Cheeseburger Salad with Skinny Special Sauce

This Cheeseburger Salad packs the heartiness of a big, juicy cheeseburger without the bun. Throw in your favorite burger toppings and drizzle your favorite sauce (or my Skinny Special Sauce!) for a delicious, flavor-packed, low-carb meal!

You ever get hit with an intense craving for a nice, big cheeseburger? πŸ˜‚ I sure do, all the time! Sometimes the juicy sandwich on a warm, toasted, crunchy bun is just what I need. But sometimes we also need to keep meals low carb or pack more volume.

I wasn’t willing to sacrifice that delicious, meaty flavor. That’s why I created this fantastic Cheeseburger Salad! It’s basically a deconstructed burger without the bread, and it’s so easy to make and super customizable. And when that hunger really hits, you can pack it with more protein and yummy toppings without having the bread fill you up. It’s basically a backyard barbeque in a bowl or on the go!

For this Cheeseburger Salad recipe, I used ground beef instead of a burger because I honestly prefer the taste more! Crumbling a burger patty requires more work, and the finished product is tough and less flavorful.

I’ve also got a little something for you that will pair perfectly with this delicious cheeseburger in a bowl. You’ve got to try it with my Skinny Special Sauce! It’s absolutely out of this world, bursting with creamy delicious flavor, and is so easy to throw together. It tastes just like In-and-Out Burger’s Special Sauce.

Have I mentioned that it’s soooo good?

You are going to love this Cheeseburger Salad! Be sure to leave me a review and let me know how you made it your own!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS CHEESEBURGER SALAD

  • Seasoned ground beef, cheddar cheese, chopped romaine, and my goodness, the special sauce! It hits all the flavor spots!
  • Just like a big, juicy cheeseburger, but with fewer carbs and calories.
  • So easy to prep and throw ingredients together for a quick lunch or dinner!
  • Super customizable! Add more or less beef or a different protein seasoned to your preference. You can also switch up the toppings however you like!
  • Seriously just SO GOOD!

WHAT YOU NEED

HOW TO MAKE A CHEESEBURGER SALAD

  1. In a large skillet, add beef and steak seasoning. Cook on medium heat until browned, breaking into pieces as you go. When done, remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Add romaine lettuce to a large bowl. Top with ground beef, cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and Skinny Special Sauce, if desired.

That’s it! So easy and yummy!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I meal prep this Cheeseburger Salad?

For best tips on how to store these for meal prep, check out my Meal Prep Cheeseburger Bowls recipe. It’s the same cheeseburger salad, but just in to-go form!

Can I use a different dressing instead of the Skinny Special Sauce?

Of course! That is why I didn’t include the dressing in the nutritional information. You can choose to add your own if you would like. I will say though, the Skinny Special Sauce is so yummy πŸ˜‰

Can I make this Cheeseburger Salad in advance?

You can go ahead and cook the ground beef and cut the onions so you have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go! Store them in separate containers in the fridge. (Let the beef cool completely first.) Then, pull everything out when you’re ready to assemble.

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Cheeseburger Salad with Skinny Special Sauce

Cheeseburger Salad with Skinny Special Sauce

This Cheeseburger Salad packs the heartiness of a big, juicy cheeseburger without the bun. Throw in your favorite burger toppings and drizzle your favorite sauce (or my Skinny Special Sauce!) for a delicious, flavor-packed, low-carb meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

To make the Ground Beef:

  • 1 lb. 93/7 ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp steak seasoning

To assemble the Salad:

  • 4 cups chopped romaine lettuce (170g)
  • 1/3 cup cooked ground beef (75g)
  • 2 Tbsp reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese (14g)
  • 1/2 cup medley tomatoes, halved - or cherry tomatoes (90g)
  • 1/2 cup red onions, thinly sliced (30g)
  • 1 oz. no-sugar-added bread and butter pickles (28g)
  • 2 Tbsp Skinny Special Sauce*, optional (30g)
  • Fresh ground pepper, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, add beef and steak seasoning. Cook on medium heat for about 5-7 minutes or until browned, breaking into pieces as you go. Remove from heat and set aside. You will have 4-5 servings of beef here.
  2. Add romaine to bowl. Top with beef, cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and skinny special sauce, if desired.

Notes

MFP ENTRY: LFF Cheeseburger Salad

*Skinny Special Sauce not included in macros in case you want to add your own dressing.

*Ground beef makes 4-5 servings total. We are just using one serving here. Use the rest of the beef for cheeseburger salads throughout the week or pair with whatever else you want to eat with!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 salad

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 9.2gSaturated Fat: 4.4gCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5.4gSugar: 6.3gProtein: 26.2g

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