This Cheeseburger Salad is a craving buster! It tastes exactly like a Big Mac but is gluten-free and loaded with flavorful goodness. Perfect for a busy weeknight (even the kids love it) or a fun weekend treat! If you love this salad (and I know you will) don’t miss my other favorite salads: Cobb Salad, Jalapeno Chicken Salad, Chicken and Tomato Salad.

Cheeseburger Salad?

What the heck is a cheeseburger salad anyway? If you are going to the trouble, why not just make a cheeseburger? Friends, I hear you. The recipe seems weird in concept, but once you try it, you’ll get it. It tastes exactly like a cheeseburger from good ole Micky D’s. Like, exactly. I was shocked at the first bite and felt it was my civic duty to go back for more. If you happen to be low-carb or even no-carb, this is the salad for you! Perfectly seasoned ground beef and all the typical burger fixins make this salad a keeper.

Cheeseburger Salad

Cheeseburger Salad Dressing

First, let’s talk about this “dressing”. When making it I thought to myself… no. This can’t be right. It tastes like sour mustard!! Definitely not suitable for any other salad but this one. But let me tell you… when you combine it with the other ingredients in this recipe it takes on a whole new flavor aspect.

Cheeseburger Salad with Homemade Dressing

How to Make Cheeseburger Salad Dressing

If you do a double-take when seeing these ingredients, you are not alone. (Full ingredients & instructions in the recipe card below.)

  • yogurt
  • vinegar
  • mustard
  • ketchup
  • paprika
  • sugar (optional)

Sounds yummy! Or not. But just trust me on this. It will work.

Grab every ingredient except the sugar and add to a bowl. Stir well. Now, this is the important part… taste it. It’s lip-smackin for sure! I thought it was just a bit too mustardy, so I added a teaspoon of sugar. If you taste it and think it will be fine, feel free to omit that extra sugar. Set aside and start assembling your salad!

How to Make Dressing

How to Assemble Cheeseburger Salad

When you are ready to assemble the salad, prepare your ground beef. This takes just 10 minutes, but if you are short on time you can prepare the ground beef, store in the refrigerator, and then warm it up right before use. I prefer the ground beef to be warm, not hot, on the salad.

Grab a big bowl and lay down a bed of lettuce. The recipe calls for 2 heads, but feel free to adjust that amount to suit your tastes. (I prefer less lettuce because I try to not eat healthily.) 😉

Chop your tomatoes, onion, and pickles. A quick note about the pickles, if you can buy “dill chips”, they are the larger round slices of pickles that restaurants serve. Just don’t add “dill pickle chips” to your grocery list or your spouse will come home with a bag of dill pickle potato chips. #ithappenedtome

Add the beef, vegetables, and cheese to your bowl filled with lettuce. Sprinkle some salt and pepper (optional) and then drizzle on your dressing. Sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Toss the salad and serve!

This salad is best eaten right away.

Easy Cheeseburger Salad
Cheeseburger Salad
5 from 2 votes

Cheeseburger Salad

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Tastes just like a Big Mac! You'll never miss the bun!



  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch salt
  • pinch black pepper


  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, optional


  • 2 heads romaine lettuce (about 8 cups), chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6-8 baby dill pickles, sliced
  • ¼ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, for garnish



  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, add ground beef, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.


  • In a medium bowl, stir together yogurt, vinegar, mustard, ketchup and paprika.


  • In a large bowl, make a bed of the lettuce. Add the cheddar cheese, tomatoes, pickles, red onion, and ground beef.
  • Pour dressing over salad and then toss. Sprinkle with sesame seeds for garnish.


How to Make Cheeseburger Salad FAST

Next time you grill, make a few extra hamburgers. Then, when you are craving this salad (and you will), chop up the hamburger and use it in place of the ground beef! It comes together in just minutes and tastes amazing!

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Reader Comments

  1. I love each and everyone of your recipes. I share the recipes with 5 other friends and they are very happy, they wait each day for my email.

  2. Amanda,
    This is so delicious! The dressing is wonderful and a definite keeper.
    Have really enjoyed your website .
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. This sounds like a taco salad i make everything but the pickles an my dressing is one small bottle of french dressing and 4oz. Of taco sauce mild ,meium, or hot whatever u like then crumble doritos on top its yummy to! ❤ Love ur recipes!

  4. I am not a big fan of the BigMac daddy of burgers but my husband and teen boys are…and they LOVED it. They said it tastes like the original but better lol

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