This Loaded Ground Turkey Burger Salad is made with easy mustard flavored ground turkey and served with a 3-ingredient homemade special sauce! Pack on your favorite burger ingredients like bacon, cheese, tomatoes and pickles!
For the meat mixture:
1 tablespoonavocado oil
1 pound ground turkey meat
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
1 tablespoonyellow mustard
1 teaspoongarlic powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoonfresh ground black pepper
For the salads:
5 ouncesmixed salad greens (about 2 cups per salad)
8 slices raw bacon
3 large dill pickles, diced
2 cupscherry tomatoes, halved
1 cupcheddar cheese, shredded
For the dressing:
2 tablespoonspickle juice
Make bacon bits: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place strips of bacon flat, not touching. Place the baking sheet into a COLD oven, THEN turn the oven to 375F degrees. Bake for 22-25 minutes until dark and beginning to crisp. Use a fork to move the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to catch extra grease. Let the bacon cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting into small bits on a cutting board. For full recipe and photos, read my post on How to Make Homemade Bacon Bits!
Cook turkey mixture: Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add ground turkey, onion, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to break the meat into small pieces as it cooks. Cook for about 6-7 minutes or until the meat has browned and the onions are translucent. Set aside in a bowl to cool for a few minutes before adding to the salads.
Make dressing: In a medium mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise and whip briefly to remove any lumps. Add ketchup and pickle juice, then stir until well mixed. Add another tablespoon of dressing if needed to make thinner dressing.
Assemble salads & serve: To each serving, add about 2 cups greens, 1/2 cup turkey mixture, 2 tablespoons bacon bits, 1/4 cup pickles, 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, and 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (build up your salad as big or little as you want – add more or less toppings, and customize with marinated onions, sliced jalapenos, avocado, anything you’d put on a burger!). Top with the homemade special sauce dressing and serve immediately.
Store & meal prep: Store all leftover ingredients separately or assemble salads in airtight meal prep containers. Do not add dressing until you are about to eat the salad! For freshest leftovers, enjoy within 3 days.