side dish and serving ideas for burgers



Burgers are an All-American classic comfort food. A staple for backyard cookouts. Millions served from golden arches. Regularly found on menus of diners, high-end restaurants, food trucks, and school cafeterias. Made without meat so as not to leave vegetarians and vegans out of the tastiness that is the burger.

The options and combinations to customize your burger experience are truly endless. Ground beef is the classic filling, but chicken, bison, fish or veggie patties are the tip of the iceberg of alternatives. Bun choices are also vast: from a traditional sesame seed bun or the low carb version wrapped in lettuce, a golden and soft brioche bun, chewy pretzel roll or savory onion roll, to name a few. Next, do you add cheese or go sans cheese? Many would argue that the only way to go is a slice of American cheese. For alternatives, you are only limited by your own imagination. Colby Jack, Cheddar, Gruyere, Havarti, vegan cheeses made from nuts, even pungent and strong Stilton can be found on burgers.

Toppings and sauces can be simple or mountainous. Onions, tomato, lettuce, mustard, ketchup, and mayo are all popular. For a change of pace try onion rings, a fried egg, avocado, grilled pineapple or even fried mac’n’cheese. Sauce choice can also change the burger. Take inspiration from your other favorite dishes for new takes on the classic. Try your burger glazed with teriyaki sauce, topped with grilled pineapple and caramelized onions. Or top your burger with rich tomato sauce and melt fresh mozzarella over top.

Serve burgers with…

Something Fried

french fries
sweet potato fries
loaded fries
potato chips
onion rings
fried pickles
zucchini fries
avocado fries
fried okra

Something More

Just Salads

potato salad
macaroni salad
garden salad
pasta salad
cold rice salad
warm potato salad
bean salad
German potato salad
Asian slaw
corn salad

Something with Veggies

corn on the cob
pickled vegetables
grilled vegetables
stuffed avocados
caramelized onions

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