Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

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My Table of Three's Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

Summertime to me is all about the grilling. Just the thought of firing up the grill and smelling that meat roasting over the hot coals makes me as giddy as a kid in a candy shop. There is just something about a big juicy and hot off the grill burger with all the fixings! Ah..summer food dreams…

I know, I know….this recipe isn’t about grilling or those big grilled cheeseburgers I was just drooling over, it’s a salad.  Disappointed? Don’t be!

Did you see that title, bacon!  I added crispy bacon into this cheeseburger inspired bowl plus I saved you about an hour of cooking! That’s got to make up for the lack of the grill, right?

I thought so!

This Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl is something that we have enjoyed for years in our home. I reserve it for those evenings when we are too busy to grill out, or when I don’t feel like spending extra time making full fledge burgers.

Yes, I admit it, sometimes this busy mama, and food blogger is just that lazy. So lazy in fact, that the very thought of just the extra ten minutes in the kitchen,  forming out burger patties,  makes me want to throw a tired mom tantrum. Trust me, those tantrums are not pretty nor are they my finest moments!

Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

But, we won’t talk anymore about my weak moments, after all, you came here for the food, not the confessions of an overwhelmed momma, right? Right!

On nights when I am tired (okay exhausted, let’s call it what it is), or if we’ve had a long day out with our homeschool activities I love to throw these bowls together. The recipe is super simple and with a little multitasking it can be ready in about thirty minutes, and that my friends make me happy.

To make sure that this dinner comes together quickly I simply bake my bacon in the oven while my ground beef is browning on the top of the stove. While the proteins are doing their thing I chop the toppings and whip up the tangy sauce for the burger bowls.

Oh yes, my friends, I can’t forget the sauce. It is the amazing topping that ties all the cheeseburger flavors together.  The freshness of all the veggies mixed with the flavors of a bacon and other toppings is just delicious.

Another bonus of these bowls is that they can be served family style in one large serving bowl or you can set it up as a buffet style. This lets everyone fill their bowls with the toppings they like best leaving out those pesky onions if they choose.

No matter how you choose to serve them there is just no going wrong with this recipe. If you love salads and burgers on top of quick and easy meals, then you are going to want to make these Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls soon.

Be sure and keep the recipe handy because it is a crowd pleaser with the bonus of being tired mom approved!

Serving Tips

  • When serving this salad family style chop and build your layers of toppings in a large bowl and only top with the warm ground beef right before serving. This will make sure that your meat is still warm and your toppings are still nice and crisp.
  • Buffet style is a simple way to make sure that everyone will be happy with their burger bowls. While your meat is browning simply chop up your favorite burger toppings and put them in individual bowls. Your family and friends can then begin building their own. Kids love helping and being able to build their own! You might even get them to eat extra veggies this way, hmm…fingers crossed!
  • To save even more time you skip baking or frying the bacon and just use a package of real bacon bits. None of those fake crumbles you guys, you don’t want to miss out on the flavor the real bacon brings to this Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl.
  • Want a lite version of this salad, no problem. Simple use a lean ground beef or turkey and replace the mayo in your burger sauce with Greek yogurt.

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6-8 servings

Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef or venison
  • 8 oz of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 bags of Spring Mix Leafy Lettuce
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 of a small onion, chopped finely
  • 8 oz of bacon, fried crispy
  • 8 oz of shredded cheese
  • Cheeseburger "Sauce" Dressing
  • 1 cup of Mayo
  • 1/4 cup of Ketchup (reduced sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp of yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 3 Tbsp of chopped dill pickles
  • a pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and add your ground beef, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  2. While the beef is cooking fry or bake your bacon.
  3. Once the beef is fully cooked, drain off any grease from the meat and set it aside and crumble your cooked bacon.
  4. Prepare your "burger" toppings for your salad by opening your bags of lettuce and adding them to a large serving bowl. Chop your tomatoes and onions and add each to it's own bowl.
  5. Reserve your cheese and the cooked bacon for sprinkling over the top of your burger bowls when serving.
  6. Lastly make your sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a mason jar with a lid and shake thoroughly to mix. If you prefer you could simply mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  7. Adjust the sauce's consistency to your liking. If you want it thinner just add a dash or two more liquid.
  8. When ready to serve set the warm meat and burger toppings on your table and let the family build their own Bacon Cheeseburger bowls to their liking.

Notes

To lighten this dish up a bit you could use a lean ground beef or turkey and replace the mayo in the sauce with a plain Greek yogurt.

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