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The ULTIMATE Burger Cobb Salad

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Burger Cobb Salad is the ULTIMATE salad filled with all the low carb things a burger needs.

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If you’re eating low carb or a keto diet you’ve probably come across MANY burger recipes that don’t have buns. Wrap it up in lettuce, eat it with a fork, use mushroom caps. All great ways to eat the classic burger when you’re on a low carb diet. But! Why not grill up some mini cheeseburgers and top a bed of lettuce with all the things you need to enjoy it!

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If you’ve been on the Sweetpea block a time or two, you know it’s all about proper ratios in each bite. Every bite has to have the good stuff in it. And, when you’re trying to wrestle a slippery piece of lettuce around a juicy burger you get DripFest2019, and it’s just not okay. So, you move to the fork and knife habit and it’s still gross as your lettuce wilts from the heat of the burger.

Um, no thank you. 

burger cobb salad recipe

First, let’s chat about all things burgers:

For a great burger, you need really simple ingredients…

  • Good beef, seasoned well
  • Pickles
  • Cheese
  • Something crunchy, whether that’s french onions or tater chips
  • Sauce

Some people like tomato or avocado on their burgers. But, once again, those slippery things can just jet off your burger in no time. Leaving you with a mouth full of tomato and avocado which is basically guacamole. 


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Next, this Burger Cobb Salad uses MINI cheeseburgers that were a beef mixture of ground beef AND bacon. That’s right, there is bacon in the raw meat, which you then grill. They’re delicious.

And I have a MAJOR secret…

It’s the “Dinner Deal for Four” from The Fresh Market. ((And no, Fresh Market has no idea who I am…)) 

Every week The Fresh Market offers a Dinner Deal for Four that is between $20-$25. It is a steal! I purchase the meal deal for the ingredients and usually make all different kinds of meals. 

However, instead of grilling one of the four patties, I broke it up into small, two-bite sized chunks and grilled them. Not only was it delicious, but it’s super cute, don’t you think?!

Another secret??

Don’t close your grill when you add your burgers. For the first side (at least!) leave the lid open so the burgers have a chance to caramelize on the bottom, creating the grill marks you want, as well as not letting the burger steam. Once you’ve added your cheese, close the lid. 

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Pickles and cheese just had to go on this salad lineup, and these are the same pickles I used in this Grilled Vidalia Pickle Chicken recipe. I’m telling you, I can’t get enough of them! Salty and sweet from the Vidalia onions hanging out in the brine. And the pickle juice makes a fabulous martini, just saying… 

big mac sauce on a cobb salad

Finally, let’s talk about the burger cobb salad sauce.

This is a super simple burger sauce that is great even if you are eating this with a bun. Dill pickle relish, mayo, spicy ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and horseradish. It is SO good! You could dip some fries in it, roasted cauliflower, chicken, your flip flop, whatever you’ve got on hand. Makes the perfect dressing for this Burger Cobb Salad. 

cheeseburger salad bite

Talk about great ratios!

A pickle, mini cheeseburger, onion, lettuce, special sauce… It’s all there! 

True confessions: I’ve never eaten a Big Mac. So, I have no idea if this sauce is similar – but, it’s reminiscent of Comeback Sauce from our friends in Mississippi. I added horseradish, as I love an extra kick with flavor. You’ll have to let me know in the comments if this is similar to Big Mac Sauce or not?

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burger cobb salad recipe

The ULTIMATE Burger Cobb Salad

5 from 4 reviews
  • Author: Sweetpea
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: american


Burger Cobb Salad is the ULTIMATE salad filled with all the low carb things a burger needs.

**This recipe makes enough burgers for a household: 4-6 patties. Each patty becomes one salad. The salad component is for ONE salad. Adjust accordingly.**




  • 1 pound ground beef (93% is better since you’ll add bacon!)
  • 8 slices of bacon, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 2 slices American Cheese


  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, shredded
  • 1/8 cup pickles
  • 1/8 cup French’s onions
  • 1/8 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/8 cup Burger Special Sauce

Burger Special Sauce

  • 1/8 cup spicy ketchup (low-sugar if watching carbs!)
  • 1/8 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish (use less or none if you’re worried about spice)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


To prepare burgers:

Gently mix beef, bacon, and seasoning in a large bowl. Form “normal” sized patties. Using one patty, break apart into mini burgers, about two inches across. 

Grill over medium-high heat until cooked to your preference. Melt cheese over top.

Make sauce:

Whisk all ingredients together. This can be done up to three days in advance. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. 

To assemble ONE salad:

Add lettuce to a shallow bowl, and line up all the ingredients. Serve, and toss together.

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    1. Thanks! Get ready, this whole month each Wednesday I’m doing a different Cobb Salad! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  1. A lovely idea a salad with all the burger flavors! Perfect for this Fourth of July and summer grilling eats. Your photos are mouthwatering!

  2. What a creative salad! I love that you used Fresh Markets meal deal! Thanks for the tip on not closing the lid of the grill!

    1. It’s one I learned in culinary class, and I didn’t realize it wasn’t “public” knowledge until a friend tried to shut the grill one time as I walked away. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Oh yeah! I was taught from a very young age: it’s all about the ratios and the perfect bite! 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

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