The Perfect End-of-Summer Cookout

Summer is slipping between our fingers.

As August approaches and the kids head back to school, we are confronted with the reality that oh no! Summer is almost over. How is fall coming so quickly? Did we make the most of the season? Do not worry; there is still time to enjoy the last days of summer. We cannot think of a better way than a good, old-fashioned cookout: great food, fun games, and quality time with the people you love. Whether celebrating Labor Day or getting together with family & friends, Dream Dinners has everything you need for the perfect end-of-summer cookout. From cookout meals to grill tips to fun cookout games, we’ve got you covered.

End-of-Summer Cookout Meals

Summer cookouts are made perfect by the delicious food you serve family and friends. Luckily, we have plenty of July and August menu items that were made for the perfect cookout.

Summer Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza (July Menu)

Easy, delicious, and ready to throw on the grill. This delicious grilled pizza is topped with diced chicken, red onion, crispy bacon over BBQ sauce, and lots of cheese. Make sure you order extra because everyone will want another slice and the leftovers are perfect for tomorrow’s lunch.

Turkey Florentine Burgers (July Menu)

Enjoy juicy, ground turkey burgers stuffed with Swiss cheese and spinach, then topped with thick slices of mozzarella cheese.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches with Onion Rings (July Menu)

Fire up the grill for this Dream Dinners Top Seller! Tender chicken breasts are taken from a savory marinade, grilled to perfection, then placed on brioche buns with a creamy Caesar spread, complete with garlic and Parmesan cheese.

Backyard BBQ Chicken with Corn Medley (July and August Menus)

Nothing says “summer” quite like tangy BBQ grilled chicken. Enjoy a Dream Dinners original BBQ sauce over tender chicken breasts and served with a side dish of corn medley.

Bacon Popper Chicken (August Menu)

This menu item was made for summer grilling. Serve this foil pack dinner at your cookout to impress everybody that attends. Chicken breasts are topped with a cream cheese mixture, crispy bacon, and optional jalapeno. Our Bacon Popper Chicken cooks in under 30 minutes, so you can spend less time by the grill and more time enjoying your party. Watching your calories? You’re in luck because this is one of our low-calorie menu items with less than 400 calories per serving.

Fisherman’s Grilled Salmon (August Menu)

Shake things up at your next cookout with savory grilled salmon fillets, covered in a blend of lemon, garlic, and capers in a creamy butter! Your family and friends will enjoy this delicious twist on a traditional backyard BBQ.

Bacon Jam Burgers (August Menu)

Nothing says “cookout” quite like a batch of tasty burgers. If you’re looking to impress the crowd with your burger game, then our Bacon Jam Burgers are for you. Our Bacon Jam Burgers were voted on by our customers as the best new burger, so they’ve earned their spot on the grill at your end-of-summer cookout. Tender ground beef patties are topped with Swiss cheese and a sweet and tangy bacon jam.


Chef Laura’s Grill Tips

To ensure you have a genuinely perfect end-of-summer cookout,  Chef Laura has provided some essential grilling tips to make for a successful day of grilling.

  • Scrape down your grill with a metal brush.
  • Touch your food as little as possible, and let the grill do the work!
  • Let meat come to temperature 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Every grill is different; be sure to learn yours.
  • Don’t press down on the food!
  • Let your meat rest in foil for 5-10 minutes to absorb all of the juices.


End-Of-Summer Cookout Games

Play these easy, family-friendly games at your cookout, and everyone will have a blast!

  1. Human Ring-Toss

Blow up the inflatable pool rings for this hilarious spin on a classic backyard game. Try to toss the giant rings around a chosen family member. Have a little prize for whoever can stack up the most giant rings to make things extra fun.

  1. Bags

Bags (AKA cornhole) is a backyard classic that you almost have to have at your cookout. The best part about this game is it is cheap to find, easy to set up, and people can casually play while continuing to mingle! This is a great game to have out for anyone to participate during your day in the backyard.

  1. Limbo

Remember playing this game as a child? Well, we are here to tell you it is JUST as fun as an adult! Have limbo set up in the backyard so that everyone can play. The kids will have just as much fun as the adults with this one, mainly because they’ve got the winning advantage!


A cookout is a great way to soak up the last of summer and spend quality time with family and friends. Make sure you place a Dream Dinners order so you can spend less time cooking for your party and more time enjoying your party!