Loaded Cheeseburger Salad with Smoked Bacon & Crostini

You can't beat a loaded cheeseburger salad with smoked bacon.

  • Author: AttaGrill
  • Prep Time: 12
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 57 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Pellet Grill
  • Cuisine: American




  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • Season with salt and pepper

Smoked Bacon

  • 1/2 lb bacon


  • 1 - 2 heads iceberg lettuce
  • Spring mix (optional)


  • Tomato
  • Red onion
  • Pickle
  • Shredded cheddar


  • 1 cup Hellmann's Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Heinz Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • Splash of pickle juice


  • 3 - 4 slices homemade or store-bought bread
  • Garlic infused olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Cheese
  • Diced tomato
  • Red onion
  • Diced Claussen pickles



  1. Preheat pellet grill to 325˚ for 15 minutes according to manufacturing instructions
  2. Once heated add bacon and cook for around 25 minutes flipping halfway.
  3. Remove bacon and increase grill temperature to 375˚, placing a well-seasoned 12" cast iron skillet with a little olive oil on the grill.


  1. While grill temperature is rising, whisk all sauce ingredients together and set aside.

Salad Fixings

  1. Chop iceberg lettuce adding mixed greens if you'd like.
  2. Chop cherry tomato, red onion, and pickle.
  3. Shred cheddar cheese.

Ground Beef

  1. Once the temperature is reached, add ground beef and onion, breaking up the ground beef.
  2. Cook until meat is browned.
  3. Add Sauce.


  1. Drizzle olive oil over both sides of bread along with salt and pepper. 
  2. Place on grill for a few minutes on each side.
  3. Remove and cut into squares.


  1. Grab 4 plates dividing lettuce between them. 
  2. Top with ground beef mixture.
  3. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  4. Top with tomato, red onion, pickle, bacon, and croutons.


Instead of adding the sauce to the meat, you can save and drizzle over the salad like a dressing. We just like it mixed in.

Smoke your bacon and cook ground beef on stovetop to save a little time.

Cooking times vary depending on type of pellet grill and outdoor temperatures.

Lettuce and topping amounts vary according to your taste or how hungry you are.

Use whatever cheese makes you happy. Packaged shredded is totally fine.

Keywords: cheeseburger salad, smoked bacon, tomato, cheddar, pickle, onion