Keto Cheeseburger Salad

Sometimes you just want a burger!

You know that In ‘N Out Burger isn’t going away. Like, ever. And quite frankly it’s not the cheeseburger that causes the problems for me. It’s the fries and the bun that I have a problem with. But I never have to miss out when I have my Keto Cheeseburger Salad

Also, when I am on the go and need to feed my crowd a burger joint is usually the easiest and cheapest option. Everyone in my house loves a loaded cheeseburger with onions, pickles, tomatoes and avocado. And don’t forget the “secret sauce”.


Life with a Keto Mom

That’s why I created this Keto Cheeseburger Salad. This is one of the fastest weeknight dinners around. It all starts with the beef. I only use grass-fed ground beef from Butcher Box. Use what you like, but you MUST season the beef. This is the key to a really flavorful salad.

Season the Meat

I swear the secret is in seasoning the meat...otherwise you just have meat over a salad.  Then add in everything you’d find on a burger ESPECIALLY the pickle and you’ve got the best damn Cheeseburger Salad EVER!

There’s nothing worse than dry flavorless beef over your salad. Add plenty of salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. I top mine beef off with a generous sprinkle of parsley. This last ingredient adds a pop of color and a little something extra to this Keto Cheeseburger Salad.

Salt & Keto

Kasey Trenum writes 3 reasons why salt is so important on a Keto diet.

Bullet Proof says how much salt you should eat on a Keto diet.

Dr. Berg talks the importance of adding salt on a Keto diet.

The toppings

This recipe includes everything that I would have put on my burgers of the past. Tomato, onion, avocado, cheese…and most importantly the pickles. I also had included a simple recipe for keto friendly Thousand Island dressing, but you could use ranch or nothing on your Keto Cheeseburger Salad.

The dressing

The secret sauce on most burgers I’ve tasted seems to be some variation on Thousand Island Dressing. I’ve recreated a low carb version using low sugar ketchup and low sugar relish. It’s not totally necessary, but adds a lovely creamy texture and a sweet flavor to your salty beef.

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I’ll teach you how to eat delicious food like this Cheeseburger Salad and still lose weight, look great and feel AMAZING.

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Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad

Keto Cheeseburger Salad

Keto Cheeseburger Salad

I swear the secret is in seasoning the meat…otherwise you just have meat over a salad. Then add in everything you’d find on a burger ESPECIALLY the pickle and you’ve got the best damn Cheeseburger Salad EVER!
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger, salad
Author: The Kellie Kitchen


Beef or Turkey

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp parsley finely chopped


  • Romaine
  • Arugula
  • Red onion
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Pickle

Keto Thousand Island Dressing


  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. As the meat is starting to brown add in salt pepper garlic powder onion powder and parsley. Stir to fully mix and browned the meat.
  • Mix together the mayo ketchup and relish and set aside.
  • Finally chop the Romaine lettuce add to the bowl. Tossing the arugula with the Romain lettuce to fully incorporate the two lettuces together. Roughly chop the tomato avocado onion and dill pickle add to the lettuce in the bowl.
  • Add the ground beef to the top of the salad and drizzle generously with the thousand Island dressing. Toss to fully incorporate the meat and the dressing with the rest of the vegetables.
  • Serve and enjoy.


** Nutritional information was not added to this recipe as every salad quantity is different.  People like different things and levels of dressing on their salad.  All the items are keto friendly.  Simply plug in your amounts into your own carb counter.
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MEDICAL AND NUTRITION DISCLAIMER…Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this blog. Nutritional break downs are done using a commercial nutrition calculator. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers, this should never be construed as medical advice.

My secret to lasting weight loss

Maintaining my weight loss, and quite frankly staying healthy, has always been the main driver for this website. Making dinners like this Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad is really my trick.

Sorry, it’s that simple for me…I meal prep and almost always cook at home.

I wrote a few articles about this and will write more. Everyone needs to know that cooking at home is one of my major keys to success.

Every meal does not have to be epic.

When I am prepared I have a much better chance at success and maintaining my best health.


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