Quick and Easy Side Dishes for Burgers
Perfect BBQ Baked Beans
"I took these to a family BBQ and everyone loved them and now that has been the requested dish I bring to all my family's gatherings," says Leslie.
Simple Pasta Salad
You can chop the tomatoes and cucumbers while the pasta is boiling, then toss the whole thing together with Italian salad dressing and Parmesan cheese while the pasta is still warm. Pack the leftovers for lunch the next day. "This is one of the best recipes I have taken off Allrecipes," says Tracey. "I substituted green pepper in place of one of the cucumbers." Watch the video to see how easy it is to make.
Savory Sweet Potato Fries
Your family will love the flavor of these baked fries, and you'll love that you're sneaking in some extra nutrition. "SUPER EASY! Will make them again," raves Far. "I used dried rosemary instead, and also added a sprinkle of garlic powder (since I do that for all my fries)."
Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw
Use a bagged coleslaw mix if you want to slash even more time off the minutes it takes to make this tangy, crunchy no-mayo salad. "This coleslaw is fabulous," says PONDERTHIN. "It's really easy and fast to make and it tastes great. I made this recipe yesterday. I was looking for a dressing that didn't use mayo. It's a definite keeper."
Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes
"Wonderful side dish that takes so little time to prepare! Who knew a little pint of cherry tomatoes could taste so good! I opted for olive oil vs. butter and used a bit of kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to season," says Jillian. "I love the basil on these. Definitely serve hot off the stove as these cool down quickly. You could add a little shaved Parmesan or feta cheese to this to take it over the top."
Black Bean and Corn Salad
Canned black beans and frozen corn team up with fresh avocado, crunchy bell peppers, juicy tomatoes, and a citrusy dressing to make this top-rated salad. Reviewer SHANNINB says, "This is one of my favorite recipes ever. My mouth waters every time I think of it! I double the lime juice, add a red onion instead of the green onion and use 2 cans of white corn instead of the frozen stuff. WONDERFUL!"
Baked Zucchini Chips
Talk about simple! Toss zucchini slices with olive oil, seasoned bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and oregano. Bake for 15 minutes. Done. If you want to make sure they're crunchy, slice them thinly and raise the oven temperature to 425-450 degrees F. Just keep an eye on them so they don't burn.
If you're grilling burgers outside, go ahead and grill your side dish at the same time. "I had never heard of the idea of BBQ'ing cabbage and was intrigued," says tcouturi. "I opted out of the butter and soy and substituted olive oil to be healthier. I simply drizzled olive oil over the quartered pieces and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic and it was delicious! The cabbage edges got a nice char on them while the rest of the cabbage was soft and succulent but not soggy."
Persian-Style Tomato Avocado Salad
Avocados, tomatoes, onion, and lime make a bright, refreshing complement to any burger you put on your plate. "Sometimes the most simple things are the most delicious," says Krista Goodson Holle. "This simple salad is a good example of that. The lime provided a perfect acidity and flavor to this yummy salad. I would make again. The whole family loved it."
Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges
Try these oven-baked versions if you're hankering for fries and don't want to pull out the deep fryer on a weeknight. "I just mixed it all up on the cookie sheet — no need to use a plastic bag. Ohhh, make sure to spray the cookie sheet with Pam or something so they don't stick! Great recipe, very good very easy," says Minnesota_Girl.
Spoon these 'shrooms over your burgers or serve them on the side. Some folks cut back on the seasoning, and some liked the recipe as written. "Definitely a winner," says Kelly I. "I usually just use butter, olive oil and garlic and it's good — but the addition of the extra ingredients really spice these up perfectly."
Grilled Hearts of Romaine
Another grill-along side dish that'll make your family sit up and take notice. Chef John says, "This is truly and ridiculously easy. The trick is to get the grill grates very hot. And the result? A lightly caramelized surface and a slightly smoky flavor. The insides stay cool and crisp. It's quite a contrast of tastes and textures." Watch the video to see how he does it.
Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Two summertime favorites, cucumber and watermelon, combine in this tangy recipe. "After tasting this salad I was immediately taken back to a wonderful little restaurant in Athens Greece," says Tracey Ferrari Posner. "I am thrilled to know that this recipe is here for us to enjoy any time we want to!"
Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
Since you've already got the grill going, why not make a batch of elote? Corn is grilled until tender then coated in butter and mayo before being finished with a sprinkling of cheese and lime juice.
Chef John's Succotash
Recipe creator Chef John says, "When most of you hear the word succotash, you probably don't think of a delicious vegetable side dish, you probably think of the catchphrase, 'Sufferin' succotash!' But succotash really is a great and very underrated recipe."