The Best BBQ Side Dishes for Your Next Cookout
BBQ side dishes for a crowd! Everyone will love these easy and cheap summer side dishes at your next cookout, picnic, or potluck party.
It’s easy to think of main dish ideas for a barbecue. Ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken never disappoint!
But what about side dishes for your cookout?
Whether you’re hosting a backyard gathering, or are wondering what sides to bring to a BBQ you’ve been invited to, these cheap cookout side dishes are easy AND delicious!
These ideas range from classic BBQ sides to really creative recipes.
They’re all proven to be crowd favorites…
…and many of them can double as kid-friendly sides for any summer dinner.
Okay, let’s dive in these BBQ side dish ideas!
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BBQ Side Dish Ideas
Salads & Veggies:
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
This classic tomato and cucumber salad is perfect as a light summer side dish. Perfect for a hot day!
Make-Ahead Corn Salad
Fast, flexible, and easy! Corn salad with tomatoes and edamame...or whatever you have on hand!
Quick & Simple Watermelon Salsa
This simple watermelon salsa is a delicious, 5-minute recipe that is both super fresh and the perfect summer treat!
Roasted Mushroom and Tomato Pasta Salad
This flavorful dish comes together in minutes. Fresh mushrooms and cherry tomatoes are roasted until tender and then tossed with chickpeas, mozzarella and pasta in a light, white balsamic dressing. Bursting with flavor and perfect for a light lunch or dinner, you’ll be making this pasta salad all year long!
Red Cabbage Coleslaw with Apple & Carrot
A crunchy and refreshing red cabbage coleslaw mixed with carrot, apple, jalapeno, cilantro & green onion then tossed in a tangy & slightly sweet apple cider vinegar dressing. This pairs well with a hearty main dish and leftovers can be used as a topping for BBQ sandwiches.
Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad
Acini di Pepe Pasta Salad is a creamy pasta salad with mandarin oranges, pineapple, mini marshmallows, AND whipped cream. The fact that this has “salad” in the title is a serious offense. But at the same time you can’t be mad about it.
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Strawberry Spinach Salad is definitely a crowd pleaser! This recipe starts with a bed of fresh spinach and ripe juicy summer strawberries topped with creamy avocado, feta cheese, thinly sliced onions and some deliciously sweet candied pecans.
Greek Pasta Salad
Cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red onion, kalamata olives, fusilli pasta and feta tossed in a creamy Greek dressing. A flavourful Greek Pasta Salad Recipe made with simple pantry staples!
Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad
Grilled Corn and Zucchini Salad pairs well with anything off the grill. Full of flavor and lots of crunch, this summer salad a nice change from the classics like bean salad, slaw, and potato salad.
Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad
Colorful, crunchy and fresh, this deliciously easy Old Fashioned Kidney Bean Salad makes a perfect cold side dish and takes just a few minutes to make.
Ramen Noodle Salad
This easy salad is a delicious twist on a traditional coleslaw recipe. Crisp cabbage, bean sprouts, shredded carrots and ramen noodles are tossed together in a simple sweet Asian vinaigrette!
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Creamy Cucumber Salad is a refreshing summertime staple at any picnic, barbecue or potluck. Crisp cucumbers and fresh summery dill get tossed in a simple sour cream dressing.
Bacon Pea Salad
This Bacon Pea Salad is a quick and simple side dish that can easily be made in minutes. It’s always a crowd favorite at backyard barbecues.
Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberries
Packed with grilled peaches, blueberries, goat cheese and almonds plus homemade blueberry dressing makes this salad a bright and fresh combination.
Macaroni Salad with Tuna
A simple 4 ingredient Macaroni Salad with tuna, that can be thrown together last minute or made ahead. It's served cold so is perfect for feeding a crowd, or bringing along to a potluck, picnic or BBQ.
Broccoli Salad is a quick summer salad recipe that everyone always LOVES! Fresh and colorful broccoli, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and bacon bits are tossed in a creamy homemade dressing.
Zesty Fruit Salad with Coconut Milk and Basil
Healthy fruit salad recipe made dairy-free and refined sugar-free. This zesty fruit salad is marvelous for picnics and barbecues!
Avocado, Black Bean & Corn Salad
Avocado Black Bean Corn Salad ~ fast, easy, fresh and colorful! No cooking required – just chop the veggies and toss with a zesty Cilantro Lime Dressing.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Pack a little extra heat (and a lot more flavor) into your summer cookout with this easy to make Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad! It's sure to be the most popular dish at any get-together!
Creamy Carrot Salad
This fresh alternative to a classic coleslaw recipe is a simple dish that’s really coming back into style. Once you try it, you’ll see why!
Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Feta and Mint
Refreshing, sweet, and crowd-pleasing watermelon salad with cucumber, feta and mint. Enjoyed by kids and adults alike with 6 simple ingredients, this 10 minute salad is not to be missed!
Grilled Marinated Vegetable Kabobs
These marinated veggie kabobs are a delicious and impressive way to prepare vegetables. They make any barbecue feel a little bit more like a celebration. Especially when marinated in a citrusy sauce that gives the veggies just the right amount of flavor and zing!
Grilled Corn on the Cob (3 different ways!)
Grilled corn on the cob is definitely something to get fired up about. It’s amazing how a little smoke and char enhances the sweetness and brings out the true flavor of corn.
Ambrosia salad is a great dish that can be whipped up in a jiffy! Be sure to make this salad ahead of time so it has a chance to sit. That helps blend the flavors and makes the marshmallows soften.
Southern-Style Side Dishes:
In less than an hour you can make this amazing Cornbread Casserole. It's really easy to prepare, tastes deliciously sweet and buttery, and is guaranteed to be a hit every time!
Best Deviled Eggs Recipe Ever
Get ready to make the Best Deviled Eggs! This classic deviled egg recipe is so darn delicious, they won’t last long at your next BBQ or potluck!
Southern Potato Salad
This tangy, flavorful, and delicious southern potato salad is quick and easy to make. It can be made on the stove top or the Instant Pot, and is a must have for barbecues.
Onion Baked Potatoes
These 3 Ingredient Onion Baked Potatoes in Foil are easy to make and unbelievably delicious! Adding the onion/butter mixture between the slices and baking in aluminum foil locks in the rich flavor, adding real pizzazz to your potatoes!
Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw Recipe
If you’re looking to make the very best coleslaw recipe, this copycat Chick-fil-A Cole Slaw is made for you! Creamy and delicious, it’s the perfect potluck recipe.
Seven Layer Salad
A classic, easy 7 layer Salad recipe served in a trifle bowl. So many options for the seven layers...you choose what you love!
BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon
These BBQ baked beans with bacon are so easy to make and taste amazing!
Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
This homemade mac and cheese recipe is made with 8 ingredients in 15 minutes on the stovetop (no baking required)!
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy broccoli casserole is going to be your family’s new favorite side dish! Tender broccoli florets are smothered in an easy cheese sauce and topped with buttery crumbs.
Grilled Red Potatoes
Cooking potatoes on the grill is a snap. Prep work is minimal since you don’t even have to peel them. You will have to pre-cook them but that can be done up to 48 hours in advance!
Guatemalan Black Beans and Rice
For a delicious side that does double-duty as an entree for vegans and vegetarians at your BBQ, check out this traditional Guatemalan recipe for black beans and rice.
Easy 3 Ingredient Green Stuff Recipe
Green Stuff, or more commonly known as Watergate Salad, is a delicious and easy 3 ingredient recipe that is perfect for a BBQ, picnic or family gathering.
Ready to make some delicious BBQ side dishes?
I hope this list of awesome summer side dish recipes has given you major inspiration of what to serve at your next barbecue.
There are seriously SO many cheap cookout sides that also double as crowd-pleasing dishes AND weeknight dinner favorites.
The only problem is which to make first!
Be sure to also check out these other easy cheap meal ideas:
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