This healthy, low carb Cheeseburger Salad includes all of our favorite burger toppings and a simple homemade dressing piled onto a delicious, hearty salad.

I like to skip the bun and add my perfect, juicy hamburger, veggie burger or black bean burger onto this salad instead!  Then includes one of these great side dishes and don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Cheeseburger salad in a white bowl, topped with tomato, avocado, onion and dressing.
Cheeseburger Salad

I love a good cheeseburger! I love it on a bun or in a lettuce wrap but I also love to enjoy it in salad form. Obviously this salad can be customized as little or as much as you’d like, just like you do with your burgers. Despite popular belief, this cheeseburger is very filling. It’s delicious with a healthy crunch, and works great for meal prep.

How to Make Cheeseburger Salad:

1. Make the dressing.  Combine mayo, mustard, ketchup, vinegar, bbq sauce, and refrigerate.

2. Grill the burger patties.  Check out my hamburger recipe for tips and tricks for making a perfect juicy hamburger or top this cheeseburger salad with a Turkey Burger, Black Bean Burger, or Veggie Burger!

A bowl of homemade dressing next to a skillet cooking cheeseburger patties.

3. Assemble salad.  Chop and prepare salad ingredients. Add toppings and serve.

Additional Topping Ideas:

  • cucumber
  • hard boiled egg
  • slivered almonds
  • sunflower seeds
  • mild banana peppers
  • mushrooms
  • bacon bits
  • diced bell peppers
  • pepperoncini
  • jalapeño peppers
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Vegetarian salad: Sub a black bean burger or veggie burger on top instead!

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Recipe

Cheeseburger salad in a white bowl, topped with tomato, avocado, onion and dressing.
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

For the salad:

  • 5-6 cups mixed greens lettuce
  • 1 -2 tomatoes , sliced (or cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 small onion , sliced
  • 1 avocado , peeled and sliced
  • 2 dill pickles , sliced
  • 4 hamburger patties
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese , plus more shredded for topping, if desired

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (or use half mayo and half greek yogurt)
  • 2 Tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2-3 Tablespoons ketchup , to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon vinegar
  • 2-3 teaspoons barbecue sauce , to taste

Instructions
 

  • Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
    A bowl of homemade dressing next to a skillet cooking cheeseburger patties.
  • Season the hamburger patties with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill to desired doneness. Place a slice of cheese on top of each to melt. 
    A bowl of homemade dressing next to a skillet cooking cheeseburger patties.
  • Divide lettuce among 4 serving bowls. Chop each cheeseburger into bite-size pieces and place on the salads. Top with tomato, onion, avocado and pickles. Add desired amount of dressing and toss to combine.
    Cheeseburger salad in a white bowl, topped with tomato, avocado, onion and dressing.

Notes

*You could also use 1 pound of ground beef. Divide it into 4 or 5 parts and form each into a pattie. Season well with salt and pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 24gFat: 38gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 871mgPotassium: 859mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5735IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 3mg

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I originally shared this recipe April 2016. Updated July 2020 with new photos and improved instructions.

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Lauren Allen

Welcome! I’m Lauren, a mom of four and lover of good food. Here you’ll find easy recipes and weeknight meal ideas made with real ingredients, with step-by-step photos and videos.

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