Ghost Karen’s Kitchens: Best side dishes for pizzas and burgers

Two of the most popular dishes in the whole world are pizzas and burgers and we’re proud to say that we offer both here at Ghost Karen’s Kitchens! However, aside from these iconic foods, we also offer a selection of side dishes that we think complete the overall meal and makes the main dishes a hundred times better.

That’s why in this blog, we have decided to list down some of the most delicious side dishes that you can order alongside your burger and fries. Trust us, once you’ve tried these combinations, you’ll never order pizzas and burgers on their own again. 

So without further ado, here are some of the best side dishes to order alongside these two iconic foods:

Chicken wings

A plate of chicken wings is one of the most classic appetizers that you can have along with either pizza or burger. These deliciously marinated pieces of chicken are crispy on the outside but tender and juicy on the inside.

If you want something that can accompany you throughout the rest of the meal, then chicken wings are your best bet. Not only will you be getting the best part of the meat but you’ll also be treated with delicious flavours thanks to its variety of sauces.

With our chicken wings here at Ghost Karen’s Kitchens, we make sure that each piece is full of flavour. To start the cooking process we prep the different marinating sauces that we’re going to use for the chickens.

Then, we’re going to soak the individual wings into a beer batter made up of flour, salt, pepper, egg and garlic powder. After that, we’ll proceed to deep fry the batter-soaked chicken wings until they reach our desired texture which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Finally, we’re going to toss them in a bowl containing one of our speciality sauces until every piece is evenly coated on all sides. This way, every bite would be filled with the flavour of the marinade.

Here are some of the most delicious sauces that chicken wings come in:

Buffalo sauce

The most classic way of preparing chicken wings is with a buffalo sauce. This hot and tangy sauce is perfect for the savoury and crispy skin that a chicken wing has. What’s better is that this deliciously thick sauce perfectly attaches itself to every little corner of the chicken making every bite full of spice and mild sourness.

Just when you think this delicious side dish couldn’t be better, it also comes with a selection of sauces that helps enhance its already delicious taste. Some of the best sauces to dip buffalo hot wings in are:

  • Ranch
  • Blue cheese
  • Cheddar cheese.

Smoked barbecue sauce

If you want to bring the flavour of the grill onto your tender chicken wings, then the smoked barbecue marinade is the perfect sauce for you. This turns your chicken wings into a savoury chicken barbecue filled with smokey and char flavours.

Smoked barbecue chicken wings have the iconic flavour that’s a combination of sweet and savoury which makes nibbling on their skin a joy for the tastebuds.

Jalapeno cheddar

If you think you can handle more spice than others, you can try the jalapeno cheddar flavour. This is a perfect choice for those trying to explore different flavours as it mixes the kick of the famous pepper and the creaminess of the cheese.

The great thing about this flavour is that instead of being a sauce, it drizzles melted cheddar cheese onto the steaming and freshly cooked wings. To finish the dish, slices of jalapeno are added for garnish.

Korean style

One of the most famous flavours in all of Asia is the Korean style chicken wings. Some people mistake this flavour to be similar to buffalo sauce but that’s not true, Instead of using hot sauce and butter, the Korean style makes use of a native chilli paste called gochujang.

The result is a spicy and mildly sweet sauce that perfectly goes well with the crispiness of the chicken wing’s skin.

Pineapple Teriyaki

Speaking of Asian variations, another famous sauce that came from this continent is the Pineapple Teriyaki. At first, it may seem like a weird combination but once you get a bite of this flavour, you’re going to change your mind. The unique flavours that both of these ingredients bring to the table perfectly complement each other and the chicken wing itself acts as the blank canvas.

French fries

A burger meal wouldn’t be complete without a side of crispy french fries. Whether you’re eating a cheeseburger, an all American or any kind of burger, it wouldn’t feel right to eat it without these delicious potatoes on the side.

What’s great about french fries is that they come in different shapes and sizes but their flavours remain the same. They can either come in potato wedges, waffle-cut fries, thick-cut fries, etc. Regardless of what you get, you can expect the same flavour that has been a staple for every American diner since the 19th century.

You can also try them with different kinds of sauces but one of the all-time favourites is a bottle of tomato ketchup. The acidity and distinct flavour that ketchup brings to the table is perfectly complemented by the salty taste of the french fries.

As for our french fries here at Ghost Karen’s Kitchen, we only use the freshest potatoes and we cut them into thin strips to get that crispy outside layer and a soft and mushy inner layer. Then, we lightly salt them to give them that distinct salty taste.

Moreover, a plate of fries, particularly waffle cut and other types that are more mushy than crispy are great to pair with a slice of pizza.

Salad

To make up for the amount of meat and calories that you’re going to eat with a burger and a box of pizza, try ordering a bowl of salad. Gone are the days when people thought eating greens was disgusting. Today, there are various kinds of salads that aren’t only healthy for the body but also good for the taste.

Also, these greens are a great way to get a breath of fresh air when you’re being overwhelmed by the taste of meat. One of the best kinds of salads that you can try is our:

Chicken Ceasar salad

One of the most famous types of salad that’s a common favourite whether you’re a meat-lover or not is the Chicken Ceasar Salad. This iconic salad is a staple for restaurants everywhere and it’s a great side to either chicken or burger.

The crispy and juicy leaves of Romaine lettuce mixed with the secret sauce that we make in-house are the secret to making this salad as delicious as it is now. Plus, our tender chicken strips and crispy croutons will make everyone drool over this delicious salad.

Garlic bread

When it comes to eating pizza, one of our most in-demand sides is garlic bread. This buttery and soft bread is enough to tease the tastebuds and give you the appetizer that you need before you start eating the main course.

There’s nothing like catching a whiff of freshly baked garlic bread when you get seated on your favourite pizzeria. The best part about them is that some restaurants offer them as free before you even order anything!

Our garlic bread is made with love. Starting from the dough itself, we make everything here at our restaurant. In total, it takes about half a day to prep our garlic bread and we do everything in advance so that when they’re needed all we have to do is fry and season them.

Onion rings

Who knew onions would be a great side dish for a burger? A plate of onion rings are sometimes substituted for fries and we’re all in for it! These onions are soaked in specially made batter before they’re deep-fried until they become golden brown. We also only use white onion so that it won’t be as harsh and that there’s room for other flavours to blend in with the distinct taste of the vegetable.

Then, these delicious deep-fried rings are served with a sauce of your choice. If you’re not sure which sauce to get, here are some of the most common ones:

  • Smoky chipotle
  • Soy ginger
  • Ranch
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Blue cheese.

Mozzarella sticks

Before you dig into your freshly baked pizza, get a taste of the cheesy goodness of mozzarella sticks! Deep-fried cheese has never been this fun to eat. A bite of these sticks of cheese will treat you to a stretchy mozzarella inside which is a sure hit whether you’re a kid or an adult.

Moreover, these mozzarella sticks are often served alongside a dipping sauce to complement the overly cheesy flavour that you’re going to get. Some of the most common sauces include tomato salsa, ketchup and ranch dressing. 

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