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Make this burger in a bowl as light or as loaded as you’d like! It’s a healthy gluten-free, low-carb, whole 30 alternative to a traditional hamburger. It’s perfect for lunch on the go or a light dinner at home! 

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Loaded Burger Bowls

These burger bowls are the perfect low-carb meal for a quick lunch or easy dinner. It has the same flavor as a classic burger but without the hamburger bun. It’s light enough that it won’t weigh you down, but it’s super filling and very delicious.

A burger salad bowl comes together so easily, it will become a go-to meal throughout the summer. It’s a great way to enjoy a salad with an extra source of protein. It’s the perfect way to use leftover meat whether it’s from a grilled hamburger, baked hamburger, or fried on a skillet.

Serve on busy weeknights, weekend dinners when the last thing you want to do is heat up your oven, or a quick lunch to pack for work. Customize to your liking with your favorite toppings like ranch dressing, which is my favorite, or this delicious homemade burger sauce (aka special sauce).

Why This Recipe Works

  • It’s ready in under 30 minutes.
  • Easy to customize based on what you have on hand.
  • Perfect for a low carb or keto diet.
  • A healthy dinner idea that will curb those burger cravings without the guilt!
Burger patties on pan.

Bowl Ingredients

Start with the base ingredients below, then load it up with your other favorite toppings and get ready to eat your deconstructed burger with a fork!

See full printable recipe below.

  • Ground beef: I typically use ground beef that’s 80% lean with 20% fat. This way it’s still juicy with great flavor. Use leaner ground beef or ground turkey for a less fatty burger.
  • Seasonings: A simple mix of Kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder are used to season the burger patties.
  • Spinach: The base of the burger bowls are made with fresh baby spinach.
  • Tomatoes: Look for ripe and juicy cherry tomatoes.
  • Ranch dressing: Drizzled on top for the finishing touch!

Variations

These healthy burger bowls are easy to customize, so feel free to switch to a turkey burger for an even lighter option. Swap the spinach with crispy chopped romaine, or use roma tomatoes instead of cherry. A flavorful burger sauce always works great as the dressing!

Extra Toppings

So, is it a burger or a salad? It’s basically both! Ok, that’s not true, it’s definitely not a traditional burger, but if you build the burger salad bowl exactly as you would your favorite burger, then I promise you, you won’t miss the bun!

Burger salad ingredients in white bowl.

How to Make a Burger in a Bowl

  • Cook the burgers. Combine the beef and seasonings in a small bowl. Then use your hands to form the meat mixture into 4 patties. Place in the skillet and cook each side over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Build your bowl. Layer the spinach into the base of four bowls, followed by the tomatoes and any other desired toppings. Add the burger in the center of the bowl. You can leave it whole or cut into pieces.
  • Drizzle with dressing. Drizzle the dressing on top of the salad and then enjoy immediately!

Recipe FAQs

Are burgers keto?

They sure are! The patties are made with a mix of ground beef and seasonings, which include almost no carbs. The burger bowl toppings are what you need to watch out for! To keep keto, use low carb toppings such as greens or cheese to load up your bowl.

Are burger bowls healthy?

This burger bowl recipe is! It’s filled with protein, fiber and is low in carbs. Stick with better-for-you toppings like diced avocado, red onions or pickles to keep it on the healthier side.

Can I make the hamburger in the oven?

Sure! Making baked hamburgers is a little more hands off and is just as delicious. Prepare the patty as directed, then bake at 425°F for about 15 minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Cook meat to an internal temperature of 155ºF – but don’t overcook it. You still want it juicy and full of flavor.
  • Drain excess grease before adding to salad. You don’t want to taste that extra fat in there.
  • Keep the patty whole or crumble it up, the choice is yours.
  • Cut similar sizes. I like to chop up my lettuce in bite-size pieces as well as cut the tomatoes in half. Then any additional toppings to match so that it’s not an overwhelming bite.
  • For a little added seasoning sprinkle in some hamburger seasoning to the meat before cooking. You can even make your favorite burger variation, like an Italian burger or Greek chicken burger.
  • Thinking about a different kind of meat? Turkey or chicken burgers work too!
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Burger in a Bowl

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Make this burger in a bowl as light or as loaded as you'd like! It's a healthy gluten-free, low-carb, whole 30 alternative to a traditional hamburger. It's perfect for lunch on the go or a light dinner at home! 
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Burger

  • 1 pound ground beef , could sub for ground turkey
  • ¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Bowl

  • 8 cups spinach , I used a mix of spinach and romaine
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes , cut in half
  • ½ cup ranch dressing

Optional toppings: shredded cheese, pickles, avocado, onions, crumbled bacon, croutons

    Instructions

    • Combine the hamburger, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a small bowl. Then form 4 patties and press a thumbprint into the center. Cook in a skillet over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 155ºF. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to catch any extra grease.
    • While the hamburgers are cooling, prepare your greens and desired toppings. I like to chop the spinach and lettuce into smaller bite sized pieces.
    • Divide the greens into the base of four bowls. Then add desired toppings. Once the hamburgers have slightly cooled, add to the center of the bowl. You can leave it whole or chop into bite sized pieces.
    • Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of dressing over the top. Enjoy soon after. This salad is best served the first day.

    Notes

    To bake in the oven:
    • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Then place a cooling rack on top of the foil wrapped pan.
    • Place burgers on rack and cook for 15 minutes, or until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 155°F. 
    Variation: For a delicious twist add in pickled onions, caramelized onions or fajita veggies.  
    Dressing: I used this homemade ranch dressing. You can use any dressing you’d prefer. If you want it to taste like a traditional burger, try this burger sauce.
    Nutrition Value does not include toppings. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 893mg | Potassium: 845mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5912IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 5mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Diet: Gluten Free

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