Dinner FAST – Hamburger Salad

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

September 18, 2014

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Hamburger Salad


Quick bariatric friendly dinner

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After weight-loss surgery, a deconstructed burger is common place. Having a lean hamburger without the bun can leave you full and satisfied for hours! As long as those bites are tiny!!! 

When I had limited time to make and eat dinner before a meeting, I knew I had lean ground beef in the fridge and some lettuce. I made the ground beef into patties and got them started on the stovetop. When I realized time was ticking, I broke the hamburger into pieces that I knew would cook even faster:



After Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass surgery, these chunks of hamburger would need to be cut even smaller. You might consider removing the hamburger pieces from the pan and place them in a shallow bowl, breaking the meat up with a fork. A good visual for bite sizes is the size of a black bean. This allows food to fit more comfortably into your pouch allow you to feel great after your meal and full for hours.

For extra flavor I sprinkled McCormicks® Molasses Bacon seasoning generously over the meat. Any burger friendly seasoning will work!


Healthy dinner in a hurry! Hamburger Salad. Low carb and easy recipes at www.foodcoach.me

Dinner FAST - Hamburger Salad

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • pinch each salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp burger seasoning of choice
  • 8 oz mixed greens
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, cooked and diced
  • 1 tbsp diced pickle slices as desired
  • 1 tsp each mustard & low sugar ketchup as desired


  • Heat a grill pan to medium high on the stovetop. Cover lightly with cooking spray.
  • Form ground beef into four patties, sprinkling both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Brown both sides of patties, about 3 minutes per side. Use a spatula to break the burger to smaller chunks to continue cooking faster. Sprinkle generously with seasoning of choice for added flavor.
  • Meanwhile, layer chopped lettuce on a plate or in a bowl. Add turkey bacon. Squirt mustard and ketchup as desired. Dice pickle slices up if desired. Once ground beef is cooked, add to salad.

3 thoughts on “Dinner FAST – Hamburger Salad”

  1. Hi, I have not purchased one of your plans yet but I have looked at many of your recipes. I am a bit confused though. When I add your recipes into Myfitness app the calories, fat, protein, and carbs don’t agree with your information. Am I missing something? I want to make sure I’m staying with in the correct ranges daily. Thank you for your time.

  2. @Bev Cook Hello! There are about a million reasons why the nutrition information can come through different. MyFitnessPal has a tremendously large library of ingredients but that can quickly cross wires on numbers. That is why I put the information on my site because I have sorted through the ingredients to be the most accurate with what I used. You could certainly add all the ingredients that you used choosing the exact brands and amounts for the most accurate of what you are consuming! I have had chili powder come up as 87g of carbs on a recipe before so it does take close watching! I hope that helps explain a little more. Happy to answer any other questions.

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