After an exhausting day, you’d like nothing more than to sit down and have some alone time with the burger of your dreams. Cooked to perfection…dripping cheese…lettuce and tomato piled high…but something’s missing. You need one showstopper of a side dish to make the dinner click.
But what are the best sides to go along with burgers?
Well, you’re in luck. We’re giving you our list of the top sides for burgers so that you can assemble the best meal possible! Now let’s not waste any more time and get cooking on this thing (Get it? Cooking? Ok, we’ll stop…)!
When it comes to burger sides, there are some foods that every restaurant from the smallest fast-food joints to 11/11 Burgers & Fries know goes well with burgers. French fries, of course, are the usual dance partner of the burger, with their salty crunch complimenting the savory flavor of the burger. Potato chips are another great common side for burgers for the same reason, as are onion rings.
Burgers made at barbecues often come paired with corn-on-the-cob, a dish you can make by boiling or grilling corn, then slathering the boiled cobs with butter and salt. Macaroni and cheese also rank as a barbecue favorite side with burgers. If you go the M&C route, however, make sure to watch your portions so you don’t fill up too much on one and have no room for the other.
Healthy Sides for Burgers
Of course, the downside of most classic burger sides is that they aren’t made with health in mind (not to mention burgers already aren’t the healthiest dish around). Fortunately, healthier alternatives like pickled vegetables go great alongside burgers. You can even pickle your favorite vegetables from home with vinegar and spices of your choosing.
While we’re on the pickle train of thought, dill pickles and pickled coleslaw also provide healthier alternatives while remaining a great burger side. If you’re willing to sacrifice some of the nutrients for extra flavor opportunities, fried pickles make excellent burger companions too. Creamy coleslaw works well too if you’re not digging the pickle vibe.
For those who crave French fries without all the fat, grilling potatoes scratches that same itch but with more nutrients. Steamed asparagus with a little butter for flavor is another solid choice.
And of course, we can’t forget the salad. Avocado salad, watermelon salad, potato salad…anything to add that dash of freshness and brisk flavor to your meal.
Bonus Side Dishes
Of course, some of the greatest burger dishes around are a little unorthodox. For example, creamed spinach (the nemesis of 10-year-olds everywhere) has gained traction as a great burger side. Those looking to add a little more cheese into the mix will like adding fruit and feta cheese skewers alongside their burger too.
Time to Chow Down
So, now that you have this list of the greatest sides for burgers around, where do you go from here? Well, if you’re looking to find a tasty meal for tomorrow night’s dinner, make sure to check out the other articles on our blog for inspiration!