The Best Simple Sides for Hot Dogs (Besides Potato Chips)

From savory baked beans to grilled vegetable pasta salad, the sides on this list are nothing short of extraordinary to serve with hot dogs.

Hot dogs are some of the easiest foods to throw on the grill. The best thing to do with all the time you just freed up? Make a slew of simple sides for hot dogs. There are plenty of classic barbecue sides to choose from, and summery seasonal options like salads, too. But when it comes to the ideal sides for hot dogs, we recommend sticking with iconic favorites that feel just right alongside your dogs and buns. From classic coleslaw to terrific grilled corn on the cob, here are our favorite simple sides to serve with hot dogs.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Calamansi Mayo
Victor Protasio

The classic grilled corn on the cob slathered in a creamy, cheesy calamansi mayonnaise is sure to pair well with your franks.

Smoky Coleslaw

Smokey Coleslaw
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Coleslaw gets a smoky twist with chipotle and smoked paprika, plus a hint of spice from brown mustard.

Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables, Parsley, and Feta

Pasta Salad with Grilled Vegetables, Parsley and Feta
© Fredrika Stjärne

Grilled asparagus, zucchini, and eggplant star in this easy vegetarian dish.

Classic Potato Salad

Classic Potato Salad
Photo by Antonis Achilleos / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Thom Driver

Baby potatoes, which have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture, are excellent in this quick salad.

Gina Mae's Baked Beans

serving dish with baked beans
Photo by Caitlin Bensel / Food Styling by Margaret Monroe Dickey / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

Scholar Regina Bradley added a few special touches to her husband's baked beans recipe to make it her own. "A cookout's DNA is found in the sides and who made them. This task is not for the faint of heart or the thin-skinned," she says.

Homemade Veggie Chips

DIY Compost Chips
© Emily Tylman

Turn vegetable scraps into crunchy chips with olive oil and seasoning in 20 minutes.

Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill, and Feta

Tomato Salad with Red Onion, Dill & Feta
© Chris Court

A simple, herb-packed tomato salad is the perfect partner for smoky, savory hot dogs.

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
Jen Causey

A quick dusting of flour followed by a dunk in beaten egg helps lock the panko-and-Parmesan coating in place during broiling, making these zucchini fries perfect for dipping.

Kwame's Waffle Fries

Kwame's Waffle Fries
Kyle Schmitz

2019 F&W Best New Chef Kwame Onwuachi coats these waffle fries with berbere salt. The Ethiopian spice blend brings a citrusy sweet heat to the fried spuds.

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