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!
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.
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
- 1 lb Bacon cut in ½-in pieces
- 2 Romaine Lettuce Hearts chopped
- 1½ 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
- ⅛ 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.