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29 Best Sides for Burgers (Tasty & Simple)

Planning a burger night and not sure what to serve with burgers? From potatoes to salads and everything in between, here you will find the most perfect side dishes for burgers!

Whether you are serving a traditional juicy-patty-between-brioche-buns burger or a healthier low-carb version, a nice side dish to go alongside this fast-food staple is a must.

And while your good, old French fries are a classic, if you’re flipping burgers on the regular, you might want to consider jazzing things up with your pairings.

Luckily for you, I’ve got the most delicious burger side dishes below!

From potatoes, roasted veggies, salads, and sides that are low in carbs and/or calories, every fast-food addict can find their perfect burger match here!

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What Are Good Sides for Burgers

If you are trying to figure out what goes well with burgers, let me stop you right there. Because anything that is creamy, crispy, or crunchy and not too heavy will be perfect for your patties.

But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give your burger sides any thought. The whole point is for the side to offer a complimentary taste and round out the whole meal.

And for burgers, that can be fried or roasted veggies, coleslaw, corn sides, fresh salads, creamy pasta salads, or even cheesy bakes. Great flavors will enhance the taste of a good burger and take it to a whole new level.

Potato Sides for Burgers

The first side dish that comes to mind when you think of your favorite burgers? Potatoes, of course! They make for classic sides that taste amazing with any main course.

But just because it’s classic, it doesn’t mean it has to be boring. These potato sides are anything but dull!

1. Garlic Fries

Garlic Fries

If you want to go the safest style – deep-fried fries – this garlicky recipe will give you the aromatic oomph that will take your potato-fry game to a whole new level!

As greasy as it gets, when eating these double-oil-coated fries you definitely need to have napkins at your fingertips. The garlic-infused oil drizzle at the end is to die for.

I don’t recommend them as a regular – for the sake of your cholesterol, obviously – but these garlic-flavored fries are the guilty pleasure any burger needs!

For the best-tasting fries, make sure not to peel them. They are crispier and more delicious with the skin on!

If you want to healthify this recipe, feel free to use an air fryer, instead. It makes for a great side that’s also a simple recipe.

2. Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

This recipe is much healthier than your regular fries, for two reasons. First, it is oven-baked, not deep-fried. And second, it uses sweet potatoes, which are much more nutritious.

The secret to the crispiness of these baked fries lies in corn flour. Just by tossing them with half a teaspoon before baking, you will get the most satisfying crispy bite.

Coriander is all these sweet potato fries rely on, but feel free to experiment with different seasonings. Paprika and garlic powder will also work great with the sweetness here!

Serve with a burger and something to dip them into, and everyone will be more than pleased!

3. Crispy Potato Wedges

Crispy Potato Wedges

With a satisfying crust on the outside and soft and fluffy inside, these sweet well-seasoned potato wedges are the ultimate burger companion!

Coated with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning, baked to crisp perfection, and then dipped into a finger-licking lemon aioli, there’s nothing about this perfect side that you won’t love.

Plus, they are so easy to make and only require 10 minutes of prep time, which gives you plenty of time to focus on your fast-food entrée.

Crispy, zesty, and oh-so-yummy, who could possibly resist these lemony potatoes?

4. Greek Vegan Potato Salad

Greek Vegan Potato Salad

Potatoes in the form of a salad may not be the obvious side that first comes to mind when you think of burgers, but trust me, once you whip this up, you will see that it makes total sense.

I call this recipe barely-a-salad because it is not your usual sour cream or mayo stuffed bowl. These potato slices are boiled and then tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.

Generously seasoned and served with burgers, this recipe will show you that you don’t always have to go to the greasy side to offer a satisfying bite to go with your beef patties.

Enjoy this side dish with chili as well.

5. Diced Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Diced Air Fryer Roast Potatoes

Since they’re made in the Air Fryer, you can bet these potato slices offer a crispy bite without disrupting your cholesterol level.

Healthy and extremely delicious, these seasoned diced potatoes will go perfectly with any entrée, especially a burger, since they are a delicious alternative to your French fries.

Make sure to flip the potatoes over in the middle of cooking, to ensure even crispiness.

I recommend baby potatoes for this recipe, although any type of potato will taste delicious if prepared this way.

6. Spicy Potato Chips

Spicy Potato Chips

If you enjoy a spicy bite with your burgers, then these crunchy potato chips with a hot kick will more than deliver.

And if you are one of the few who actually loads their sandwiches with potato chips, then this recipe is definitely for you!

Okay, technically, this is not a recipe, but a trick you can use to liven up your boring bag of chips. But paired with a juicy burger, they will offer irresistible crunchiness – practically a fast-food must.

Loaded with seven spices, these customized potato chips will be a total hit at your table. This is an absolutely lovely Mexican side dish!

7. Roasted Garlic Potatoes

Roasted Garlic Potatoes

With just a few very simple ingredients, you will have a side dish that is perfect for any protein-based meal. Yes, burgers, too!

Loaded with flavor and aroma, these garlic-infused and parsley-garnish roasted potatoes are practically the definition of a crowd-pleasing side.

To jazz things up a bit, feel free to add more spices to the mix. Paprika, chili powder, thyme, rosemary, and even turmeric… whatever seasoning you love will do well here.

What a great way to make your potatoes with just one main ingredient.

8. Apple Sweet Potato Bake

Apple Sweet Potato Bake

Apples and burgers? Yes, please! Add sweet potatoes and some walnuts and raisins to the mix, and you’ve got yourself a side dish that everyone will be raving about!

Diced apples and sweet potatoes with a buttery cinnamon topping to die for! Crunchy, sweet, and deep in flavor that goes well with whatever you pair it with.

Plus, thanks to the aromatic ingredients, this healthy bake will make a marvelous plate for your festive dinner, too.

Maybe not your obvious burger side, but once you serve it with your juicy fast-food dinner, you will make this a regular.

Healthy Sides for Burgers

Burgers may not be the healthiest meal, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t go well with nutritious sides. Here are some healthy pairings for your cheeseburger dinner!

Anything from a salad recipe to grilled veggies. These will offer a perfect combination for a dinner for the whole family.

9. Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Serving your burgers alongside this cucumber and tomato salad with crunchy red onion and herbs gives your fast-food dinner some fresh notes that are hard to resist.

Tossed with vinegar and olive oil, this simple summer salad is the ultimate side for when you need to offer your heavy and greasy meals a palate cleanser.

I highly suggest you refrigerate the simple salad for at least 15 minutes before using it, so that the juices can settle in, and the veggies take on a cooling bite that is even more refreshing.

Ready in just 5 minutes, you cannot find a quicker and healthier side for your burgers than this!

10. Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots

Roasted to incredible tenderness, these sweet carrot sticks are the perfect year-round side dish to serve with any meal. And yes, you’ve guessed it – these carrots will be perfect for your burgers.

Caramelized and seasoned to perfection, these roasted root-veggie sticks offer just what you’re looking for in a carrot side.

The carrots are naturally sweet, so you don’t need more than a tablespoon of honey to simply boost the already-present sweetness.

This recipe uses rainbow carrots for a fancier look, but any type of carrots will taste amazing if roasted this way.  This could also be a great side dish for lasagna.

11. Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with Ginger Lemon Dressing

Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with Ginger Lemon Dressing

Citrusy, gingery, and loaded with earthy notes, this beet and mandarin salad will offer the most satisfying bite to go with the juiciness of your burgers, period.

Roasted beets accompanied with mandarins, mint, and almonds, and tossed with a ginger and citrus dressing for the zestiest freshness ever!

If you are not a fan of almonds, know that walnuts or pecans will be delicious substitutes. Also, if you cannot get your hands on any mandarins, oranges will do just fine, too.

12. Simple Sweet Corn Salad

Simple Sweet Corn Salad

Perfect with grilled meat, BBQ-style dinners, and anything a fast-food restaurant would serve really, this simple yet so delicious corn salad is perfect for your burgers.

Loaded with cherry tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and basil, this corn bowl is fresh and full of flavors.

The red onions here are a vital part since they give a unique crunch, so make sure not to omit them.

The recipe uses parsley to accompany the basil, but if you’re looking for something fresher, know that mint will work well, too.

13. Greek Cucumber Salad

Greek Cucumber Salad

If the previous cucumber and tomato salad was a bit bland for your taste, then this rich Greek bowl will surely offer a deeper flavor.

Enriched with mint, dill, lemon juice, and kalamata olives, the classic salad staples – tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions – taste like heaven in this recipe.

The red wine vinegar offers a tangy kick that wraps the flavors up nicely, so it is a must in this salad.

This recipe uses cherry tomatoes for a sweeter and less acidic taste, but your regular chopped tomatoes will also taste delicious. It’s definitely going to be the best part of your dinner.

This will also be a heavenly side dish for BBQ chicken!

14. Grilled Onions

Grilled Onions

Onions and burgers, anyone? I mean, that has to be one of the most heavenly fast-food combos, right?

And if you’ve never grilled onions before, then this is definitely the recipe you need. So well-explained and detailed, three different methods are covered here.

Whether you want to grill wedges, onion rings, or foil-wrapped whole onions, there is something for any onion lover!

Feel free to use red, yellow, or white onions, as any type will add an irresistible texture to your fast-food dinners.

So tender and full in flavor, grilled onions offer a taste that your burger will definitely benefit from! Enjoy your American comfort food with onions!

Low Carb Sides

Whether you’re following a low-carb diet or you simply feel like your calorie-laden burger is filling enough, here are the ultimate burger sides that have a very slim carbohydrate content.

15. Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Fries

If you’re looking for low-carb fries, then these air-fried zucchini sticks are the perfect side dish for your juicy burgers.

Breaded in a parmesan and almond flour mixture, then air-fried until an absolutely irresistible golden crust is formed, even the carb-lovers will fall head over heels for this side.

These fries taste amazing but feel free to play around with seasonings and adjust the taste according to your taste.

So delicious and addictive, you will be whipping this up even as a midnight snack, for sure!

16. Spicy Keto Coleslaw

Spicy Keto Coleslaw

Do you love coleslaw? Are you also a fan of spicy and hot food? Then look no more, because I’ve just found the perfect side for your burgers!

This low-carb and sugar-free coleslaw is made with green cabbage, fennel, and chilies, and then smothered in a tangy mayo dressing with Tabasco sauce.

Creamy and spicy, this shredded, almost anise or licorice-flavored salad is everything your fast-food dinner is looking for.

For a kid-friendly dish, omit the tabasco and use very thinly sliced green bell peppers instead of the chilies. Feel free to also serve this side dish with brisket.

17. Keto Fries

Keto Fries

If you’re craving French fries but are on a strict Keto regimen, then these Jicama sticks will come as close to the carb-loaded original as possible.

So crispy and loaded with healthy fats (this recipe uses coconut oil!), these Keto fries will fill you up without spiking your blood sugar or knocking you out of Ketosis.

Perfect with grilled meats and even better with succulent burgers, this Jicama side is a real pleaser.

Serve with your Keto dipping sauce and sprinkle with your favorite spices, and these naturally sweet sticks will be devoured in an instant!

18. Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings

Aren’t onion rings the perfect match for a nice and juicy burger? If it’s up to me, they’d be a mandatory burger pairing!

But as much as I (and I’m sure most of you reading this) enjoy them, they can be quite the cholesterol boosters. Well, that’s not the case with these air-fried rings!

Besides they are fried with air, not in tons of oil, these onion rings do not use the traditional flour or breadcrumbs either.

With pork rinds and almond flour, these keto rings are perfect for anyone looking to ditch the fattening carbs.

19. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

If you haven’t tried combining your burger with a nice bowl of cheesy cauliflower florets, now is your time to catch up.

Besides being low in carbs and ingredients (made with only 5 ingredients, if we don’t count the salt and pepper), this Keto mac and cheese version is incredibly delicious, too.

So creamy and buttery, there is nothing quite like enjoying a beef patty with this cheddar goodness. Paired with enough protein, these cheesy florets will make one delicious and filling meal.

20. Air Fryer Keto Buffalo Cauliflower

Air Fryer Keto Buffalo Cauliflower

If you like cauliflower but without the creaminess from the previous recipe, then these roasted and generously seasoned florets will more than satisfy you.

Sprinkled with both buffalo and ranch seasoning, this cauliflower side is rich in flavors that will taste amazing if served alongside a juicy burger.

Without any greasy and with almost no carbs – well there are only 3 grams of net carbs per portion – this recipe is a real keeper for any Keto dieter.

If you want to make these florets even crispier, you can sprinkle them with parmesan cheese on top, too. Besides texture, the Parmesan will also deepen the taste, as well.

Low Calorie Sides for Burgers

If you’re counting calories, not carbs, then the next few recipes will make you happy. Perfect burger sides for a slim figure and satisfied taste buds. Yes, they can go together!

21. Mango Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Speaking of satisfying our taste buds, this colorful and super nutritious salad will keep your pounds in check while totally pleasing your palate!

Filled with grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, onions, and the star–mangoes, this sweet and tropical salad makes one heck of a burger side.

With just the right amount of creaminess, crunchiness, sweetness, and zestiness, this bowl offers nothing but a delicious balance!

The handful of parsley makes this salad even more refreshing, but other herbs may also do a fine job if you’re not so keen on the green of choice here.

22. Southwest Pasta Salad

Southwest Pasta Salad

Yes, this is a pasta salad! And yes, pasta is calorie-rich! But, you’re serving it with burgers, guys, which means tiny portions. So, yes, I do believe this recipe belongs here! In case there’s any confusion!

Creamy, zesty, spicy, filling, and with a fresh kick that works well with any meat-based entrée, this Southwest pasta salad with corn, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, is the perfect burger side.

Smothered in a jalapeno and lime dressing with rich mayo and sour cream creaminess, there will be nothing but licking your fingers upon devouring this bowl of pleasure.

Colorful and fun to make, this salad will be a total hit on your cookouts. You can serve this salad with your favorite steak as well as a side dish!

23. Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms

Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms

I do believe that anything tastes better with stuffed mushrooms on the side. And it may not be an obvious choice, but serving these loaded caps with your burger will be more than satisfactory.

Creamy, cheesy, bacony, garlicky, and oniony, seriously, can a side dish get any better than that? Smoky, tender, crunchy, and gooey, there is nothing you won’t love about these mushrooms.

This recipe uses Danish blue and cream cheese. And while you can use anything that melts here – mozzarella works well, too – the used cheese combo offers great texture and a sharper kick.

This is also a great side dish for pasta.

24. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

When you hear Hawaiian, you know the dish it’s going to be tropical. Exotic! And filled with pineapple! And this recipe is nothing short of that satisfying sweetness!

If you haven’t tried a creamy macaroni salad with pineapples before, here’s your chance to give your taste buds a real treat.

With smoky ham, crunchy cucumbers and carrots, juicy pineapple chunks, and a tangy and sweet mayo and pineapple dressing, the exotic touch in this macaroni salad makes total sense.

Whip it up today and see for yourself!

25. Baked Green Bean Fries

Baked Green Bean Fries

If you’re sick of your puffed tummy after devouring a burger and fries, you don’t have to give up on your beloved Cheeseburger. Just swap the calorie-laden fries with this green bean version!

Green bean fries may sound like something your nana would force down your throat during dinner, but the truth is, these are packed with flavor and texture.

Breaded, well-seasoned, baked, and super crunchy, these yummy green bean fries are the perfect burger pairing.

Other Easy Sides for Burgers

The best sides are the ones that are super easy to whip up. And here are my ultimate four burger side dishes you can prepare in a jiffy the next time.

26. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

If a simple but super delicious side dish is what you’re looking for, then here’s a great recipe for you.

Roasted garlicky asparagus wrapped in crispy bacon slices. Sounds heavenly, right? They surely taste that way, too!

Besides that this side dish is easy and quick to make, it is also low in carbs. We already have too much of those from our juicy burger, so that is yet another giant plus!

I recommend turkey bacon for this, but whatever you have in your fridge should work well.

27. Ranch Parmesan Green Beans

Ranch Parmesan Green Beans

This is not your regular green bean side. It is crunchy, cheesy, tender, and so well-seasoned, that it will make your taste buds explode. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make.

Simply roast your ranch-sprinkled green beans with some parmesan and bacon on top, and voila! Pure magic on your table!

I’d also add a generous chili flake pinch on top, but hey, that’s just my spicy-food-craving tongue talking.

28. Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Shrimp Macaroni Salad

With shrimp, celery, and green onions, this mayo-smothered macaroni salad tastes incredibly delicious. Plus, it is a breeze to make, too!

If you don’t like (or have) celery, you can substitute with green peppers, instead, but it’s recommended that you at least add some celery seeds to the dressing for a flavorful kick.

Small salad shrimp work best here, but you can also use regular shrimp and then chop it into smaller pieces.

29. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

This dill pickle pasta salad is creamy, filling, tangy, tasty, and most importantly for the busy cooks out there – super easy to make.

With fresh dill, chopped pickles, pickle juice, and mayo, this salad has all the right flavors to become a regular on your table. Plus, dill and pickles are always nice burger additions!

If this is too fatty for your taste, swap half of the mayo for some Greek yogurt instead.

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29 Best Sides for Burgers (Tasty & Simple)

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Have your burgers ready and need a side dish? Enjoy these Side Dishes for Burgers and take your meal to a whole new level.


  • 1. Garlic Fries
  • 2. Crispy Sweet Potato Fries
  • 3. Crispy Potato Wedges
  • 4. Greek Vegan Potato Salad
  • 5. Diced Air Fryer Roast Potatoes
  • 6. Spicy Potato Chips
  • 7. Roasted Garlic Potatoes
  • 8. Apple Sweet Potato Bake
  • 9. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  • 10. Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots
  • 11. Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad with Ginger Lemon Dressing
  • 12. Simple Sweet Corn Salad
  • 13. Greek Cucumber Salad
  • 14. Grilled Onions
  • 15. Keto Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
  • 16. Spicy Keto Coleslaw
  • 17. Keto Fries
  • 18. Air Fryer Frozen Onion Rings
  • 19. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
  • 20. Air Fryer Keto Buffalo Cauliflower
  • 21. Mango Avocado Salad
  • 22. Southwest Pasta Salad
  • 23. Healthy Stuffed Mushrooms
  • 24. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
  • 25. Baked Green Bean Fries
  • 26. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
  • 27. Ranch Parmesan Green Beans
  • 28. Shrimp Macaroni Salad
  • 29. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad


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  3. Get cooking and make your next Side for Burgers!


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