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There’s nothing more classic than a big, juicy burger with a side of fries. But let’s shake things up a little, shall we? Presenting 15 unexpected sides that pair perfectly with that burger you’re craving.

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Grilled Corn with Spicy Aioli

Forget butter. You’ll be sold on corn with spicy mayo for life. It's an easy—and absolutely delicious—upgrade.

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Chilled Cucumber Salad

Add something light and fresh to your plate (you know, to balance out that double cheeseburger with fries).

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Light and Tangy Coleslaw

Never fear: This isn’t the gloppy, flavorless mush you grew up with. Crunchy with a vinegary kick, it’s the perfect summer side.

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Cauliflower ‘Tater’ Tots

Say goodbye to regular (ahem, boring) tater tots. These guys are made with our favorite vegetable and ideal for dipping. What more could you ask for?

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Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad

If you’re lighting the grill for your burgers, throw some corn on the fire, too. (Thanks for the inspo, Coterie member Gaby Dalkin.)

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BLT Pasta Salad

It combines all the crunchy, savory, creamy ingredients of the classic sandwich—minus, well, the bread.

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Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Because sometimes you do need a side of fries (without the guilt). And did we mention there’s actually no frying involved?

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Avocado Potato Salad

Everything we love about traditional potato salad but without the greasy mayo. Instead, this flavorful side uses Greek yogurt to lighten things up. 

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Jalapeño Avocado Mac and Cheese

Having mac and cheese and a burger may be an aggressive move but we love it. This is next-level comfort food. 

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Homemade Potato Chips

Fun fact: You can make chips at home without a deep fryer (or a culinary degree). Just cook them in the broiler until they’re crispy and golden. 

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Creamy Broccoli Salad

With hunks of cheese, cashews, onion, dried cranberries and the most addictive creamy dressing. 

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Watermelon Feta Skewers

Sweet watermelon and tangy feta cheese is the new tomato and mozzarella. Just think of it as a deconstructed salad.

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Black Bean Salad

This dreamy salad by Coterie member Maria Lichty works great as a dip, so feel free to break out a bag of tortilla chips on the side.

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Sweet Corn, Tomato and Zucchini Grain Salad with Peach-Dijon Vinaigrette

Coterie member Carlene Thomas made sure it takes only a few minutes to whip this beauty up and uses plenty of fresh, ripe produce. 

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Slow-Cooker Baked Beans

A classic cookout side, without any of the fuss. Throw it in the Crock-Pot, then get back to the pool.

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