These BBQ side dishes are ready for summer! It’s the season of backyard BBQs, grilling, and potlucks, so I’ve rounded up the best BBQ side ideas for you. With 4th of July around the corner, I know you need some easy side dishes for barbecue. From the most classic BBQ sides to the fun and unique ideas, there’s something here to suit your fancy!
BBQ Side Dishes
Coleslaw? Check! Baked beans? Check! All the best BBQ sides for a fun summer party? Check, check, and check!
As you all probably know, the best part of any feast is the sides. These easy side dishes for BBQ are proof of that! Whether you’re sticking to the traditional definition of barbecue foods, or just preparing for a fun backyard get together with friends and family, these BBQ side ideas are just perfect.
We love a good potluck style party in the summertime, where everyone brings something to share. We’ve got the grill covered, but guests can bring the barbecue sides, the salads, the desserts, etc. This is our favorite way to celebrate 4th of July, with LOTS of food to go around.
Get ready for the perfect summer BBQ with these delicious BBQ side dishes!
Easy BBQ Sides
All of these BBQ side dishes are super easy. If I’m cooking for a bunch of people, or even just making one dish to bring to the party, the last thing I want to do is make it complicated. Food should be FUN. Besides, it’s summertime and I want to be outside eating and enjoying the weather, not stuck inside with the stove.
Whichever barbecue sides you decide to make, these are some of the typical tools and ingredients you might need. Basically, your BBQ sides essentials!
- Grill or Grill Pan
- Casserole Dishes
- Kitchen Utensil Set
- Slow Cooker (so helpful for cooking and heating party foods)
- Instant Read Thermometer
Essential Ingredients List
- Potatoes (for fries, chips, mashed or baked potatoes, potato salad)
- Buns for burgers
- Baked beans
- Barbecue Sauce (I have a special homemade BBQ sauce recipe that I love)
- Veggies to grill
- Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo)
- Cheese (slices for burgers, shredded for toppings and sides)
Of course, don’t forget the ground chuck, hot dogs, ribs, etc. for the main event. Because these barbecue side dishes all have one thing in common: they’re perfect when eaten with BBQ!
Best BBQ Side Ideas
This guide is filled with the best BBQ side dishes, but there’s more to the perfect feast than that. You need the main dish, the drinks, and the appetizers too! Here are some ideas for dishes to bring to a summer party.
What are the best BBQ dishes?
Besides the sides, the best recipes for a barbecue are the burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, ribs, etc. Some quick ideas:
- Grill up some chicken burgers or turkey burgers
- Make bbq pork sandwiches
- Grill salmon for a healthier option (like this garlic butter salmon)
- The perfect BBQ ribs (really easy slow cooker recipe)
- Burgers are always a good idea
What should I bring to a BBQ potluck?
Sometimes the hardest part of the party is figuring out what to bring. You can keep it simple by bringing an easy dessert, a quick side dish, or drinks. These are my favorite easy recipes for summer potlucks:
- Salads require almost no effort (shhh!). This Peach Corn Tomato Salad is perfect for BBQs.
- This Instant Pot Potato Salad is one of the easiest options.
- Brings chips and dip! This blender salsa is so easy (or food processor guacamole), and you can buy a bag of chips on your way to the party.
What do you drink with BBQ?
One of the best drinks for BBQ is sweet tea! A classic combo that can’t be beat. But of course a party needs more than one drink option (ideally a few cocktail options). These are my favorites:
- Mojito Pitcher Recipe
- Homemade Lemonade
- Classic Margarita Pitcher Recipe
- Homemade Limeade
- Peach Lemonade
55 BBQ Side Dishes
Okay, now let’s get to the reason for this post: the BEST BBQ side dishes! You’ve got the classics, the salads, the veggies, the chips and fries, the pasta salads, and more. There’s plenty to choose from here, so find your favorites and enjoy!
Salads for BBQ
Every feast should have a salad or two, so we can at least FEEL like we’re eating healthy. But not boring, plain recipes here. I love how easy these are to make, and they’re so good too. My favorite salads for BBQ:
BLT Farro Salad Recipe (Farro, Bacon, Tomato, Arugula Salad)
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Honey Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette
Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe (Cucumber Apple Salad)
Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Caprese Farro Salad
Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe
Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing
Strawberry Bacon Salad with Honey Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette
Peach Corn Tomato Salad with Spicy Honey Vinaigrette
Caprese Salad Recipe (Chopped Caprese Salad) VIDEO!
Cranberry Almond Charred Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Red White and Blue Mason Jar Salad (Fruit and Feta Salad)
Classic BBQ Sides
The BEST BBQ side dishes are the classics. You just can’t go wrong with these recipes, and a summer party wouldn’t be the same without them. Coleslaw, baked beans, and potato salad should definitely be mandatory at all BBQs!
Creamy Coleslaw Recipe (Homemade Coleslaw)
BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon
Cheesy Texas Toast Garlic Bread
Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob
Instant Pot Potato Salad with Dill Pickles
Loaded Deviled Eggs Recipe
How to Cook Corn on the Cob
Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese Recipe
Bourbon Bacon Baked Beans
BBQ Side Ideas: Pasta Salads
Pasta salad is easy to make ahead of time, and it keeps well. Since it’s typically eaten cold, you can make the day before, store it, and take it with you to the BBQ. These pasta salads for BBQ are my favorite!
Appetizers for BBQs
I’m a big fan of appetizers, and every party needs to have at least a few. You need chips and dip(s), you need something to snack on, and I just love those little tortilla roll ups for occasions like this. While you’re waiting for the burgers to cook, snack on these favorites.
Mexican Pinwheels (Southwest Cream Cheese & Sausage Pinwheels)
Grilled Chicken Nachos Two Ways
Best Guacamole Recipe Ever! (Simple Guacamole Recipe)
Easy Homemade Salsa Recipe (Blender Salsa)
Baked Cheeseburger Sliders (Cheeseburgers for a Crowd)
Homemade Tortilla Chips with Garlic Parmesan (Baked Tortilla Chips)
Pigs in a Blanket with Cheese and Parmesan Ranch Butter
Homemade Chex Mix Recipe (BEST Chex Party Mix)
Tortilla Roll ups with Cream Cheese & Jalapeno (Jalapeno Popper Roll ups)
Easy Foil Packet Nachos (BEST Nachos Recipe)
Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots Recipe (Sweet and Spicy!)
Ham and Cheese Roll Ups (Tortilla Roll Ups)
Mexican Street Corn Salsa Recipe
Ranch Fried Pickles - How to Fry Pickles
Blistered Sweet Peppers with Lemon Pepper Goat Cheese Dip
Crock Pot Kielbasa Sausage Bites Appetizer
BBQ Sides: Veggies
We’ve got all kinds of side dishes for barbecue here, and the veggie side dish is a must. They’re the healthiest thing at the party, but they’re still really delicious. Grilled asparagus is a simple option, you can cook up some potatoes in a crockpot, or you can make these amazing stuffed tomatoes!
Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Parmesan
Cheesy Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe with Zucchini & Spinach
White Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic
Crispy Garlic Roasted Asparagus (with Garlic Aioli)
Crock Pot Potatoes Recipe (Garlic Ranch Potatoes and Taco Slow Cooker Potatoes)
Skinny Mexican Street Corn
Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe (Cauliflower Mash)
Grilled Lemon Butter Asparagus
BBQ Sides: Chips and Fries
The best BBQ side dishes? Fries and chips! Keep it simple and make the thing (potatoes) that everyone wants when eating barbecue and burgers. There’s even an avocado option for something healthy.
Homemade Baked Sweet Potato Chips Recipe
Shoestring Fries Recipe - Shoestring Potatoes
Bacon Cheese Fries with Ranch (3 Cheese Fries Recipe!)
Avocado Fries (Baked Fried Avocado Fries Recipe)
Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges Recipe
Make these amazing BBQ side dishes and have the best summer BBQs ever! I might have to plan more backyard get togethers just to make sure I have a chance to use all these tasty recipes this season. Enjoy!