Burgers are a delectable part of American cuisine. Grilled, broiled, or cooked in a skillet, they are an excellent savory slate of opportunity for dozens of toppings and sides.
There are classic choices like baked beans and mac and cheese, or you might be willing to try something new.
The possibilities for what to serve with burgers seem endless. When there are so many options, which one do you pick?
Below, I’ve listed twenty-three of the best sides for burgers that pair perfectly with a delicious quarter-pounder between a bun.
A fresh avocado salad is an excellent choice to pair with a juicy burger straight from the grill.
It tastes similar to guacamole because of ingredients like tomato, lime juice, and cilantro. However, instead of mashing the avocado, you dice it into cubes.
I love the versatility of this salad; it’s a delicious side when deciding what to serve with burgers.
Barbeque Baked Beans
A side of barbeque baked beans is a classic pairing choice for burgers, and this savory and sweet is a backyard barbeque staple.
Baked beans are easy to make when you are in a pinch — pop the can and heat on the stove.
If you have some extra time, I recommend making them from scratch.
I like adding peppers to my baked beans for some extra spice.
When I think of burgers, I think of coleslaw.
This coleslaw recipe is easy to make, only requiring a few ingredients.
The dressing used in this recipe is super creamy; it has the perfect balance of zest and sweetness.
To prepare coleslaw, you could purchase and shred a head of cabbage and some carrots, but I prefer to use a bag of coleslaw mix; it tastes just as good and makes preparation so much simpler.
Corn on the Cob
A bright yellow corn cob looks incredible next to a burger on a plate, but sometimes the flavor can be a little lackluster.
Not with this recipe.
Christin from Spicy Southern Kitchen packs her corn with tons of flavor by boiling the cobs in milk and butter.
Now, the only topping I need for corn is a dash of paprika.
Creamed spinach is a great option when deciding what to serve with burgers, and you get an extra serving of healthy vegetables with a tasty twist.
Even better — creamed spinach only requires a few ingredients like spinach, heavy cream, cheese, and spices.
I love making creamed spinach as a quick way to use up some of my wilting spinach at the end of the week.
You can even use frozen spinach, but make sure you thaw it first.
Why put pickles on your burger when you can batter them and have them as a side?
This fried pickle recipe is worth the extra preparation.
Take some pickle slices and dip them in a batter of flour, water, and Italian seasoning. Then, fry them in some oil.
I love eating my fried pickles with some spicy ranch.
Cooked potatoes come in many delicious forms, but one of my favorites recently has to be grilled potatoes.
This potato dish is a versatile side for many meals, including burgers.
Are you tired of fries? Try slicing them up, adding some spices, and popping them on the grill.
Baked Mac and Cheese
From kids to adults, mac and cheese is a crowd-favorite side dish for weeknight dinners and barbeques.
This recipe calls for two kinds of cheese (parmesan and Gruyere), but you can use whatever cheese you prefer.
Make sure you purchase something other than pre-shredded cheese, though.
While convenient, it melts less evenly than block cheese does.
Cucumber Melon Salad
Looking for a refreshing dish to serve alongside your burgers? Try making this cucumber melon salad recipe.
You might enjoy this dish, even if salads are not your typical go-to side.
This salad is not the leafy-greens and croutons type.
Instead, it has a base of chopped cucumber and cantaloupe topped with pickled red onion and sunflower seeds, adding texture and flavor to the dish.
If fried pickles are not to your taste, try these onion rings instead.
Onion rings are a fun appetizer choice, or you could pop a couple of them on your burger.
My favorite part about this recipe is that they taste just like they came from a restaurant.
Having trouble deciding what to serve with burgers?
Make this pasta salad. It checks all the boxes.
This recipe calls for rotini noodles and vegetables like zucchini and tomatoes.
This pasta salad also uses two types of cheese — parmesan and mini mozzarella balls. Pair this with an acidic vinaigrette dressing and dig in.
I admit that sometimes I find vegetables boring.
If you, like me, are tired of resorting to sauteeing green beans and carrots, try picking them instead.
Pickled veggies are one of my favorite burger toppings.
If you are unfamiliar with the process, picking might sound daunting, but I promise it is super simple.
Potato lovers rejoice! Here is yet another potato-centric option for your burger side dish.
This potato salad recipe is so simple to make, and it is super creamy.
Use fresh herbs like parsley, dill, and chives in this salad, if you can. The flavors become much more powerful.
Maybe you are opposed to potato salad, but you still have some extra russets in your kitchen pantry you know would go perfectly with burgers.
Skip the regular fries and try preparing these potato wedges instead.
I love that these are oven-baked fries, so I do not have to mess around with hot oil.
You will love this quinoa salad recipe if you like Middle Eastern or Mediterranean cuisine.
Instead of lettuce, this salad offers a bed of tri-color quinoa grains topped with chickpeas, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, and fresh herbs.
Finish this salad with a bright lemon dressing, and serve it as an entree or a side.
What is better than a classic slice of tomato on a sandwich?
This roasted tomato recipe is incredibly simple; halve the tomatoes, drizzle with oil and seasoning, then bake for 30 minutes.
I love slicing fresh mozzarella to eat with these.
Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are underrated.
They have a beautiful orange color and complex flavor perfect to pair alongside a burger.
This oven-roasted sweet potato fry recipe highlights all of the reasons why I prefer this root vegetable.
These fries taste incredible when seasoned according to the recipe. Try using coconut oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon to accentuate their sweetness.
If the fried pickles I mentioned earlier did not impress you, what about these parmesan-crusted zucchini chips?
These chips are cut super thin, so they have perfect crispiness and crunch with every bite.
Add them to your burger or dip them in ketchup, ranch, or guacamole.
If you are serving kids or picky eaters, make a batch of these flavorful broccoli tots.
Shaped like tater tots, this side dish’s main component is broccoli florets accompanied by enough shredded cheese and bread crumbs to convince those with sensitive palettes to take a bite.
Consider this oven-roasted asparagus recipe alongside your burgers for something a little more sophisticated than broccoli tots but just as flavorful.
This recipe requires minimal prep work, which is great when you are short on time.
Season the asparagus with garlic cloves, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese.
If your asparagus is a little thicker, try baking it for a few minutes longer.
I enjoy this mozzarella stick recipe because it is very straightforward.
Get some string cheese, dunk it in a flour and egg mixture, then fry it up in vegetable oil.
Try these sticks in marinara, barbeque sauce, or ranch.
Baked Mac and Cheese Bites
Macaroni and cheese is perfection, so why not have it in bite-sized cups?
This recipe includes a mac and cheese base, which you can use.
You could also use a tried-and-true family recipe or macaroni from the box if you are short on time.
Whatever method you choose, make sure to undercook the pasta, as it will finish baking in the oven.
Typically, I do not love mushrooms because of their texture. However, this recipe may have changed my mind.
The herb butter sauce for these garlic mushrooms is too delicious to resist.
If you are averse to mushroom-like textures like me, try thinly slicing them before cooking and be careful not to overcook them.
When searching for what to serve with burgers at your next cookout, look no further than the sides on this list.
From classics like corn on the cob to new takes on old favorites, your next burger will surely have all the fixings.
If you’re having a pizza night, check out our favorite sides to pair with pizza!
What To Serve With Burgers: 23 Burger Side Dishes
Not sure what to serve with burgers? If you want to switch up your usual burger and fries, check out these delicious burger side dishes instead.
- Avocado Salad
- Barbeque Baked Beans
- Corn on the Cob
- Creamed Spinach
- Fried Pickles
- Grilled Potatoes
- Baked Mac and Cheese
- Cucumber Melon Salad
- Onion Rings
- Pasta Salad
- Pickled Vegetables
- Potato Salad
- Potato Wedges
- Quinoa Salad
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Zucchini Chips
- Broccoli Tots
- Mozzarella Sticks
- Baked Mac and Cheese Bites
- Garlic Mushrooms
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One CommentLeave a Reply
Thanks Erin, lots of side dishes. I gonna make cucumber melon salad recipe, broccoli tots, and mozzarella sticks asap.