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Healthy Hamburger Skillet

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You are craving burgers, but your jeans say Noooooo! I suggest that you make this Healthy Hamburger Skillet recipe instead. It still has all of your favorite burger flavors, including the thousand island dressing, but none of the guilt. It is sure to become a family favorite, and it is easy enough to make any night of the week!!

A skillet filled with ground beef, tomato and pickle slices, shredded lettuce and thinly sliced onions

Be honest…you’re trying to lick the screen aren’t you? I don’t blame you, the flavors are amazing and you won’t even miss the bun!

Looking down on shredded lettuce, sliced red onion, tomatoes, pickles and ground beef in a large white skillet

How to cook Healthy Hamburger Skillet

Make the Thousand Island Dressing first, or a day ahead of time to give it time to chill.

Place all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl.

Mayonnaise, tomato paste, relish, coconut aminos cloves in a small white bowl.

Whisk to combine. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Thousand Island Dressing whisked together in a small white bowl with the ingredients in the background.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add a 1/2 cup of onions to the skillet and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.

Olive oil and diced red onion in a large skillet.

Stir in the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.

Minced garlic added to the cooked onions in the skillet.

Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it apart with a wooden spatula or spoon. Cook until browned and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.

Raw ground beef added to the garlic and onions in a large skillet.

Stir in the tomato paste, mustard, coconut aminos, salt and pepper.

Tomato paste and mustard added to the cooked ground beef in a large skillet.

Cook until heated through.

Cooked hamburger mixture in a large skillet.

Spread the cauliflower rice out in a skillet or 9 x 13 baking dish.

Cooked cauliflower rice in a large skillet.

Spread the hamburger mixture over the rice.

Cooked hamburger meat over the cauliflower in a large skillet.

Top with tomato and pickle slices.

Tomato and pickle slices on top of the cooked hamburger meat in a large skillet.

Drizzle with thousand island dressing, then top with shredded lettuce and thinly sliced red onions. Serve with additional dressing on the side.

Layered cauliflower rice, hamburger, tomato, pickles, shredded lettuce and onion slices in a large white skillet.

This recipe serves 8 assuming no one goes back for seconds and thirds!!

Healthy Hamburger Skillet in a white bowl with a black fork resting on the side.

Recipe Notes:

  • I moved my cooked hamburger mixture to a bowl, then used the original skillet to layer the ingredients and serve from. Your choice.
  • If you prefer diced tomatoes or additional diced onion instead of the sliced, go for it. I was going for the look of a hamburger.
  • Substitute Worcestershire Sauce (has sugar) or Tamari (contains soy) for the coconut aminos if needed. (coconut allergy)
  • For Whole30/Paleo/Keto – use compliant mayonnaise, mustard, relish, tomato paste. (no added sugar)
  • My Easy Blender Mayonnaise recipe

Simple Ground Beef Recipes

Enjoy!!

A skillet filled with ground beef, tomato and pickle slices, shredded lettuce and thinly sliced onions

Healthy Hamburger Skillet

This Healthy Hamburger Skillet recipe is the perfect quick and easy meal that the whole family will love! It is Whole30, Paleo and Keto friendly too.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: recipe, beef, skillet, easy, dressing, cast, iron
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 492kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

Thousand Island Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise homemade or Whole30 compliant (Tessame)
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 Tablespoons pickle relish or finely chopped pickles (I used Sprouts brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fish sauce or Worcestershire sauce
  • pinch ground cloves

Hamburger Skillet

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • .5 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon mustard I used Maille Dijon
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut aminos
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds cauliflower rice 2) 16 oz packages, prepared according to the package directions
  • 1 large tomato thinly sliced
  • ½ cup pickle slices
  • 1 head romaine lettuce shredded or thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

Thousand Island Dressing

  • Place all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  • Whisk to combine. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Hamburger Skillet

  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add a 1/2 cup of onions to the skillet and cook until tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the minced garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the ground beef to the skillet, breaking it apart with a wooden spatula or spoon. Cook until browned and no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, mustard, coconut aminos, salt and pepper.
  • Cook until heated through.
  • Spread the cauliflower rice out in a skillet or 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Spread the hamburger mixture over the rice. Top with tomato and pickle slices.
  • Drizzle with thousand island dressing, then top with shredded lettuce and thinly sliced red onions. Serve with additional dressing on the side.

Notes

  • I moved my cooked hamburger mixture to a bowl, then used the original skillet to layer the ingredients and serve from. Your choice.
  • If you prefer diced tomatoes or additional diced onion instead of the sliced, go for it. I was going for the look of a hamburger.
  • I used 1 medium red onion.
  • Substitute Worcestershire Sauce (has sugar) or Tamari (contains soy) for the coconut aminos if needed. (coconut allergy)
  • For Whole30/Paleo/Keto – use compliant mayonnaise, mustard, relish, tomato paste. (no added sugar)
  • My Easy Blender Mayonnaise recipe

Nutrition

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 784mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 7162IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3mg

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