Burger Salad (Whole30)

Burger Salad (Whole30)

A good burger is something I thought I’d miss TERRIBLY when I started eating cleaner. Within the rules of Whole30 any bread is off limits, so the traditional bun was sacrificed on the altar of resetting my health, habits, and relationship with food for those 30 days. When I started following lots of #whole30 inspiration on instagram I saw this “burger salad” thing and thought I’d never eat that without wishing I had a more buns and less lettuce. And here I am, loving my burger salads and even selling them to my clients at Ali’s Eats. 

The truth is, with the right components, a good grilled burger can be enjoyed on a bed of romaine JUST AS MUCH as between two buns. I believe this as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow. Okay that’s dramatic, but seriously, know it can be enjoyed. 

So what do you put on a burger salad while doing a Whole30? Well, what do you put on your burger? Pickles? YAS. Ketchup? Without sugar, go for it. Arkansas summer tomatoes? You better believe it. All the veggies? Pile ‘em on, sweetheart. You’ve got yourself a salad. 

I believe the final touch on a recipe like this is a sauce/dressing that can elevate the flavor and creaminess factor so that you won’t miss the bun OR the cheese. Trust me on this.

My best burger salad has a bed of crisp romaine sliced super thin. It’s then topped with a handful (or two) of perfectly plump cherry tomatoes. I’m picky about these- they have to be firm but ripe and bright, gorgeous red. Then I slice some red onion so thin you can see through them and put the little circles on top of the salad like the olympic rings. Fire up the grill and cook a patty to your preferred temperature- mine is medium- and lay it on top. Last, but certainly not least, drizzle with the best burger sauce you’ve ever tasted (recipe below).


Whole30 Burger Salad

Author Allison Grigsby Sweatman


For the Salad

  • 2 cups chopped romaine
  • handful of baby tomatoes
  • 2 slices of red onion
  • 1 cooked burger patty

For the Dressing

  • 1 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder


  1. For the Salad : Arrange veggies together on a large plate or in a large bowl. Top with burger patty.
  2. For the Dressing : Place all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, reserving half of the pickle juice. Whisk ingredients until combined. Taste for flavor adjustments and add remaining pickle juice if desired. I like more of the pickle flavor, but some need only enough to give it some *zing*!
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad generously and enjoy!

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