17 Quick and Easy Side Dishes for Burgers

Pair these simple sides with your burgers, and enjoy a wholesome meal.

A picture of Barbequed Cabbage on a white plate


When easy-going burgers are on the menu, you'll appreciate these simple side dishes that complete your meal and take just a few minutes to make. You'll find all the favorite side dishes for burgers here, including baked beans, pasta salads, grilled vegetables, coleslaw, and more. Pick one or two of these side dishes to accompany your burger, and your menu will be set in a flash.

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Perfect BBQ Baked Beans

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.

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Parmesan-Roasted Tomatoes

close up view of Parmesan-Roasted Tomatoes in a baking dish
Butch Chandler

While this side sounds so simple, it packs amazing flavor! These juicy tomatoes have been oven-roasted to pure perfection and are topped with Parmesan cheese. Reviewer plates4u says, "These tomatoes are very good. I will definitely make them again!"

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Simple Pasta Salad

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.

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Savory Sweet Potato Fries

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)."

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Angie's Dad's Best Cabbage Coleslaw

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."

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Byrdhouse Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

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."

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad II

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 two cans of white corn instead of the frozen stuff. WONDERFUL!"

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Baked Zucchini Chips

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.

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Barbequed Cabbage

Barbequed Cabbage

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."

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Persian-Style Tomato Avocado Salad

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."

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Oven-Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges

Oven Fresh Seasoned Potato Wedges with ketchup on a white plate
Holiday Baker

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.

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Sauteed Mushrooms (Quick and Simple)

Sauteed Mushrooms (Quick and Simple)

Spoon these mushrooms 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."

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Grilled Hearts of Romaine

A Caesar salad made with grilled 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.

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Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad

Refreshing Cucumber Watermelon Salad
Deb C

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!"

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Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)

Mexican Corn on the Cob (Elote)
Soup Loving Nicole

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.

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Chef John's Succotash

corn, zucchini, lima bean, pepper succotash
Chef John

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."

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Simple Potato Salad

simple potato salad
Antoinette Conti

Love potato salad but hate spending hours in the kitchen making it? Then, feast your eyes on this Simple Potato Salad! Ready in 40 minutes, this rich, creamy dish will be the talk of your backyard gathering.

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