Burger Bowls with Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions tastes like a Five Guys Burger. At least it does for me since that’s what I always order in my burger bowl.
Seriously though, if you meal prep this recipe and eat it at work, your co-workers may give you evil, jealous eyes. It’s pretty bougie.
Sweet and savory caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and perfectly seasoned ground beef. Topped with tomato slices, dill pickle chips, iceberg lettuce, shredded cheese, and homemade burger sauce. Sesame seeds are sprinkled over top just to give it that something extra.
Also, Burger Bowls are naturally gluten-free. *Swoon*Jump to Recipe
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Why are Burger Bowls so good?
Not only do they taste amazing, but they are a much healthier version of a typical fast-food burger. It’s also a whole heck of a lot cheaper too, which means you’re now allowed to eat more burgers in a week than before.
Honestly, Burger Bowls with Burger Sauce is so tasty, you won’t even be thinking of bread. It. Doesn’t. Need. It. At. All.
Toppings I like to add to my Burger Bowls:
- Pickle chips. I switch it up between Dill and Bread & Butter.
- Freshly sliced tomato.
- Shredded cheese. I normally go for a Mexican blend of cheese (but no spices added!) such as Monterey jack, cheddar, asadero and queso quesadilla cheeses.
- Caramelized onions.
- Sautéed Mushrooms.
- Sesame Seeds. For bonus health, and just for fun to mimic the look of a hamburger bun.
Do I Have To Make Burger Sauce?
Not at all, but you really should.
It comes together very fast (no chopping or anything like that required!) and it tastes delicious. If you’ve ever tried a fry sauce or a mayo-chup, it’s very similar but even more tilt-your-head-back kind of good.
A good alternative to the Burger Sauce would be something along the lines of Thousand Island Dressing.
Notes on Burger Bowls:
- Make the dressing in a medium-sized glass bowl and then divvy it up into small sauce containers.
- Add a pinch of white granulated sugar when sautéing your onions to help speed up the caramelization.
- For meal prep; you will need three containers for each lunch bowl. In the first container, put all of your cold salad/bowl ingredients (lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles). In the second container, put all of the salad ingredients that need to be heated up (ground beef, onion, mushrooms). The third container is for your Burger Sauce.
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Burger Bowls with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
For the Bowls:
- 1- 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef - drained
- 1 head iceberg lettuce - pulled apart into small chunks
- 2 beefsteak tomato's - sliced thinly
- pickle chips - I use dill or bread and butter
- shredded blend of cheese
- 16 oz. white button mushrooms - sliced
- 1 sweet onion - sliced into strips
- 1 tbsp. butter
- pinch of granulated white sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- sesame seeds - optional
For the Burger Sauce:
- 1 cup mayo
- ½ cup ketchup
- 4 tsp white vinegar
- 4 tsp sweet pickle relish
- 4 tsp granulated white sugar
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
For the Burger Sauce:
- Add all ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and combine. You may divvy it out into small sauce containers to grab and go.
For the Burger Bowls:
- Wash mushrooms and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Slice onion into strips – do not dice. Heat butter in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Sauté mushrooms until cooked but still a little firm. Set aside in a bowl. Add onions to the pan along with a pinch of sugar. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently so they don't burn. Once golden, add to the bowl of mushrooms.
- Add ground beef to the same pan, chopping it into small bits with a spatula as it cooks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brown and then drain.
- Wash and prep salad veggies; pull apart iceberg lettuce and slice tomato.
- To assemble bowls; pile lettuce, burger, onions, mushrooms, shredded cheese, tomato, pickles, and burger sauce on a plate. Serve.
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