A Bunless Cheeseburger?
I have really been enjoying this salad over the past week. It is hearty, flavorful, and makes me feel like I’m eating a cheeseburger without the bun. Except I don’t even miss the bun! All my favorite burger flavors are right here in this salad, and it’s the perfect thing to make for end of summer cookouts that are sure to be happening soon.
Making the Salad
Unlike wrapping a burger in a lettuce leaf (which I’ve done and it’s awkward), this meal is eaten with a fork. The cheeseburger is deconstructed, and lettuce replaces the bun to provide a gluten free, low-carb meal. I love it, and plan to make it for as long as burger season hangs around.
Making the salad is as easy as browning ground beef, cooking bacon, and layering lettuce, pickles, cheese, and mustard. You could also add some homemade mayo for extra decadence.
Let me know if you give this a try and what you think!
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Hearty Cheeseburger Salad
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 lb. bacon about 8 strips
- 1/2 head iceberg lettuce about 4 cups
- 4 oz. raw cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup fermented pickles
- 2 tbsp mustard
- Heat large skillet over medium high heat. If your beef is very lean, add 1-2 teaspoons fat. Otherwise, cook beef for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally to brown evenly. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a separate skillet, cook bacon over medium high heat, about 1-2 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
- Shred or finely slice lettuce. Arrange on plates, topping with sliced pickles, beef, cheddar cheese, and crumbled bacon. Drizzle mustard on top.