These deconstructed burger bowls are loaded with veggies and a special burger sauce. Easily customize the ingredients to include your favorite burger toppings. This recipe is dairy-free, and gluten-free, with a vegetarian option.
Sometimes all you want is a traditional hamburger with all the fixings. Other times you want all those flavors but with a few more fresh ingredients. Enter loaded burger bowls. Burger meets salad meets homemade special sauce. An easy dinner or lunch the whole family will love.
Serve with sweet potato fries, potato wedges, french fries, or crispy smashed potatoes.
- Olive oil or avocado oil - for cooking the burger patty.
- Burger patties - ground beef, ground bison, ground chicken, or ground turkey. For a plant-based option, use quinoa veggie burgers or black bean burgers.
- Burger seasoning - a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, kosher salt, and black pepper.
- Mixed greens - replace the burger buns in this burger salad recipe.
- Toppings - dill pickles, red onion, cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon.
- Homemade burger sauce - mayo, ketchup, dill relish, maple syrup, champagne vinegar, and kosher salt.
Burger Topping Ideas
Burger toppings are all about personal preference. When eaten in bowl form, you can go all out on your toppings. I like to use fresh greens for the base and then build upon that. Here are some more ideas for your deconstructed burgers.
- cheddar cheese - dairy free or regular.
- caramelized onions
- tomato confit
- grilled bell peppers
- marinated mushrooms
- quick pickled vegetables
- dairy free croutons
- fried egg
- vegan onion rings
How to Make A Deconstructed Burger
Step 1. In a large bowl, sprinkle the seasoning over the meat and mix until well combined. Form into patties and place on a plate.
Step 2. Add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined.
Step 3. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the burger patties and cook for a few minutes on each side until your desired doneness is reached.
Step 4. While the burgers cook, assemble your bowls with the greens and toppings.
Make It Your Way: Ingredient Substitutions
Please remember that recipes are just a starting point.
How can you make this deconstructed burger bowl recipe using what you already have? Here are some ideas…
- Vegetarian? - substitute your favorite meatless patty such as quinoa veggie burgers or black bean burgers.
- No champagne vinegar? - white wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or pickle juice.
Deconstructed burgers are best served fresh. Store all the fixings in separate airtight containers in the fridge. Assemble just before serving.
Meal prep toppings ahead of time to make this meal quicker.
Use dill pickles instead of relish for the special sauce. I find dill pickles to have more flavor than dill relish and add more tanginess to the sauce.
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Deconstructed Burger Bowls
- 1 pound ground beef, ground turkey, bison, etc. or substitute see notes
- 1 teaspoon diamond crystal kosher salt reduce by half if using any other kind
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 1 tablespoon dill pickles finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon champagne vinegar
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- pinch of salt
- mixed greens
- cherry tomatoes
- dill pickle slices
- sauteed or raw red onions
- cooked bacon
- see notes for more ideas
- In a large bowl, sprinkle the seasoning over the meat and mix until well combined. Form into patties and place on a plate.
- Add all the sauce ingredients to a bowl and whisk until combined.
- Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the burger patties and cook for a few minutes on each side until your desired doneness is reached.
- While the burgers cook, assemble your bowls with the greens and toppings.