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Cheeseburger Salad with Animal Sauce Dressing

When you're got to have your burger, but you're trying to do better, make a Cheeseburger Salad!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Total Cost: $10.74 recipe / $2.69 serving
Servings: 4



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise $0.66
  • 1/4 cup ketchup $0.20
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.13
  • 1 Tbsp Relish (sweet or dill) $0.06
  • 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar $0.03
  • 1/2 tsp sugar $0.02
  • 1/4 tsp salt $0.02
  • Freshly Cracked Pepper $0.03


  • 1 lb ground beef $5.86
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning salt $0.05
  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil $0.04
  • 2 hearts of Romaine $1.99
  • 1/4 red onion $0.25
  • 1 large tomato $0.65
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese, shredded $0.75


  • Prepare the animal sauce dressing by stirring together the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, cider vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt, sugar, and some freshly cracked pepper in a bowl. Set the dressing aside.
  • Rinse the Romaine lettuce well, let it drain, and then cut it into 2-inch pieces. Set the prepared lettuce aside.
  • Place the ground beef in a bowl, add the seasoning salt, and mix with your hands until the seasoning salt is evenly incorporated. Divide the meat into four portions, then divide each portion into four small ping-pong-sized balls. Flatten the balls into mini burger patties.
  • Add a little cooking oil to a non-stick skillet and heat over medium flame. Once hot, add some of the mini burgers and cook on each side until well browned (3-5 minutes each side). Transfer the cooked burgers to a paper towel lined plate and cook the next batch.
  • While the burgers are cooking, thinly slice the red onion, cut the tomato into wedges, and shred the cheddar cheese.
  • Once all of the mini burgers are cooked, build the salads. Place 1/4 of the lettuce in each of four large bowls and sprinkle the sliced onion and shredded cheddar over top. Add tomato wedges to each bowl along with 3-4 of the mini burger patties. Drizzle the animal sauce dressing over top and enjoy!