If you’re wondering what to serve with your burnt ends, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for burnt ends.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with burnt ends are loaded fries, baked beans, cornbread, and slaw. For a veggie side, try cheesy roasted green beans, sweet potato mash, or grilled pineapple. For salad options, try a Mexican street corn salad, orzo pasta salad, or a red potato salad.
Ready? Let’s get started!
Get comfortable with a warm bowl of baked beans and burnt ends.
These homemade baked beans are a saucy blend of three kinds of tender beans with just the right amount of sweet and savory flavors.
And the best part? Beans are nutritious and healthy.
Why we love this recipe: all you need to do is throw everything in the slow cooker.
Loaded ranch fries
Who can resist a heaping pile of loaded fries?
It’s got everything you could want – melted cheese, crispy fries, juicy tomatoes, and a creamy ranch dressing.
Well almost everything. It’s just missing a topping of some smokey burnt ends.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Red cabbage slaw
Red cabbage slaw is a vibrant addition to any BBQ meal.
This slaw has a delicious creamy-but-tangy taste which helps mellow out the savory flavors of the burnt ends.
And it brings a bright pop of color to your plate.
Why we love this recipe: there’s notes for how to make a mayo free version.
Orzo pasta salad
This Greek-influenced orzo pasta salad is fresh and filling at the same time.
It’s packed with interesting textures and everything is tied together with a lemony, acidic dressing that will cut right through the fatty, heavy burnt ends.
You can make it in advance too, so there’s no stress when it comes to dinner time.
Why we love this recipe: the leftovers will still taste great the next day.
Want something fun and a little different?
Try some Mexican fusion and use your burnt ends to make tacos.
You’ll need some soft corn tortillas to get started (you can buy them, but they’re super easy to make yourself!), plus some slaw, salsa, or guac.
I’m a big fan of pineapple salsa.
Why we love this recipe: to make the tortillas you only need three simple ingredients.
Sweet potato mash
Any mash will work with burnt ends, but I like a sweet potato mash because I think the sweet-but-savory combo works really well.
The added cinnamon and fresh herbs in this recipe really take it to the next level. You and your guests will love it!
Why we love this recipe: it’s great if you’re serving a crowd.
Grilled cinnamon pineapple
A fan of cinnamon?
You’re in luck!
These tender sliced pineapples are given a touch of smoky flavor, but still make a really refreshing accompaniment to your rich meat.
Psst… if you don’t like cinnamon, try this chili-lime butter pineapple instead.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great summer dish you can enjoy outdoors.
Cheesy roasted green beans
Jazz up your green beans by adding some garlic, parmesan, and mozzarella.
Roasting the greens gives them a crisp-tender texture, with a gooey outside thanks to the melty cheese.
They make a great substitute for fries if you’re watching your carbs.
Why we love this recipe: you don’t have to feel guilty going back for seconds.
Mexican street corn salad
Fresh and colorful, Mexican street corn salad is a great side for burnt ends.
The medley of roasted corn, juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy queso fresco, and tangy ingredients like cilantro and jalapeno make it one stunning dish.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an easier-to-eat version of the traditional Mexican street corn.
Smoked mac and cheese
Want something indulgent.
Mac and cheese will do the trick, and if you’ve never tried smoking it before, you’re in for a real treat.
It adds on some cooking time, but the results are well worth it.
Psst… don’t skip mixing the bread crumbs with the bacon grease. YUM!
Why we love this recipe: kids and adults will love it equally.
Cornbread is a must have for any BBQ party.
It’s a crumbly delight that will soak up all the different flavors from whatever else is on your plate.
Especially the saucy ones (like baked beans).
Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Blue cheese broccoli salad
Get creative with broccoli by turning it into a salad.
The addition of blue cheese will bring a touch of sophistication to the meal, as well as a salty flavor to go with the earth broccoli.
Psst… you can use cauliflower in the salad too.
Why we love this recipe: you can throw it together in just 15 minutes.
Red potato salad
Red potatoes have firmer flesh than other varieties, making them perfect for a potato salad because they hold their shape.
And leaving the skin on gives the salad a rustic feel.
If you don’t have red potatoes, some waxy Yukon gold potatoes will work well too.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great make-ahead salad.
The best side dishes to serve with burnt ends
- Baked beans
- Loaded ranch fries
- Red cabbage slaw
- Orzo pasta salad
- Corn tortillas
- Sweet potato mash
- Grilled cinnamon pineapple
- Cheesy roasted green beans
- Mexican street corn salad
- Smoked mac and cheese
- Southern cornbread
- Blue cheese broccoli salad
- Red potato salad
What To Serve With Burnt Ends
- 1 portion burnt ends
- Prepare your burnt ends according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: baked beans, loaded ranch fries, red cabbage slaw, orzo pasta salad, corn tortillas, sweet potato mash, grilled cinnamon pineapple, cheesy roasted green beans, Mexican street corn salad, smoked mac and cheese, southern cornbread, blue cheese broccoli salad, and red potato salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!