This article was updated on 4/8/2023 for clarity and to include seasonal updates.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your sliders, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for sliders.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with sliders are onion rings, grilled corn on the cob, mac and cheese, and baked beans. You can also serve a side of creamy coleslaw, crispy Cajun fries, or mozzarella sticks. For more fun options, try buffalo cauliflower bites or a watermelon salad.
Serving sliders with cookout favorites combines the best of a traditional American picnic with a BBQ. And they’ll guarantee a comforting meal.
Whether you’re preparing sliders for a quick dinner or a big party, a cooling coleslaw is always a good side dish.
It’s got a light refreshing touch that adds a nice contrast to meaty sliders.
And you don’t need to dread having to chop all the veggies by hand. Even recipe creator This Ole Mom uses pre-shredded coleslaw mix to save time. You can also opt to use a mandoline slicer to make the prep work easier.
Why we love this recipe: it’s really easy to prepare for a crowd.
Boston-style baked beans
Another saucy side that goes great with sliders is baked beans.
I’ve seen some recipes with a massive ingredient list, but this one keeps it relatively simple with basic ingredients like dried beans, bacon, mustard powder, molasses, light brown sugar, ketchup, and aromatics.
Although make no mistake, this one still packs a sweet-savory punch that’ll have you coming back for more.
The only catch is this dish needs a long time to simmer, but the wait is worth it.
Why we love this recipe: it’s warm and cozy.
Mac and cheese
Combining mac and cheese with sliders creates a great comfort meal. It’s not the healthiest combo, but you deserve an occasional treat, right?
There are loads of recipes online, but Carlsbad Cravings’ version is what I consider one of the classics. It starts off with a béchamel sauce that is flavored with three different types of cheese, making it extra rich and creamy.
You can place a small spoonful of this mac and cheese in your slider, serve it on the side, or do both for a more decadent meal.
Why we love this recipe: you can be sure no one will leave hungry (kids included).
Simple potato salad
Not in the mood for fries with your sliders? Give this simple potato salad a shot instead.
You only need five base ingredients (plus salt and pepper), but you can add any extras you want as well. I add bacon bits and chopped celery for a bit of crunch.
Pro-tip: make this a few hours ahead of serving so all the flavors can meld and develop properly.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an excellent salad for summer parties.
Sliders are classic party food because you can easily make a big batch to feed a crowd. But you can’t serve sliders alone at a party. Here are more party bites that’ll keep your guests fed and satisfied.
Cajun fries are a fun spin on the classic French fries.
The smoky, spicy Cajun flavor meshes well with your juicy sliders (especially BBQ-flavored ones).
All you need to complete the meal is a dipping sauce. I highly recommend going with a creamy dip like ranch to help mellow out all the strong flavors.
Why we love this recipe: it’s completely oil-free because the fries are baked instead of fried.
Skip the rubbery store-bought mozzarella sticks and make your own instead. The process is easier than you think, plus homemade mozzarella sticks taste better and have a more satisfying cheese pull.
The key is making sure the mozzarella is well-coated with the breading, to ensure they crisp up nicely and no cheese leaks out while frying.
Serve these golden brown goodies with a rich marinara sauce and try not to eat them all yourself!
Why we love this recipe: the mozzarella sticks are freezer-friendly so you can make a big batch and save some for later.
Beer-battered onion rings
Onion rings are an excellent side for hearty sliders. They’re delightfully crisp on the outside with a hint of sweetness from the onions inside.
Most recipes call for a traditional panko breading but I prefer this version, which uses a beer batter. Although it’s messier, it yields the lightest, crunchiest onion rings you’ll ever have.
Pro-tip: can’t use beer? Use club soda or seltzer instead.
Why we love this recipe: it’s dangerously addicting.
Buffalo cauliflower bites
These cauliflower bites are a clever way to add more veggies to your slider meal.
The florets are coated in a spiced batter, which gives them crisp, flavorful crusts, and are then smothered with hot sauce and honey for a zesty kick.
They don’t even look like cauliflower anymore, so even your pickiest eaters will be enticed to try these out. Plus, they have fewer carbs than the usual fried treats, making them a healthier snack.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms the humble head of cauliflower into a finger-licking good snack.
Vegetables and salads
Pairing sliders with a veggie side or salad is the way to go if you want a nourishing boost. Steamed or grilled veggies are a solid option if you’re in a rush, but don’t worry if you find these a bit boring. There are more exciting options for you to try!
This grilled asparagus is a veggie dish that lets its natural flavors do all the talking.
The spears take on a beautiful smoky flavor when you grill them, and a simple seasoning of butter, salt, and lemon keeps them bright.
But if you find this finishing touch boring, you can dress up the spears with your choice of spices. I personally like sprinkling garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes for an added savory, spicy kick.
Why we love this recipe: it’ll remind you that summer is coming.
Corn on the cob
No garden party would be complete without some corn on the cob.
It’s a crowd favorite – I mean, who could resist a delicious combo of butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese on sweet corn? Each bite delivers so much flavor and it’s fun to eat too.
You can even lay out other seasoning blends like Old Bay or Cajun to give your guests more options for flavoring their grilled corn.
Why we love this recipe: you can have it on the table in 15 minutes.
Watermelon cucumber salad
This watermelon and cucumber salad is an excellent addition to your slider spread.
Aside from the watermelon, arugula, and cucumbers, this salad also features feta crumbles, walnuts, and a zesty lemon dressing, creating a fresh contrasting bite to your meaty sliders.
Pro-tip: you can prepare the ingredients in advance, but don’t toss them in the dressing until you’re ready to serve.
Why we love this recipe: you can have it on the table in a few minutes.
Dill pickles are a nice handy side to have ready in your fridge.
Their tangy freshness acts as a palate cleanser for your meaty sliders, helping to keep the meal from becoming too heavy.
You can munch on the pickles as they are, but I prefer stuffing them inside the sliders to ensure my guests get that burst of tang in every bite.
Why we love this recipe: you can make it well ahead of time.
Honey mustard three-bean salad
This three-bean salad is the perfect healthy side dish to serve with your sliders.
It features a medley of green beans, kidney beans, and chickpeas, all tossed in a homemade honey mustard dressing which infuses them with a sweet and tangy flavor combo.
This side dish is more substantial than the standard leafy green variety and is packed with proteins and nutrients that make it even healthier.
Pro-tip: this salad tastes better after a few hours, so make it ahead of time.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal preps.
Drinks as desserts
Serving sliders at a party? These goodies are the perfect addition to complete the meal.
Passion fruit iced tea
This vibrant iced tea is the perfect drink to enjoy as you munch on some sliders during your cookout.
Instead of artificial juices and syrups, Foodaciously combines fresh passion fruits and steeped green tea to craft this refreshing drink. She recommends using a bit of honey or maple syrup as a sweetener, but you won’t need them if your passion fruits are sweet enough.
Pro-tip: swap the water for soda water to make this a fizzy drink.
Why we love this recipe: anyone can enjoy this.
No-bake chocolate oatmeal cookies
This recipe proves you don’t need to fire up the oven to make a tasty treat.
Simply mix all the ingredients together, shape the cookies, and leave them in the fridge to set. One hour later, you’ll have tasty and healthy oatmeal cookies ready to be served at your party.
You can even jazz these up by adding shredded coconut for a tropical twist or swapping the peanut butter for Nutella. Yum.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for those days when it’s too hot to fire up the oven.
What To Serve With Sliders [45 Ideas]
- 1 portion mac and cheese
- 1 portion watermelon and cucumber salad
- 1 portion onion rings
- 1 portion passion fruit iced tea
- 1 portion cajun fries
- 1 portion creamy coleslaw
- … and more
- Prepare your sliders according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: creamy coleslaw, baked beans, grilled asparagus, cajun fries, corn on the cob, mac and cheese, watermelon cucumber salad, dill pickles, mozzarella sticks, simple potato salad, onion rings, buffalo cauliflower bites, and honey mustard three-bean salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!