There’s no better time to cook up a juicy burger than summertime! There really is a burger for everyone from vegan burgers and bunless burgers to healthy burgers and gourmet burgers. But have you ever wonder what side dish goes best with burgers? We did the research for you and have compiled a list of the best side dishes that are just as easy and delicious as your hamburger! Check out our favorites.

1. Air-Fried French Fries

Nothing pairs better with burgers than a classic side of fries! But before you go and toss some frozen French fries into the oven, you have got to try these air-fried French fries! An air-fryer has the ability to cook perfectly golden and crispy fries. You essentially get that fried flavor and texture you know and love but the air fryer uses far less oil! You should also check out the spicy mayo that is included in this recipe. It pairs perfectly with these golden fries!

2. Rainbow Veggie Skewers

Perhaps you’re looking for something different and are wondering “what goes with burgers instead of fries?”. Be sure to give these rainbow veggie skewers a try! Not only are they colorful but they’re full of good-for-you ingredients like tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis, red onions, and potatoes. The best thing about skewers is you can customize them to include the foods you enjoy eating!

3. Potato Salad

You can never go wrong with a classic potato salad. It’s great for picnics, and potlucks and of course to accompany your juicy grilled burger! You can pick up potato salad from the store but nothing quite beats the flavor of the homemade version! Better yet, this salad can come together effortlessly (and quickly) with the help of an Instant Pot. The coolest thing about our quick and easy potato salad recipe is you can cook the potatoes and eggs simultaneously which means easier prep and fewer dishes to clean — a double win our books!

4. Cobb Salad On A Stick

Sure you’ve had cobb salad but have you ever tried cobb salad on a stick? Salads can be boring but our recipe puts a fun spin on this classic salad that will pair perfectly with your burger! We’ve even included a delicious avocado ranch dressing recipe that you can use as a dip or you can pair these with your favorite cobb salad dressing — your choice!

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5. Corn On The Cob

Nothing goes better with a summer cookout than fresh corn on the cob! Sure you’ve boiled cobs on your stovetop but have you tried cooking corn on the cob in an Instant Pot? Not only is it quick but it’s easy too and the pot doesn’t require any supervision which leaves you extra time to cook your burgers and prepare those delicious toppings! You may also enjoy trying this no-shuck, no-boil method to cook perfect corn on the cob!

6. Classic Macaroni Salad

Macaroni salad is delicious, comforting, and full of exciting flavors and of course, it pairs perfectly with a big juicy burger! This classic macaroni salad recipe combines macaroni pasta with hard-boiled eggs, fresh peppers, celery, carrot, and red onion. There are also tips on what other great ingredients you can add as well as how to make a tuna and a Hawaiian version.

7. Loaded Baked Potato Foil Packs

There are so many great potato sides for burgers. So far we’ve talked about French fries, potato salad, and now delicious baked potato foil packs! These potatoes are grilled to perfection and then served with all the fixings of a baked potato. Once you give these a try be sure to check out these foil pack BBQ recipes that are easy and perfect for summer!

8. Mango Salsa

Chips are a perfect side to a delicious burger! So good that you might even want to put chips on the burger! You can never go wrong with a big bowl of tortilla chips and salsa! But this time skip the store-bought salsa and try making it at home instead. This mango salsa recipe is full of fresh and flavorful ingredients and comes together in just 10 minutes! If you’re up for trying another unique salsa recipe check out this mouth-watering watermelon salsa!

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9. Caprese Skewers

This recipe puts a fun twist on a traditional Caprese salad and serves the same delicious ingredients on a skewer! These serve well at parties and make a great side dish for burgers! The best part is that this recipe requires three simple ingredients: fresh basil, small mozzarella balls, and a balsamic glaze or vinegar.

10. Watermelon Salad With Cucumber And Feta

If you’ve grown tired of leafy green salads try this watermelon salad for a change! It’s fresh, flavorful, and most importantly, will pair perfectly with a hamburger! Get ready because your taste buds are going to love this salad! It features sweet, salty, and tangy flavors thanks to the watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh lime juice. There’s even a few chopped cucumbers thrown into the mix for even more fresh flavor and crunchy texture!

11. Creamy Summer Slaw

Like potato salad, coleslaw is another summer staple and pairs wonderfully with burgers! Unfortunately, there are too many store-bought coleslaws that seriously lack flavor – the opposite of what a salad should be! So we created this creamy summer slaw recipe with all the same flavors you love but with the freshness of lemon juice, onion, and avocado! As a bonus, this recipe is also low-carb and keto-friendly — perfect for anyone watching their carb intake!

12. Cajun Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of the most popular summer sides, especially at potlucks. But we wanted to put a fun cajun twist on a traditional recipe to try something different, fun, and flavorful! These Cajun deviled eggs feature creamy avocados and a blend of flavorful cajun seasonings. Once you try it you’ll want to make these again and again! Serve these alongside your favorite burgers and prepare yourself for an epic meal! Ps. if you want to learn how to boil eggs quickly and effortlessly check out our step-by-step instructions to hard boil eggs in an Instant Pot.

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13. Deviled Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most versatile ingredients. You can enjoy them as French Fries, baked and loaded with toppings, in a salad, and now you can eat them like a deviled egg! We created this deviled potatoes recipe with plant-based dieters in mind because deviled eggs are one of the most popular summer side dishes! Even if you aren’t a vegan dieter, you’re going to love this innovative side dish. It features a creamy filling seasoned with paprika, mustard, and chives and served in tender potatoes — what’s not to like?

14. Garlic Mashed Potatoes

You can never go wrong with a fluffy side of garlic mashed potatoes. They are delicious but they also require quite a bit of prep work from peeling and chopping to boiling and mashing — sheesh we’re exhausted just thinking about it! That’s why we tried making mashed potatoes in an Instant Pot without peeling the potatoes and let us tell you the results were amazing! You simply chop the potatoes and toss them in the Instant Pot with a few ingredients and they’ll be ready to mash and serve in no time!

15. Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple

Fruits really are nature’s candy, especially when they’re perfectly ripe! A juicy pineapple is delicious as is but have you tried grilling it? This grilled pineapple recipe combines fresh pineapple with brown sugar to the make the juiciest, tender, melt-in-your-mouth side dish you’ve ever had! The recipe also recommends leaving the core in the pineapple slices so you can hold it by the core when eating. That said if you’d prefer to enjoy this grilled pineapple as a burger topping instead of a side dish be sure to remove the core first.

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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