There is a local burger joint called Spangles that has a “protein style” option for their burgers, which means they’ll give you the guts of the burger in a styrofoam container, sans bun, with extra veggies. I came to love this when I was on the Atkins diet (which I have long since ditched), and still order their Gourmet Supreme burger “protein style.”
I think this was the original inspiration for the Hamburger Salads I started making at home this summer and eat quite frequently because they’re fast, easy and delicious. Essentially it’s a bed of lettuce topped with all the inner components of a hamburger: burger patty, onion, pickles, tomato, onion, and a drizzle of ketchup and mustard. It doesn’t lay as heavy on my stomach as a big burger and is really nice and refreshing in these hot summer months.
grilled hamburger patty, chopped
chopped red onion
dill pickle slices
your choice of salad greens
ketchup & mustard
Place salad greens on a plate and top with the burger, onion, tomato and pickle. Drizzle salad with ketchup and mustard. To kick it up a notch, add some shredded cheddar cheese for a cheeseburger salad!
Recipe by Veronica Miller