13 Quick and Easy Barbeque Side Dishes
With pool-perfect weather and longer days, summer lends itself to barbequing. Like, a lot of barbequing. That said, you don't want to spend your precious time in the kitchen, sweating over whatever side dish you have on the stove. To make prepping for a barbeque as easy-breezy as possible, we've rounded up quick sides that complement summer barbeque not just in flavor, but in principle. No-fuss ingredients and minimal prep time mean more time for, well, actually enjoying the season.
Nina's Cucumber Salad | Ready in 15 Minutes
Sour cream, lemon juice, and fresh dill coat this bright cucumber and onion salad. A perfect last-minute side dish.
Grilled Veggie Skewers | Ready in 30 Minutes
Skewers of fresh pineapple, summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes are super simple to put together. Just brush with a marinade and grill for 10 to 15 minutes.
Creamy Broccoli Salad | Ready in 15 Minutes
"I'm sorry that I ever found this recipe. The first time I made it, I took it to a work potluck and now this is all they ever want me to bring! My bowl is almost always the only one that's empty and I double the recipe every time." —AlwaysLate
Simple Macaroni and Cheese | Ready in 30 Minutes
This stove-top mac and cheese comes together quickly with everyday ingredients. "A nice, basic recipe that you can make your own additions to. I like to add a variety of cheeses depending on what I have available and am feeling." —Jessica Huffman
Avocado Watermelon Salad | Ready in 10 Minutes
"A simple, flavorful, and refreshing salad that's perfect for the warmer summer months," says bd.weld. "I used tajin in place of paprika and liked it even better!"
Bacon Feta Beans | Ready in 25 Minutes
Tangy feta and crispy bacon transform fresh or frozen green beans from humble summer veggies to a standout side in under 30 minutes.
Roasted New Red Potatoes | Ready in 35 Minutes
With just four ingredients (including potatoes), this recipe has all the markings of a staple side. Add garlic, herbs, or additional seasoning to make it your own.
Great Grilled Garlic Bread | Ready in 5 Minutes
"Perfect as written, and a great way to use up basil in the garden that is taking over. Five stars all the way!" —Soup Loving Nicole
California Coleslaw | Ready in 20 Minutes
"This is a delightful recipe — in ALL respects. It's so simple to make. It can be made ahead of time. It makes a beautiful presentation and the flavor is wonderful!" —Carol Hammond
Simple Baked Beans | Ready in 30 Minutes
Using canned baked beans means you can cook this classic barbecue side in record time.
Mom's Best Macaroni Salad | Ready in 30 Minutes
Carrots, celery, bell peppers, and red onion bring color and crunch to this crowd-pleasing macaroni.
Garlicky Summer Squash and Fresh Corn | Ready in 30 MInutes
Proof that fresh veggies can be as flavorful as more indulgent sides. (Hello, garlic!) Serve this dish hot.
Easy Corn Salad | Ready in 20 Minutes
"This recipe combines canned items with fresh items, so it's really quick to prepare and tastes very fresh. Perfect for summer! The amounts indicated below are what I use when I make a big batch for barbeques, so I suggest cutting down for a family-size portion. Refrigerate for extra cool freshness! Keeps well in the refrigerator." —experimentalcook