Chopped Turkey Burger Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

chopped turkey burger salad with thousand island dressing

This Chopped Turkey Burger Salad is loaded with romaine, lean turkey burger and all of your favorite burger toppings like red onion, pickles and tomato! It’s topped with the best homemade thousand island dressing! Say hello to your new favorite low carb burger!

Guysssss!  So this salad may sound super duper weird but oh my gosh it’s blow your mind good. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good burger. In fact, some of my favorite burgers I have on the blog are as followed: Salmon Burgers with Sriracha Mayo, Chipotle Black Bean Burgers and of course the original Black Bean Burger as well! Haha. There is nothing better than a buttered bun, a juicy burger and alll of the crunchy toppings.

However, if I’m being honest, most times Benjamin and I will use lettuce wraps or just put our burgers on top of a bed of greens instead of a bun. For me, it gives me extra room to eat a ton of fries. #logic

Whether you love your burger on a  big ol buttered bun or in a crunchy lettuce wrap, if you’re in the mood for something amazingly different, you should give this salad a whirl! It’s super low carb for those who are into that sorta thing. And it’s pretty darn healthy to boot!

zoom in on seasoned turkey burger and red onion

It usually takes a lot for me to *reaallllly* love a salad. It needs the right textures. It needs lots of crunch, juiciness, a little spiciness and creaminess from the dressing. This salad checks off all of those needs. I love how crunchy and delicious it is. It never resides in Boring Salad Town. Oh no no. It takes all of the elements you love of a cheeseburger, the seasoned juicy burger (which I replaced with turkey burger to “health” things up a little bit), the chopped red onion, the tomatoes, and one of my personal favorites: chopped dill pickle! Yes, dill pickle. A burger is not complete in my mind without it.

zoom in on pickles, tomatoes and cheese

What You’ll Need for the Salad:

  • turkey burger (mmmm, so good!)
  • an assortment of seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, seasoning salt, pepper etc
  • cheese (i used colby jack – but really any kind should work)
  • fresh and juicy tomatoes
  • spicy diced red onion
  • pickles (gives it that unmistakable cheeseburger flavor!)
  • lots of chopped romaine lettuce (makes it extra crunchy!)
  • finally: the best homemade thousand island dressing!

close up of all of the ingredients for the chopped turkey burger salad

Let’s Make It!

Let’s get to it! This salad is amazingly easy. Takes 5 minutes prep (basically chopping a bunch of veg up) and then just sauteing the turkey burger. Once that’s all done, toss everything together in a large bowl, make the delicious dressing and you’re all set. It’s literally done in less than 20 minutes. And it’s wonderful.

drizzle of homemade thousand island dressing on the chopped turkey burger salad

tossing the chopped turkey burger salad with the homemade thousand island dressing

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

Listen guys, I’ve tried really hard to be a “use olive oil and balsamic vinegar as my dressing” type of girl but I just can’t. Hearty, creamy dressings will always have my heart. Give me ranch. Give me thousand island. Anything to make this lettuce creamy and delicious and be lick your lips worthy. Like the photo below. Yup.

homemade thousand island dressing

Throw together all of the ingredients like mayonnaise, pickle juice (trust me here!), spices, ketchup, apple cider vinegar and hot sauce. Mix together and try not to just eat it with a spoon. It tastes like an elevated version of Big Mac’s Special Sauce. It’s creamy, slighty sweet and a little bit tangy. It makes the salad so creamy and delicious.

close up of chopped turkey burger salad mixed together

What to Pair This With:

You can eat this with the turkey burger hot out of the pan or even cold. A great pairing with this would be these Crispy Cajun Sweet Potato Fries! Or maybe even these Rosemary Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes. Yes, you know me, when I don’t eat a carb for one meal, I must add it in for a side dish.

You can bet that this salad is going into my dinner rotation. It’s over the top texture goodness – creamy, crunchy, juicy, spicy, tangy, slighty sweet…the list could go on. And the fact that there, in fact, is a salad that tastes like a cheeseburger. Well, I’m sold. Enjoy!

chopped turkey burger salad with golden fork

5 from 1 vote

Chopped Turkey Burger Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade thousand island dressing, low carb salad, turkey burger salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 281 kcal


  • 1/2 lb turkey burger

Turkey Burger Seasoning

  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 roma tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 2 dill pickles, chopped finely
  • 1/3 cup shredded colby jack cheese

Homemade Thousand Island Dressing

  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp pickle juice
  • 1 clove finely minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 dashes of hot sauce
  • 2 tsp ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Begin by adding your turkey burger to a non stick skillet on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil. Separate it with your spatula into large chunks so it cooks evenly. Add in the seasonings for your turkey burger and make sure they are mixed in well. Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until completely brown. 

  2. While your turkey is cooking, finely chop your romaine lettuce. Place it in a large bowl. Finely chop your red onion, pickles and roma tomatoes. Place them all in the bowl as well. By now, your turkey burger should be fully cooked. Place it into the salad bowl. 

  3. As you let that sit for a moment, begin making your dressing. Combine the mayonnaise, pickle juice, apple cider vinegar, ketchup and spices together in a small bowl. Add a splash of water if it needs to be thinned out. 

  4. Pour the dressing directly onto the salad. Toss it with tongs. Add a crack of salt and pepper. Eat immediately! Also tastes great cold the next day! 

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