One of the best parts about summer is the comfort food you can make and eat outside. And one of the best parts about burgers is that they’re a great way to load up on veggies. So why not combine your favorite summertime food with your favorite summertime treat?
Here are five delicious side dishes for burgers that will make your next burger even tastier.
23 Best Side Dishes For Burgers
1. Baked potato
This is the classic side dish for burgers. You can toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika, then bake until tender. Or try this easy recipe for twice-baked potatoes.
2. French fries
French fries are another easy option that goes well with any kind of burger — especially if they’re homemade! If you want to make them ahead of time but still serve them hot, heat up some oil in a deep pot until it reaches 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) then fry up some frozen fries according to the package instructions (they should take about 10 minutes). Then drain on paper towels before serving alongside your burgers.
3. Sweet potato fries
Cut sweet potatoes into wedges or strips just like regular fries (above) and fry them in vegetable oil until golden brown and crispy on all sides. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt while still hot (if you wait until they cool down, they won’t absorb as much).
4. Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is another side that works well with burgers because it gives you something crunchy and fresh. Plus, it’s easy enough to make that you can throw together a batch in just a few minutes before serving up your meal!
Coleslaw is another option for a crunchy, cool side dish that goes well with burgers. You can make your own slaw or buy pre-made slaw from your local grocery store. This quick side dish also keeps well in the fridge, so you can make it ahead of time to be served with your burger.
Kale is an incredibly healthy and delicious side that’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants. It’s one of my favorite vegetables, and I love to use it in soups and salads during the winter.
7. Barbecue Baked Beans
Barbecue baked beans are a great side for burgers because they go well with the meat, cheese, and sauce. The tangy barbecue sauce will add some zest to the dish and make it more exciting.
8. Pasta Salad
Pasta salad is always a great option, especially if you are looking for something light and refreshing. You can use any type of pasta in this dish, like penne or spaghetti. Add some veggies like broccoli, tomatoes, and carrots and you’ll have a delicious meal on your hands!
9. Cucumber Salad
This is a great summer side dish to go with burgers. It’s light and refreshing, but it also has enough substance to stand on its own as a meal. You can use English cucumbers if you have them, but regular cucumbers work just fine. The dressing is made of olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and herbs.
10. Baked Beans
These baked beans are served with almost every barbecue in the South, but they are good enough to stand on their own as a side dish for any meal. They are sweet and spicy at the same time, and they go great with any kind of meat or fish – especially burgers!
11. Tater tots
These little nuggets of goodness are so simple, yet so delicious. You can find tater tots in the freezer section of your grocery store, or make them yourself at home. They’re the perfect side dish for burgers that need something on the lighter side.
12. Roasted red pepper hummus
Hummus is a great dip for burgers because it’s creamy and rich without being too heavy, plus it’s packed with protein. Roasting the red peppers in advance makes this hummus taste even better and gives it a nice roasted flavor that goes well with burgers, especially if yours are grilled.
13. Quinoa salad
This quinoa salad recipe is great because it has all kinds of veggies, which means you can serve it as a main course or as a side dish. It’s also gluten-free and vegetarian, making this an excellent option for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike!
14. Onion Rings
Onion rings are a great side dish for burgers. They can be cooked in the same oil as the burgers, which will give them a nice flavor. You can also make sweet onion rings, which are great for pairing with spicy burgers or barbecue-flavored burgers.
15. Roasted Tomatoes
Roasted tomatoes are another great side dish for burgers because of their versatility and simplicity. You can make them ahead of time and serve them cold, or you can roast them during your meal so they’re warm when you want to eat them. Either way, they’re easy to make and taste delicious!
16. Zucchini Chips
If you’re looking for a crispier side dish to go with your burgers, try zucchini chips. All you need is a vegetable peeler and a mandolin slicer. Slice the zucchini into thin strips, then throw them into a bowl of oil (olive or canola work well) and sprinkle them with salt. Put them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes until they’re golden brown.
17. Creamed Spinach
Spinach is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and folate. You can use fresh or frozen spinach for this recipe; if you use frozen spinach, defrost it first so that it doesn’t cool down your burger.
Heat up some butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves when the butter has melted, then add the spinach until it wilts (about 10 minutes). Stir in sour cream and heavy cream until they are well combined with the other ingredients in the pan; season with salt and pepper to taste before serving alongside your hamburgers!
18. Avocado Salad
This salad is perfect for those days when you want something light and fresh but also filling at the same time. The avocado adds some healthy fats while also adding creaminess to the salad. It goes well with a steakhouse-style burger or even a veggie burger!
19. Mac and Cheese
The perfect comfort food, mac, and cheese can be eaten by itself or with another dish like grilled chicken or fried chicken tenders. This dish is sure to satisfy anyone who loves macaroni and cheese!
20. Steamed Asparagus
To steam asparagus, cut the ends off and place in a steamer basket above an inch or so of simmering water. Steam for about 5 minutes, until just tender. Serve immediately with your burgers.
21. Corn and Avocado Salad
Mix together 1 can of corn kernels (drained), 1/2 cup chopped tomato, 1 avocado sliced and diced into small pieces, 1/2 cup green onions (or onion), 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro, and 2 Tbsp olive oil to make the dressing. Pour over the salad mixture, toss gently to coat, and serve immediately on top of your burger or next to it on the plate.
22. Pickled Veggies
If you like pickles, you can’t go wrong with them. They’re a great way to add a little crunch and tang to your burger. Just slice up some cucumbers or bell peppers and toss them in a little vinegar and sugar until they’re nice and pickled. Then top your burgers with them!
23. Watermelon Salad
It’s pretty well known that watermelon goes great with burgers, but I think the combination gets even more interesting when you add some feta cheese and mint to the mix. A simple salad of watermelon, feta cheese, and mint makes for a refreshing side dish that will keep your burger from getting too heavy.
In conclusion, there are many side dishes for burgers. You can make your burger more interesting by adding a new side dish. The best part is that all of these side dishes are easy to make and do not require any special equipment.