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3 Burger Recipes that aren't Sandwiches [Soup, Salad, Casserole]

Though burger patties are usually eaten in a bun, there are various recipes that highlight the meaty goodness of burgers in the form of a salad, soup or casserole. Truly, burgers are so versatile, they'll make any dish taste divine! 


Cheeseburger Casserole (Skinny Taste)

This Cheeseburger Casserole recipe from Skinny Taste is a yummy dinner you can easily make even on a weeknight. This is basically a meal in itself - pasta made flavorful with ground beef, tomatoes and cheddar. Mustard and pickles give it a distinct taste similar to cheeseburger. 

"Kid-friendly and delicious! If you’re a cheeseburger lover, and the thought of ground beef, tomatoes, pickles and cheese tickles your fancy, then this truly American, comforting Cheeseburger Casserole is for you!"


  • 2 cups (6 oz) uncooked rotini pasta (use brown rice pasta for GF)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cups reduced-fat grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles

via Cheeseburger Casserole (Skinny Taste)


Cheeseburger Soup Recipe (She Wears Many Hats)

Burger lovers and soup lovers will surely love something in common with this yummy recipe - Cheeseburger Soup from She Wears Many Hats. The soup itself is basically made of beef broth, tomatoes and cheese. This is a chunky and hearty soup that will surely satisfy your cheeseburger cravings!

"A hearty soup that tastes just like a cheeseburger."

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, grated/minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle juice
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 24 ounces beef broth
  • 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • optional garnish: shredded cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, diced pickles


via Cheeseburger Soup Recipe (She Wears Many Hats)


Grass-fed Burger Salad Recipe (Jessi's Kitchen)

If you're craving for a burger but you'd rather have something healthier, then you should definitely try making this Grass-fed Burger Salad Recipe from Jessi's Kitchen. The burgers are cradled in a bed of fresh greens and other vegetables, all enveloped in a tangy and slightly spicy dressing. 

"Grass-fed burgers are kind of a staple in our house because they are delicious and also they are super quick to put together. I came up with a salad version a while back just because I wanted something different and it was a way to utilize all the greens and seasonal produce that was in the house."


  • 1lb grass-fed ground beef
  • ¼ lb hot pork sausage
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  • 1 cup kale, shredded
  • 2 cups lettuce, chopped (whatever type you prefer)
  • ¼ cup onion, sliced
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
  • ½ cup red cabbage, shredded
  • ¼ cup Farmhouse Culture Smoked Jalapeno Kraut
  • 1 cup roasted sweet potato (recipe here)


  • 4 Tbsp Dijon
  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce (optional)

via Grass-fed Burger Salad Recipe (Jessi's Kitchen)


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip: 

Keeping ground beef in your freezer for a long time? Wrap store-bought ground beef (store packaging and all) in aluminum foil and place inside a zip-top bag before popping in the freezer. This packaging technique helps prevent freezer burn, resulting in better meat texture.

Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.

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