This delicious and healthy 30-minute Burger Bowl highlights the flavors of your favorite burger meat and toppings without the heaviness of a bun.
A fully loaded burger is perhaps the most all-American food that exists. Often served at large gatherings, summer holidays and casual get-togethers, burgers are always a crowd-pleaser. With these healthy Burgers Bowls, you can enjoy all the flavors of a burger in an easy-to-make, healthier form. I've even added a Burger Dressing to top everything off to mimic the special sauce often served on a burger.
Here's what you need to make a Burger Bowl:
Burger Bowl Ingredients
- olive oil (not pictured)
- ground beef
- Worcestershire sauce
- chopped lettuce
- sliced red onion
- diced pickles
- shredded cheddar cheese
Burger Dressing Ingredients
- black pepper
See recipe card for quantities.
Here's how to make a Burger Bowl:
Add the olive oil and beef to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the meat, while breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink - about 10 minutes.
Once the beef is browned, add the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire. Then, stir to combine, then remove from heat.
While the beef is cooking, make the dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the mayo, ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar and pepper.
Set up a bar with all the toppings, the meat and the dressing and let everyone assemble their own bowl.
Hint: Pour the mixed Burger Dressing into a squirt bottle to make it easy for topping your bowls.
Want to substitute an ingredient in this Burger Bowl? Here's how:
- Ground beef - use an equal amount of ground chicken, turkey, or meatless crumbles in place of ground beef.
Try these variations of a Burger Bowl:
- Spicy - add 2-4 tablespoons of hot sauce, ¼ teaspoon of onion powder and ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder to the ground beef when adding the ketchup.
- Loaded Burger Bowls - add some deluxe toppings such as crumbled bacon, sliced avocado, pickled red onions, sliced jalapenos, sauteed onions and/or mushrooms to your bowl.
- Gluten-free - check your labels to ensure that your ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce are indeed gluten-free.
- Vegan - use meatless crumbles, vegan cheese, vegan Worcestershire sauce and vegan mayo to make your bowl vegan.
- Low-carb/ Keto - use unsweetened ketchup for the dressing and to season the meat.
This equipment comes in handy when making a Burger Bowl:
Store the leftover ingredients from Burger Bowls separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Store leftover cooked and seasoned burger meat in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. (See this article for more information on freezing cooked beef and this one for more information on thawing the meat after it has been frozen.)
A burger without a bun is called a hamburger patty. Alternatively, a burger served without a bun and with a bunch of accompaniments can be known as a Burger Bowl, Cheeseburger Salad or Big Mac Salad.
Looking for other easy bowl meals? Try these:
Serve Burger Bowls with one of these side dishes for a complete meal:
- Add the olive oil and beef to a skillet over medium heat. Cook the meat, while breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink - about 10 minutes.
- Once the beef is browned, add the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire. Then, stir to combine, then remove from heat.
- While the beef is cooking, make the dressing. In a bowl, whisk together the mayo, ketchup, mustard, apple cider vinegar and pepper.
- Set up a bar with all the toppings, the meat and the dressing and let everyone assemble their own bowl.
- Cook the meat to a minimum temperature of 165 °F (74 °C)
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended