This Cheeseburger Salad is a delicious, low-carb way to enjoy your favorite fast food treat. Topped with an amazing, creamy “special sauce” dressing that takes it to the next level.
When Rick & I go out to eat, we’ll often order a burger and split it. Normally restaurant burgers are way to big for me to eat an entire one, plus, I feel a whole heck of a lot less guilty if I’m only eating half a burger. But, If I am ordering one for myself, I’ll often only eat half of the bun, or even eat it without the bun since I’m not a huge bread person.
Which led me to this idea…
Why not make a burger at home, that’s not really a burger, but more of a mash up between a burger and a salad?
It’s a low carb way to enjoy my favorite parts of the burger – the melty cheese and the amazing special sauce.
You know the special sauce I’m talking about right? The light-orange hued creamy sauce that’s flecked with bits of sour pickle. The kind you’d find on a Big Mac or an “animal style” burger from In-N-Out.
What is Special Sauce Made Of?
- Pickle Relish
- Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Paprika
I’m using my favorite Maille Dijon Originale Mustard in this special sauce recipe. I love its tang and rich, creamy texture and I always have it. Look for it in your favorite store, right alongside all the standard mustard varieties.
By adding a couple spoonfuls of it to this creamy sauce, it elevates the flavor so much and makes for the most delicious, rich & tangy sauce that’s just perfect drizzled over this burger salad.
Keto Friendly Cheeseburger Salad
- If you’d like to make the special sauce for this Cheeseburger Salad keto-friendly, look for a no-sugar added ketchup and use dill pickle relish rather than the sweet variety.
Other than the special sauce, I kept the ingredients for this Cheeseburger Salad super simple, just like I like my burgers. With a bit of red onion, pickles and tomatoes.
However, you can totally customize this Cheeseburger Salad with your favorite toppings. That’s what makes it so fun!
Cheeseburger Salad Toppings:
- Caramelized Onions
- Blue Cheese
- Sauteed Mushrooms
- Ranch Dressing
What would you top your Cheeseburger Salad with?
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- 1/3 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons Maille Dijon Originale Mustard
- 2 Tablespoons pickle relish (sweet or dill)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 4 burger patties
- 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 3 romaine hearts (chopped)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes (halved)
- ½ red onion (thinly sliced)
- Pickle slices
- Combine dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together to combine.
- Preheat grill or skillet over medium-high heat. Cook burgers until no longer pink, about 5 minutes per side. Melt cheddar slices on the burgers.
- Evenly divide lettuce between four plates. Top with tomatoes, onions, and pickles. Slice burger patties and place them on top of each salad. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy.
I teamed up with Maille to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Wine Pairings for Burgers: