Looking for ways to spice up your burger dinner? These recipes for healthy sides for burgers are a must try. They're easy to make and taste great with a burger.
Whether you're cooking up traditional hamburgers, turkey or veggie burgers, these healthy and delicious burger side dishes will take your meal to the next level.
From classics such as french fries, potato salad, sauces, slaw and more, check out these delicious side dish recipes for your next burger night.
Best Healthy Sides For Burgers
These easy recipes use kale, zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes and other veggies to turn classic dishes into the best healthy sides for burgers.
From chips to salads and from homemade onion rings to condiments, you'll find healthy ways to prepare these hamburger sides that are gluten-free as well as paleo.
Sweet Potato Salad
Serve a classic side dish of potato salad with your burger feast, except swap out the traditional white potatoes for this variation that uses cubed sweet potatoes that have been roasted to tender perfection.
Keep it zesty using a homemade dressing with flavors of lime and chipotle. A smattering of diced onion, bell pepper and celery give it extra crunch and flavor. Make it ahead and let it chill in the fridge before serving.
Broccoli Salad With Bacon
Green and crunchy raw broccoli florets join with raisins, diced onion, chopped walnuts and salty crumbled bacon bits for a classic veggie salad that pairs perfectly with burgers.
Boost the flavor with a homemade mayo and vinegar dressing that adds just the right amount of tanginess and creaminess that makes this healthy dish a favorite sweet and savory side salad for any picnic or potluck.
Avocado Caprese Salad
Super easy with simple ingredients, this stacked salad made with freshly sliced ripe tomatoes, creamy avocado slices and topped with fragrant basil leaves is an uncomplicated and healthy side dish that's perfect for a burger meal and BBQ.
A simple dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar provides the finishing touch. In fact, you could almost just add a stack of this caprese salad right on top of your burger before nestling it in a bun. What could be easier?
This 3-ingredient recipe is a healthy way to enjoy a green vegetable in a crunchy form. Kale chips are easily made by removing the stems from washed and dried kale, tearing into large pieces before spreading on a lined baking sheet.
Drizzle or spray with olive oil and massage into the torn kale pieces. Season with sea salt. For more flavor, sprinkle with garlic powder and/or chili powder. Bake, turning once, for even crispiness. These healthy kale chips make the perfect side dish for any type of patty!
While the burgers are on the grill, wrap your fresh asparagus spears in thin slices of prosciutto before their session on over the flame. They need just 5 minutes or so to let them brown and tenderize before taking their place as a delicious vegetable side item for burgers. Not a fan of prosciutto? Just leave it off and grill the asparagus spears alone.
Arugula Strawberry Salad
What burger buffet would be complete without a side salad? Here, peppery arugula serves as the green base that's topped with freshly cut strawberries. Dress it with a homemade lemon vinaigrette made with Meyer lemon juice, avocado oil, salt and pepper.
How easy is that? For a little extra crunch, garnish with lightly toasted sliced almonds. This salad is a tasty and healthy side that's perfect to serve with hamburgers.
Shredded cabbage and carrots get a tangy lift with a homemade dressing of apple cider vinegar, vegan mayo and honey. To make it even quicker, just grab a store-bought bag of your favorite coleslaw mix if you're short on time. Want to make it even more exciting? Consider add-ins such as raisins, chopped apples or celery seeds. It's the perfect healthy pairing for burgers on the grill.
BLT Avocado Salad
The classic trio of bacon, lettuce and tomato gets a new setting as a crunchy side salad for burger night. Combine Romaine lettuce with crumbled and salty bacon and add in chopped tomatoes. A touch of creamy and mild flavor with sliced avocado makes a tasty addition. Dressed with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette, it's a healthy side salad to pair with dinner.
Easy Tomato Cucumber Salad
There's nothing easier than throwing together a fresh farmer's market or garden salad using tomatoes, cucumbers and onion. Red or purple onion will give it that extra bite while chopped basil adds the herbal component. Season with sea salt and a drizzle of homemade vinaigrette and let it chill before setting this savory and refreshing summer side salad on the burger buffet table.
While you could enjoy your burger without a slathering of mayo, you could also make this homemade version that's healthy and delicious. It's a small batch recipe that's super easy. Whisk together an egg yolk, lemon juice, dry mustard, salt and avocado oil. It's simple to make by hand, but for larger batches, an immersion blender or high speed blender will do the trick!
Boost your burger with a dollop of homemade chimichurri sauce for an outrageous explosion of herbal flavor. Garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes and herbs like parsley and oregano are blended with the tanginess of lemon juice and red vinegar for a spicy condiment that's perfect as a topping on hamburgers. Or, you can also baste your raw burgers with it before cooking them on the grill. Either way, it's a delish addition to the meal.
Peach Barbecue Sauce
Looking for healthy BBQ sauce to elevate your burger game? This homemade peach barbecue sauce can be made in just 10 minutes and then slathered on your burgers as you grill them.
It's a sweet sauce that's free of added sugar and made with fresh or frozen peaches, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, shallot, bacon fat or coconut oil, and seasonings. The ingredients need a quick simmer on the stove before being blitzed in a blender.
Your outdoor BBQ or picnic deserves a hydrating drink and this smoothie recipe is perfect for summer. Blend frozen or fresh watermelon chunks with berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, as well as ice to create a cold and naturally sweet beverage that's as delicious as it is refreshing. It's the perfect slushie to serve alongside burgers. It's kid-approved and equally appreciated by adults.
Red, White And Blue Berries And Cream
It's always a sweet touch to offer fresh seasonal fruits as a finishing touch to a burger meal. Here, a simple combination of strawberries and blueberries are an easy way to offer a fruit salad. Add in freshly made coconut cream and assemble it as a large trifle or scoop into individual serving containers. It's perfect for summer festivities and celebrations!
Onion rings are a great side dish for hamburgers and this recipe keeps it delicious by coating slices of white onion in an egg wash before dredging them in a seasoned almond flour mixture. From there, it's just a matter of frying the battered onion rings in a skillet with melted coconut oil until golden brown. Better make a double batch because these will be gobbled up in a flash!
Recipe by Wicked Spatula
Asian Cucumber Salad
This cool cucumber salad is perfect with your favorite hamburger. It combines crisp cucumber, sweet Vidalia onion and fresh cilantro for a refreshing crunchy low carb side dish. The sauce includes rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic and hot pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
Recipe by Kalyn's Kitchen
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Swap out white potato chips for these healthier and crunchy veggie chips, made appropriately crispy with the help of an air fryer. Use thinly sliced zucchini that's brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.
Add them in a single layer to your air fryer basket and cook until golden and crispy. Work in batches to ensure even cooking. A bowl of zucchini fries or chips are always a welcome addition as healthy burger sides.
Recipe by Enjoy Clean Eating
Green Bean Salad
Make this healthy green bean salad ahead of time and let the flavors come to life in the fridge until its time to serve. Fresh green beans are boiled for a scant 5 minutes until fork tender. Cool them off with cold water and let them drain dry before drizzling with a marinated shallot mixture that includes olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley and chill well.
Recipe by Every Last Bite
Japanese Sweet Potato Fries
Use Japanese sweet potatoes for a lighter and flavorful taste for french fries. These potato fries bake to tenderness in the oven or air fryer. Wash the potatoes well before slicing into wedges or a thinner fry shape. Toss them with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Air fry or oven bake until tender, golden and crispy. Serve with your favorite healthy dipping sauces.
Recipe by Organically Addision
Veggie Mushroom Burgers
Make this vegetable burger as a meatless option for burger night. The mix is full of sautéed cremini mushrooms and red onion, roasted sweet potato, egg, walnuts, almond flour and spices. A little chia seeds add some additional protein and helps the mixture hold together. Form into patties and bake in the oven, flipping once.
Recipe by Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Pasta Salad (With Cassava Pasta)
This zesty pasta salad uses a short shape shell made from cassava flour to keep it grain free and gluten free. Mix the cooked and cooled pasta with diced celery and cucumber, blanched broccoli florets, sliced black olives and green onions and diced dill pickle.
Dress it with a homemade creamy avocado and herbal dressing and present it as a healthy take on macaroni salad for a classic burger side.
Recipe by Eat Beautiful
Burgers may be the main attraction, but you'll want to eat all of these healthy sides first. Whether you like your burgers cooked well done or medium rare, these healthy side dishes will fit every taste.
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