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      Burger Bowl with Special Sauce

      If you just had burgers last night, this is the perfect way to use leftovers to make a delicious burger bowl filled with veggies and flavor.

      burger bowl

      This recipe has all the flavors of a burger, but in a bowl form. Plus, it’s filled with beneficial nutrients and fiber. It’s perfect for lunch or dinner!

      You can also make this recipe using ground beef instead of leftover hamburger patties. Personally, I like using this with leftovers since it’s easy and prevents food waste.

      Ingredients for Burger Bowl

      • Leftover hamburger patties: you can also make your own patties using ground beef or some ground beef crumbles. I seasoned my patties with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and worcestershire sauce.
      • Hamburger bun croutons: more details on how to make these later in this blog post.
      • Lettuce: I recommend romaine or iceberg lettuce for this recipe since it cuts the fattiness of the meat well compared to more flavorful lettuce like spring mix.
      • Tomato: any kind of tomato will do, I prefer roma tomatoes for this recipe.
      • Red onion: sliced into small slivers.
      • Pickles: I prefer dill pickles for this recipe.
      • Special sauce: more details on how to make this later in this blog post.

      Is this burger bowl healthy for you?

      Yes! This burger bowl can be a healthier way to eat a burger since it contains a variety of vegetables. It’s great if you are trying to increase your consumption of vegetables and fiber.

      One burger bowl is an excellent source of B vitamins, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. It’s also a good source of vitamin E, calcium and fiber. 

      It also contains about 20 grams of protein. If you want more protein in your bowl, simply double your serving of hamburger. 

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      How to make hamburger bun croutons

      I love making croutons with any leftover hamburger buns I have in the pantry. It makes the burger bowls more burger-like and adds a lot of great flavor.

      To make the hamburger bun croutons, simply cut the bun into bite sized squares. Coat with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until crispy on the outside.

      Let cool and add to your burger bowls! They add a perfect crunch and more texture to the bowl.

      Other topping ideas

      You can also add other toppings to your burger bowl based on your personal preferences. Here are some ideas that might work well on your bowl:

      • Grilled mushrooms
      • Grilled onions
      • Grilled jalapeno
      • Mustard
      • Ketchup
      • Shredded cheese
      • Bacon bits
      • Fried egg
      • Avocado
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      How to make the special sauce

      The special sauce is similar to the sauce from In-N-Out. It adds some nice flavor and makes the burger bowl more “burger-like”.

      In a small bowl mix together 1 tbsp of mayonnaise, 1 tsp of ketchup, 1 tsp of sweet relish, ¼ tsp of sugar and ¼ tsp of white vinegar.

      Then simply drizzle on top of your burger bowl and toss together. 

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      burger bowl

      Burger Bowl with Special Sauce

      This burger bowl is perfect if you have leftovers from burger night or are craving a burger.
      Prep Time 15 minutes
      Cook Time 15 minutes
      Total Time 28 minutes
      Course Main Course
      Servings 1 serving


      • 1 hamburger patty
      • 2 cups lettuce romaine or iceberg
      • 1/4 cup tomatoes diced
      • 1/4 cup red onions diced
      • 2 tbsp dill pickles diced

      Hamburger Croutons

      • 1/2 hamburger bun
      • 1 tsp oil of choice
      • salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste

      Special Sauce

      • 1 tbsp mayonnaise
      • 1 tsp ketchup
      • 1 tsp sweet relish
      • 1/4 tsp sugar
      • 1/4 tsp white vinegar


      • Preheat the oven for 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
      • Cut hamburger bun into cubes. Coat in oil and seasonings. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crispy on the outside.
      • Add ingredients for the special sauce to a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
      • In a medium sized bowl, add all diced vegetables. Cut hamburger patty into cubes and toss with the rest of salad. Top with croutons and special sauce. Toss again and enjoy!

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