Ed. note: This post was originally published in June of 2019, but since COVID-19 hit, we have been cooking at home more than ever — we wanted to bring it out of the archives in hopes that it helps give you some inspiration for your grilling nights at home with your family ( and because sides are the best thing about cooking barbecue, right?!) Stay safe, everybody!

Here in Austin, “barbecue season” is a definite thing. However as a vegetarian, I’m usually left to fend for myself at poolside gatherings, either bringing my own veggie burgers or subsisting on coleslaw, fruit salad, and other barbecue sides.

I’m here to tell you that having some variety on the table will take your barbecue game to the next level, making all your guests extremely happy (not just us vegetarians, promise!)

From a charred broccoli salad, to grilled avocados, to a few elevated classics, your burgers are about to get a major run for their money as “most talked about food” at the party. Read on for all the barbecue sides we can’t wait to whip up this summer.

Sriracha Street Corn, Camille Styles

Creamy Cucumber and Potato Salad, Food & Wine

Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad, Love and Lemons

Gouda Mac & Cheese with Peaches and Prosciutto, My Name is Yeh

Yakitori Style Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Camille Styles

Grilled Avocado with Black Bean Salad, Food52 for Refinery29

Jicama Slaw with Tequila Lime Dressing, Camille Styles

Grilled Caprese Skewers, Heather Christo

Ultimate Guacamole and Mango-Chipotle Guacamole, Camille Styles

Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad, FoodieCrush

Greek Pasta Salad, Joy the Baker

Charred Broccoli and Red Onion Salad, Dolly & Oatmeal

Tequila Infused Watermelon Pops, Camille Styles

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    Regine Karpel | June 24, 2016 at 2:59 pm


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    Kelly | June 25, 2016 at 2:02 pm


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    Keshia White | June 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Love these out-of-the-box recipes! That street corn and potato salad look amazing!


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    Tanya Caines | June 28, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Suck great ideas! Cant wait for summer BBQ’s now

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    Nichole Seidle | December 12, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Found this link on pinterest for a roasted corn salad so I clicked on it. It leads to this website where I can’t even access the recipe. Pretty disappointed because it looked good.

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