Cheeseburger Salad with Special Sauce

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.

Jar of mustard next to bowl of relish, red onion and lettuce.

What is Special Sauce Made Of?

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • Pickle Relish
  • Olive Oil
  • Ketchup
  • Vinegar
  • 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:

What would you top your Cheeseburger Salad with?

Overhead shot of bowl of cheeseburger salad next to jar of mustard and bowl of special sauce.

Snap a picture of your finished salad and share it with me on Instagram using the hashtag #platingsandpairings and tagging me @platingsandpairings so that I can see your amazing creation!

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Overhead shot of bowl of cheeseburger salad next to jar of mustard and bowl of special sauce.

Cheeseburger Salad

This Cheeseburger Salad is a delicious, low-carb way to enjoy your favorite fast food treat. Topped with an amazing, creamy "special sauce" dressing.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 people



  • 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.
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Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 654mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 8540IU | Vitamin C: 31.7mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 4.3mg

I teamed up with Maille to bring you this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Wine Pairings for Burgers:

  • Syrah
  • Cabernet
  • Zinfandel

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