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Flavorful and Tangy Cheeseburger Bowl

If you’re a fan of cheeseburgers, but want to switch things up a bit, you might want to try a cheeseburger bowl. This delicious meal combines all the classic flavors of a cheeseburger in a bowl, making it a healthier and more convenient option.

Woman in a green sweater dicing onion for a cheeseburger bowl.

To make a cheeseburger bowl, you’ll need ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and any other toppings you like on your burgers. Simply cook the ground beef and season it with your favorite spices, then add it to a bowl with the rest of your toppings.

You may also add some rice or quinoa to make it a more filling meal.

But, whatever you do, don’t forget to whip up the special sauce!

Cheeseburger bowls are perfect for those who want a quick and easy meal that doesn’t sacrifice flavor.

They’re also great for meal prep, as you can make a big batch and store it in the fridge for a few days. 

For other delicious meals, be sure to check out my flavorful baked chicken quesadillas, my creamy sausage tortellini soup, and my easy French dip sliders.

Bowl of veggies and a spoon.

What is a Cheeseburger Bowl?

If you love burgers but want a healthier, lighter way to enjoy them, then a cheeseburger bowl may be just what you need. This dish is a deconstructed burger served in a bowl, with all the classic flavors of a burger, but without the bun.

A cheeseburger bowl recipe typically includes ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and a sauce.

However, you can customize it to your taste by adding your favorite burger toppings or removing ingredients.

For example, you can use turkey or chicken instead of beef.

One of the benefits of cheeseburger bowls is that they are low carb, making them a great option for those following a low-carb or keto diet when they are having their cheeseburger cravings.

 They are also a healthier alternative to traditional burgers, as they are usually made with leaner meat and fewer calories.

Woman in a green sweater dicing onion for a cheeseburger bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Cheeseburger Bowl

If you’re a busy mom looking for a quick, easy, and delicious meal that your kids will love, this Cheeseburger Bowl is the perfect solution.

Here are five reasons why you’ll love this recipe:

  • It’s a healthier alternative to traditional cheeseburgers. By swapping out the bun for a bed of greens, you’re getting all the flavors of a cheeseburger without the extra carbs and calories.
  • It’s customizable. You can add or remove any toppings you like to make it just the way you and your family prefer. Plus, it’s a great way to use up any leftover veggies in your fridge and is an easy dinner.
  • It’s quick and easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a satisfying meal on the table in under 30 minutes. Perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook.
  • It’s a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. By mixing the greens in with the meat and cheese, your kids won’t even realize they’re eating something healthy. Add some bacon on top of the veggies and give them bacon cheeseburger bowls!
  • It’s a fun twist on a classic dish. Your family will love the novelty of eating a cheeseburger in bowl form, and it’s a great way to switch up your usual meal rotation.
Ingredients for a cheeseburger bowl on a stainless steel counter.

Ingredients for a Cheeseburger Bowl

To make a delicious cheeseburger bowl, you’ll need a variety of fresh and flavorful ingredients.

Here are the key ingredients you’ll need and why they’re important in this recipe:

  • Ground beef: The star of the show! Use high-quality, lean ground beef for the best flavor and texture.
  • Romaine lettuce: A crisp and refreshing base for your bowl. You may use iceberg lettuce in place of romaine.
  • Tomato: Adds juicy sweetness to your bowl. For the perfect bite size, slice cherry tomatoes into quarter slices.
  • Red onion: Raw onions add a little bite and crunch to your bowl.
  • Pickles: Tangy dill pickles add so much flavor to your bowl.
  • Avocado: Creamy and delicious, avocado adds healthy fats and flavor to your bowl.
  • Bacon: Adds smoky and savory flavor to your bowl.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese: Use your favorite cheese for a melty and cheesy finish to your bowl.
  • Burger sauce: A must-have condiment for any cheeseburger bowl! Use your favorite burger sauce for added flavor.

Preparing the Toppings

To prepare your toppings for your cheeseburger bowl, start by cooking your ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat. 

While your beef is cooking, chop your lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and avocado and set them aside. 

Cook your bacon in a separate pan until crispy, then crumble it into bite-sized pieces. I also bake it in the oven at 425°F if I’m running low on time.

Once your beef is cooked through, drain any excess fat and season it with salt and pepper to taste. Set it aside to cool slightly while you assemble your bowl.

To assemble your cheeseburger bowl, start with a bed of lettuce in the bottom of your bowl. Top with your cooked ground beef, chopped tomato, red onion, pickles, and avocado. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top, then drizzle with your favorite burger sauce. Finally, top with crumbled bacon for added crunch and flavor.

Woman in a green sweater pouring burger sauce.

Special Burger Sauce

No cheeseburger bowl is complete without a delicious special burger sauce. This big mac sauce is what takes your cheeseburger bowl to the next level. 

Here’s how you can make it at home:

  • Start with 1/2 cup of mayo. You can use any brand you prefer.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar to the mayo.
  • Mix in 1/4 cup of ketchup to the mixture.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sweet pickle relish to the sauce.
  • Mix in 2 teaspoons of white vinegar.
  • Finally, add a pinch of black pepper to taste.

Mix all of the ingredients together until they are well combined. You can adjust the amount of each ingredient to your liking. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, add more sugar. If you like it tangier, add more vinegar.

This special burger sauce is perfect for topping your cheeseburger bowl. It adds a tangy and sweet flavor that complements the beef and vegetables perfectly. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for your fries or onion rings.

Try making this special burger sauce at home and take your cheeseburger bowl, or burger patty, to the next level! It’s a favorite way to dress up a healthy cheeseburger bowl.

Woman in a green sweater dicing onion for a cheeseburger bowl.

How to Serve Cheeseburger Bowls

Cheeseburger bowls are a great option for an easy meal that the whole family will enjoy. Here are a few tips on how to serve them:

  • Start by preparing all of the ingredients for the cheeseburger bowls. You can chop up the lettuce, tomatoes, and onions ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to use them.
  • When it’s time to serve, start by adding the cooked ground beef and any other toppings you like, such as shredded cheese, pickles, or ketchup.
  • Mix everything together well, so that all of the flavors are evenly distributed throughout the bowl.
  • If you’re serving cheeseburger bowls for a family dinner, you can set out all of the ingredients and let everyone build their own bowl. This is a fun and interactive way to get everyone involved in the meal.
  • Leftover cheeseburger bowls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. To reheat, simply microwave the meat for 1-2 minutes or until heated through.
Woman in a green sweater dicing onion for a cheeseburger bowl.

How to Store Leftovers

Once you’ve finished enjoying your delicious cheeseburger bowl, you may be wondering how to store the leftovers. Proper storage is essential to keep your food fresh and safe to eat. Here are some tips to help you store your cheeseburger bowl leftovers:

  • Store your leftovers in an airtight container to prevent air and moisture from getting in and spoiling the food.
  • Make sure the container is large enough to hold all of your leftovers without overcrowding them.
  • Label the container with the date that you stored the leftovers, so you can keep track of how long they’ve been in the fridge.
  • Store your leftovers in the refrigerator as soon as possible after you’ve finished eating to prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Your cheeseburger bowl leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Keep in mind that these loaded burger bowls make an easy lunch option, too!

Tips for Cheeseburger Bowls

When it comes to making cheeseburger bowls, there are a few tips that can help you create the best dish possible. Here are some tips that you can try out:

  • Use an air fryer to cook the fries: This is the best way to get crispy fries without using too much oil. Simply toss the fries in a little bit of oil and air fry them until they are golden brown.
  • Add crispy bacon: Crispy bacon adds a delicious crunch to your cheeseburger bowl. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until it is crispy and then crumble it over the top of your loaded burger bowl.
  • Use fresh veggies: Fresh veggies like lettuce, tomato, and onion add a lot of flavor and texture to your cheeseburger bowl. You can also add other veggies like avocado or jalapeños to give it an extra kick.
  • Season with black pepper: Black pepper adds a little bit of spice to your cheeseburger bowl. Sprinkle some over the top of your burger salad to give it some extra flavor.
  • Dry your lettuce: Make sure you wash and pat dry your lettuce so the excess water doesn’t dilute the flavors of the salad bowl.
Bowl of veggies and a spoon.


There are many ways to customize your cheeseburger bowl to suit your tastes. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Vegetarian option: Swap out the ground beef for a vegetarian protein like tofu or tempeh. You can also add extra veggies like roasted sweet potatoes or sautéed mushrooms for a heartier bowl.
  • Spicy kick: Add some heat to your bowl with sliced jalapeños, hot sauce, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
  • Cheese lover’s dream: Experiment with different types of cheese to take your cheeseburger bowl to the next level. Try shredded cheddar, crumbled blue cheese, or even a dollop of creamy goat cheese.
  • Tex-Mex twist: Give your bowl a southwestern flair by adding black beans, corn, avocado, and a squeeze of lime juice.
  • Low-carb option: Serve with a side of sweet potato fries.
  • Breakfast bowl: Who says you can’t have a cheeseburger for breakfast? Top your bowl with a fried egg, crispy bacon, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a sweet and savory twist.

Tangy Cheeseburger Bowl Recipe

Bowl of veggies and a spoon.

Cheeseburger Bowl with Special Sauce

Liz Quick
This delicious cheeseburger bowl combines all the classic flavors of a cheeseburger but makes it healthier and a more convenient option.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
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Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 100 kcal


  • 1 sharp knife


  • 3 hearts Romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • 2 small roma tomatoes, diced
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ cup diced dill pickles
  • 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Special Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons sweet relish
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Wash and chop your lettuce and let dry.
  • Dice your veggies and put in separate bowls.
  • Brown and drain your ground beef. Season with salt, pepper, and Worcestershire, if you'd like.
  • Whisk the sauce ingredients until they are well combined.
  • To assemble your cheeseburger bowls, start with a bed of lettuce in the bottom of your bowl. Top with your cooked ground beef, chopped tomato, red onion, pickles, and avocado. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top, then drizzle with your burger sauce. Finally, top with crumbled bacon for added crunch and flavor.


Serve with chips, fries, or roasted veggies.
Let your ground beef cool before putting your bowls together.
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