6 Better Alternatives to French Fries

Skip the standard deep-fried side with your next burger and serve up one of these smart veggie-based alternatives – like sweet potato tots and zucchini fries – instead.


Looking for a smarter alternative to your usual French fries? There are plenty of options for something crunchy, munchy and flavorful that don’t involve deep frying – or sacrificing taste. Check out some of our favorite recipes to pair with a sandwich while breaking out of the French fry rut.

Sweet Potato Oven Fries with Spicy Sour Cream


These baked “fries” come with an addictively spicy Sriracha sour cream dip that will keep you reaching for more. And at just 120 calories per half-pound serving, you can do just that. Get Recipe »

Baked Parmesan Sweet Potato Tots


If you like the idea of sweet potato fries, you’ll love sweet potato tots! With their crispy panko coating on the outside and parmesan flavor throughout, these cheesy tots dreamed up by Cassie at Back to Her Roots will satisfy any craving for deep-fried potatoes – but they’re baked! Get Recipe »

Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries


The crunchy breading makes them perfect for dipping alongside your burger, and the garlicky flavor makes these (vegan and gluten-free) zucchini fries a great substitution for mozzarella sticks, too. Just dip them in marinara instead of ketchup. Get Recipe »

Gluten-Free Kale Chips with Nutritional Yeast


If nutritional yeast sounds unfamiliar, never fear: It’s a favorite for those wanting to add a salty, cheesy taste to snacks, minus the cheese. And this simple recipe means you’re just a bunch of kale and a few pantry staples away from these crispy, flavorful chips. Get Recipe »

Gluten-Free Creamy Kale Dip with Veggie Dippers


Can fresh veggies go toe-to-toe with French fries as a satisfying side? Absolutely, especially with a dip this good. Made with yogurt, kale and sour cream and flavored with onion and lemon, this Creamy Kale Dip with Veggie Dippers is a delicious way to increase your veggie intake and swap out your fries – all for under 100 calories. Get Recipe »

Baked Skinny Fries with Garlic Parmesan Aioli


Keep the potato, but skip the frying oil and added salt with this recipe from Gina at Skinnytaste. She used seasonings to create the savory flavor of these fries and dip without sacrificing taste. They’re crunchy, garlicky and a worthy sidekick to even the heartiest of burgers. Get Recipe »