cheese stuffed meatballs over a vegetable salad in a white bowl

Burger Salad with Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Special Sauce

  • Author: Whip & Wander
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Salads & Dressings, Mains
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This Burger Salad with Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs and Special Sauce takes all of the best parts of a properly loaded cheeseburger and skips the excess carbs, the excess mess, and the need for pro-lettuce-wrapping skills.



For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 tbsp¬†pork rinds (I like¬†Epic Oven Baked Pink Himalayan + Sea Salt), crushed or blended until fine and granular
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese, cubed into 12 equal portions

For the salad:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled (sometimes I will add this directly to the meatball mixture instead)
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle slices
  • 1/3 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 cup red onions (sub for green onions if Low-FODMAP)
  • 1 large avocado, sliced

For the special sauce, see this recipe.


For the meatballs:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). If using a cast iron pan to bake these, go ahead and add the pan to the oven now so it begins to preheat as well.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine ground beef, granulated pork rinds, egg, Dijon, Worcestershire, parsley, and pepper.
  3. Roll the seasoned beef into 12 equal meatballs. Press cubes of cheddar into the center of each meatball and cover the cheese, rolling each back into a meatball.
  4. Remove the cast iron pan from the oven and carefully place each meatball onto the hot pan.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they reach in internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Some cheese may seep out from the meatballs.

For the salad:

  1. Assemble romaine, bacon, tomatoes, carrots, olives, pickles, bleu cheese, onions, and avocado. Add meatballs to the top, then drizzle with Special Sauce.


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  • Serving Size: 1/4th recipe + 2 tbsp Special Sauce
  • Calories: 783
  • Sugar: 4
  • Sodium: 1849
  • Fat: 60
  • Saturated Fat: 20
  • Carbohydrates: 13
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 49
  • Cholesterol: 203