Wednesday, October 13, 2021

What to Serve with Burgers | 30+ Side Dishes

Burgers are a staple of the American diet. We love to make grilled burgers at home all summer long. We even cook them up on the stovetop when the weathers bad.

Burgers are one of those main dishes that everyone in my family likes. We typically heat up some frozen French fries to serve with them. But lately, I've been wanting something more. 

So I've gathered up several side dish ideas to serve with burgers. There's everything from pasta to veggies to homemade variations of the French fry.

These favorite side dishes would be great to take to a family barbeque or to serve at home.


Typically ground beef makes the most juicy burgers. Some prefer turkey burger patties or a veggie burger. We most often have elk burgers. Whatever your preference hamburgers make for a quick dinner. And these are some of the best sides to go with them.

Any of these dishes would go great with hot dogs as well. 

Need a make-ahead dessert? Try one of these dessert in a cup ideas.

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Before we get started on the sides, let's list out some of the best toppings for burgers. Sometimes, I need a bit of inspiration on what to add to my burger. 

  • bacon
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • caramelized onions or sautéed onions 
  • red onion
  • onion rings (this could be a topping or a side dish)
  • barbecue sauce (for a western-style burger)
  • American cheese, or your favorite cheese
  • jalapeno peppers


Some classic sides for burgers include, of course, French fries (I've got you covered with several varieties in the potato section). A simple salad, or chips are other simple sides. 

Pasta Side Dishes

collage of pasta side dishes

Pasta is a favorite around here. There are just so many different ways to use it, from pasta salads to mac & cheese. 

Potato Side Dishes

Potatoes make a perfect side dish for any meal. These potato sides pair quite well with any kind of burger.

Vegetable Side Dishes

Veggies make an easy side. I mean sometimes I just throw out some baby carrots and ranch. Below are some delicious veggie sides.

Other Side Dishes

Need even more ideas? Baked beans are a classic side for burgers. 

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