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Cheeseburger Salad

A hearty, meaty, satisfying salad complete with seasoned beef, cheese, croutons, tomatoes and pickles - just like a cheeseburger!


  • 1 hamburger bun with sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon light butter, I use Land O’Lakes
  • A pinch of salt and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 pound 95% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon hamburger seasoning, I use McCormick
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon pickle juice, bring from the pickle jar
  • 8 oz chopped romaine or other green leaf lettuce
  • 2 oz reduced fat sharp cheddar, shredded (I used Cabot 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar)
  • 1 plum tomato, chopped
  • 2 pickle spears, chopped (I use Claussen kosher dill pickles – they’re my favorite!)


  • Preheat the oven to 325 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Using kitchen shears, cut the burger bun into bite-sized cubes (I got 28 cubes). Melt the tablespoon of butter in a bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until completely melted and then toss the bun cubes in butter to coat. Sprinkle with just a bit of salt and garlic powder and toss. Spread the cubes in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 15-16 minutes until they have a crouton-like texture.
  • While the croutons are baking, bring the teaspoon of oil over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes until onions start to become tender. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until meat is browned and cooked through. Drain any liquid from the pan. Add the hamburger seasoning and stir to mix. Add the ketchup, mustard and pickle juice and stir until well combined.
  • Place 2 ounces of lettuce on each plate and top with about 2/3 cup of the meat mixture. Add ½ ounce of the shredded cheese and a quarter of the tomatoes and pickles to each plate. Sprinkle with the bun croutons (each of my salads got 7 croutons) and serve.


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Nutrition Information (per 1 cup serving)*:
280 calories, 13 g carbs, 5 g sugars, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 31 g protein, 2 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)
MyWW SmartPoints per serving: (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Green: 6 SmartPoints/ Blue: 6 SmartPoints/ Purple: 6 SmartPoints
Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)