BBQ Side Dishes

Summertime means BBQs and outdoor parties, although really any time is a good time to BBQ here in Arizona. I have gathered my favorite and most delicious BBQ Side Dishes to wow your guests!

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A collage of different BBQ Side Dishes.

Add Variety to Your BBQ

One of my favorite ways to do a backyard BBQ is potluck style! Usually we’ll take care of the main dish or meat that is being grilled and ask everyone else who’s coming to bring a side dish to share.

It takes pressure off the host, and gives way for some variety in the meal spread! In fact, the different side dishes are often my favorite part of the BBQ. 😉

From my best-loved items to easy and healthy ones, I have something for everyone to graze at your next BBQ or gathering. It doesn’t have to be difficult to be delicious. Enjoy these tasty outdoor-party-ready sides!!

BBQ Side Dishes - Potato Salad with black olives in a white bowl.

BBQ Side Dish Tips

The right temperature: Whether you are hosting a backyard barbeque or having a cookout at the park you are going to need to be able to keep your dishes at the right temperature. 

  • Transporting food: An insulated cooler works well to transport hot or cold food. Use warm rice bags or hot water bottles to keep the food warm. Ice is the most common tool used to keep a cooler cool. You can also freeze water bottles and then drink them as they thaw. 
  • Serving warm food: If you have access to an outlet, using a crock pot will help keep food warm. Chafing dishes are another great tool. Of course, since the grill will be fried up you can also use the grill to heat up/keep food warm. 
  • Serving Cold food: Don’t set out cold food until right before eating. To keep it cool, I like to fill a pan or bowl with ice cubes and place the tray/bowl of food on top of the ice. 
BBQ Side Dishes - Baked Beans served as a side dish with corn on the cob and grapes.

Condiments and Toppings

Condiments are typically used on burgers and hot dogs, and can enhance so many other dishes as well. Some more popular condiments to provide include: mustard, BBQ Sauce, mayo, ketchup, relish, sour cream, hot sauce, Ranch Dressing, Fry Sauce, Honey Mustard.

Toppings can be used in all sorts of dishes including many types of sandwiches and burgers. I always like to have a tray of pickles, red onion, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, and slices of cheese,

A really easy summer side dish to serve is chips and salsa. They can serve both as an appetizer as well as a side for any meal.

You can go with traditional salsa like Homemade Salsa and Sweet Salsa Verde, or a savory vegetable salsa like Corn Salsa and Cucumber Salsa, or venture out and provide a fruity salsa such as Strawberry Salsa or Mango Salsa.

BBQ Side Dishes - Bacon wrapped asparagus served on a white platter.

How much to plan for

Cook outs mean family and friends and that can be tricky to figure out how much you’re going to need. 

Whether you are serving barbecued chicken or grilling up a cut of beef any of these side dishes will be complimentary. When choosing what side dishes to serve you may want to provide dishes that aren’t too similar to one another.

First, you’ll need to figure out how many different side dishes you want to serve. I have found that for less than 6 guests I’ll have 3-4 side dishes. I’ll add another side dish for every 5 more guests. 

Then, calculate how much of each dish you will need:

  • Pasta Salad ½ – ¾ cup per person
  • Potato Salad ⅔ cup per person
  • Baked Bean ½ cup per person
  • Green Salads 1 cup per person
  • Slaw ½ cup per person
  • Fruit 1 cup per person
  • Vegetables ½ cup per person
  • Corn on the Cob: 1 ear per person

Best BBQ Sides

These Barbecue Sides are among some of our favorites. Whether you love classic potato salads or fruity Jello salad, there is something tasty to share!

Grilled Corn On The Cob – Using the grill is one of our new favorite ways to cook corn! Grilled corn on the cob will be your go-to side dish this summer.

Grilled Asparagus – Grilled asparagus is the best side dish alongside almost any dinner recipe! Sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a little parmesan cheese—this recipe is incredible!

Parmesan Crusted Zucchini – Delicious and Healthy Baked Parmesan Zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal. 

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is a smoky and savory side dish. It is crispy, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare!

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls – Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are so soft they melt in your mouth!! They are huge, buttery, and SO good!

Baked Beans – This Homemade Baked Beans recipe is a must-have at all of our BBQ’s.  It’s such a simple and easy recipe, requires only FIVE ingredients, and cooks in the crock pot. 

Favorite Broccoli Salad – This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.

Homemade Biscuits – Flaky, buttery homemade biscuits that are to die for. These delicious biscuits are not only simple and soft, but make the perfect side dish for any meal.

Homemade Potato Salad – Our all-time favorite Potato Salad – it’s simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.

Macaroni Salad – A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It’s perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!

Homemade French Fries – The effort is worth it for these perfect homemade fast-food-style French fries. They are crispy, salty perfection!!

Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad – Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty. This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser!!

EASY BBQ SIDES

These go-to sides are not only yummy, but are SO easy! They whip up in a flash, and many can be made ahead of time!

Easy Fruit Salad – A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!

Best Way To Cut A Watermelon – Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn how to cut a watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad – Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad – a simple, delicious and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get togethers. So many great flavors!

Boiling Corn On The Cob – Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.

Fruit Kabobs – Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.

Pea Salad – Pea salad is made with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, cheese, and bright pops of peas. It only requires a handful of ingredients and is easy to make!

Easy Pasta Salad – Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.

Layered Pasta Salad – A dish that is appealing to both your taste buds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.

Caprese Kabobs – Simple, quick and delicious Caprese Kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.

Easy Coleslaw – This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.

Easy Yeast Rolls – These easy yeast rolls can be made in under an hour with just 4 ingredients! With how quick and simple they are, they will become your new go-to dinner rolls.

HEALTHY BBQ SIDES

Round off any great party spread with a few healthy sides! These perfect options do not skimp on flavor either. With this list, you are sure to have a little something for everyone.

Veggie Cup Appetizers – Quick and Easy Veggie Cup Appetizers – filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.

Baked Zucchini Fries – These baked zucchini sticks are crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. Zucchini fries are healthy AND delicious!

Roasted Green Beans – Roasted Green Beans are the easiest and most delicious healthy side dish that goes perfect with any dinner. Plus, they’re quick and great for holiday meals too.

Roasted Tomatoes – Juicy roasted tomatoes are the yummiest and easiest appetizer or side dish. Roasting them (with a little olive oil, basil and parmesan) brings out every delicious flavor!

Arugula Salad – Fresh Arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!

Cucumber Salad – Fresh, vibrant Cucumber Tomato Salad is a simple salad perfect for summer and your bounteous harvest. The cucumbers provide a refreshing crunch and fresh herbs, a bright flavor. It’s a quick side for any meal!

Summer Corn Salad – This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It’s so simple and quick that it’s perfect for get togethers and BBQs.

Broccoli Slaw – Broccoli slaw is layered with green onions, oriental ramen noodles, peanuts, and sunflower seeds in a delicious dressing!

Herb Roasted Potatoes – Easy Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes – A yummy side dish!! Golden potatoes in lemon juice, olive oil, and lots of seasonings!!

Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad – Easy & Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad is light, delicious and flavorful. This simply dressed salad is a new favorite!!

Asparagus Salad – Filled with mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes, seasoned with basil, and covered in a light balsamic vinaigrette, this asparagus salad is bursting with flavor! Best of all, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!


The Complete list

Here are the picture cards for all of the tasty BBQ Side Dishes listed above.

With so many delicious sides to choose from you’re sure to find some new favorites that will make your next BBQ a success!

Salad, Side Dish Pea Salad Recipe
Pea salad is made with a creamy mayo dressing, bacon, cheese, and bright pops of peas. It only requires a handful of ingredients and is easy to make!
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe
Fresh, vibrant Cucumber Tomato Salad is a simple salad perfect for summer and your bounteous harvest. It's a quick side for any meal!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Grilled Asparagus Recipe
Grilled asparagus is the best side dish alongside almost any dinner recipe! Sprinkled with salt, pepper, and a little parmesan cheese—this recipe is incredible!
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Grilled Corn on the Cob Recipe
Using the grill is one of our new favorite ways to cook corn! Grilled corn on the cob will be your go-to side dish this summer.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 3 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer, Side Dish Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Recipe
Delicious and Healthy Baked Parmesan Zucchini. These spears are crusted in Parmesan cheese and baked to perfection, making them a great side dish for any meal. 
Total Time: 16 minutes
4.88 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer, Side Dish Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Recipe
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus is a smoky and savory side dish. It is crispy, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to prepare!
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish French Fries Recipe
The effort is worth it for these perfect homemade fast-food-style French fries. They are crispy, salty perfection!!
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Homemade Baked Beans Recipe
Easy Homemade Baked Beans is a must-have at all of our BBQ's. Everyone who tries it agrees it's the best baked beans recipe!
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Potato Salad Recipe
Our all-time favorite Potato Salad – it’s simple, flavorful and filled with chunks of potatoes, eggs and olives! It’s the perfect addition to any BBQ or picnic and is so creamy and tasty, it will wow everyone who tries it.
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Check out this recipe
Dessert Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe
Strawberry Jello Pretzel Salad is the ultimate combination of sweet and salty. This classic treat is always a crowd pleaser!!
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 14 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Broccoli Salad Recipe
This Sunny Broccoli Salad is a simple, tasty and hearty broccoli salad served with bacon, cranberries, sunflower seeds, and mixed with a delicious, homemade mayonnaise-vinegar based dressing that is perfect for BBQs and get togethers.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.96 from 44 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad, Side Dish Macaroni Salad Recipe
A simple, creamy macaroni salad loaded with pasta, peas and ham. It's perfect for parties, family dinners, and potlucks!
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.84 from 18 votes
Check out this recipe
Bread Texas Roadhouse Rolls Recipe
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls are so soft they melt in your mouth!! They are huge, buttery, and SO good!
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Homemade Biscuit Recipe
Flaky, buttery homemade biscuits that are to die for. These delicious biscuits are not only simple and soft, but make the perfect side dish for any meal.
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Fruit Kabobs Recipe
Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish How to Cut a Watermelon
Is there anything better than a ripe juicy watermelon? Learn How to Cut a Watermelon into cubes efficiently and easily with our tips!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad Recipe
Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad – a simple, delicious and quick salad perfect for dinner or for BBQs and get togethers. So many great flavors!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish How to Boil Corn on the Cob
Boiling corn on the cob is a cinch! You will love this juicy corn on the cob to put on the side of any summer meal.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Coleslaw Recipe
This quick and Easy Coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for any picnic or BBQ. It takes just minutes to put this classic coleslaw recipe together, and it can easily be customized with the spices and flavors you love most.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Easy Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy and delicious Italian Pasta Salad recipe that includes Rotini pasta, olives, tomatoes, & cheese in Italian dressing! It takes minutes to make and is perfect for any get together including BBQs and holidays.
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.73 from 18 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad, Side Dish Layered Pasta Salad Recipe
A dish that is appealing to both your tastebuds and your eyes! This beautiful Layered Pasta Salad is filled with your favorite ingredients including pasta, chicken, peas, lettuce, celery, and more.
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 6 votes
Check out this recipe
Bread Easy Yeast Roll Recipe
These easy yeast rolls can be made in under an hour with just 4 ingredients! With how quick and simple they are, they will become your new go-to dinner rolls.
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.75 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Simple, quick and delicious Caprese Kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Roasted Tomatoes Recipe
Juicy roasted tomatoes are the yummiest and easiest appetizer or side dish. Roasting them (with a little olive oil, basil and parmesan) brings out every delicious flavor!
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 5 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Roasted Green Beans Recipe
Roasted Green Beans are the easiest and most delicious healthy side dish that goes perfect with any dinner. Plus, they’re quick and great for holiday meals too.
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Zucchini Fries Recipe
These baked zucchini sticks are crusted and baked in panko, parmesan cheese, oregano, and basil. Zucchini fries are healthy AND delicious!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 13 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer Veggie Cups Recipe
Quick and Easy Veggie Cup Appetizers – filled with dressing and veggies, this mess-free snack is great for so many occasions.
5 from 2 votes
Check out this recipe
Main Course, Salad, Side Dish Arugula Salad Recipe
Fresh Arugula salad is loaded with healthy greens, juicy tomatoes, and parmesan shavings with pine nuts and creamy avocado on top!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 4 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Corn Salad Recipe
This Summer Corn Salad is a light, flavorful salad filled with corn, tomatoes, feta, basil and cucumber. It’s so simple and quick that it’s perfect for get togethers and BBQs.
Total Time: 7 minutes
4.93 from 41 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad, Side Dish Broccoli Slaw Recipe
Broccoli slaw is layered with green onions, oriental ramen noodles, peanuts, and sunflower seeds in a delicious dressing!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad Recipe
Easy & Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad is light, delicious and flavorful. This simply dressed salad is a new favorite!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
Check out this recipe
Salad Asparagus Salad Recipe
Filled with mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes, seasoned with basil, and covered in a light balsamic vinaigrette, this asparagus salad is bursting with flavor! Best of all, it comes together in less than 10 minutes!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
Check out this recipe
Side Dish Herb Roasted Potatoes Recipe
Easy Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes – A yummy side dish!! Golden potatoes in lemon juice, olive oil, and lots of seasonings!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe

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  1. I am so excited for all the summer bbq’s! We love all your side dish recipes. We use your asparagus, corn, & zucchini recipes all the time!

  2. Mostly everything that I love about summertime is the food! These classics are the best for barbecues and any holiday. You will not be disappointed.

  3. Honestly the sides are usually my favorite part of BBQ’s. I have to give a shout out to your Baked Beans. They have become a must have item.