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23 Best Sides for Burgers (What to Serve with Hamburgers)

When it comes to choosing the best sides for burgers, you have a ton of great options to choose from.

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You can ask yourself what kind of mood are you in this time? Or you can simply pick and choose some classic options to try and change it up regularly.

Take a look at these 23 sides for hamburgers that you absolutely must try! Which one will you try first?

1. Steak Fries

Steak fries are easily one of the best burger sides that you can have! Everybody loves fries, right?

This simple recipe will give you crispy steak fries that are nice and thick and perfectly seasoned.

You really cannot even go wrong. They are packed full of flavor, and you can always add your favorite dipping sauce to go along with them.

You can even change up the seasoning just a little bit if you want added flavors like garlic or parmesan. That’s the beauty of it, you can still personalize your recipe to your tastes.

2. Classic Baked Beans

Every BBQ needs a good side of baked beans. When it comes to hamburger sides, this should really make it to the top of your list. Baked beans are really easy to make and there are quite a few different recipes.

They are filling and tasty and the BBQ flavor in baked beans compliments the flavors and toppings of burgers really well.

This baked beans recipe combines the perfect combination of saucy and smoky flavors.

3. Cucumber Salad

Are you looking for sides for burgers that are a bit on the lighter side? We recommend a tasty cucumber salad. Cucumber salad is perfect for summertime and it’s just light and flavorful enough to be the perfect pair for burgers.

It’s lighter fare and it’s even mostly healthy compared to some of the fried options.

This easy cucumber salad is among our favorite things to make with hamburgers thanks to the tangy flavors in the dressing.

4. Pasta Salad

Here’s another great salad-type side that’s lighter and still flavorful. When it comes to side dishes for burgers, pasta salad is a great choice. You have the ability to change it up a little and choose the veggies you want to add.

Some people use onions, tomatoes, and cheese while others use olives, tomatoes, and peppers.

What types of veggies would you put in your pasta salad? If you’re looking for inspiration, this pasta salad recipe is quick and easy. It’s all about giving you a little bit of crunch with your burger.

5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If you’re trying to avoid staying away from the starch of regular potatoes, why not try sweet potatoes? Sweet potato fries can be quite delicious when they are made right.

These sweet potato fries are oven-baked until they are nice and crispy. You just need some olive oil and sea salt to perfect the flavor. You can also add a dipping sauce if you prefer.

6. Old Fashioned Onion Rings

The thought of onion rings makes our mouths water. They are so yummy as hamburger sides.

If you like those deep-fried foods from drive-in restaurants, this onion ring recipe is perfect for you. Rumor has it that they actually are sharing this recipe from a popular drive-in.

The rings are perfectly coated and then fried to perfection. They’re crispy and tasty and you really can’t outdo that!

7. Oven Roasted Tomatoes

In the summertime, the best sides to go with burgers are often some of the simplest things.

Don’t you just love fun veggie dishes in the summer? They’re relatively healthy and there’s just something satisfying about enjoying the fruits (or veggies) of the season.

This oven-roasted tomatoes recipe brings just a little bit of Mediterranean flavor to your dinner plate. Oh, so yummy!

8. Coleslaw

Have you ever turned down coleslaw for a summertime side? Coleslaw isn’t for everyone but it’s a great choice to accompany burgers. It’s simple to make and a little bit will go a long way. You can serve it chilled and the cool flavors pair nicely with your warm and tender burgers.

This summertime coleslaw recipe is great for burgers but you can use it anytime you have a summer BBQ.

Make it for your potluck or family gathering, and add it as a side to your pulled pork. Some people even like to add coleslaw as a topping to their burgers and sandwiches.

How do you like your coleslaw?

9. Quinoa Salad

There are traditional sides for burgers and then there are new and fun sides to try.

Everyone is used to sides like beans, fries, and potato salads. But how often do you head to a BBQ and see something like a quinoa salad?

These salads simply don’t get enough credit. This refreshing quinoa salad pairs crisp veggies with the quinoa to give you full flavors and that delightful crunch that you need.

10. Corn Tomato Avocado Salad

Next up is another great salad. There are so many summertime salad options and they don’t all revolve around lettuce.

This summertime salad uses corn, onions, cucumbers, avocado, and tomato. They’re all lightly tossed together for a bowl full of great flavor.

You can pair it with another hearty side or just enjoy the light summertime flavors that are paired in this recipe.

11. Corn on the Cob

One of the most classic sides to go with burgers is corn on the cob.

The best part about it is that you can make corn on the cob however you want. You can toss it on the grill with the burgers, bake it in the oven, or boil it on the stove.

This simple guide to corn on the cob walks you through how you can boil it for great flavor.

The corn is also tender, juicy, and sweet when you finish the process.

What do you put on your corn on the cob?

12. Macaroni and Cheese

Do you know those foods that remind you of childhood? Maybe you have a favorite recipe that your parent or grandparent always made for you. Or maybe you have your own recipes that you love making for your family.

This macaroni and cheese recipe is simple and it’s actually kind of fancy too. No need for a ton of exotic cheeses to make delicious mac n cheese!

13. Baked Zucchini Chips

Summertime is a season when a lot of people are focusing on eating more vegetables and trying to stick to a healthier diet.

One great way to enjoy something that mimics chips or fries is to use a veggie and create an alternative.

These baked zucchini chips are crisp and perfectly coated and seasoned to make them flavorful. You won’t even miss the side of potato chips when you add these to your burger menu.

14. Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach makes a delicious side that brings in a very important vegetable without just tossing your spinach leaves. You can easily use it for a dip for chips or even veggies.

If you’ve ever been to Morton’s Steakhouse and enjoyed their creamed spinach, this creamed spinach recipe is designed to be a copycat.

It’s got the perfect mix of creaminess and it’s pretty simple to just toss together as well.

15. Roasted Asparagus

Here’s another great vegetable side. It’s also a side that isn’t your mundane hamburger sides that you get tired of.

This roasted asparagus recipe gives you the freedom to season asparagus for your tasting. Of course, the recipe has tasteful seasoning that really brings out the herbs and pairs well with a burger.

You could also elect to wrap your asparagus in foil and add some butter and herbs and toss it on the grill. This is a great way to change it up a bit.

16. Spicy Potato Salad

Potato salad can get boring really quickly. It’s not that we don’t love potato salad, it’s just you see it at every single BBQ and gathering. We get it, it’s simple.

Why not mix it up with this spicy potato salad recipe? It adds a secret ingredient to give your potato salad an added kick and change it up a bit!

17. Grilled Potatoes

If you’re firing up the grill to make your burgers, you might as well use the grill for the whole meal, right?

These potatoes are very similar to roasted potatoes, but you can just toss them on the grill instead. Cut the potatoes to size and follow this crispy grilled potatoes recipe for a tender, flavorful crunch.

Potatoes are so easy to work with because you can season them however you like. We particularly like that you don’t have to dirty any extra dishes to cook these inside either.

18. Fried Pickles

Have you ever had pickle-o’s? They’re delicious fried pickles and they are better than any chip we’ve ever tried. They’re much better for you too.

This fried pickles recipe prepares you with the perfect coating and their secret ingredients even give you just a little bit of extra flavor and spice to perfect the end result.

What dipping sauce will you have with your fried pickles?

19. Avocado Salad

Do you love avocados? If so, you cannot pass up this avocado salad on your burger sides. It’s super simple because you just use avocados, with a touch of jalapeno and some fresh cilantro.

A tiny bit of salt and some olive oil and vinegar will give you the perfect mixture. You have a little bit of spice, a little bit of flavor, and a tasty side dish for burgers.

20. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are always a great choice. Of course, you can’t just have plain mashed potatoes.

This mashed potato recipe is designed to be creamy and tasty. It has just enough added into it that you have flavor, but you definitely don’t need to add gravy. It’s light and simple.

Can you really go wrong with mashed potatoes? Try adding things like cheese, sour cream, garlic, and chives. Or you could just keep it simple with milk and butter too. It’s totally up to you.

21. Fruit Salad

Let’s take these best burger sides in a different direction. Why not go with something sweet and classy?

You don’t have to have a crunch or veggies. You can also easily pair this with another side like veggies or potatoes.

This classy fruit salad pairs the best sweet fruit with a light honey dressing and it’s oh so good with burgers.

22. Broccoli Salad

Broccoli salad is almost always a winning side. It takes classic broccoli and adds some sort of dressing as well as things like craisins, cheese, and maybe even pecans or another nut.

This broccoli salad even adds in a little bit of bacon to give you a hearty flavor. It compliments burgers nicely.

What types of additions do you like to put in your broccoli salad? The recipe is inspirational, but you can always change it up. Add some different veggies or make it sweet.

23. Brussels Sprouts

Finally, you can sauté some brussels sprouts and have the perfect flavor pair. This brussels sprouts recipe promises to be the best ever. It will give you a crisp, caramelized flavor that you won’t want to stop eating.

Brussels sprouts aren’t for everyone, but this recipe sure makes them crunchy and tasty. It might just be worth a try! You can also season them differently to add your favorite flavors to them. What is one of your go-to spices?

Sides for Burgers

23 Best Sides for Burgers (What to Serve with Hamburgers)

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 large baking potato
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder


  1. Turn your oven on to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut your potatoes into wedges or fry size.
  3. Mix together olive oil and seasonings – we recommend paprika, garlic, chili powder, and sea salt.
  4. Coat the potatoes thoroughly with seasoning
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until they are golden brown

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Thursday 30th of November 2023

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