It's a cheeseburger that's good for you because it's a salad!

I mean, salad is ok, but it's not very filling.  Cheeseburgers are good, but they're not very healthy.  What's a person to do?!  The answer, once considered, is obvious.  Marry the best of both worlds with this ultimate cheeseburger salad - the best thing to happen to salad since croutons and Baco-s* bacon bits.

This recipe came about as a result of creating the Hamburger guide.  I was joking with Randofo about what I could contribute to it, and decided on a cheeseburger salad.  Not a salad with cheese and hamburger, a la taco salad, but a salad with tiny islands of crouton-like cheeeburgers. 

I did not know Rachel Ray had done it first.  She is obviously a genius, and I'm pleased that we have the same ideas about food.  But there's nothing as frustrating as finding out your idea was scooped. . . two years before you thought of it.

My recipe was only slightly different, but this is my Instructable, so you're getting that one, and I hope you enjoy the technique pictures that Rachel Ray obviously does not love you enough to provide.

*Bacon bits would take this salad to the extreme, and I can't believe I didn't think about it until now.  Bacon Cheeseburger Salad, please. Yes, thank you.

Step 1: Ingredients

Pretty much you want to make your favorite hamburger recipe, add your favorite cheese, and then make up your favorite salad.  A mustard vinaigrette far outshines a ketchup one, trust me.  Honey mustard is my preference.

My favorite cheeseburgers are made with:
  • 1 lb minced beef
  • 1/2 small chopped onion
  • Worcestershire or steak sauce to taste
  • Steak seasoning (or salt & pepper) to taste + a dash (I always like more than I think I will)
  • CHEESE!  I used a sharp Irish cheddar
  • 1 lb beef
  • 1/2 packet onion soup mix (yum!!)
the last recipe is like my favorite meatloaf but without the ketchup and breadcrumbs

My salad consisted of:
  • Chopped Romaine lettuce
  • Tiny tomatoes
  • Chopped yellow pepper
  • Pickles, cause I love burgers with pickles!

I looked up a mustard vinaigrette which went a little something like this:
  • 1/4 cup mustard (I prefer honey mustard)
  • 3T vinegar - I used apple cider for its mellow sweetness, but balsamic would be a good choice too
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
This recipe would also taste great with French or Catalina dressing!
turned out great, even without the cheese!<br />
That is crazy.&nbsp; How did it go over?<br />
better than expected (:
(its great to see so much salad in that BTW schoch!)
wow hamburger salad!<br>i love homemade hamburgers so this must be great<br>(hamburger is Australian, etc for cheeseburger! LOL)
I've started doing this as a healthy alternative, it definitely gives you the great taste of a burger plus instead of feeling fat and guilty afterward you feel full and know you ate a bunch of veggies as well!
Uh, It's actually worse than just eating a cheeseburger. It is an extremely common misconception that eating a salad or drinking a diet soda makes everything healthy, when, in fact, it makes everything much worse.
Just curious, How does it make everything much worse?
I'm a vegetarian, but I know my friends and family would love this! I'll make it, but in my portion, I'll sub out mini-homemade veggie patties. This sounds so freaking awesome!
Awesome. Well done. Bravo.
looks delicious :] it looks good enough to eat in the pictures
well, don't mind me, I'm just looking at the pictures and drooling...lool<br />
Insanely good!<br />
What a compliment, from someone who knows her food!!<br />
cheeseburger cheeseburger cheeseburger
This is one of the most horrifying and intriguing salads I've heard of.<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
And there's only one thing to accompany this:<br /> <br /> http://www.instructables.com/id/Velveeta-Cheese-Fudge-aka-Trailer-Truffles/<br />
What wine would you pair with that scrumptious meal?<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
I would suggest a dandelion wine, or anything by Boone's Farm.<br />
That's awesome!<br /> <br /> Now if only they had their own mini buns stuck to them with the cheese...<br />
looks great! i need some<br />
First we have a cheeseburger soup, now this?! &nbsp; Awesome, can't wait to try this.&nbsp;
I'm considering making a pizza salad in a similar fashion.<br />
I&nbsp;can't wait to add this to my Cook'n Recipe Organizer!<a href="http://www.dvo.com/cookn.html" rel="nofollow">www.dvo.com/cookn.html</a><br />
&nbsp;Make it REALLY healthy - use veggie meatballs instead! &nbsp;Easier to make too. &nbsp;Trader Joe's makes some delicious meatless meatballs but if you don't have a TJ's nearby, Yves makes some or else Google veggie or meatless meatbals &amp; you'll find lots of recipes.
Awesome. I've made taco salad before, but I need to try this next. The only thing better would be a cheeseburger smoothie. Wait. No that would be disgusting.<br />
&quot;Salad for dinner.&quot;<br /> <br /> &quot;I can has cheezburger?&quot;<br /> <br /> YES!
&nbsp;YUM!&nbsp;<br /> LOL this is ridicoulous!<br /> 5*
I can see this getting me to eat a vegetable!<br />
mmm looks tasty, they're like mini burgers in your salad!<br /> Rreminds me of that errant cheeseburger that always breaks apart on my grill when bbq'ing, then forced to eat before anyone notices.<br /> <br /> Needs more bacon! :)<br />

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