American sliders are one of the most iconic dishes in America.
They’re a type of hamburger that is small enough to fit onto a bun, and they come with different sauces on them, such as mustard or ketchup.
Although sliders are typically served as an appetizer, they can also make a great meal.
Sliders may be small in size, but their flavor packs quite the punch.
Here is a list of 8 side dishes that go perfectly with sliders and make your meal complete.
What to Serve with Sliders – 8 BEST Side Dishes
“Serving side dishes for sliders?” you may be thinking. “What an absurd idea!”
But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
Side dishes, like chips and aioli sauce or grilled corn on the cob with cilantro lime butter, can offer great ways to spice up your slider menu without spending too much money or time in preparation.
You might even find that some of these recipes are healthier options than what’s already listed on your menus as a standard fare (think: fries).
In this article, we will explore three foodie-approved ideas for adding variety to any slider buffet.
1 – Potato Chips
This might sound like an odd pairing, but try serving some of your favorite potato chips alongside a slider, and you might be surprised how well it goes together.
A great way to do this is by laying out rows of different flavored chips in small bowls.
This will allow customers to mix ‘n match with their sliders or even create their flavor combinations if they want.
Combining a good burger with savory toppings like cheese or onions coupled with some fried potatoes makes us feel all warm inside.
Or try barbecue kettle-cooked chips paired with pulled pork sandwiches – smoky meets sweet.
You can find both types (fried and baked) at most major grocery stores these days, so no need to go too wild experimenting right off the bat either.
2 – Macaroni Salad
Why not serve some delicious macaroni noodle salad as an additional tray item at your next summer event? It’s simple.
Preparing this tasty dish can be done in just minutes.
Cook macaroni noodles until they are al dente, drain them, and cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, mix the cooked noodles with green onion, celery, salt (to taste), mayonnaise, and mustard (to taste).
Add some grated cheese or ham if desired for extra flavor.
Serve chilled or at room temperature with some saltines, and enjoy.
3 – Coleslaw
If you’re looking for a creative and exciting dish to serve as an accompaniment to sliders, coleslaw is a perfect choice.
And guess what? It’s also one of the easiest dishes you can make.
As this tasty coleslaw only takes about ten minutes to prepare before getting out of the kitchen, it’s also great when time-management needs prioritizing over creativity near mealtime.
The best part? You can customize its flavor by adding different spices like garlic powder, paprika, or pepper flakes, depending on what type of people will be eating with you that night (savory v.s sweet).
4 – Onion Rings
With a side of onion rings, these sliders are perfect for game day.
These fried, sometimes sweetened onions are an inexpensive and flavorful go-to that can be served alongside anything from burgers to chicken strips.
We recommend frying the onion slices in a heavy skillet with butter and oil to produce those crispy edges for that extra crunch.
A quick dip in a bowl of batter will ensure that your sliders are served with the perfect crunch to match their flavor.
5 – Mixed Fruit Salad
Many people are looking for an easier way to get a whole serving of fruit.
This is not to mention that many people are also trying to cut back on sugar intake for various reasons.
A mixed fruit salad can be an excellent option as it contains all necessary fruits and includes a variety of textures, yet remains low in carbs and high in fiber.
If you are looking for an even healthier option, use whole fruits instead of fruit juices and canned pineapple.
Add a little lemon juice to the mix if desired as well.
Use whatever fruits in season that suit your taste buds best; berries are excellent during summertime when they’re at their peak flavor and plentiful.
6 – Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo is a traditional Mexican dish that brings out the best in any grilled cheese or burger.
The color, texture, and flavors are the best for serving with sliders because it adds an extra kick without overpowering your taste buds.
To create this incredibly flavorful dip, you need just six ingredients: peppers (red onion), tomatoes, cilantro leaves, jalapeños, or serrano chiles, depending on how spicy you want the recipe) lime juice and salt.
We recommend adding chopped white onion, cucumber, and cilantro to the mix for a juicy crunch with every bite.
Not only will it make your pico de gallo extra flavorful, but you’ll be getting plenty of nutrients too.
This dip is perfectly served in a simple bowl or on top of grilled cheese sandwiches as well.
7 – Grilled Corn on the Cob
Are you serving a crowd? Grab a dozen ears of corn, toss them with salt and pepper, skewer them together lengthwise on a stick, sprinkle some butter over the top, and grill until tender.
The secret to perfectly grilled corn on the cob is to soak them in a mixture of water and salt for at least 4 hours before cooking.
The soaking process will soften up the kernels to have more time when placed over an open fire without burning or popping too quickly, thus taking away from their sweetness and flavor.
You will be amazed at the difference a nice soak will make for your corn.
If using frozen corn on the cob, make sure that you take it out of the freezer two hours prior, so they defrost.
8 – Veggie Platter with Ranch Dip
You know you’ve been to a party, and the food just wasn’t up to par.
The main dish was dry, overcooked, or some other disappointment that’s left your stomach feeling queasy.
An excellent solution for these parties is a veggie platter.
This is also the perfect dish for vegetarians and gluten-free or vegan, as it’s easy to make something that everyone can enjoy without lots of complex substitutions.
A good starter side dish will have some crunch in them like snap peas or green beans with ranch dip – giving your guests more opportunity to get involved with their food.
You might even want to include fresh fruit because, let’s face it, sometimes we need a little sweetness at these events too.
Choose berries if you’re catering locally where they proliferate (and when they’re not out of season in other regions).
If you have any allergies, though, be wary about what kind of tree nuts or citrus might be used in the dish.
We hope these side dishes will inspire you to create some excellent sliders.
If none of the combinations we’ve suggested sound appealing, feel free to experiment with your creative ideas and make a dish that’s perfect for your taste buds.
And don’t forget about dessert-we recommend ice cream or sweet french fries as an excellent way to finish off any meal.
So what are some other side dishes you enjoy pairing with slider sandwiches?