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51 Best Sides for Burgers

~ Whether you’re hosting a cookout, or just throwing together a quick burger night for the family … easy, tasty side dishes elevate those hamburgers to something memorable and special! Choose from classic sides like sweet potato fries, dill pickles and macaroni salad. Or, go for a completely unique, new side that’s sure to win “wows”! ~

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Burgers are always a fun meal. From a Father’s Day or Fourth of July cookout, to a relaxed Friday night with your whole family gathered round the table together.

Burgers just feel like a little bit of a party.

And they’re one of those meals that don’t really follow a lot of rules.

Burgers can be ultra-beefy, or they can feature lean turkey or chicken … or they can go off-script as a veggie burger or our scrumptious Asian Salmon Burger recipe.

Plus, you can go classic and simple with just ketchup, pickles and mustard. Or pile practically anything you can think of on top. Italian Hamburgers loaded with grilled peppers and onions and melty fresh mozzarella? Yessss! Fajita Burgers dolloped with fresh guacamole? Also yes, yes, yes!

There’s practically no way you can go wrong with burgers. Creatively, the sky’s the limit.

What to Serve with Hamburgers to Create an EXPERIENCE

The same thing’s true with side dishes for burgers – the sky’s really the limit, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming.

5 grilled burgers on a parchment-lined plate with hamburger buns, sliced tomatoes, grilled peppers and onions at the sides in background.

Even very easy sides can really elevate the whole burger experience and add that perfect, special finishing touch. You can create practically any vibe you want, just by switching up what you serve with hamburgers.

  • Wanna go classic? Try french fries or potato salad. Maybe some homemade dill pickles you’ve got waiting in the fridge.
  • Carefully guarding your summer swimsuit figure? I hear ya! Go with a lovely fresh fruit salad and a lightened-up No-Mayo Coleslaw. (Pssssst … and rest assured … true to the spirit of THK, all the recipes below were carefully vetted to be more nutritious, as well as delicious!)

I could go on and on here, but you get the idea.

Pairing your burgers with one or two terrific side dishes can truly elevate a humble hamburger into a memorable experience.

All you have to do is choose where to start …..

51 Best Sides for Burgers

Even More Great Side Dish Ideas

• Check out our collection of summer-y Cookout Sides for a list of side dishes that pair well with burgers, as well as with hot dogs, steaks and chicken. (And if you’re grilling up hot dogs or sausages along with your burgers, take a peek at our collection of specific Hot Dog Sides.)

• If you’re serving up your favorite burgers at a star-spangled American holiday – maybe a July 4th potluck or a Memorial Day cookout – then you’ll want to check out all the ideas in our Memorial Day Food Recipes collection (lots of red, white and blue recipes)!

• Or take a peek at ALL our side dish recipe ideas!

So, what’s it gonna be?

Are you going with a classic burger side dish, or with one of the more unique, unexpected sides? (Hmmmmm … decisions, decisions …)


  1. So many incredible sides to choose from for our next family BBQ! I look forward to making my way through this list of fantastic recipes.

    1. I was so inspired, as I was putting this collection together! I totally agree – lots and lots of incredible ideas. I hope you find lots of new favorite sides dishes to keep your burgers extra-exciting! 😀 ~Shelley

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