Bacon Cheeseburger Salad brings all of the best parts about having a burger to a salad! It is packed with beef, cheese, and bacon along with fresh veggies like lettuce, onion, and tomato to create a salad that tastes a lot like a favorite fast-food burger without the guilt and carbs!

I often have a great Chicken Salad or Dorito Taco Salad as a meal but sometimes I love to switch it up a bit too! This salad is packed with fresh ingredients and turns your burger a low carb affair! I know you definitely won’t miss the bun after trying this!

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Burger and Salad Recipe?!

That’s right! This recipe combines your favorite burger ingredients and tosses it in a salad for the best cheeseburger salad recipe!

I have to admit, I love me a good beefy burger but… I also try to eat a low carb diet! This bacon cheeseburger salad recipe is the best of both worlds. Even better since my family smiles at the sound of it, and after tasting it, they request a bacon cheeseburger salad for dinner often!

With so many fresh flavors combined with crispy bacon and juicy cheeseburger, this salad is fun to eat and really filling too! It has become a regular in my low carb dinner recipe rotation!

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How To Make A Cheeseburger Salad

This recipe for hamburger salad with cheese and bacon comes together in 20 minutes to make a really fun dinner option!

  1. Cook the beef, garlic, and onion over medium heat until it is cooked through.
  2. Drain excess fat, and stir in the barbecue sauce and simmer for about a minute. For a low sugar bbq sauce, I LOVE the  G Hughes Smokehouse Sugar Free BBQ.
  3. Prep the remaining ingredients and toss all ingredients together to combine.

I am a fan of lighter dressing on my salads, so I like to add a little less and add more as necessary. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out once it is added!

How to Make Thousand Island Dressing

While I love the convenience of bottled dressing, there is something special about a homemade version!

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients together.
  2. Refrigerate until needed.

Whit this thousand island dressing is so easy to prepare I love to make a big batch and store it in the fridge! It will last for about a week and only gets better with time.

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad in a bowl

Low Carb Salad Toppings

Cheeseburgers tend to get a bad rap but for this salad, I use lean beef, loads of veggies and a bit of cheese and bacon for flavor. Add in your favorite low carb toppings too!

  • Extra Crunch: bell peppers, parmesan crisps, or some sliced celery!
  • Nuts: pine nuts, almonds or a classic burger bun topping of sesame seeds.
  • Flavor Packed: olives, capers, or a hard-boiled egg!

I love making this bacon cheeseburger salad recipe for lunches, it is super easy to meal prep. Just pick your toppings, pack your dressing separately and toss it all together before you enjoy it.

Bacon Cheeseburger Salad

This recipe for cheeseburger salad with BACON is the perfect answer to a complete meal your whole family will love! In just 20 minutes start to finish, you have a delicious salad ready to go, perfect for weeknights!

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Cheeseburger Salad

Curb your burger craving with this tasty, low carb Cheeseburger Salad!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings



  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce sugar free
  • 1 head romaine lettuce (large) washed, dried, & cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes sliced
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese sliced and diced
  • 1 cup thousand island dressing sugar free
  • 8 slices bacon cooked crisp and chopped
  • ½ cup fresh mushrooms sliced
  • cup red onion sliced
  • cup dill pickles chopped
  • ¼ cup dill pickles sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard


  • Cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add barbecue sauce and simmer 1 minute. Cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients including beef. Toss and serve.



To make your own thousand island dressing combine the following.  Keep in mind you only need a pinch of sweetener.
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced dill pickles
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • sweetener to taste (I use Swerve)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 431kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 976mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 942IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Salad
Cuisine American

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this salad, I even got my son in law liking it only he is a blue cheese man for the dressing. The only thing I do different is leave the bq sauce out, As I made both ways, I prefer no bq sauce, but not saying it was bad just my preference. Makes a great change up in the salad department. Thanks