Recipes for Cookout Sides

Recipes for Cookout Sides – below is a list of the 59 best easy and delicious side dishes for your next cookout!

A couple weeks ago we got invited to a cookout. I was trying to figure out something to bring. Only for me to realize I had no clue what to make as a side dish.

I decided to create a permanent spot for all of the different cookout side dish options. So you (and I!) can refer back here when I need a side dish this summer.

I broke the sides out based on:

59 Recipes for Cookout Sides…

Collage of Recipes for Cookout Sides
Easy quick recipes for cookout sides

Frozen Lemonade with Vodka

The most refreshing summer cocktail ever!

Chicken Nuggets in a Blanket

These taste like a homemade chicken mini meets pigs in a blanket

Hot Onion Dip

This is a family favorite appetizer we make for every holiday gathering! It's super easy and made with only a few ingredients!

Recipes for cookout sides

Fruit Dip Recipe

Just three ingredients, made with yogurt, cool whip, and pudding mix! It's super creamy and perfectly for parties!

Watermelon cut into sticks

How to Cut a Watermelon into Sticks

 An easy way to cut your watermelon perfectly.

Recipes for cookout sides

Mediterranean Dip

Layers of hummus, greek yogurt, red onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppadew peppers, fresh parsley, and feta.

Watermelon salad with basil mozzarella and cherry tomatoes

Watermelon Strawberry Caprese Salad

Tastes like summer in a bowl… it's a caprese salad with watermelon & strawberries!

Blackened Corn

A delicious charred corn recipe with homemade blackened seasoning! Made in a skillet in under 10 minutes!

Classic coleslaw


This is a classic coleslaw recipe like the one’s you can get from the deli

Pasta salad with tomatoes cucumbers and italian dressing

Pasta Salad Recipe

I love this recipe with bow tie noodles!

Cucumber Salad Recipe

This is light, refreshing and perfect for a summer cookout

Caprese Salad

Easy, quick and fresh!

House Salad

This is our favorite classic, simple, and easy house salad!

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Easy and simple!

7 Layer Bar Coconut Macaroons

Loaded with milk chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and pecans. The best make ahead dessert ever.

Brown Butter Rice Krispie Treats

Thick, gooey, perfect & the BEST EVER. The browned butter make them taste 100x better than the classic version.

Amazing sides if you have extra time

Strawberry Syrup Cocktail

Everything you want in a summer cocktail! It’s light and refreshing with the perfect amount of sweetness!

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Most refreshing drink of summer!

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip

A deconstructed jalapeno popper in dip form! With a crispy topping! This is an easy crowd pleasing appetizer!

Buffalo Chicken Dip with Franks Buffalo Sauce

This is my husband’s favorite appetizer!

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Serve with with tortillas chips on the side for scooping.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

A classic deviled egg mixture on top of a layer of pimento cheese. They're creamy & absolutely delicious!

Marinated Tomato Salad

Like a marinated caprese salad

Grilled Peppers

Marinated grilled peppers topped with burrata and breadcrumbs!

Summer Panzanella Salad

Perfectly toasted bread that is soaked with the dressing and served with the ripest and sweetest juicy tomatoes

Loaded Caesar Salad

A caesar salad taken to the next level.

Street Corn Salad

Why have regular grilled corn when you have street corn salad! It’s make ahead too!

Mexican Corn and Quinoa Salad

An elote inspired quinoa salad.

Burrata Chopped Salad

A cucumber and tomato salad mixed with lots of fresh herbs and a big pile of burrata on top.

Bean salad

Chickpea Salad

The best part is you can make this ahead of time

Broccoli Salad

Macaroni Salad

A classic deli macaroni salad

Broccoli Pasta Salad

This is Southern Living’s most popular pasta salad!

Classic Potato Salad Recipe

This is like the kind of potato salad you get from the deli and BBQ restaurants.

German Potato Salad

Make this if you want potato salad but don’t like mayo!

Jalapeno Bacon Loaded Potatoes

A hearty side to take to a cookout

Loaded Baked Potato

Also known as twice baked potatoes!

Baked Mac and Cheese

A crowd favorite!

THE BEST Southern Baked Beans

My favorite summer side!! Super easy. So delicious. Always the first dish gone at a potluck.

Vegetarian Baked Beans Recipe

This is my favorite recipe for the meatless version of a classic barbecue side dish!

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

This is a classic, but a fan favorite!

Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Tart

A fun take on the classic mentioned above!

Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Cups

Made with layers of store-bought pound cake, whipped creamy pudding, and fresh strawberries.

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

And if you want a homemade version of a strawberry shortcake… this is the BEST recipe for it!

Strawberry Cobbler Bars

You can add in other fruits to the berry mixture here too! A blueberry, strawberry, raspberry combo is incredible!

Fruit Pizza

A soft sugar cookie crust with a cream cheese frosting and topped with sliced fruit. So simple and oh-so good!

Ice Cream Pie with Oreo Crust

The perfect dessert if you are hosting or going over to a neighbor’s house! I wouldn’t travel far with this or it will melt!

Best Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

No mixer required! Crispy edges, a soft and chewy interior, flaky sea salt on top, and a butterscotch-like, toffee flavor throughout.

Mackles’more Cookie

A smores meets chococlate chip cookies!

Moist Chocolate Cake

Like the cake from Matilda!

Last minute store bought sides
Potato Chips

Potato Chips

Kettle! Regular! BBQ! Sour Cream and Onion! Dill Pickle! The options are endless!

Tortilla chips

Chips & Salsa

Or guacamole!



A cheeseboard is always a crowd pleaser


Fresh Fruit

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes!

Veggies and ranch

Veggies & Ranch

You can keep it simple and just do carrots and ranch. Or you can have other veggies like cucumbers, celery, and more



Serve with carrots, cucumbers, pita bread, pita chips!

Dill Pickle Chopped Salad Kit

Salad Kit

Can’t forget about salad kits! So easy and packed with flavor

Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies! I love the Nestle 24 pack. They’re the perfect size for a crowd – not too big or too small!

Ghiradelli brownie mix


Dust a little powdered sugar on top to make them a little extra special!