Cheeseburger salad combines the deliciousness of a cheeseburger with the crunchiness of a salad. It's easy to customize by adding bacon or swapping out the vegetables or cheese.
We're fans of salads around here. This Tuscan Kale Salad is a particular favorite. But when I want a cheeseburger, but make it healthy, why not do a cheeseburger salad? It's a high-protein, low-carb alternative to a typical cheeseburger.
What is a cheeseburger salad?
A cheeseburger salad is something that brings together the flavors of a cheeseburger... but into a salad! So it's a little heavier on the lettuce, and no bun. (Though you can always add croutons for a bit of bready crunch). And instead of the typical condiments of ketchup and mustard, we've paired it with a mustardy vinaigrette. Keep reading for more dressing ideas if you want to swap out the vinaigrette for something else.
What type of dressing to use?
The dressing is important on a cheeseburger salad. And it's up to the taste you're going for!
- For a lighter, mustardy vinaigrette, follow the recipe as is.
- If you're looking for a creamier, thick honey mustard BBQ sauce, use this recipe.
- If you're making your cheeseburger salad "Animal Style" like In-N-Out Burger, you will want to opt for a dressing like this.
- And of course, there's always the classic Ranch. Just drizzle a bit of that over for that creamy, tangy dressing that is so craveworthy.
One of my favorite things to do is customize my salads to my tastes. Here are a few ideas:
- Don't want to use romaine? Use iceberg lettuce or even something like baby spinach.
- Want to make a bacon cheeseburger salad? Just cook up some bacon and toss it in. Yum.
- Swap out the hamburger meat for breaded chicken tenders.
- Grill up some onions and toss them in the salad.
- Swap out the cheddar for feta and the beef for lamb for a Greek-inspired burger salad.
How to make the salad:
First, cook up your hamburger meat. As the hamburger meat is cooking up, prep your veggies. I like to slice up my red onion, cut up my lettuce, and dice my tomatoes.
Next, make your dressing! Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.
Then the fun happens! Combine all your ingredients in a bowl, mix together, and toss with your dressing.
Top with cheese. Then sit back and enjoy your cheeseburger salad.
- ¼ pound hamburger meat
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- salt optional
- 5 leaves romaine lettuce chopped
- 5 cherry tomatoes quartered
- 2 Tbsp red onion finely chopped
- cheddar cheese grated
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil extra virgin
- 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- Add the hamburger meat to a medium skillet and start cooking, stirring occasionally.
- Once meat starts browning, add the onion powder, garlic powder, and salt (optional), and stir to combine. Continue cooking until the meat is browned and cooked through. Turn off the heat and drain any excess moisture.
- Wash and dry the lettuce and chop into small pieces. Wash the tomatoes and quarter them. Dice the red onion into small pieces until you have 2 tablespoons.
- Make the vinaigrette by adding all the vinaigrette ingredients to a bowl and whisking together until combined.
- Add the lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, and hamburger meat to a bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Top with grated cheese.