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Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

I was planning to grill burgers, and then it dawned on me: How about a Big Mac salad? The original recipe doesn't call for a tomato, but it's awesome here. —Pam Jefferies, Cantrall, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal steak seasoning
  • 6 cups torn iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salad croutons
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle slices
  • Thousand Island salad dressing


  • In a large bowl, combine beef and steak seasoning, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into twenty 1/2-in.-thick patties. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat 3-4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 160°.
  • In a large bowl, combine lettuce, burgers, cheese, croutons, tomato, onion and pickles. Serve with salad dressing.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a waxed papper-lined baking sheet; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to an airtight container; return to freezer. To use, cook frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 160°.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 511 calories, 34g fat (17g saturated fat), 128mg cholesterol, 1033mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein.
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  • ConnieK
    Jun 5, 2020

    Very yummy!!! I felt the burgers were a bit too salty so will cut back on the seasoning next time (yes, there will definitely be a next time). I grilled the burgers and melted a little bit of the cheese right on to each of the mini burgers, feel this made a big difference. Also, I cut back the cheese by half, as I felt that was way too much cheese. With my small alterations, I loved it!!!

  • SColson132
    Aug 27, 2019

    Did not form the meat into burgers; just browned the meat and added the onion. I also left out the croutons (which I don't like). Turned out pretty well!

  • michelebuckley
    Dec 4, 2017

    I enjoyed it, but my husband didn't care for it. But, he isn't that fond of Thousand Island dressing.

  • annrms
    Nov 8, 2016

    Great taste! I used romaine lettuce, served the dressing on the side, and skipped the croutons and served it in pita bread. Will definitely make this again. Makes a great lunch! Make ahead keeping the burger separate and microwave it before adding it to the salad.

  • Cook38
    Oct 23, 2016

    This was a very good salad and my husband liked it as well. Bonus: I had tossed the entire recipe in the dressing but there was only 2 of us - it makes generous single servings for 4 but we still had quite a bit left. Not wanting it to go to waste, I fridged it all in a glass container - aside from being a smidge soft and the croutons being soggy of course, it was actually very tasty for a left-over already-dressed salad!! So don't throw away leftovers!!!!!

  • ColleenaG
    Jun 9, 2015

    Very different spin on a cheeseburger recipe. My family thought it was pretty good.

  • karen421
    Jun 9, 2015

    Really good! Even the kids liked it!