Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl

A super simple way to make a family favorite healthier is to remove the bread. It really is that simple! By taking out the buns, bread and tortillas, you are cutting out so many carbs and a lot of sugar too. The easiest way to do that is turn the dish into a Bowl – like I did with this Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl recipe!

Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

Plating is a big part of this meal – the presentation is going to make it so appealing to everyone, they will forget that they don’t get a bun! For a bowl that has a lot of toppings, and can be very easy customization for each person’s tastes, I like to use the wedge method. I basically divide the bowl into wedges (like a pie) and start at the top moving clockwise around the bowl with each topping. You get a beautiful display of each individual ingredient and then you just drizzle your sauce over the whole bowl to bring it all together.

Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl

A great side dish for these Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls would be so baked Sweet Potato Fries (to keep with the healthier take on dinner) or you could make this burger bowl so that you could do a little splurge on some Beer Battered Onion Rings (get that recipe here!)


Bacon Cheeseburger Bowls

All of the flavors of a Classic Bacon Cheese Burger – in a bowl!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burger bowl, cheeseburger bowl, ground turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 lb Bacon cut in ½-in pieces
  • 2 Romaine Lettuce Hearts chopped
  • cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese rustic cut shredded
  • ¼ cup Pickle Slices Bread & Butter
  • 4 Roma Tomatoes cubed
  • ¼ cup White Sesame Seeds
  • ½ White Onion thinly sliced

For the Ground Turkey

  • 2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse Black Pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves minced
  • ½ White Onion minced
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika

For Special Sauce

  • ½ cup Avocado Mayo
  • ½ cup Ketchup
  • ¼ cup Pickle Juice Bread & Butter
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • tsp Cayenne


  • Prepare all of the ingredients.
  • In a frying pan over medium high heat, add bacon. Cook until crispy and remove to a paper towel covered plate to drain grease.
  • For Ground Turkey: In a large saute pan over medium high heat, add oil, white onions, and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes then add ground turkey, salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook, crumbing as it goes, for 8-10 minutes until there is no more pink.
  • In a small bowl combine ingredients for Special Sauce. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • Now build your bowl: start with a bed of lettuce. Then working clockwise around the bowl place each of the desired topping – burger, bacon, cheese, tomato, onion, pickles. Top with a drizzle of the Special Sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

I try to make at least two “healthier version” meals a week. That’s why there is a whole section of Healthier Fare meals in my cookbook Homemade on a Weeknight. If you want to try more recipes with a healthier spin – you can get your own copy in Paperback or eBook(Kindle) versions.

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11 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Bowl

  1. Looks like a recipe my boyfriend would LOVE! He has a bunch of food allergies which results in him being a very picky eater… But he loves bacon and ground beef so this might be something he likes! 🙂
    Jenna ♥
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  2. Since being diagnosed Coeliac i’ve really missed cheesburgers so this is a great compromise! All the fun with none of the bread!

    Katrina x

  3. Jade – I am a mum of two boys who are both autistic. I blog to share information and resources from my own experiences related to autism that I believe may be useful to others. I also blog at The Breakfast Page.
    Jade says:

    Yum I really want to try this #KCACOLS

  4. Being on slimming world this burger in a bowl is always our choice for a slim takeaway, but I want to try this bacon burger in a bowl – I know my husband would love it. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time

  5. I see your yummy looking recipes all the time but don’t click on them for fear they will not fit into my new healthier lifestyle. So glad to know you have some healthier fare and I will be trying this. Thank lyou.

  6. Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons – Oakland, CA – I live in Northern California of the USA, splitting my time between our home and large garden on the coast in Fort Bragg and a smaller place outside San Francisco. I have always love spending time in the kitchen, sharing meals with family and friends. My English born mother was educated in France and ran one of the first traditional French cooking schools in Florida, I learned by being her sous chef and eventually teaching classes with her. Three years ago I was proud to earn my certificate as a Mendocino County Master Gardener, although I had already been gardening in Oakland (ornamental and veggies) for 25 years. There is always so much to learn. I am starting the garden in Fort Bragg and am looking forward to sharing my progress. My family on both sides have always gardened. I have fond memories of my grandparent's garden outside London; and digging potatoes with my father in his vegetable garden in Florida. My education is in microbiology; I worked in labs and biotech for 25 years, often traveling extensively for work. But even with a busy schedule I have managed to have a few of my own fresh vegetables in the back garden. Welcome and thank you for coming along.
    Liz @ spades, spatulas, and spoons says:

    We often make a dinner like this, much lower in carbs. Thank you for bringing it to Fiesta Friday.

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