Overhead close-up view of bacon cheeseburger kale salad including baby kale, ground beef, shredded cheddar, dill pickle rounds, chopped tomatoes, red onion, crumbled bacon, and hamburger bun croutons in a white bowl with recipe title at top
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Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad

This Bacon Cheeseburger Kale Salad is essentially a deconstructed bacon cheeseburger set over a bed of baby kale and topped with a "secret sauce" dressing. Totally customizable to your own preferences, this is way more fun than the average kale salad!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger, Kale, salad
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Sues


  • 3/4 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 8 cups baby kale
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices crispy cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/3 cup dill pickle slices
  • Hamburger Bun Croutons (recipe below)
  • Secret Sauce Salad Dressing (recipe below)

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • 3 hamburger buns, cut into cubes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Secret Sauce Salad Dressing

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 2 Tbsp dill pickle juice


  • Add ground beef to a large skillet over medium heat and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula, until no longer pink, 7-10 minutes.
  • Stir salt, pepper, chili powder, and garlic powder into the ground beef. 
  • Add kale to a large serving bowl. Top with tomatoes, sliced onion, crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar, and dill pickle slices. Using a slotted spoon, remove ground beef from skillet (leaving any extra oil behind) and add to salad. Top with hamburger bun croutons.
  • Drizzle dressing over the salad, toss, and serve in individual bowls.

Hamburger Bun Croutons

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, toss together cubed hamburger buns, olive oil, and salt. Place bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, until nice and crispy. 

Secret Sauce Salad Dressing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, ketchup, yellow mustard, and dill pickle juice until smooth.