9 Ridiculously Easy Side Dishes For Hamburgers That Everyone Will Love
December 10, 2020 / Comments
From the sizzling sound as the ground beef hits the grill to the tufts of smoke billowing up from the grill, you can’t beat the experience grilling up a classic American hamburger at a cookout.
Chances are, you’ve perfected your family’s top-secret patty recipe and laid out all the fixings—from cheese to lettuce and tomato.
But hamburgers are only the foundation of your menu! Who goes to a cookout to eat just a hamburger? Answer: no one.
Every cookout must include side dishes that compliment your perfectly grilled hamburgers and leave everyone asking for the recipe at the end of the night.
These side dish recipes are so simple and tasty, you can whip them up right before guests arrive (with plenty of time to sneak a bite or two.)
Best of all, they’ll pair brilliantly with your world-famous hamburgers—especially when you add a secret ingredient. (We’ll tell you about that later!)
Add any of these easy side dish recipes to your next cookout:
- Southern Baked Beans with Bacon
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
- BBQ Potato Salad
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw
- Black Bean & Corn Salad
- Easy Cornbread
- Crispy BBQ Fries
- Slow Cooker BBQ Green Beans
Let’s get cookin’!
1. Southern Baked Beans with Bacon
The name says it all. Southern. Beans. Bacon. Sign us up!
A big heaping spoonful of baked beans next to an expertly crafted burger—it doesn’t get more Redneck than that!
Plus, this recipe takes a whopping 15 minutes to prep before tossing it in the oven to cook. Super simple!
- 1 can pinto beans
- 1 can baked beans
- 1 can red kidney beans
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/2 pound bacon diced into cubes
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cook the bacon on medium-high heat in a large cast iron skillet on the stovetop.
- Remove the bacon and let cool.
- Once cool, drain half of the bacon fat.
- Add the onion to the skillet and cook until it begins to caramelize.
- Then, add the garlic and bell pepper and cook for one minute, stirring constantly.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the bacon mixture and the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
- Pour the beans into a 9×13 baking pan. Cover with foil and bake for one hour.
- Bake for an additional ten minutes uncovered.
- Remove from the oven, stir, and serve.
2. Grilled Corn on the Cob
Corn on the cob is a summer staple. The crisp crunch of the corn, the melted butter, the endless array of topping possibilities—it’s all so good!
The key to cookout worthy corn on the cob is to look for ears that have super tight and green husks along with golden brown tassels. Loose husks and dark brown tassels indicate that the corn is near the end of its freshness and can turn soggy when cooking.
- Ears of corn, enough to feed everyone at your party
- Butter, butter, and more butter
- After your grill is primed, smoking hot, and ready to go, throw the shucked corn on the grill.
- Turn regularly, making grill marks on the corn until cooked to your desired level.
- Spread with butter and salt and enjoy!
To spice up your grilled corn on the cob side dish, consider adding chili powder, mayo, and cotija cheese to make elote!
3. BBQ Potato Salad
After chowing down on a juicy, smoky hamburger, you want a cool side dish with a bit of bite to it to top it all off. This BBQ potato salad offers the right balance of savory, sweet, and tangy flavors to compliment your burger recipe and satisfy every cookout guest.
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- 3 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 8-10 slices thick-cut bacon
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 dashes Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pinch of kosher salt
- 1/2 cup parsley
- Place the potatoes in a pot with water and add salt. Cover the pot and bring to a boil. Cook until tender.
- Drain the water, cut potatoes in half, and transfer to a mixing bowl.
- Fry up the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove and let cool. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
- Combine the red wine vinegar, honey, dill, and chili flakes in a small bowl. Whisk ingredients until honey is dissolved.
- Add 1/2 cup water and the sliced onions to the bowl and toss well. Set onions aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the mayonnaise, BBQ sauce, mustard, apple cider vinegar, pepper, Worcestershire, and salt together in a medium bowl until combined to create the dressing.
- Pour the dressing onto the potatoes and add onions as desired. Add chopped bacon and half the chopped parsley and toss.
- Serve and enjoy!
4. Classic Macaroni Salad
When you think of iconic cookout side dishes, macaroni salad comes to mind, doesn’t it?
There’s a reason this delicious side dish is at every BBQ, family gathering, or outdoor party: it’s so easy to make! Chop up and mix a few ingredients, stir it all together, refrigerate, and eat.
- 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup distilled white vinegar
- ⅔ cup white sugar
- 2 ½ tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- ¼ cup grated carrot
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- In a separate large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt, and pepper until combined. Stir in the onion, celery, green pepper, carrot, and macaroni.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
5. Sweet & Spicy Coleslaw
Maybe you’re the type that wants a little kick in your cookout. Instead of loading your hamburger up with hot sauce and making a beeline for the milk when your mouth becomes a four-alarm fire, make this coleslaw recipe featuring red pepper flakes, just enough hot sauce, and sweet peach nectar.
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 6 tablespoons peach nectar
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons vinegar-based hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 large head of cabbage, thinly sliced
- Combine vinegar, peach nectar, oil, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, salt, cayenne, and black pepper in a large bowl. Whisk together.
- Add cabbage and toss until coated in dressing.
- Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
6. Black Bean & Corn Salad
Most cookout side dishes tend to be on the heavier side, with ingredients including mayonnaise and bacon. While we’re not complaining because—hello, those side dishes are delightful—sometimes you want a lighter option!
This black bean and corn salad combines the right amount of sweetness, crunch, and healthy ingredients. Plus, it’s vegan!
- 3 ears of corn prepared, roasted or grilled
- 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 small red onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and chopped
- 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 avocados, chopped
- Handful of cilantro, chopped
- 1 lime, for juice and zest
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare the corn either grilled or roasted, and remove the corn kernels using a knife.
- Combine corn, black beans, bell pepper, jalapeño, and onion in a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro gently, combining with the previous ingredients.
- Prepare the dressing by combining the lime juice, olive oil, avocado oil, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder in a small separate bowl.
- Toss salad with dressing. Add salt and pepper as desired and serve.
7. Easy Cornbread
If you’re from the South, you know how important cornbread is to any cookout. Look at every plate at a Southern cookout and you’ll see hamburgers, various side dishes, and cornbread, without fail!
Fortunately, cornbread is pretty easy to make if you follow these steps.
- ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup yellow cornmeal
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- Preheat the oven to 350℉.
- Sift together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk. Mix ingredients together until fully combined.
- Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking dish. Bake for about 25 – 30 minutes.
- Place on a cooling rack, cut, and serve.
8. Crispy BBQ Fries
What pairs better with a hamburger than fries?
These french fries are so mouth-wateringly delicious that your guests will be begging you to make seconds or thirds.
And, you’ll be able to (if you’re up for it), since the recipe only takes 20 minutes to make!
- 2 pounds of russet potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges*
- 1 cup Redneck Lipstick barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
*Can substitute with frozen fries.
- Preheat the oven to 425℉.
- Line two baking sheets with tin foil and grease with a tiny layer of cooking spray.
- Combine BBQ sauce, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil in a separate large bowl. Whisk until incorporated.
- Add sliced potatoes to the bowl and toss until potatoes are thoroughly covered in the sauce.*
- Spread potatoes out on both baking sheets and align them into a single layer.
- Add any additional ingredients your heart desires (bacon bits, pulled pork, cheese, you name it!)
- Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown (or more if you’re a fan of crispy fries!)
- Remove and top with a pinch of salt, even more BBQ sauce, and other custom ingredients.
*If using frozen fries, cook the fries for 5-6 minutes first. Remove from the oven and let the fries cool slightly before covering with sauce and resuming the recipe.
9. Slow Cooker BBQ Green Beans
For as fun and care-free as BBQs and backyard cookouts are, they take a lot of preparation. From lighting the grill just right to planning out a full menu, there’s a lot to take on!
That’s why this slow cooker BBQ green beans recipe is as easy to prepare as it is delicious. Let the crockpot do all the work for you and you’ll have a healthy side dish bursting with flavor sure to satisfy your cookout guests.
- 4 cans green beans, drained
- 8 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Combine ketchup, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne in a large bowl until combined. Add salt and pepper to taste, as desired.
- Place green beans and onions in a lightly greased slow cooker. Pour sauce mixture over and stir until incorporated. Top with crumbled bacon.
- Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-5 hours.
The Secret Ingredient That’ll Transform Your Side Dishes into Family Favorites
No matter what side dishes you choose to make, there’s one ingredient that’ll make it stand out from the rest of the menu: Redneck Lipstick BBQ sauce.
Whether you spice up your cornbread with a dab of our smoky, sweet sauce or smother it all over some crispy fries, the flavors packed into one drop of this sauce are enough to make you reach BBQ nirvana.
Of course, our sauce isn’t reserved for just side dishes. Put BBQ sauce on your hamburger too! After tasting a hamburger topped with Redneck Lipstick, we doubt you’ll opt for “just ketchup” ever again.