Whole30 Burger Salad with Special Sauce

1.9K

I don’t do burgers without pickles, and I really prefer not to do burgers without special sauce — aka a saucy combo of mayo, ketchup, and mustard, seasoned differently by each establishment. My special sauce secret ingredient is Bubbies pickles and a bit of brine. If you’re not doing Whole30, try using their bread and butter pickles, but if you’re completing a Whole30 or Whole7, stick to dill, which are sugar-free.

You can absolutely use ground turkey instead here, but I suggest adding more seasoning like oregano or dried thyme. The higher fat content in beef gives it a lot more natural flavor.

My photos do not have potatoes in them but I highly recommend adding them to help you stay fuller and satiated for longer. Plus, they’re delicious.

Whole30 Burger Salad with Special Sauce

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins

Equipment

  • Large nonstick skillet
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand like my fave, Bubbies
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle brine
  • 4 cups mixed greens or chopped romaine
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup dill kosher pickles Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand like my fave, Bubbies
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced (or pickled red onions!)
  • 1 large avocado thinly sliced
  • Optional: nut cheese roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes, chopped cucumber, thinly sliced fennel, any other crunchy raw vegetables that you like and have lying around!

Instructions

  • If you want to add potatoes, cut into small cubes, toss with a bit of oil, salt and pepper, and roast at 425°F for 25 minutes, or until tender and browned.
  • Warm a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 pound ground beef, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper and break into small chunks (but not crumbles!), stirring until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  • Make the special sauce! In a bowl, stir together 1/3 cup mayo, 2 tablespoons ketchup, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 1/4 cup finely chopped pickles, 1 tablespoon pickle brine, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • If you want to build a platter like I did here, place 4 cups greens on a large platter and season with salt and pepper. Yes, always season your greens! Pile the burger meat, 1 pint sliced cherry tomatoes, 1/3 cup dill pickles, 1/4 thinly sliced red onion, and roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes all around / on top of the greens.
  • Dig in! Serve with special sauce.
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill pickles Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand like my fave, Bubbies
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle brine
  • 4 cups mixed greens or chopped romaine
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup dill kosher pickles Whole30: be sure to use a compliant brand like my fave, Bubbies
  • 1/4 red onion thinly sliced (or pickled red onions!)
  • 1 large avocado thinly sliced
  • Optional: nut cheese roasted sweet potatoes or potatoes, chopped cucumber, thinly sliced fennel, any other crunchy raw vegetables that you like and have lying around!
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




Like
Close
Caroline Chambers © Copyright 2020. All rights reserved.
Close