Loaded Burger Bowl with Special Sauce

Think of your favorite burger. Now, imagine taking that burger apart and throwing it on a bed of lettuce. You now have a “deconstructed” burger in a bowl! In this recipe, you can mix and match seasonings, toppings, cheeses, etc. to create your own individualized masterpiece.

For the Burgers

  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • your favorite burger seasonings
  • 1 teaspoon olive or coconut oil

For the Bowls (Individualize to your liking)

  • 2 small heads romaine sliced, root discarded
  • 1 ½ cups cherry or grape tomatoes halved
  • ½ cup pickles plus more to taste
  • 1 cup onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8-10 slices bacon cooked ’til crisp and roughly crumbled

For the Special Sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon soy aminos
  • 2 teaspoon maple syrup 
  • 1 tablespoon dill pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons minced onion
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a medium bowl, mix together beef and seasonings. Heat oil in a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat, then add beef and brown, crumbling with a spatula or spoon.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the toppings for the burger bowls.
  • Make the special sauce: whisk together all special sauce ingredients.
  • Assemble: start with a layer of lettuce in your serving bowls or plates, then spoon 1/4 of the ground beef mixture into the center. Arrange remaining items around the beef: tomatoes, pickles, onion, bacon, or whatever toppings you choose. Drizzle with plenty of special sauce and serve.

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