Want a tasty healthy low calorie spin on everyone’s favorite cheeseburger? Here it is. All the flavors of a cheeseburger in a salad.
This Weight Watchers Friendly Cheeseburger Salad is adapted from this Pampered Chef recipe that I discovered back when I spent a short time as a Pampered Chef Consultant. It always gets rave reviews. And is such a light and healthy alternative to your standard cheeseburger the entire family will love.
I love how it manages to be lighter, yet still hearty and satisfying!
Mom thought this salad tasted “just like a cheeseburger.” Many of her friends commented that they liked it better than taco salad.
I think it’s a great summer alternative to firing up the grill that will satisfy the whole family, young and old alike. And it’s a tasty way for cheeseburger fans to get more vegetables too.
When you eat this salad instead of a cheeseburger you won’t even miss the french fries!
Skinny Cheeseburger Salad Recipe Notes
This salad is pretty Weight Watchers friendly.
With just 250 calories and *6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints, it’s a much better choice than your typical fast food cheeseburger.
- use reduced-fat cheese instead of full fat
- use whole grain light hamburger buns
- To make lower carb skip the buns altogether
- Vegetarian: Substitute veggie crumbles, tempeh, or cooked lentils for the ground beef
- Ingredient Amounts for One Serving: 2 tablespoons onion, 1/2 plum tomato, 3 ounces extra lean ground beef, 1-1/2 tablespoons pickles, 2 tablespoon ketchup, 1/2 teaspoon mustard, 2 cups romaine, 2-1/2 tablespoons cheese. (Since this is a salad the amounts don’t need to be exact.)
More Weight Watchers friendly recipes for burger lovers: Weight Watchers Southwestern Beef Salad with Chile Lime Dressing, Healthy Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew, Mom’s Hamburger Goulash, Easy Baked Ziti, Easy Skinny Southwestern Skillet
This easy and delicious cheeseburger salad is sure to become a family favorite
- 2 light hamburger buns
- 1 small red onion (about 3/4 cup total)
- 2 plum tomatoes
- 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup sliced dill pickles
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 12 cups chopped romaine lettuce
- 1 cup shredded reduced fat cheese
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Slice bun tops and bottoms into ¼-in. (6-mm) strips. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and bake 8—10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove to a cooling rack; cool completely.
Cut onion in half crosswise. Slice half of the onion crosswise into thin rings using a sharp knife or mandolin. Cut tomatoes lengthwise into quarters and slice crosswise. Set onion and tomatoes aside.
Put beef in saute pan over medium-high heat and cook 5—7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking beef into crumbles.
Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining half onion. Finely dice pickles. In a large bowl, combine chopped onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard. Add cooked beef and mix well.
To serve, arrange lettuce on large serving platter. Spoon beef mixture over lettuce. Top with cheese, tomatoes and sliced onion. Arrange hamburger bun croutons around edge of platter.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus *6
Weight Watchers SmartPoints *6
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
More WW Friendly Great Burger Salad Recipes from around the web:
Here’s another light and healthy variation of a Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad from Delish…
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First published 3/11, updated 8/15, updated 3/17
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