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Hamburger Salad

Hamburger Salad

If you’re craving a burger, there are plenty of Paleo bun options, from lettuce wraps to mushrooms to all kinds of recipes made with nut flours and other Paleo-friendly alternatives. But another way to get the same flavor without the fuss of a bun at all is to simply turn your hamburger into a salad.

Dill pickles, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, sweet onion, and ground beef give you all the classic flavors of a hamburger in this vegetable-heavy adaptation, and it’s all topped off with a dressing that combines ketchup, mayonnaise and an extra hint of pickle and vinegar for bite.

This would be a simple and familiar starter recipe for convincing skeptical kids that salad can actually be tasty, but there’s no age limit on enjoying a good burger; grown-ups will love it too. Try it with some extra pickles on the side and maybe your favorite variation of Paleo fries (sweet potato, butternut, or any other recipe) for a classic summer taste in a completely healthy package.

Hamburger Salad Recipe

Servings SERVES: 4Preparation time PREP: 15 min.Cooking time COOK: 8 min.


Protein: 34g / %

Carbs: 15g / %

Fat: 26g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Dill pickle, sliced
  • Cooking fat
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients for the dressing

  • 4 tbsp. homemade mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. homemade ketchup
  • 2 tsp. water
  • 1 tsp. white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. minced pickle
  • 1 tbsp. white onion, minced
Hamburger Salad preparation


  1. Melt some cooking fat in a skillet placed over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 2 minutes).
  3. Add the ground beef, season to taste, and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove meat from the stove and let it cool down.
  5. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and mix well.
  6. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the salad and toss gently.
  7. Drizzle the dressing on top and serve.