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Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Salad Bowl | Keto Big Mac Salad

An easy and inexpensive low carb meal anyone can make – All the goodness of a bacon cheeseburger in a flavour packed salad bowl. This low carb salad is ready in under 20 minutes and is packed with seasoned ground beef, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese, with all the fix-ins of a classic cheeseburger, served with a simple homemade dressing.

Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Salad bowl on a wooden surface.

This keto salad bowl has just 7g of net carbs and 45g of protein per bowl and is ready in less than 20 minutes!

We love this recipe for last minute high protein low carb meal on busy weeknights.

This recipe is part of my 60 minute low carb meal series.




This easy keto salad bowl is inspired by a bacon cheeseburger with all the toppings. It captures the essence of a cheeseburger like the Big mac without the bun. The protein packed ground beef and bacon make this low carb salad worthy of a meal. 

Instead of a bun, this low carb salad starts with a fresh layer of crunchy iceberg lettuce with chopped pickles, diced onions, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced tomatoes, topped with lightly seasoned ground beef, and crumbled bacon. Drizzled with a dead simple 4 ingredient dressing that resembles a classic burger sauce, every bite of this 20 minute low carb salad bowl is packed with flavour.

Why You Will Love Bacon Cheeseburger Salad Bowls

  • Everything you love about a bacon cheeseburger without the bun.
  • An easy low carb meal ready in under 20 minutes. 
  • This healthy salad bowl is packed with beneficial nutrients, vitamins and electrolytes. 
  • Simple, affordable ingredients, keto friendly, gluten free, no wheat or added sugar.
  • A perfect high protein low carb meal for make ahead meal prep, busy weeknights, or packed lunches when you don’t feel like cooking.
All the ingredients for a low carb high protein cheeseburger salad bowl in a white speckled bowl with a red napkin.

Keto Cheeseburger Salad Variations

Chicken Burger bowl – Replace the ground beef with ground chicken or turkey.

Buffalo chicken burger bowl – Use ground chicken, and add crumbled blue cheese and drizzles buffalo hot sauce. 

Add more toppings – Use any of your favourite burger toppings, sliced jalapenos, hot peppers, peameal bacon, caramelized onions, sesame seeds, sautéed peppers, red onion, blue cheese, sautéed mushrooms, avocado, goat cheese.

Change up the dressing – Adding a variety of different spices and seasonings to the dressing can make a big impact. Try adding some smoked paprika to make it taste more like Big mac sauce.

Keto Big Mac Salad is Easy to Meal Prep

  1. Precook the ground beef, and bacon, allow it to cool and top with grated cheese. 
  2. Chop the lettuce, onions, pickles, tomatoes and combine. 
  3. Prepare the dressing.
  4. Store each of these three items in separate containers and combine before eating.
Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Salad bowl on a wooden surface.

Recipe Card

Keto Big Mac Salad Bowl

Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Salad bowl on a wooden surface.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 salad bowls
Calories 640 kcal
Net Carbs 6.8 g
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Everything you love about a cheeseburger without the bun. This loaded keto salad bowl is very quick and easy to make. Full of seasoned ground beef, crumbled bacon, cheese, and your favourite low carb burger toppings drizzled with a simple homemade burger dressing, this low carb high protein salad bowl eats like a meal.

IMPORTANT – There are often Frequently Asked Questions within the blog post that you may find helpful. Simply scroll back up to read them!



  • Knife and Cutting Board
  • box grater
  • Skillet or Frying Pan


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 8 cups shredded lettuce ice berg, romaine, etc.
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 4 medium dill pickles diced
  • 1 large tomato or about 20 grape tomatoes
  • 1 small onion finely diced

Burger sauce dressing

  • ½ cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoon mustard yellow or Dijon
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 large dill pickle finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill or ½ teaspoon dried
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika optional
  • salt and pepper


Cheeseburger Salad Dressing

  • Add the mayo, mustard, pickle juice, finely chopped dill pickle, chopped dill, smoked paprika is using, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and set aside. The longer it sits the more the flavours improve.
    1 small onion, ½ cup mayo, 2 tablespoon mustard, 1 tablespoon pickle juice, 1 large dill pickle, 1 tablespoon fresh dill, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, salt and pepper

Cheeseburger Salad Bowl

  • Cook the bacon. Cook the bacon in a pan over medium-high heat or in the oven at 400°F until crispy. Remove the bacon and allow to cool slightly before chopping or crumbling into small pieces.
  • Brown the ground beef. Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until browned. Cook in the bacon drippings and brown the ground beef until it starts to get a little crispy like the outside of a burger for added flavour and texture. Set aside.
    1 pound ground beef, salt and pepper
  • Assemble the salad bowl. In each salad bowl place a bed of chopped lettuce, and top with shredded cheese, onion, sliced pickles, tomatoes, crumbles ground beef, bacon, and any of your other favourite burger toppings. Drizzle the burger sauce evenly over each salad bowl and toss to combine before serving.
    1 pound ground beef, 8 cups shredded lettuce, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 4 medium dill pickles, 1 large tomato, 8 slices bacon


Optional Ingredients: Adding smoked paprika or a small amount of ketchup tot he burger sauce will bring it closer to McDonalds Big Mac sauce. 
Any of your favourite burger toppings can be added to this salad bowl. 
See full post above for salad bowl variations and meal prep instructions. 
Using fattier ground beef and increasing the amount used can make this salad perfect for OMAD and IF. 
Leftovers: Store leftover sealed in the fridge for use within 2 days. 
For longer term storage and meal prep store the meat, sauce, and salad ingredients in separate containers and combine before eating. 
This recipe is a great way to use up leftover ground beef. 


Calories: 640kcalCarbohydrates: 10.3gProtein: 44gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 17gSodium: 1300mgPotassium: 850mgFiber: 3.3gSugar: 5.5gVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 307mgIron: 4.5mgSugar Alcohols: 0.2gNet Carbs: 6.8g

Nutritional information is calculated using the recipe calculator and verified database available from Cronometer. Although every reasonable effort is made to provide accurate information this estimate is provided as courteously and convenience only. To obtain the most accurate representation of the nutritional information in any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe.

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Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Salad bowl on a wooden surface.


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