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Cheeseburger Salad

A mouth-watering cheeseburger served over a salad full of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and bacon. All drizzled with an easy homemade Big Mac Sauce.

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A big gray bowl filled with cheeseburger salad with big mac sauce and a dish towel in the background.


I’m pretty sure even non-salad lovers have to agree that Cheeseburger salad is pretty bomb, right? I mean… it’s got bacon. It’s got pickles. It’s got a flippin’ cheeseburger on top of it. 

I rest my case. I really do.

overhead view of ingredients for cheeseburger salad

How to Make Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad is a perfect combination of everything that you love in a salad, combined with everything that you love in a burger.

You’re really only missing the bun, although you can absolutely add in some croutons.

Typically, the ingredient list is as follows:

Iceberg lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Onions, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Big Mac Dressing, and a juicy cheeseburger. 


iceberg lettuce cut into four equal parts on a white cutting board

How to Cook Hamburgers on the Stove

Quick Tips:

  • Preheat the pan with a drop of oil or butter, the burger should sizzle when it hits the pan.
  • Cast Iron Skillets are best for conducting heat and giving the burger a perfect sear.
  • Cook over medium-high heat, it should take no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Ground Chuck, 80% lean is best.
  • Don’t overwork the meat, handle it gently when forming the patties.
  • Use your thumb to create an indentation in the middle, it should resemble a frisbee. This helps the patty remain in a nice uniform shape.
  • Use a thin spatula for flipping to maintain the shape and texture of the burger.

This resource has a lot of great information and visuals on cooking hamburgers on the stove.

Big Mac Sauce Recipe

-According to Wikipedia, McDonald’s has always referred to their Big Mac Sauce as their “special sauce”, which was thought to be a secret by many. However, it’s not a secret at all, and contains the following:

“Store-bought mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish and yellow mustard whisked together with vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.”

See the recipe card below for quantities of each!

Overhead view of a big cheeseburger salad in a bowl on a white table with a fork, knife, and big mac sauce.

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Cheeseburger Salad

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A mouth-watering cheeseburger served over a bed of fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and bacon. All drizzled with easy homemade Big Mac Sauce.


Salad (makes 1 salad)

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half and each half into fourths
  • 1 Tablespoon dill pickle slices
  • 4 red onion strings
  • 2 Tablespoons cheddar cheese, shredded

Burger (makes 1 burger)

  • 3 strips bacon
  • 6 oz. ground beef*
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 slice yellow American Cheese


  • Combine the Big Mac Sauce ingredients together and refrigerate in an airtight container for a minimum of 10 minutes or up to three days.
  • Assemble the salad ingredients on a plate and place in the fridge.
  • Cook the bacon low and slow in a cast iron skillet, using kitchen tongs to flip them occasionally as the edges start to curl. 
  • Once the bacon is nice and crisp, set it aside on a paper towel lined plate to allow the excess grease to absorb.
  • Leave the bacon drippings in the pan and increase the heat to medium-high.
  • Season the ground meat with salt and pepper and gently shape into a patty. 
  • Use your thumb to create a dimple around the middle of the burger for an even shape when cooked. (It should look like the shape of a frisbee.) See here for more info.
  • Add the burger to the preheated pan. Cook for no longer than 5 minutes on the first side. Use a thin spatula to flip and place the cheese on top. Heat for no more than 5 minutes on the second side.
  • Remove the burger from the pan and place onto a cutting board. Let it rest for 3 minutes to let the juices absorb back into the meat. 
  • Slice the burger into cubes and place it on top of the chilled salad.
  • Drizzle 1-2 Tablespoons of big mac sauce over the salad and serve!


  • *Ground chuck is the best for burgers, 80% fat
  • Honey Mustard or Thousand Island dressing can also be used on this salad.


Calories: 951kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 50g, Fat: 79g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Cholesterol: 216mg, Sodium: 1260mg, Potassium: 845mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 6820IU, Vitamin C: 11.3mg, Calcium: 490mg, Iron: 4.7mg
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Big Mac Sauce

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This Copycat McDonald's Big Mac Sauce recipe uses the same ingredients as the classic restaurant, this sauce is not only great on burgers, but over cheeseburger salad as well! 


  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  • Combine all ingredients together and stir well. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for a minimum of 10 minutes before serving.


  • There are approximately 2 Tablespoons per serving. 
  • The shelf life of this salad dressing varies, and is based on the most perishable component of what you added to it. Check the expiration dates on the ingredients you used for a better idea. 


Calories: 68kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 3mg, Sodium: 87mg, Potassium: 10mg, Vitamin A: 125IU, Iron: 0.1mg
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Big Mac Sauce Source: Genius Kitchen

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10 comments on “Cheeseburger Salad”

  1. This is fantasic! I love the dressing! I did crumbled beef and shredded cheese into the bowl to make it easier on me. So good and relatively healthy at least in my book!

  2. Looks good! 

  3. Wheres the sauce recipe? Thanks!

    • Hey Lisa! You may have accidentally scrolled past it, it’s an additional recipe card right below the salad recipe. (I did this so that I could have separate nutrition facts for it!)- Enjoy!! -Stephanie 🙂

  4. Thanks😃

  5. Hi, I can’t find the Big Mac sauce recipe/ingredients. I’m liking your recipes😃

    • Hey Lana! Sorry about that, I actually just completely revamped this recipe (updated the pics, included more information in the post, etc.) and I think in doing so it might have screwed up the recipe card- but I’ve published the new version and you’ll see the Big Mac Sauce recipe directly underneath the Salad recipe card, so you’ll just keep scrolling all the way down and you’ll see it! ENJOY, it’s sooo good! -Stephanie

  6. Love this salad gonna make it tonight!!

    • YESSSSSSS, I’m SUPER psyched to hear that! I don’t usually post on Saturdays but I had to this time and it’s already worth it if you’re making it!! YAYYY!!! ENJOY!!!!

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