The Perfect End-of-Summer Cookout

Summer is slipping between our fingers.

As September approaches and the kids head back to school, we are confronted with the reality that oh no! Summer is almost over. How did fall come 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 August menu items that were made for the perfect cookout.

Bacon Popper Chicken

This new 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.

Korean BBQ Steak

Fire up the grill for the Dream Dinners Top Seller! Tender ranch steaks are basted in a sweet and savory Korean BBQ sauce to make the perfect cookout meal.

Bacon Jam Burgers

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.

Hawaiian Chicken Bowls with Pineapple and Peppers

If your end-of-summer cookout happens to double as a pool party, you’ll want to serve up this tropical Dream Dinners dish. Tender sliced chicken is sautéed with peppers, onions, and pineapple and then slathered with a Hawaiian BBQ Sauce and served over rice. Bring Hawaii to the backyard with this delicious bowl that cooks in under 30 minutes.

Chimichurri Steak Kebabs

Go global for your end-of-summer cookout with our Chimichurri Steak Kebabs. There is a delicious Argentinian chimichurri sauce with parsley, oregano, garlic, and red wine vinegar on top of our ranch steaks. Throw these kebabs on the grill, and they will be ready to serve your guests in under 30 minutes.

Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sliders

These are the sliders your cookout absolutely needs. Mini rolls are filled with tender, shredded pork in a sweet chili garlic sauce. Topped with pickled vegetables and sriracha mayo. Serve these at your party, and we guarantee everyone will be coming back for seconds.

Summer Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

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.

Mini Beef Tostada Cups

Our Mini Beef Tostada Cups are the perfect appetizer to serve at your end-of-summer cookout. The kids will love these as much as the parents! Crispy flour tortillas are topped with seasoned beef, beans, cheese, and mouth-watering lime crema. This delicious finger food cooks in under 30 minutes, so serving it as an appetizer at your cookout will add no stress at all.


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!