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Cheeseburger Salad (with the BEST dressing EVER!)

Cheeseburger salad is the perfect option on busy summer nights! Tastes like biting into a big, juicy cheeseburger and the homemade salad dressing is out of this world amazing! 
Cheeseburger salad in a white bowl.

I am a cheeseburger kind of person. I just love them and so do my kiddos.

We eat out fairly often (surprised? Yes, you can totally eat out while being low carb!) and I know that a burger is almost always going to be a safe and easy option and it’s always going to be good! Just skip the bun and go at it with a fork. Easy peasy.

At home, though, I like to make my burgers a little more exciting.

I start out with some salad greens and the BEST homemade burger sauce.

This cheeseburger salad is a low carb salad that everyone will want for dinner.

I like to serve this on hot summer nights, because it’s not overly heavy, the crisp greens are always refreshing, and I’ll take any excuse to make my husband fire up the grill. πŸ˜‰

cheeseburger salad in white bowl with jar of dip on side.

How to make low carb salads:

Lettuce is low in carbs and salad is a really great choice for a low carb diet.

To keep your salads exciting, I suggest loading up the toppings! You’re going to get tired of boring salad, so get creative! And definitely give my homemade ranch dressing. It’s low carb and bursting with flavor!

Salad on white plate with ranch dressing

Low carb salad toppings:

  • chopped cucumber
  • diced avocado
  • halved grape tomatoes
  • sliced boiled egg
  • grated or diced cheese
  • sliced zucchini or summer squash
  • slivered almonds
  • crispy bacon
  • deli meat
  • sliced bell peppers
  • pepperoncini
  • chopped pickles
  • fresh mushrooms
  • mild banana peppers
  • minced jalapenos
  • chopped broccoli
  • chopped cauliflower
  • diced red onion
  • keto ranch dressing

The list goes on and on! There are so many options to keep your healthy salads exciting and flavorful.

This cheeseburger salad has just as much ‘topping’ as it does lettuce. I like salads that are bursting with good stuff!

cheeseburger salad in white bowl with fresh ingredients

I’ve topped my salad with all of my favorite cheeseburger toppings: halved grape tomatoes, crispy fried bacon, loads of cheddar cheese, sliced dill pickles, and a freshly grilled hamburger patty all chopped into bite-sized pieces.

Just now realizing that I forgot to add a little red onion! Next time… πŸ™‚

I’m normally a ranch dressing girl when it comes to my salad, but trust me when I say that the burger sauce dressing on this keto salad is OUTRAGEOUS. You might just want to bathe in it.

ingredients for burger sauce

To make the burger salad dressing, you’ll start with some reduced sugar ketchup. I use Heinz.

Add some mustard, dill pickle relish, and fresh dill.

This is all going to add big flavor to the dressing.

creamy salad dressing recipe

Next, whisk in some mayonnaise to make the dressing rich and creamy.

You guysssssss. I literally can not stop with this dressing. It goes great on regular cheeseburgers in place of ketchup and mustard, too. My non-keto peeps love it on their burgers!

Cheeseburger salad ingredients separated in bowl with jar of burger sauce

More keto salad recipes:

Broccoli Salad – an all-time favorite around here and perfect for any summer barbecue!

Cauliflower Potato Salad – there’s not actually any potato in there, it just tastes like a potato salad!

Avocado Egg Salad – so good for lunch on a hot day!

Hope you enjoy these low carb salad recipes and they make that low carb life a little easier on ya! πŸ™‚

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Closeup of salad topped with bacon and thousand island dressing

Cheeseburger Salad

This cheeseburger salad makes enough for two hearty salads. You'll likely have leftover dressing - it'll store in the fridge for one week and is excellent over burgers or hot dogs!

Yield 2 salads
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


For the burgers

  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

For the dressing

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dill relish
  • 1 teaspoon fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar

For the salad

  • 3 cups mixed greens
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and diced
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle chips


To make the burgers

  1. Add the ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt to a small bowl and mix to combine. 
  2. Shape the beef into two large patties and cook in a skillet or on the grill, flipping halfway through, until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Chop burgers into bite-sized pieces and set aside.

To make the dressing

  1. Add all of the dressing ingredients to a small bowl and whisk well to combine. 

To assemble the salad

  1. Add the saladha greens to two bowls.
  2. Top each salad with half of the chopped burger, bacon, cheese, tomatoes, and pickles. 
  3. Drizzle each salad with the salad dressing and serve immediately.


Store any unused salad dressing in a tightly closed container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 828Total Fat: 63gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 175mgSodium: 1107mgCarbohydrates: 10gNet Carbohydrates: 7gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 52g

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22 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Salad (with the BEST dressing EVER!)”

  1. Stephanie Duncan

    I made this for dinner tonight. Followed recipe exactly as written. It was a big hit!! I’m always looking for new ways to make salad into a meal.
    Thanks for a winner, Karly!!

  2. Bobbie Clark

    I just found your site and I love the recipes and am looking forward to trying many! Thanks so much! I will be back!

  3. Kathy Braman

    I am new to your website so maybe the others know the answer but I am slightly confused. All of the ingredients in the dressing, with the exception of the fresh dill, will stay good in the refrigerator for months. Why do you say it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week? I am cooking for 1 so it is hard to use anything in a week.

    1. Karly Campbell

      Generally, low carb salad dressings with mayo and/or fresh herbs are only good for a week. I’m not a food safety expert, so I just follow the guidelines I’ve researched, but you can research for yourself and do what you think is best. πŸ™‚

  4. This salad was awesome. Followed recipe as is and you are right, the dressing is fabulous. This is going to be a staple in our house. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  5. Julie L Cain

    I haven’t tried this yet, but, I wonder if it would work on a cheeseburger pizza. I love them and might try this. Sounds wonderful!!

  6. Trying it this week! For the mustard – do you use yellow (like French’s), mustard powder or Dijon mustard? Based on the color it looks like probably yellow but just double checking! Thanks in advance!

  7. I’m making this for dinner tonight and am super excited to try it!
    How much fresh dill did you add to the dressing?

  8. Chantelle Simmons

    You have probably answered this before, but I am new, what mayonnaise do you use for the dressing?

    1. Karly Campbell

      I personally use Kraft mayo because it’s what I like best. But any brand of mayo without added sugars (like Miracle Whip) would be fine. Sir Kensington is a popular keto mayo.

  9. I’m not really a salad lover but I’m trying low carb cooking, to help us be a little healthier. This salad was REALLY good! And you are right….that sauce is AMAZING!!! I didn’t even miss the bun….and bonus, my diabetic kid didn’t need a shot to eat it, so he was happy too!!!!

  10. Heather Richardson

    We tried the Cheeseburger Salad with the awesome dressing last night. AMAZING!!! I just found your website yesterday and printed off 11 recipes right away and the salad was the first we tried, so good! We would not change a thing and it may have to be a weekly dinner. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the website & recipes!

    1. Karly Campbell

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I need to make that salad again myself! πŸ™‚

  11. Cant wait to try, so hard to know what I can eat. A newbee but want a changed life style.

  12. This was way too good! I prefer this to an actual burger now, the bun just gets me feeling so full. But with this salad I get my burger craving but I don’t feel way too stuffed after. Definitely making this again next weekend – thanks for sharing!

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