Cheeseburger Salad

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

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheeseburger Salad, easy lunch recipe, light recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 salad
Calories 951 kcal
Author Stephanie


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
US Customary - Metric


  1. Combine the Big Mac Sauce ingredients together and refrigerate in an airtight container for a minimum of 10 minutes or up to three days.

  2. Assemble the salad ingredients on a plate and place in the fridge.
  3. Cook the bacon low and slow in a cast iron skillet, using kitchen tongs to flip them occasionally as the edges start to curl. 

  4. Once the bacon is nice and crisp, set it aside on a paper towel lined plate to allow the excess grease to absorb.

  5. Leave the bacon drippings in the pan and increase the heat to medium-high.

  6. Season the ground meat with salt and pepper and gently shape into a patty. 

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. Slice the burger into cubes and place it on top of the chilled salad.

  11. Drizzle 1-2 Tablespoons of big mac sauce over the salad and serve!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Cheeseburger Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 951 Calories from Fat 711
% Daily Value*
Fat 79g122%
Saturated Fat 32g200%
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 1260mg55%
Potassium 845mg24%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 50g100%
Vitamin A 6820IU136%
Vitamin C 11.3mg14%
Calcium 490mg49%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.