Recipe Box, Loaded Cheeseburger Salad

Hamburgers make a regular appearance at our house,

an easy dinner that we all love,

and there is usually bacon and cheese involved…

We also love a main dish salad, even 10 year old Big E,

like Perfect Taco Salad or

Saving Time Chicken Nugget Salad

with warmer temps coming up,

how about a cheeseburger salad!

You can load it up with your favorite toppings

and serve it with or without garlic toasted buns

HHjr topped his with Thousand Island dressing

I had mine without the buns,

and topped it with my favorite homemade

Bleu Cheese Dressing

To boast up the flavor,

season the hamburger meat with dry onion soup mix

and Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

First cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook in a large skillet until crispy,

drain bacon on paper towels

Add onions to the bacon drippings in the skillet and

saute until soft

Push the onions to the edge of the skillet

and brown the meat

Once meat is browned, stir in onions

Remove the cooked hamburger meat to a colander to drain

then add the mushrooms to the skillet to brown,

adding a little butter and olive oil if necessary

Cut tomatoes in half and cut cheese into cubes or pieces

{no need to grate cheese, as it will melt down when added to the warm hamburger meat}

Return hamburger and onions to skillet

add bacon and stir to combine

Toss in the cheese

Cover the skillet and turn burner off

Let pan sit for 5-10 to warm everything through and melt cheese

Serve over lettuce and top with tomatoes,

french fried onions and salad dressing of choice

Add some garlic toasted hamburger buns if desired

and serve salad with dressing of choice

Loaded Cheeseburger Salad

All your favorite hamburger fixings on a salad! Add your favorite toppings and dressing of choice
Prep Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 1b ground chuck or lean ground beef
  • 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  • Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 8 oz. sliced Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • cherry tomatoes
  • french fried onions optional
  • salad dressing
  • hamburger buns optional
  • garlic powder
  • butter
  • olive oil


  • Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook in a large skillet until crispy. Drain on paper towels
  • Add onions to skillet and cook in rendered bacon fat until soft. Push onions to the edge of skillet and add ground beef
  • Cook ground beef, stirring and breaking up into crumbles, until evenly brown. Stir in onions. Remove beef and onions to a colander to drain
  • Cut tomatoes in half and cut cheese into cubes or pieces
  • Add mushrooms to skillet and add a little butter and olive oil if necessary. Brown mushrooms over medium high heat until they release their moisture and turn golden. Turn skillet off but leave on burner.
  • Return meat and onions to skillet with mushrooms and add bacon, and stir to combine. Add cheese and cover skillet. Let skillet sit for 5-10 minutes to warm and melt cheese
  • Spread hamburger buns with butter and sprinkle with garlic powder. Toast buns.
  • Place salad greens in large individual bowls or on plates and top with warm cheeseburger meat mixture. Top with tomatoes and french fried onions. Add dressing of choice. Serve with toasted buns if desired.
Keyword bacon cheeseburger salad, cheeseburger salad, loaded cheeseburgers, main dish salad

Here are links to homemade salad dressings that go well with this salad

Mustard Maple Dressing

Herb Buttermilk Dressing

Bama Burger Dressing or Sauce

Bleu Cheese Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing


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29 Responses to “Recipe Box, Loaded Cheeseburger Salad”
  1. BERNADETTE says:

    I usually always order a loaded salad when I am out. I particularly like a hoagie salad. Do you have a recipe for that Jenna?

  2. lulu says:

    Certainly a different way to serve a cheeseburger…..I like it!

  3. Jenna, a loaded cheeseburger salad, I would have never thought of that! With bacon and all of the trimmings it must be amazing. We have decided to cut out bread in our diet, so this is a great way to enjoy a cheeseburger. Happy Thursday!

  4. This reminds me a bit of my favorite taco salad but with different trimmings (and no bun!). With all the good flavors, who needs hot sauce! Looks great!

  5. What a genius idea! One of the best salads that I have seen in a long time, Jenna.

  6. This looks like a perfect salad to experiment with the new meat substitutes!

  7. STOP IT with this!!!!!! Do you KNOW how hard I’m working right now to get my summer body back?!??!?!?! I lost my way this winter and am battling back to the road of righteousness.😇😉😁

  8. Now I’m craving a burger – salad, whatchamacallit. It looks great.

  9. thefrenchhutch says:

    We love our burgers here too and this looks like a good way to enjoy one leaving out the buns. And, you know I love salads so this is a great idea. Wish I had this now!

  10. lghiggins says:

    Great idea. I’m doing without the buns these days, but this recipe ups the game a little.

  11. Kitty says:

    My kinda meal, Jenna! I LOVE salads!

  12. Mary says:

    Such a hearty salad and fun way to get a cheeseburger fix!

  13. Wonderful cheeseburger loaded salad. I love fixing loaded salads, easy and so yummy. This is something I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

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