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Burger salad filled with lettuce, ground beef, tomatoes, pickles, onions, avocado, cheese, and topped with special sauce. Behind it is a jar of special sauce and a plate of more toppings.
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4.65 from 85 votes

Burger Salad with Special Sauce Dressing

The ultimate Burger Salad with Special Sauce Dressing! Made with mustard flavored ground beef, all your favorite burger toppings, and then topped with a delicious homemade special sauce!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Burger Bowl, Burger Salad, Cheeseburger Salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 539kcal
Author Kelly


Burger Salad

  • 8 cups chopped romaine (2 heads/470 grams)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved (300 grams)
  • 1/2 cup pickle chips
  • 1/2 cup sliced red onion (65 gram)
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 large avocado, sliced (150 grams)
  • 1/2 cup packed shredded cheese (2 ounces) (leave off if paleo/Whole30)
  • 1/2 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 85/15)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onoin (120 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • any other additional toppings you like

Special Sauce Dressing

  • 1/4 cup homemade mayo*
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickle chips
  • 1 teaspoon pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  • Prep all your salad ingriedients - chop the lettuce, tomatoes, onoins, avocado, jalapeño, and whatever other toppings you want to use and shred the cheese (if using)
  • Make the beef. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Once hot, add oil and let it get hot, about 30 seconds. Add onions and salt and pepper and sauté for 4-5 minutes until soft and golden brown. Add ground beef and break it up with the back of a large spoon. Cook for about 7 minutes, adding mustard halfway through and stirring occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • While the beef cooks, make the special sauce dressing. Add the mayo, tomato paste, mustard, pickles, pickle juice, garlic powder, and paprika to a glass jar and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once beef is done, assemble the salads. Divide the lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, avocado, jalapenos, cheese, and ground beef between 4 large bowls. Top with dressing and enjoy!



Leave off cheese for paleo and Whole30
*I find that homemade mayo tastes a lot better in this recipe and makes it more "dressing like". You can sure store bought, but I suggest homemade. I follow this recipe and just leave out the cayenne and chipotle paste


Serving: 1burger salad | Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Potassium: 1050mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 12150IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 390mg | Iron: 4.1mg