If you're looking for a healthier alternative to your typical cheeseburger, then you need to try this delicious and easy-to-make burger bowl. With all the classic cheeseburger ingredients but without the bun, this burger bowl is perfect for those who are watching their carb intake or just looking for a new way to enjoy their favorite burger.
What is it?
A burger bowl combines all the goodness of a cheeseburger without the fuss of the bun. Think taco salad, but cheeseburger-inspired. It’s everything you could want in a burger but in salad form: flavorful ground beef, pickles, creamy special sauce, cheese and even bacon.
Why this recipe works
These loaded burger bowls are super flavorful and make an easy weeknight dinner. There’s a lot of pay-off for very little effort since the only thing you need to cook is the ground beef.
It’s everything you love in a burger without the fuss (or refined grains) of a bun.
Burger bowl ingredients are straightforward and simple. You'll need to assemble everything you would for a cheeseburger - except the bun.
- Ground beef is central to any burger bowl recipe. For seasoning, add garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Lettuce is the foundation of the burger bowl. Bibb lettuce works best since it has a neutral flavor and tender, cup-shaped leaves that hold onto all those delicious toppings.
- Tomatoes are essential in just about any burger recipe. Cherry or grape are perfect for this recipe since they’re small. That means you can get a forkful in every bite.
- Cheese is a great addition. Shredded cheddar cheese is popular, but blue cheese is a good option too.
- Pickles are a classic addition to burgers. Sour pickles spiked with plenty of garlic and dill taste delicious in this recipe, but so do bread and butter pickles if you want a little sweetness.
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- Homemade burger sauce, which typically includes mayonnaise, ketchup, chili sauce, and pickle juice, is a popular way to dress the bowls.
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Beyond seasoning and cooking the ground beef, there's very little work to the recipe. Still, there are a few tips you'll want to keep in mind.
- Add loads of seasoning to the ground beef. Flavorful ground beef is the key to making this recipe extra delicious. Worcestershire sauce, garlic, onion, and plenty of black pepper make it stand out.
- Any lettuce will do, but Bibb lettuce works particularly well because it is tender, has a mild flavor, and its cup-shaped leaves hold onto all the toppings.
- Soak your thinly sliced red onions in apple cider vinegar for more flavor. It gives them a delicious acidic note that brings balance to the bowls.
- Cherry tomatoes work better than tomato slices or wedges. They’re bite-sized and easy to mix in the burger bowl.
- Let the ground beef cool a little before adding it to the remaining ingredients, or your lettuce will wilt, and your vegetables will soften.
Variations and Substitutions
Swap ground bison for the beef. It works as well as ground beef, but you may need to use less Worcestershire sauce since bison tends to be more flavorful than beef.
Try ground turkey instead of ground beef. Skip the Worcestershire sauce, and add smoked paprika and a little chipotle pepper instead.
Skip the cheese for a dairy-free version, but consider adding a few spoonfuls of nutritional yeast to the beef as it cooks. Nutritional yeast is loaded with B vitamins and has a cheesy, savory flavor.
Substitute bacon grease for the olive oil when you brown the ground beef. It will give the meat a delicious, smoky quality.
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How long does it keep?
The cooked ground beef will keep in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store all individual items, including toppings, separately to keep them fresh.