It’s My Cheeseburger in Paradise
~ Our lightened-up Cheeseburger Salad recipe is an easy meal-in-one! A hearty main-dish salad with all the flavors of a big, juicy cheeseburger – and a side of fries! Healthy, fast, and oh-so-good! Plus, it can be mostly made ahead … perfect for busy evenings! ~
This Recipe Is: • Freezable (Ground Beef Mixture) • Includes Make-Ahead Steps •
… I like mine with lettuce and tomato … Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes …
Cheeseburger Salad is one of my family’s favorites (like, all-time, cheers from everyone, super-duper favorites).
I’m pretty sure even your pickiest eaters will love it. I know this because, yes, I have a couple of those at my house!
Maybe it’s the crunchy pickles, or the way the cheese gets all melty and mingles with the meat, or the way the flavors come together so perfectly … I’m not entirely sure. But what I do know is this – it is sooooo yummy!
Many moons ago, I was a Pampered Chef consultant – and the Pampered Chef Deluxe Cheeseburger Salad was one of the very first recipes I had my guinea pigs family taste-test. It was a hit from day one!
Over the years, I’ve tailored the recipe to suit my family’s tastes, and we love it even more now than we did on that very first taste-test!
Plus I added oven-roasted fries as a topping. Wait … what????
Putting French Fries on a Salad? Oh Yeah!
Now, maybe it’s because I’m originally from Pittsburgh, but I don’t think it’s weird to put french fries on a salad. Fries on salads are pretty common in the ‘burgh (which is serious, delicious genius). When I went away to college, though, I was surprised to find that not everyone, everywhere is clued in: “Fries on a Salad? Um, we don’t serve fries on a salad!” Well, huh!
You’ve never tried it? Hey, now’s your chance!
And, besides, since we’re talking “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” this Cheeseburger Salad really needs fries. That’s in the lyrics, and we follow rules. So jump on board – we’re puttin’ ’em on the salad!
Except, of course, we’re going to use oven-roasted potatoes – a deliciously healthy upgrade from fried french fries!
A Meal-In-One, That You Can Prep Ahead!
One of the things I adore most about this Cheeseburger Salad recipe is how quickly it comes together. It’s really simple to make – and I usually have the ingredients on hand.
I assemble most everything while the meat’s cooking, and it’s pretty much all ready to go as soon as the meat is done. Voilà! Dinner is served!
And, because this is an all-in-one dinner that includes everything from salad to meat to veggies, I don’t have to spend time making extra side dishes (trust me – this salad is so filling, you won’t even need them!).
Better yet, most of the components can be prepped ahead of time, which makes life so blissfully simple on busy weeknights!
Make-Ahead Steps: You can cook the hamburger mixture and also oven-roast the fries ahead of time, even a day or two earlier. With your fries and hamburger cooked ahead, all you have to do at the busy dinner hour is reheat them, toast up some buns, and assemble your salads. Amazing meal in no time flat!
Freezer Options (to Prep Way Ahead): The hamburger mixture freezes great, too – no kidding! So, while you’re at it, make a double batch and freeze half for the next time you’re making Cheeseburger Salad. Or, for a super-fast solution on a busy night, just pull your frozen cheeseburger yumminess out of the freezer, mix in the pickles, and serve it up like our Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes!
How to Make the Perfect, Easy Cheeseburger Salad
- First, get your potatoes started. Give them a good scrub and cut them into thick wedges. Then, toss them in a large zipper bag, add a couple minced cloves of garlic, a little canola oil, a pinch of your favorite spices (like garlic powder, onion powder … whatever you love …) and salt. Give it all a good shake, and the potatoes are ready to go! Spread them on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast ’em up.
- Meanwhile, brown a pound of extra-lean ground beef in a large nonstick skillet (we love this one). Then add some ketchup and mustard (that’s the lick-your-plate-clean, cheeseburger-flavored sauce!).
- While your beef mixture is cooking, grab your favorite knife (this is ours), and take a quick moment to chop your onions, tomatoes and sweet pickles. I know, I know – you’re probably thinking “dill” when it comes to cheeseburgers, but trust me on this. After I’d tried swapping in sweet pickles instead, I never looked back. The sweet pickles are a fantastic flavor twist!
- Once the meat and potatoes are done, everything just comes together!
- Stir the chopped pickles into the beef after it’s off the stove.
- Divide the lettuce among four plates, and then divide up the scrumptious cheeseburger meat, onions, tomatoes, fries and cheese.
- For the final flourish, cut a hamburger bun into wedges and put them under the broiler for just a minute or two. Watch them closely because they toast FAST! Toss a few of them onto each salad and enjoy!
It’s that easy!
Every time I make this salad, I’m taken back in time to my senior year of college, when my sorority participated in a charity fundraiser called Songfest. We were assigned Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” So we learned all the words and made up a fun little dance routine. And along the way, we also raised thousands of dollars for The Angels on Track Foundation. (Oh – and by the way – there is no video evidence of this song and dance performance, so don’t bother looking for it!)
So come on … dig out your old Jimmy Buffett CD and dance around while you cook up a brand new cheeseburger experience! Everyone has a little bit of Parrot Head inside – let yours shine! (Bonus points if you actually own a fake parrot to perch on your shoulder while you cook!)
Now that’s my version of a Cheeseburger in Paradise!
Update: More Burger Recipes!
Since publishing this recipe (one of our first), we’ve published lots more burger-related recipes. Check out:
- Easy Grilled Fajita Burgers with Guacamole
- Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Burgers
- Tex-Mex Taco Burgers with Creamy Salsa Dressing
- Asian Salmon Burgers with Avocado and Hoisin Sauce
- Taco Burger Sliders on Polenta
Make-ahead steps: You can cook the ground beef and mix it with the ketchup and mustard ahead of time. It even freezes well, if you want to prep a double batch all at once. You can also roast the potatoes earlier in the day or the day before. Rewarm the potatoes and the beef mixture before finishing the recipe. As an Amazon Associates affiliate program member, I earn from qualifying purchases.
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Make-ahead steps: You can cook the ground beef and mix it with the ketchup and mustard ahead of time. It even freezes well, if you want to prep a double batch all at once. You can also roast the potatoes earlier in the day or the day before. Rewarm the potatoes and the beef mixture before finishing the recipe.
As an Amazon Associates affiliate program member, I earn from qualifying purchases.