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Turkey Burger Salad

Many of you have asked me what I really eat at home – when I am not creating a new recipe for you – so I thought I’d start to share some of my really simple meals with you.  Heads up – they’re not wild and exciting.  They’re just simple plates of food – more assembly than cooking – that I sling together on the days when I have run out of leftovers from my recipe experiments.

Do you ever have those evenings where you just want a pile of highly nutritious food that tastes great and is ready in 5 minutes flat?  Oh, only ALL THE TIME, I hear you cry.  Me too.

This is one of my favorite dinners – Turkey Burger Salad.  Now I realize that seeing the word “burger” may have got you feeling all unmentionable.  Please stay calm.  I am not leading you astray here.  There is absolutely no bun involved.  I call it Turkey Burger Salad because I make it with these awesome turkey burgers.  You could also use chicken burgers if they are more readily available where you are.

Here is why JB and I particularly *love* Costco Turkey Burgers:

Just look at that ingredient list!  Turkey. Seasonings.  That’s all, folks.  And then look at the nutrition label!  There’s 35g of protein in every single burger – so you’re over the magical protein synthesis threshold in one beautiful, tasty, round patty.  What else is so great about them?  They cook in 5 minutes from frozen, they are very cost effective, they taste great, and they can live in your freezer ready for action year round.  And even more upside – they are extremely low in fat so you get to eat cheese!

Turkey Burger Salad | Carrie Brown

JB and I both cook up these burgers in bulk and store them in the ‘fridge ready for a portable lunch or snack.  These burgers rock on many levels.

The recipe uses 2 burgers and a whole head of lettuce.  I would imagine that for most people this would feed two; my legendary appetite and I downed the whole thing.  I should point out that I definitely had no room for dessert.  If you make it for one and can’t get through it all, there’s your lunch set for tomorrow.

Turkey Burger Salad | Carrie Brown

I eat this salad at least twice a month.  It’s perfect for when my schedule gets me home later than anticipated, and I always have the ingredients lurking without any planning or grocery store run.  If you are super-prepared you could cook up the number of burgers that you need in advance, store them in the ‘fridge and then whip this up in 3 minutes.

This is as keto and simple as they come!

Turkey Burger Salad
Author: Carrie Brown |
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Serves: 1 – 2
  • 2 turkey burgers
  • 1 head Romaine lettuce
  • 1 oz / 28g sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz. / 55g dried cranberries
  • Ranch dressing
  • Ground black pepper
  1. Cook the turkey burgers. You can grill, broil or griddle them.
  2. While the burgers are cooking, slice the lettuce crosswise while whole to make shredded lettuce.
  3. Spread the lettuce in the bottom of a serving dish.
  4. Grated the cheese evenly over the lettuce.
  5. When the burgers are nicely browned and cooked through, slice them into 1/4″ slices, turn 180 degrees and slice again into 1/4″ slices to give you cute little turkey cubes.
  6. Spread the turkey pieces evenly over the salad.
  7. Spread the cranberries over the salad.
  8. Drizzle your favorite SANE Ranch dressing over the top and season with ground black pepper.
Turkey Burger Salad | Carrie Brown
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  • MargaretOne of my go to meals has been hamburger salad with lettuce , hamburger, dill pickles (yes, dill pickles!) chopped onions and ranch dressing mixed with a very small amount of mustard. Sounds strange but tastes just like a hamburger. Now I can make it with the turkey burgers! Can’t wait to try this with the cranberries.ReplyCancel

    • carrieMargaret – this made me laugh! Thanks for sharing your hamburger salad story!ReplyCancel

  • JessikaAny suggestions for SANE ranch dressing? I haven’t been able to find anything that is sold in stores that fits the bill. It seems like every dressing nowadays has soybean oil as the first ingredient.ReplyCancel

  • carrieHi Jessika! I have found that the best way with Ranch is to buy a packet mix and make your own using non-fat Greek yogurt or fat-free sour cream – or a mix of the two. Add a little extra salt if there is still a yogurty tang that you don’t like. Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • DanielleI SO APPRECIATE you Carrie! Thank you for your passion and sharing your knowledge. I can imagine you pour lots of hours into helping us! I need help with the cranberries. I am having a heck of a time finding dried UNSWEETENED cranberries. Are you using the sweetened kind?ReplyCancel

    • carrieHI Danielle! Thanks for all the love :-) I use unsweetened IF and when I can find them. If not I use the lowest added sugar ones I can find. It’s just a few – don’t stress! Hope that helps!ReplyCancel