Big Mac Salad – Keto Cheeseburger Salad

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the Big Mac salad It is inspired by the popular fast food burger. It's a simple keto ground beef salad to enjoy when you feel like a cheeseburger.

Low carb burger covered in Big Mac salad

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Craving for some keto McDonald foods? Why not try a cheeseburger salad for dinner tonight? It is an easy low carb meal idea that requires little time to prepare.

I've seen a lot of recipes for the keto Big Mac salad. Basically it's a garden salad topped with a Thousand Island-style dressing. And add some diced pickles and grated cheese.

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Hidden carbohydrates in the dressing

If you take away the bun and the sesame seed dressing, the Big Mac is pretty low in carbs. I'm not sure how many carbs the dressing adds. But it's a little sweet, so I'm sure it has sugar.

I don't like sweet toppings, so I didn't add any sweeteners to the sauce drizzled on this salad. But if you want you can add a little stevia and / or monk fruit extract.

I added some optional cayenne pepper to the dressing for added flavor. Give this Big Mac salad a good kick. I also added some tomatoes for coloring.

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How to make a Big Mac salad

In addition to cooking the meat mixture, the salad comes together quickly. It shouldn't take more than twenty minutes to make the dressing and put together this low carb burger salad.

To start, ground beef is sautéed with onion and garlic in a skillet over medium heat. Then the meat is seasoned with herbs and spices.

While the meat is cooking, I will beat the dressing ingredients in a bowl. That way, the flavors have the possibility to mix before sprinkling on the salad.

I also prepare the salad mixture while the meat is cooking. They are just chopped vegetables and tomato slices.

When the meat is cooked, sprinkle over the salad. Then I add the ingredients on top of the ground beef crumbs. These include pickles, freshly grated cheddar cheese, and red onions.

In the past, I made my low carb burger salad by simply placing a grilled burger on top. However, I like how the loose ground beef is spread across the entire plate.

Low carb burger Big Mac salad on plate

Recipe variations

The dressing topping this Big Mac salad has a great flavor. I prefer it to the special sauce used for the original fast food hamburger. However, you can only use a regular Thousand Island dressing if you prefer.

I am not a fan of onion. Since the original recipe calls for onions, I decided to add it. I used regular red and white onion on top of the meat mixture. But feel free to drop the onions as they add some carbs.

Top the low-carb cheeseburger salad with freshly grated cheddar cheese. Big Mac uses American cheese, which is a processed cheese and I avoid using it. However, you can complete the salad with any cheese you like.

Low Carb Burger Big Mac Salad Dressing

Other low carb salad recipes

I hope you enjoy this Big Mac in a bowl! It is a tasty dish to make all year round. But I especially like to cook easily during the warmer months.

Want some more ideas for summer salads? Cobb salads and tacos are some of my favorites. I also enjoy a salad topped with a cold cut steak and spicy avocado dressing. You can even make a cobb burger salad!

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Used kitchen utensils

Before you start the recipe, you may want to have the following items available:

  • Mixing bowl
  • pan
  • Plate
  • Cutting board

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Big Mac salad

Try this cheeseburger salad when you feel like one of the famous fast food burgers. It's easy to put together this low carb burger salad at home. Course American Cuisine Salad Keyword ground meat Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Total time 20 minutes Servings 8 people Calories 273kcal

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  • 1 1/3 pounds of ground beef about 600 grams
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped (optional)
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper (optional)
  • 12 ounces green lettuce
  • 2 spears pickled dill, diced
  • 3 small sliced ​​tomatoes (optional)
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 small red onion, sliced ​​(optional)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to sauté


  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • low-carb sugar substitute (if desired)
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

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  • Dilute the tomato paste in water and add a little sweetener (if desired). Add mayonnaise and sour cream. Season with sage, oregano, basil, salt, and black pepper. Mix well and let stand.
  • In a lightly greased skillet, sauté the onions until translucent. Add garlic and sauté for a few minutes without burning. Add the lean ground beef and then season with thyme, oregano and marjoram. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add a little chili to heat. Fully cook beef. Transfer to a serving dish lined with kitchen paper. Set aside.

Salad salad:

  • Cover the platter with vegetables. Add cooked beef, chopped vegetables: lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickled gherkins, and top with cheddar cheese. Drizzle with the dressing. Enjoy!

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Each serving is based on the small salad plate and the dressing mix is ​​about 3/4 cup

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Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 19 g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated fats: 4g | Monounsaturated fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 60mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 300 IU | Vitamin C: 3.3mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg

Additional Information

Net carbs: 2 g | % Carbohydrates: 2.9% | % Of proteins: 27.8% | % Fat: 69.2%

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Nutritional information in the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is only approximate. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information provided for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbohydrates are not included in carbohydrate counts, as they have been shown not to affect blood sugar. Net carbs are total carbs minus fiber.

First published: May 5, 2017… Last Updated: July 25, 2019

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