What to Serve with Hamburgers

There’s nothing quite like a delicious hamburger. It’s the perfect meal for any time of day, and there are endless ways to customize it.

One of the best things about hamburgers is that they’re so versatile – you can pair them with almost any side dish you can imagine! In this article, I’ll explore some mouth-watering sides that will perfectly complement your next burger.

Best Hamburger Sides

  1. Quinoa salad
  2. Sweet potato fries
  3. Coleslaw
  4. Zucchini chips
  5. BBQ baked beans
  6. Onion rings
  7. Roasted tomatoes
  8. French fries
  9. Potato salad
  10. Watermelon and cucumber salad
  11. Steamed asparagus
  12. Pickled veggies
  13. Avocado salad
  14. Pasta salad
  15. Creamed spinach

Quinoa salad

Quinoa salad is a great side dish for hamburgers. The flavors of the quinoa and the hamburger complement each other perfectly, and the salad provides a refreshing and healthy contrast to the richness of the burger.

Additionally, quinoa salad is also extremely versatile, so it can be easily customized to suit your taste. For example, you can add your favorite vegetables or fruits to the salad, or experiment with different herbs and spices.

Sweet potato fries

Sweet potato fries are a delicious and healthy alternative to regular french fries. They’re lower in calories and fat, and they’re packed with nutrients like vitamins A and C.

What’s more, the sweetness of the potatoes pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the burgers. There are different ways to make this dish, you can pan fry the potatoes, bake them, or even air fry them.

Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a refreshing and flavorful side dish that goes great with burgers.

It’s made with shredded cabbage and carrots, and it’s usually dressed with mayonnaise or vinegar-based dressing. The bread used in the burger will absorb the flavorful dressing, and the cabbage will add a crunchy texture to the dish.

You can make your coleslaw from scratch, or get them from the grocery store (this is helpful when you are short on time).

Zucchini chips

Zucchini chips are another healthy and delicious alternative to french fries. They’re low in calories and fat, and they’re packed with nutrients.

In addition, they have a subtle flavor that goes well with the rich flavor of hamburgers. The chips also help to absorb some of the juices from the burgers.

For this recipe, I usually bake the thinly sliced zucchini in the oven for approximately 20 minutes. For extra flavor, I add a little bit of Parmesan cheese and sea salt.

Barbeque baked beans

Barbeque baked beans are the perfect side dish for hamburgers. They’re sweet, savory, and full of flavor.

Plus, they’re easy to make – simply combine your favorite barbeque sauce with canned beans (I prefer black beans or kidney beans), and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

The sweet and savory flavor of the beans pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the burger, and the creamy texture melds nicely with the soft bun.

Onion rings

This is a tasty and easy side dish to whip together any time of day. The onions are coated in a batter (I like to use a simple mixture of flour, salt, and pepper), and then they’re fried until they’re golden brown and crispy.

However, you can bake the onion rings if you prefer. For frying though, I recommend using oil like canola or vegetable oil.

The sweetness of the onions pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the burger, and the crispy texture is a nice contrast to the soft bun and juicy burger.

This dish can be served as is, or you can add your favorite dipping sauce. I think that BBQ sauce or ketchup goes well with this dish.

Roasted tomatoes

This side dish is healthy, flavorful, and easy to prepare. The tomatoes that are good for this recipe are the small, sweet ones like cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes.

To roast the tomatoes, simply drizzle them with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then, bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

You will know your tomatoes are ready when they start to burst and they’re slightly browned. Additionally, the roasted tomatoes add sweetness and acidity to the dish that pairs well with the savory flavors of the burger.

French fries

I’ve written about its alternatives but let’s face it, there is nothing quite like french fries and hamburgers. The saltiness of the fries pairs perfectly with the rich and savory flavor of the burger.

There are different ways to make this dish, you can pan fry the potatoes, bake them, or even air fry them. For this recipe, I usually pan fry the potatoes in oil for approximately 15 minutes.

Once they’re crispy and golden brown, I season them with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with your favorite dipping sauce. I think that ketchup or BBQ sauce goes well with this dish.

Potato salad

The creaminess of the potato salad goes well with the richness of the burger.

Furthermore, the salad helps to moisten the burgers, keeping them from drying out. This is quite a filling side dish, so I suggest eating it with a small burger.

To make this dish, I usually boil the potatoes until they’re soft. Then, I add some chopped celery, onion, mayonnaise, and season with salt and pepper. You can also add in some hard-boiled eggs for extra protein.

Watermelon & cucumber salad

I have to admit, this one was a surprise to me. I never thought it would work but it does.

The sweetness of the watermelon pairs well with the savory flavors of the burger. Additionally, the cucumbers add a refreshing crunch to the dish.

This salad is also quite healthy and low in calories. To make it, simply combine cubed watermelon, diced cucumber, feta cheese, and mint leaves. Bon Appetit!

Steamed asparagus

Steamed asparagus adds a nice contrast in texture and taste. The slight bitterness of the asparagus pairs well with the savory flavors of the burger.

To steam the asparagus, I simply place it in a steamer basket over boiling water. I usually season it with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Then, I cover it and let it steam for approximately five minutes.

Alternatively, you can pan fry your asparagus. To do this, simply coat it in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Then, cook over medium heat for approximately five minutes.

Pickled veggies

This is a great option if you’re looking for something tangy and crunchy. The acidity of the pickled veggies pairs well with the richness of the burger.

There are different ways to make pickled veggies, but I usually soak mine in vinegar, water, and sugar overnight.

In the morning, I drain the liquid and add my favorite spices. Then, I let it sit for at least an hour before eating. Examples of vegetables to pickle are carrots, cucumbers, onions, and peppers.

Try this the next time you are having hamburgers, You’ll love it.

Avocado salad

The rich, creamy flavor of the avocado pairs perfectly with the savory flavor of the hamburger, and the crunchy texture of the salad adds an interesting contrast to the juiciness of the burger.

Avocado salad is also a healthy option, as it is packed with nutrients and fiber. Additionally, it is a very versatile dish – it can be made with any type of lettuce, as well as with various other vegetables and fruits.

So whether you are looking for a healthy option or simply a delicious side dish, avocado salad is a great choice.

Pasta salad

This is a great option if you’re looking for something filling and satisfying. The starchy pasta pairs well with the savory flavors of the burger, and the vegetables add a crunchy contrast.

To make this dish, cook your pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain and rinse with cold water. Then, add in your favorite vegetables. I usually add in diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and olives.

For the dressing, I mix olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and salt. Pour it over the pasta salad and mix everything. Let it sit for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

Creamed spinach

Last but not least on this list is creamed spinach. Creamed spinach is a combination of cream, cheese, and spinach, which makes for a delicious and hearty side dish.

This side dish is also very easy to prepare. Simply combine cooked spinach, cream, cheese, and garlic in a blender or food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste. You could also add in butter, but I suggest avoiding this if you are watching your cholesterol.

Additionally, if you want a more sophisticated flavor, you can also add nutmeg.

Creamed spinach can be served hot or cold, and it goes great with hamburgers. So the next time you’re looking for a delicious side dish, give it a try!

A list of other options:

Starchy side dishes

  • Grilled potatoes
  • Potato wedges
  • Mac & cheese
  • Corn on the cob

Veggies/others

  • Fried pickles
  • Fruit salad

Miscellaneous sides

  • Corn & avocado salad
  • Melon & cucumber salad

FAQ

What are the side-dishes that go well with hamburgers?

Many sides go well with hamburgers. Some of our favorites include steamed asparagus, pickled veggies, avocado salad, pasta salad, and creamed spinach.

Vegan sides for hamburgers?

Here are some vegan sides for hamburgers: grilled potatoes, potato wedges, corn on the cob, fried pickles, fruit salad, corn & avocado salad, and melon & cucumber salad.

What type of bread to use for burgers?

Many types of bread can be used for burgers, but some of our favorites include brioche buns, pretzel buns, and hamburger buns. If you are looking for a healthier option, you could also use a lettuce wrap.

Conclusion

There it is, 15 delicious side dishes for hamburgers. So the next time you’re planning a cookout or simply craving a burger, be sure to try one (or all!) of these sides. You won’t be disappointed!

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