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Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

I was planning to grill burgers, and then it dawned on me: How about a cheeseburger salad? The original recipe doesn't call for a tomato, but it's awesome here. —Pam Jefferies, Cantrall, Illinois
Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. 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°.
  2. In a large bowl, combine lettuce, burgers, cheese, croutons, tomato, onion and pickles. Serve with salad dressing.

Can you freeze Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad?

Place patties on a waxed papper-lined baking sheet; cover and freeze until firm. Remove from sheet 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°.

Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad Tips

What else can I make with leftover burgers?

Leftover burgers make for great wraps or stuffed peppers! Here are a few of our other favorite ways to use up BBQ leftovers.

Is Big Mac sauce Thousand Island?

Surprisingly, Big Mac sauce is not the same as Thousand Island. While Thousand Island sauces can differ, many contain tomatoes or ketchup, whereas McDonald’s Big Mac sauce gets its light pink color from ingredients like paprika. To switch things up, try swapping the Thousand Island in this recipe for our copycat Big Mac sauce recipe.

Is this cheeseburger salad healthy?

While our Test Kitchen doesn’t consider this cheeseburger salad healthy, we have plenty of other healthy salad recipes you can try.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor.

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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