this Keto Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe a try. Made by Mihaela of Blondelish, this is one of those keto Labor Day recipes that won’t take time to prepare.
If you don’t have time to grill, you can also cook these bacon-wrapped shrimps in the oven or stovetop. Take note that if you’re going to make them on an outdoor grill during your cookout, better put them on skewers. Otherwise, they could fall through the grill gaps. Having them on skewers will also make it easier for everyone to eat.
6. Low Carb Cheese Crust Pizza
Pizzas are a great dish to share on Labor Day weekend. For a low carb take on your favorite pepperoni pizza, check out this Cheese Crust Pizza from Maya of Wholesome Yum.
The crust consists of cheese, so it’s safe for low-carb dieters to eat. In fact, this cheese pizza contains only four grams of net carbs, including the toppings. Aside from pepperoni and mozzarella, you can add any topping of your choice, as long as they are low in carbs.
For an alternative check out this Keto Pizza Recipe.
7. Low Carb Lamb Riblets
Few foods are better than perfectly grilled lamb riblets, glistening with tasty BBQ sauce. So, delight your family and friends on Labor Day with these Keto BBQ Lamb Riblets from Matt of My Keto Kitchen.
The ribs are crispy and melt in your mouth. To make this recipe low-carb, they are coated with sugar-free BBQ sauce, made of sugar-free ketchup, keto barbecue sauce, lemon juice, fiber syrup, and oil. These riblets taste best with a side of low carb coleslaw.
8. Low Carb Barbecued Chicken Breasts
This grilled chicken from Skinny Southern Recipes is easy to make and is ready in less than 30 minutes! You can double the recipe if you have more guests for your Labor Day cookout.
What makes this keto labor day recipe easy is there is no need to cook the sauce, which saves you plenty of time.
The low carb sauce is super delicious, made with a mixture of tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, and a sugar substitute to give it a sweet taste.
For another sauce try this tasty Keto Barbeque Sauce Recipe.
9. Low Carb Almond Flour Brownies
Desserts are the most awaited part of a Labor Day Cookout, so make it stand out by serving these mouthwatering chocolate brownies made by Joe Duff of The Diet Chef.
But don’t let the looks deceive you – these brownies might look sinful, but they are guaranteed sugar-free and are, therefore, safe for the keto diet. Your guests will surely love the rich chocolatey goodness of these chocolate brownies.
10. Keto Chocolate Cupcakes
Another mouthwatering dessert to consider for your Labor Day cookout is this Keto Cupcake recipe from Vered of Healthy Recipes Blogs, an easy dessert that you can prep up in 30 minutes.
If you’re busy and are looking for easy-to-prepare keto Labor Day recipes, this recipe is worth a try. You only need to mix the cupcake ingredients in a single bowl and keep them in a fridge to cool.
While the cupcakes are cooling, you can start prepping the chocolate frosting. All ingredients are keto-friendly, so they are safe to eat on a keto diet. Each cupcake contains only 4 grams of net carbs, so feel free to eat more than one!
For a alternative delicious cupcake recipe try these Cinnamon Frappuccino Keto Cupcakes.