With this Big Mac Salad, you can have your favorite fast-food-style burger and a salad, too. This burger salad is piled high with sauteed crumbled ground beef and all your favorite burger toppings, minus the buns. Plus, they’re customizable and easy to make low-carb meal or gluten-free.
- 2–3 large russet potatoes (use more potatoes if you’re using smaller potatoes)
- 2 tablespoons of avocado or olive oil, or cooking oil of your choice.
- 1 1/2 pounds 85/10 ground beef (or ground burger meat of your choice)
- Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
- 8 cups chopped lettuce, or a mixture of chopped lettuce and cabbage
- 1 onion, sliced or diced
- 1 cup pickle slices
- 1–2 tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or other cheese of your choice)
For the Burger Sauce:
- 2/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard (I like to use Dijon or spicy brown mustard)
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1/2–1 teaspoon all-purpose seasoning like Morton Nature Seasons or Lawry’s
- Start by making the burger sauce. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Adjust the seasonings to taste, then set aside in the refrigerator while you cook the burger meat and make the fries.
- Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Dice the potatoes or cut them into french fry shapes. You can choose to peel or not peel the potatoes.
- Toss the potatoes with the oil and spread them onto a large cookie sheet. Season with generous pinches of salt and pepper.
- Bake the potatoes for 20-30 minutes, or until they are golden brown and soft in the center. I like to turn them over once while they are cooking to make sure they get browned on all sides. *See note below
- Cook the burger while the potatoes are in the oven. In a large skillet, brown the ground meat over medium-high heat until it is cooked through. Season to taste with generous pinches of salt, pepper, and garlic powder as the meat cooks. Drain off any excess grease. *See note below
- Assemble your lettuce, meat, and toppings in large bowls. Arrange it any way you like. Then drizzle with the burger sauce, or serve the sauce on the side.
*If the potatoes don’t look golden brown, turn up the heat on the oven to 425 degrees and cook them for another 5 or so minutes.
*Make sure to use a big enough skillet so that the meat doesn’t crowd the pan. Using a roomy pan will allow the meat to get brown and crispy around the edges, which means better flavor.
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes