Turkey Burger Salads with Pub Dressing

I put a cheeseburger in a salad.


Is that cool with you? Of course it is, you’re not made of GRAVEL.

I also made a pub dressing that I think you might take a shining to. Do you remember the pub sauce from my pub burger post a long time ago? It’s the same thing! Snnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaap.

(do people still do the snap thing? no? okay.)

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By the way, I can barely take this week already. Barely.frickin’.take.it.

Will we finally meet Ted Mosby’s future wife tonight?

Will Cece and Shamalamadingdong actually get married tomorrow night?

Will Schmitty throw a fitty?

Will Nick and Jess just call it a day already and have 13 babies? With glasses?

Will Kree win Idol?

Will Candice win Idol?

Will I finally trim my snaggle-toothed caterpillar eyebrows?

NO ONE KNOWS, YOU GUYS. No one knows.

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This is why I put a cheeseburger in a salad. To soothe our tattered souls.

This is also why I added candied caramelized onions to the salad. To massage our eroded hearts.

This is also why I added sweet cherry tomatoes to the salad. To hush our thundering minds.

This is also why I added blue cheese crumbles to the salad. To anoint our ruptured psyche.

The pub dressing though? I just added that because it’s just awesome. SNNNNNAAAAAAA- oh.


Put a cheeseburger in your salad.


Best decision ever.

Turkey Burger Salads with Pub Dressing:

What it took for 4 salads:

for the burger:

* 1 pound ground turkey
* 1/2 cup chopped parsley
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
* 1 pinch coarse salt

for the pub dressing:

* 1/2 cup mayonaise
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 1 Tbs. brown sugar
* 1 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
* 1 scallion, finely diced
* 1 tsp sambal oelek
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 pinch black pepper

for the rest:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1 red onion, thinly sliced and caramelized (or sautéed to your liking)
* 8 culs chopper romaine
* 2 cups red leaf lettuce
* 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles (or more!)

In a bowl, mix the burger ingredients together until fully combined. Form four patties with your hands. You can either let them hang out for a few hours in the fridge, or sear them right away! Your choice.

Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a large sauté pan over medium high. Add the patties and sear on both sides until browned and cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes total.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the pub dressing ingredients. Chill for about 10 minutes.

Divide the lettuces among 4 bowls or plates. Top with caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, burger patties (torn into chunks or left whole, your choice!), a good drizzle of pub dressing and the blue cheese crumbles.

Yeah you can’t even know.


I still have my money on Cece and Schmidt.

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44 Responses to Turkey Burger Salads with Pub Dressing

  1. Tieghan May 13, 2013 at 8:18 am #
    Um?? Really? This is awesome! I mean perfect summer salad right here!
  2. Laurie {SimplyScratch} May 13, 2013 at 8:21 am #
    I say we open a pub... and we can eat food like this and drink beers ALL DAY LONG. I like it :)
  3. Kevin (Closet Cooking) May 13, 2013 at 8:23 am #
    The cheeseburger salad is one of my favourites and this one looks great!
  4. Heather @ A Sweet Simple Life May 13, 2013 at 8:29 am #
    I love added burgers to my salad... Glad I'm not alone. It's so easy and filling.
  5. Carly @ Snack Therapy May 13, 2013 at 8:43 am #
    You can add a burger to my salad but don't ever add a salad to my burger. << That makes lots of sense so just go with it.
  6. claire @ the realistic nutritionist May 13, 2013 at 8:43 am #
    I order this salad (with beef instead o' turkey) at a local restaurant here! It's PHENOM!!
  7. Shaina May 13, 2013 at 8:45 am #
    Pub dressing. Yes. Just yes.
  8. Erika May 13, 2013 at 9:15 am #
    Put a cheeseburger in your salad... and you've got yourself a salad worth eating..
  9. Paula - bell'alimento May 13, 2013 at 9:19 am #
    I love a turkey burger so yeah gimme. Has to be better for me since it's in salad form right?
  10. Karly May 13, 2013 at 9:57 am #
    I did a low carb thing for about a day last year and I ate thirty three cheeseburger salads over the course of that day. Huh. Maybe that's why the diet didn't really succeed?
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2013 at 10:03 am #
      HAhahaha! That made me seriously laugh.
  11. Marie @ Little Kitchie May 13, 2013 at 9:58 am #
    I'm in love.
  12. Heather May 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #
    This is dinner tonight. The end!
  13. Ali | Gimme Some Oven May 13, 2013 at 10:24 am #
    Brilliant! And that dressing sounds heavenly!
  14. Cookbook Queen May 13, 2013 at 10:28 am #
    I can totally get behind a burger in a salad. With my mouth.
  15. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste May 13, 2013 at 12:44 pm #
    You through "pub" in a recipe title, girlfriend, and I am there!
  16. Ruthy @ omeletta May 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm #
    Cheeseburger in a salad!? Girl you crazy, and I am thoroughly intrigued.
  17. Kristina May 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm #
    No one has addressed Cece and Schmidt! Or Ted's wife! I'm with you, Cece and Schmidt all the way. And if we make to Barney and Robin's wedding, then we HAVE to meet her!! BTW, I just recently found your blog. Not only are your recipes delish, but the witty commentary keeps me coming back for more. Thanks for brightening my day and making my taste buds happy.
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2013 at 3:41 pm #
      Right, right, right!? I mean, will Barney and Robin even GET married? WHAT IS TO COME!? (sorry to scream) Thank you for the sweet comment. :)
  18. Anonymous May 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm #
    I've made a similar burger, but that dressing sound amazing! I'll probably skip the sambal oelek and use a little hot sauce, just because I'm a whimp when it comes to really hot dishes. Great blog!
  19. Carla @ Gluten Free Recipe Box May 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm #
    I've made a similar burger, but that dressing sound amazing! I'll probably skip the sambal oelek and use a little hot sauce, just because I'm a whimp when it comes to really hot dishes. Great blog!
  20. Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats May 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm #
    Now THAT is my kind of salad.
  21. Sherri @The Well Floured Kitchen May 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm #
    Love cheeseburger, love salad, looks delish!
  22. shelly (cookies and cups) May 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm #
    So basically you crack me up. Cece canNOT marry Shamalamadingdong. She just CAN'T. Ted better step back off Robin for real. SHE BELONGS WITH BARNEY! Cree will win. And I can't wait to see 13 Jess/Nick babies. Oh yeah, this salad...maybe perfection.
  23. Katie @ Blonde Ambition May 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm #
    Ohhhh man I think I might actually pee my pants when we finally meet the mother. So many years of wondering!! And I don't know what possessed you to put a burger on a salad, but I like it. I like it a lawt.
    • Bev Weidner May 14, 2013 at 7:31 am #
      We met her! We met her! What did you think?
  24. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com May 13, 2013 at 7:10 pm #
    Pub dressing? Looks and sounds to delish!
  25. Sues May 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm #
    Cheeseburgers in salads are always OK with me.... :)
  26. DessertForTwo May 13, 2013 at 7:56 pm #
    I want a cheeseburger in my salad! How fun!
  27. Deborah May 14, 2013 at 1:17 am #
    That dressing - I want!
  28. Megan {Country Cleaver} May 14, 2013 at 5:27 pm #
    I gave up on HIMYM a long time ago - Ted just kills me... I can't take it anymore!! But Jess and Nick? They havatahhhh get together. Soo many glasses faced babies with Grumpy Cat scowls must be had by them!!
  29. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence May 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm #
    I've done a turkey burger salad before, but with some sort of flimsy red wine vinaigrette. I need that pub dressing in my life!! Looks awesome.
  30. Nutmeg Nanny May 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm #
    Oh, wow! This is amazing! The salad is gorgeous :) I have to make this dressing soon.
  31. Julie May 23, 2013 at 9:08 pm #
    Have read tons of your posts but never commented...made this salad after years of making Rachael Ray cheeseburger salad and yours is A MILLION TIMES BETTER!!! I will never look back! Thanks for the recipe and entertaining dialogue every day...you are adorable!!
  32. Lori July 21, 2013 at 9:32 pm #
    I just made this for DH and myself for dinner. It was very YUMMY! Thank you. The dressing was different than I've ever made and so tasty.
  33. S July 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm #
    This recipe is ridiculous. We've made it approximately 19 times. Too lazy to form the meat into patties, we just saute it; we're gonna crumble it anyway! Totally delicious, thank you so much!
  34. Joanna November 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm #
    Just made this. So delicious and yummy. Thanks!
  35. Cassie C February 7, 2014 at 9:07 pm #
    Sooo delicious. .. Thank you for this recipe. .. and so easy! Amazing!
  36. Jennifer October 19, 2016 at 8:29 am #
    I just made this salad last night for dinner. As I was making the dressing, I was unsure if I would like it, since it was so different from anything I've ever had before. But, once I put the salad together with the caramelized onions and blue cheese, it was delicious! We loved it. Thank you for the recipe!
    • Bev Weidner October 19, 2016 at 11:46 am #
      Soooo glad to hear this, Jennifer! Thanks for letting me know. :)


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