Easy Burger Bowls

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Easy, tasty, cheeseburger bowls loaded with toppings, and a delicious dijonnaise These bowls have sautéed onions, pickles the works you will love this burger bowl change up.

White ceramic bowl with toppings and sauce and a silver fork over the top.
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Why Make These Hamburger Bowls

Burger bowls are such a great change up from your typically burger. Eating your burger in a bowl means way more room for toppings. You can customize your toppings however you like. This burger bowl has a dijonnaise drizzle that brings all the flavors together beautifully.

If you aren’t a big beef eater and want to make these hamburger bowls a bit healthier, you can use ground turkey or chicken as the base for this easy meal. My Air Fried Turkey Burgers or Turkey Smash Burgers would be tasty as well. This meal can be meal prepped and you can switch up the toppings every night to make it taste like new.

Ingredients Needed To Make Burger Bowls

Ingredients in bowls on a grey counter to make this recipe.
  • Ground Beef. High quality 90/10 or 80/20 will work great. If you want to make this recipe a little healthier, use ground turkey or ground chicken instead.
  • Seasoning. Seasoning is what makes this dish so flavorful (plus a few other things of course). You will need garlic, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, pepper.
  • Worcestershire Sauce. This is a fermented liquid condiment invented in the city of Worcester in Worcestershire, England. It’s a malty, vinegar style condiment that tastes great with beef.
  • Onions. I use yellow onions. These will be sautéed, almost caramelized in balsamic vinegar. They add a great depth of flavor to this bowl.
  • Balsamic Vinegar. This will be used with olive oil to sauté and caramelize the onions.
  • Mayo. I always go for the full fat mayo for this one. Don’t worry we will mix if with Dijon Mustard.
  • Dijon Mustard. I LOVE dijon mustard. It has a great bite to it and it’s the base of the easy dijonnaise.
  • Lettuce. I use lettuce as the base of this recipe and serve all the Ingredients over the lettuce. It’s the perfect crunch.

Optional Toppings For Cheeseburger Bowls

Tomatoes. Diced cherry tomatoes are perfect for toppings here.

Pickles. I love the sweet and spicy pickles the best but dill pickles will also work.

Bacon. I can’t have a burger without bacon so I love to add a little bacon to these bowls for some salty crunch.

Cheese. Shredded cheddar, feta, goat cheese, blue cheese, whatever you love on your cheeseburgers will go great with this cheeseburger bowl.

Ketchup. A little drizzle of ketchup on this bowl is great.

Recipe Variations

Protein. Use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of beef. Make this vegetarian by using sautéed mushrooms in place of the beef.

Veggies. Add sautéed mushrooms, red onions, grilled zucchini for extra veggies.

Toppings. Add sautéed mushrooms, avocado, ketchup, yellow mustard, pickled jalapeños or any toppings you enjoy on a burger. Switch the flavors up and try it with BBQ Chicken Thighs, or Pulled Chicken. The options are endless.

Make it Healthier. Save 150 calories by skipping the fries and another 150 calories using dijon mustard on its own. Although I enjoy mayo so much this will help keep the recipe low in calories.

Steps To Make Burger Bowls

Steps to make recipe on a cutting board chopped and beef in a bowl with seasoning.

Step One. Gather all your ingredients. Chop up your toppings (tomatoes, pickles, bacon and set them to the side). If you are using fries, bake them now according to the package or follow my Homemade Crispy Fries Recipe.

Step Two. Slice the onion. In a medium sized pan, add olive oil and heat on medium/high heat. Ad the onions and season with a pinch of salt/pepper. Sauté or 8 minutes or until browned and darkened in color. Then add in the balsamic vinegar, sauté for another 5 minutes. Set onions aside.

Step Three. Wipe the onion pan with a paper towel, add the ground beef to the pan on medium heat. Season the beef with thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, onion. Continue to cook until beef is browned. Soak up the excess grease with a paper towel. Once the grease is soaked up, add in the Worcestershire Sauce.

Skillet with cooked ground beef in it and a skillet with sautéed onions in it.

Step Four. Once beef is fully cooked, remove from heat and quickly make the dijonnaise sauce below.

Step Five. In a small bowl, add mayo, dijon, a pinch of salt pepper and whisk together. To thin the sauce a little, add 1 tsp of water to the mix until desired consistency.

Step Six. In a bowl, add lettuce, hamburger meat, toppings (pickles, onions, tomatoes, cheese, fries) and drizzle dijonnaise over the bowl.

Up close photo of cheeseburger bowl in a white bowl with a silver fork.

Tips & FAQ’s

How can I make these healthier?

Make these cheeseburger bowls healthier by swapping the beef for ground chicken or turkey. You can also dodge a few calories by avoiding cheese and the dijonnaise.

Do these meal prep well?

These burger bowls meal prep great! Just wait until you are ready to eat before assembly

Can I make these keto?

You can make keto burger bowls by skipping the fries (saves 150 calories!) and make sure he pickle are keto friendly (no sugar added).

Storage & Make Ahead Tips

Make ahead. You can meal prep these burger bowls by chopping all the toppings, sautéing the onions, cooking the hamburger and then storing everything separately in airtight containers. Assemble the bowls when you are ready to eat.

Storage Tips. Store any leftovers by keeping the beef in a separate container. Wait to add lettuce until you are ready to enjoy.

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Burger Bowls in a white bowl with a silver fork.
5 from 7 votes

Burger Bowls

Easy cheeseburger bowls loaded with toppings and a delicious dijon sauce.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • 1 large skillet

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 

Balsamic Onions * optional

  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Toppings

  • 4 cups romaine or butter lettuce
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes sliced
  • cup pickles , *see notes
  • 9 oz french fries (frozen or fresh made), *see notes

Dijonnaise *optional

  • 4 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 4 tbsp cheese, *see notes

Instructions 

  • Gather all your ingredients. Chop up your toppings (tomatoes, pickles, bacon and set them to the side). If you are using fries, bake them now according to the package or follow my Homemade Crispy Fries Recipe.
  • Slice the onion. In a medium sized pan, add olive oil and heat on medium/high heat. Add the onions and season with a pinch of salt/pepper. Sauté or 8 minutes or until browned and darkened in color. Then add in the balsamic vinegar, sauté for another 5 minutes. Set onions aside. 
  • Wipe the onion pan with a paper towel, add the ground beef to the pan on medium heat. Season the beef with thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, onion. Continue to cook until beef is browned. Soak up the excess grease with a paper towel. Once the grease is soaked up, add in the dijon and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix well.
  • Once beef is fully cooked, remove from heat and quickly make the dijonnaise sauce below. 
  • In a small bowl, add mayo, dijon, a pinch of salt pepper and whisk together. To thin the sauce a little, add 1 tsp of water to the mix until desired consistency. 
  • In a bowl, add lettuce, hamburger meat, toppings (pickles, onions, tomatoes, cheese, fries) and drizzle dijonnaise over the bowl. 

Notes

*ground turkey venison or chicken will also work. 
*I use sweet and spicy pickles but dill will work as well.
*This is optional, use frozen french fries (baked according to instructions) or make my Homemade Crispy Fries Recipe.
*use any cheese of choice! Shredded cheddar, goat cheese, blue cheese, feta, anything you love on burgers.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. These make a great meal prep. 

Nutrition

Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 1234mg | Potassium: 840mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 147IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 483
Keyword: 30 minute, easy dinner
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Highly recommend these! I’ve made them 3 times this month. Easy and really really good.

  2. 5 stars
    Such an easy way to enjoy burgers without the added carb guilt.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these with blue cheese and bacon. my husband said he loved this meal and we can’t wait to make it again. Great recipe.

  4. 5 stars
    Ahh this was so good I can’t even explain. New favorite dinner.

  5. 5 stars
    I make these every week now. I just love them. Thanks so much for the tasty recipe Bailey.

  6. 5 stars
    Great flavor. My husband loved the dressing and your french fries recipe. Keep the recipes coming!

  7. 5 stars
    These are a major food group in our house 😂 we love making it. Once you make it once or twice you’ll have the recipe memorized and you can add SO many different toppings.