Cheeseburger Salad Recipe

If you are looking for and easy salad dish with ground beef or are wondering what can I make with ground beef that would be easy, tasty and healthy, you may want to give this delicious cheeseburger salad a try.
My mom thought it tasted "just like a cheeseburger." Many said they liked it better than the typical taco salad. Several people who tried it went back for a second helping. And most everyone asked for the recipe. (Always the sign of a winning deliciously easy recipe.)

I think it's a great easy recipe that will satisfy the whole family, young and old alike. And it's a tasty way for cheeseburger fans to get more vegetables. When you eat this salad instead of a cheeseburger you won't even miss the french fries!

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 6 servings

The original recipe uses 4 sesame seed hamburger bun tops, which I thought was kinda wasteful, so I used 2 whole buns (tops and bottoms) instead. It also calls for a small red onion, which can be hard to find, so if your onion is larger, be sure to use less.


2 sesame seed hamburger buns
1 small red onion, divided
2 plum tomatoes
3/4 pound (350 g) 95% lean ground beef
1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced dill pickles
3/4 cup (175 mL) ketchup
1 tablespoon (15 mL) yellow mustard
8 cups (2 L) thinly sliced romaine lettuce
1 cup (250 mL) shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Slice bun tops and bottoms into 1/4-in. (6-mm) strips. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove to a cooling rack; cool completely.

Cut onion in half crosswise. Slice half of the onion crosswise into thin rings using a sharp knife or mandolin.

Cut tomatoes lengthwise into quarters and slice crosswise. Set onion and tomatoes aside.

Put beef in saute pan over medium-high heat and cook 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles. Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining half onion. Finely dice pickles. In a large bowl, combine chopped onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Add cooked beef and mix well.

To serve, arrange lettuce on large serving platter. Spoon beef mixture over lettuce. Top with cheese, tomatoes and sliced onion. Arrange hamburger bun croutons around edge of platter. Serve immediately.
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