Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

I don’t know why I’ve never thought to add a cheeseburger to a salad before. It’s so simple! I typically eat my burgers with lettuce and tomato, so why not use a bed of vegetables for the burger instead of a bun?

Recently I’ve realized that if I pick and choose my carb consumption carefully (ex. saving them for the things I really want and skipping on things like burger buns) I can keep slightly better control of the number on the scale.

And honestly, after completing Whole30’s multiple times, I’m really only a carb-craving person when it’s absolutely freezing outside or that one PMS day a month where I’d kick you for a bowl of mashed potatoes or pasta with butter and chives.

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

Who needs a bun when you can have a bacon cheeseburger salad?

  • Author: NicholeL
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad


For the Burgers:

    • 1 ¼ lb lean ground beef
    • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tbsp panko breadcrumbs
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 46 slices cheese of your choice


For the Salad:

    • 6 cups mixed greens
    • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • ½ cup dill sandwich pickles
    • 46 slices bacon, cooked


For the Dressing:

  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tbsp dill pickle juice


1. Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
2. Combine the ground beef, worcestershire sauce, Panko, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper. Form into 4-6 evenly sized patties.
3. Grill the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your desired temperature. Add a slice of cheese to each and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute more, allowing the cheese to melt.
4. While the burgers are cooking, divide the lettuce, tomato, avocado and pickle slices among the bowls/dishes. Cut each slice of bacon into quarters and add to the bowl/dish.
5. In a small bowl, whisk together the ketchup, dijon mustard, mayo, and pickle juice until combined.
6. When the burgers are cooked, transfer to a plate and cut into pieces. Add to each bowl/dish.
7. Drizzle the dressing on top and enjoy!

Keywords: bacon cheeseburger salad, bacon, cheeseburger, beef, salad, vegetables,

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Seriously, who needs a bun when you have a salad as gorgeous as this? The pictures show 1 1/2 burgers and I was absolutely stuffed after eating this salad.

The combination of ketchup, mustard, mayo and pickle juice really bothers some people (and I understand that) so you could easily chose your own dressing for this. The one created is similar to a Thousand Island in flavor and ingredients. You can also pretty much never go wrong with ranch!


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  1. This Bacon Cheeseburger Salad looked awesome! I can’t wait to try this one out. Like you, I ask myself why I didn’t think of that before. At least, no more buns that can add up to the calories, right? I’ve done the 3 Day Military diet and I’ve lost around 7 pounds, which wasn’t bad at all. I’m going to my cousin’s wedding 2 weeks from now so it’s kind of an emergency. Since I can do the diet again this week, I’m looking for some more low carb meals that I can try during my “off” days in the diet. How many calories does this salad have? I’m still doing portion control and calorie counting so any information will be appreciated. By the way if you want to review the 3 Day Military diet and make a post for readers like me, here’s a great resource page

  2. With 90% lean ground beef, a 70 calorie cheese slices and regular piece of bacon, it's around 500 calories before the dressing. Dressing depends on what type of ketchup and mayo you use, but I'd average 120 for 2 tbsp. But its easy to lower the calories by using those 35 calorie slices of Sargento cheese, turkey bacon and using less dressing.

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