Make this grilling season one to remember with these easy and delicious sides for burgers.
They’re so tasty, you might forget about the meat!
29 Easy Burger Sides for Your Cookout
From bbq baked beans and sweet potato fries to creamy coleslaw and mac and cheese, I’ve rounded up almost 30 hamburger sides I know you’ll love!
Because as tasty as a burger is on its own, it’s even better with something on the side.
I’m talking buttery grilled corn, crunchy fried pickles, rich potato salad, and more!
So bookmark this list for the next time you need some tasty sides for burgers!
BBQ baked beans are simple and easy to make, yet packed with so much flavor. And they’re a classic cookout food.
Sweet, savory, and smoky baked beans are just as good as a burger side as they are with ribs and chicken.
Pasta salad is light, tangy, and refreshing. So it pairs perfectly with a juicy burger.
Plus, it’s super easy to make and feeds a crowd!
This recipe is a little different than the usual mayo-heavy pasta salad you’re used to.
There’s still mayo in the mix, but there’s also red wine vinegar, mustard, and chopped pickles for a fun, tangy finish.
3. Quinoa Salad
If you’re on the hunt for good sides for burgers that are hearty and healthy, I’ve got just the thing.
This quinoa salad is loaded with protein-rich grains, crunchy broccoli, colorful peppers, and more.
Drizzle it with a beautiful red wine vinaigrette, and enjoy!
If you took a poll and asked a hundred people what to serve with burgers, I bet 99 would say french fries.
It’s a classic combo that never fails.
But if you want a brighter, healthier option, try these sweet and crispy sweet potato fries instead.
For extra flavor, season these bad boys with garlic powder and rosemary. Yum!
5. Onion Rings
Here’s another wonderful alternative to the usual french fries.
Because when it comes to burger sides, you can never go wrong with deep-fried onion rings!
They’re sweet, savory, soft, and crisp. And they’re just as yummy as a side as they are right in the burger!
This is one of those creamy and refreshing hamburger sides you’ll see at every cookout during the summer.
Slaw is rich, crunchy, and super easy to modify with extras or a different dressing.
But as far as coleslaw recipes go, it’s pretty perfect as is!
Tomatoes are sweet, juicy, and delicious. But if you roast them in the oven, they taste even better!
They’ll shrivel up and blister, but the flavor intensifies like you won’t believe.
Top them with feta and Parmesan cheese for added flavor and serve them at your next burger night.
Give your burger a crispy and healthy companion with these fun, baked zucchini chips.
Don’t worry, they’re easy to make. Just slice up some zucchini, drizzle them with olive oil, and coat them with bread crumbs, oregano, and parmesan.
Make them into discs or cut them into fries, then pop them in the oven or Air Fryer. Either way, you’ll love them!
Succotash is a terrific summer salad featuring sweet corn, lima beans, onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers.
It’s chock-full of goodness, color, and texture. And it’s super filling, to boot.
Top it with fresh basil and don’t be afraid to add a dressing if you want more punch. I’m thinking a mix of mustard and apple cider vinegar!
10. Avocado Salad
Avocado (aka, the fruit of millennials) is rich, creamy, and oh-so-good for you.
Slice a few pieces and mix them with red onions and tomatoes, then top with a light lime dressing.
It’s an easy-peasy side that’s refreshing and adds gorgeous colors to your meal.
Steak fries are just like french fries, but you get chunkier and juicier pieces! That means they’ll hold their own against that thick burger!
And they’re baked, too, so they’ve got less grease and fewer calories. Talk about a win-win.
Classic potato salad is among the burger sides I always reach for.
I love the contrast of warm meat juices with the creamy sauce. Throw in some peppery red onion for a bit of crunch, and you’re all set.
13. Fried Pickles
Crunchy, juicy fried pickles dipped in ranch? Yes, please!
These are often served as an appetizer, but they also pair perfectly alongside burgers.
Plus, you get that same great “dipping” action that you do with fries.
14. Grilled Potatoes
You’re already grilling burger patties, so you might as well use the grill to make some tasty sides, right?
Grilled potatoes are incredibly easy to make. Serve them with butter, sour cream, chives, and bacon. Yum!
15. Mac and Cheese
I know it’s messier than french fries, but mac and cheese goes with everything.
So, when you’re considering good sides for burgers, it’s a must-make!
I mean, who doesn’t love tender pasta in a rich, cheesy, and creamy sauce? I know it’s not a healthy side, but it’s universally loved.
If you’re making mac and cheese and need something healthy, too, try this recipe.
Grilling is one of the best ways to cook asparagus. So that alone makes a classic burger side.
But this recipe takes it up a notch with a fresh salsa of marinated roasted red pepper, feta, and kalamata olives. Yum!
17. Corn on the Cob
Grilled corn on the cob is the ultimate summer side!
Boil them until tender, then grill them for a few minutes to give them a wonderful char and smoky flavor.
Nothing beats a big chunk of grilled corn slathered in butter. So be sure to make extra!
Corn salad is always a favorite in my house. And this one with avocado is probably the one I make most often.
And between the tomato, red onion, and fresh herbs, the colors, textures, and flavors are on point.
You could even make it a corn and chickpea salad if you want more protein!
Grilled mushrooms are a favorite of mine. The smoky barbecue draws out the earthy flavors so well.
And nothing is tastier than these grilled portobellos with an oregano, garlic powder, paprika, and sriracha glaze.
Make them as a side for your burgers, and they double as a burger for the non-meat eaters. How cool is that?
Vegetables turn out so yummy after a spin on the grill. They’re lightly charred and smoky, and the flavors really deepen, and they caramelize.
But if you want to make them sing, you have to make these grilled vegetables with balsamic.
That hit of acidity makes all the difference!
I know there are a lot of corn recipes on this list of hamburger sides, but that’s only because the two are so summery.
But rather than serving sloppy creamed corn on paper plates, try this creamed corn pudding instead.
It’s just as rich and soft, but it holds its shape a little better, thanks to the eggs and cornstarch. Oh, and there’s even a bit of crunch around the edges!
Macaroni salad is as synonymous with grilling as potato salad or grilled corn.
It’s a great make-ahead dish, and I’ve never seen leftovers in all my years of throwing backyard parties.
You can even make it extra filling with shredded chicken and bacon in the mix.
I jumped on the smashed potatoes train early. They’re literally everything I love in a side dish and more.
You’ve got crispy edges, fluffy middles, and a garlic and Parmesan coating that’s borderline addictive.
So forget steak fries! These are at the top of my list of hamburger sides every single time.
If you’ve never tried Mexican street corn, prepare to be dazzled!
It’s a stunning mix of crispy sweet corn, creamy cheese, and lots of fresh herbs and spices. Plus, there’s lime juice in the mix for a pop of citrus!
And while I love it on the cob, this Mexican street corn salad is so much easier to make and eat.
Buffalo cauliflower wings are just what you think they are – crispy pieces of cauliflower doused in spicy buffalo sauce.
They’re called “wings” because they make a terrific chicken wing alternative for vegetarians and vegans.
And they’re also the answer to the age-old question: what goes with burgers?
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