Hamburger Salad Recipe: Crunchy, Juicy, and Packed with Flavor!

This recipe for hamburger salad, is super easy to make and only takes 35 minutes! It’s a healthier version of the classic drive-thru favorite. I randomly whipped it up one day, and it was so yummy that it’s now a regular meal for my family—and you can enjoy it too!

It’s like having all the deliciousness of hamburger in a fresh, crunchy salad. Instead of heavy ingredients, I use simple and fresh ones to keep it light and nutritious. Plus, it’s low-carb, and it’s packed with protein and veggies—so it’s really good for you!

You can adjust the dressing to your liking—I like it thick, almost like a sauce, but you can thin it out with water or oil if you prefer. And here’s a tip: the dressing tastes even better if you make it ahead of time and let the flavors mingle in the fridge!

When it comes to leftovers, you can store them in the fridge for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Just remember to keep the dressing separate if you can. Enjoy!

Hamburger Salad Recipe

Hamburger Salad Recipe

Our family adores this Hamburger Salad—it's our go-to for a quick and tasty dinner! It's ready in just 35 minutes, packed with seasoned ground beef, crunchy romaine lettuce, juicy cherry tomatoes, tangy pickles, diced red onion, and shredded cheddar cheese. Plus, it's all coated in a delicious burger sauce. It's so simple to make, with just a few steps, making it perfect for those busy evenings. Trust me, it'll soon become a regular on your dinner menu too!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 465 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Cutting Board
  • Knife


For the Salad:

  • 5-6 cups Mixed greens lettuce
  • 1-2 Tomatoes sliced (or use cherry tomatoes)
  • 1/2 small Onion sliced
  • 1 Avocado peeled and sliced
  • 2 Dill pickles sliced
  • 4 Hamburger patties
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese plus extra shredded cheese for topping, if desired

For the Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise or use half mayo and half Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Mustard
  • 2-3 tbsp Ketchup to taste
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 2-3 tsp Barbecue sauce to taste


  • Mix mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, vinegar, and barbecue sauce in a bowl.
  • Put the dressing in the fridge until you need it.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the hamburger patties.
  • Grill the patties until they are cooked the way you like.
  • Put a slice of cheddar cheese on each patty to melt.
  • Put the mixed greens into 4 bowls.
  • Cut each cheeseburger into small pieces and add them to the bowls.
  • Add sliced tomatoes, onions, avocado, and pickles on top.
  • Pour the dressing over the salad.
  • Mix everything together.
  • Enjoy your salad!


  • Add crumbled bacon for extra flavor.
  • Top the salad with anything you like on a burger, such as BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, bleu cheese, or jalapenos.
  • Try a different dressing, like ranch, bleu cheese, or thousand island.
  • Serve with French fries or sweet potato fries for a complete “burger” experience.

Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Value
Calories465 kcal

What Kind of Lettuce Do You Use For Hamburgers?

What Kind of Lettuce Do You Use For Hamburgers?

For hamburgers, baby iceberg lettuce works well. Its sturdy leaves hold the burger together, and it has a slightly sweet flavor with a nice crunch.

Can You Refrigerate a Burger?

Yes, you can refrigerate a burger. If you put it in the fridge within two hours at room temperature (or one hour if it’s above 90°F outside), it should be safe to eat for about three or four days. If you freeze it, it can stay good for about four months.

How Do You Store Cheeseburgers?

To keep cheeseburgers fresh, wrap each burger and bun in aluminum foil. Then, store them in a ziplock bag or an airtight container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat them.

Is Mayonnaise Good On Burgers?

Mayonnaise is a tasty option for burgers. Some people prefer it over ketchup because its tangy flavor enhances the taste of the meat and cheese without overpowering them. It adds a delicious twist to the burger.

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