The Ultimate Burger Bowl post is sponsored by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

The Ultimate Burger Bowl is chock full of flavor and perfect for your low carb friends! Made juicy and delicious with Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground beef, cheddar cheese, seasoned with a little chili, cumin, and homemade salsa in the mix! If Mexican flavors are your thing then you will love this recipe!

When it comes to summertime grilling, there isn’t much else better than a burger on the grill. Unless it’s served in what is considered the most Ultimate Burger Bowl! Topped with Avocados, salsa, crispy pork belly and cilantro, this is a burger salad worth creating ALL summer long!

Why a Burger Bowl?

It’s no secret I love my burgers. Since going low carb, I wanted to make a burger in a way that I would look forward to eating it still. So, this Ultimate Burger Bowl hit the right spot with all my favorite flavors and toppings!

I make this Ultimate Burger Bowl all the time in the summer months! Summer seems to be when we eat the most burgers because of it being grilling season. The great fats you get in this recipe can’t be beat!

The Ultimate Burger Bowl fully loaded

Ultimate Burger Bowl FAQ’s

What is the Ultimate Burger Bowl?

The ultimate burger bowl is a fully loaded, low carb, keto friendly salad made with only the best ingredients! This particular burger bowl is made with 80/20  Certified Angus Beef ® brand ground beef with some fresh homemade salsa and cheese mixed right in. Then, topped with avocado, more salsa, and crispy pork belly!

Can I substitute bacon for pork belly in my Ultimate Burger Bowl?

Yes, bacon is a good substitute. However, if you can get your hands on pork belly, it is absolutely delicious!

How many carbs are in the Ultimate Burger Bowl?

This burger bowl has only 1 net carb per serving!

The protein in your bowl!

The best part of this recipe is the beef! You all know by now that I am a big beef fan and of course, when I buy beef, I buy what is the best angus beef on the market! That for me would be Certified Angus Beef ® brand

I like to buy the 80/20 ratio when buying ground beef for grilling. I want moist burgers, and as a Keto diet follower, I want the added fat in my burger. There are other ratios you can use, but the 80/20 is my preference.

Making the Ultimate Burger Bowl

fresh salsa on a spoon

This recipe is so full of flavor that it is hard to stop eating! The homemade salsa has two places in this recipe and leftovers can be used as dip for your guests enjoy with tortilla chips if you must!

adding salsa to the ground beef

This fresh salsa helps add more moisture and flavor to your grilled burger. It is also so very addicting!

A pair of hands mixing the ground beef

To grill perfectly tender burgers, the one thing you do not want to do is over mix your beef. If you are going to do mix ins like I did, you want to not overwork it! A moist, juicy burger is what makes your burger bowl the ultimate!

A pair of hands shaping ground beef into hamburgers 2 formed burgers on a plate

The next thing that makes your burger an ultimate burger bowl is grilling! To me, a burger cooked on the grill add so much flavor. Of course, it’s still excellent if you can’t grill it, but hey, it is summertime and the grill should be your mainstay!

Hamburgers on the grill

The worst thing you can do is dry your burger out by overcooking it.  Be sure to keep an instant read thermometer handy and when the internal temp reaches 160 degrees it is time to pull them off the grill.

The Ultimate Burger Bowl in assembly

When I was discussing my “ultimate burger bowl” with Grumpy, the one thing he kept saying was, “pork belly.” You have to put pork belly in your bowl because that is the perfect accompanyment to beef! Of course, if you don’t have access to pork belly, you can always use thick cut bacon!

assembling the salad bowl

Kicking up your burger bowl another notch

Because I love spicy Mexican flavors, I had to do the fresh salsa alongside the burger also! A fresh avocado half adds more of that great much needed fat in the keto diet.

Do you feel like splurging more? Then add a fried egg with a nice runny yolk!

A pair of hands cutting the burger with a knife

Tips for making the Ultimate Burger Bowl!

  • Use Certified Angus Beef ® brand 80/20 mix for great flavor and moisture.
  • Make your own homemade salsa with fresh ingredients as an add in to the burger.
  • Add some crispy texture with thick cut crispy fried bacon or pork belly.
  • Add creamy texture with avocado and optional soft fried egg.
  • Don’t overcook that burger!

Where can you buy the best angus beef? It’s easy using this store locator!

I usually buy my beef pre packed at my local Price Chopper. When buying that way it is averages about 1.33lb in a package. I get 4 good sized burgers out of this, as well as a little “tasting burger” for taste testing!

Anytime I want less than that, the butchers at the meat case are always more than happy to perfectly portion your ground beef for you. Just be sure to tell them you want the Certified Angus Beef!

The Ultimate Burger Bowl fully loaded

What to serve with the Ultimate Burger Bowl

While the Ultimate Burger Bowl is probably the only thing you really need, you may find a little later you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth!

Our favorite way to do this is with a mini dessert! These Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Shooters are the right size and hit the spot! Or, you may have a little bit of a cookie craving. If so, then these Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies for Two would be perfect!

A pair of hands cutting the burger with a knife

The Ultimate Burger Bowl

The Ultimate Burger Bowl made with a juicy burger, avocado, fresh salsa, and crispy pork belly!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best Angus Beef, Bowl, Burger Bowl, Certified Angus Beef, Grill, grilling, Ground Beef, homemade, keto recipe, low carb, low carbohydrate, Salsa, summer recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 Burger Bowls
Calories: 523kcal


For the Salsa

  • 3 large ripe tomatoes diced
  • 1/3 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium lime juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro chopped

For the Burgers

  • 1.33 lb Certified Angus Beef brand 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp homemade salsa
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced sharp cheddar cheese optional (for topping burgers)

Suggested additions

  • 4 cups mixed greens
  • 2 avocados halved and sliced
  • 1/2 cup pork belly crispy cooked
  • 2 tablespoons homemade salsa
  • 1 serving your favorite salad dressing


To make salsa:

  • Toss together diced tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, garlic, salt, lime juice and apple cider vinegar. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to use.

To make the burgers

  • Gently mix together ground beef, cheddar cheese, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. 
  • Shape into 4 equal patties.
  • Preheat grill until hot. I make sure mine is at 450 degrees before adding my burgers. Cover grill and reduce heat to medium low. Cook about 4 min. Turn and cook another 6 -10 minutes until desired doneness. Your internal temperature should at least be 160 degrees. Add cheese slices the last minute of grilling (if desired).

Create the Ultimate Burger Bowl (Serving suggestions)

  • Place a base of lettuce in your bowl (about 1 cup - 2 cups depending on your preferred amount of greens). 
  • Place burger off to the side of the bowl. Arrange pork belly (or thick cut crispy bacon) next to the burger. Add more salsa and avocado. Drizzle with your favorite dressing. Serve.



Nutrition information is for the grilled burger only. Additions you make should be taken into consideration. 
Nutrition information calculated using myfitnesspal is provided as a courtesy, but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.


Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 44g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Cindy July 1, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of making this into a burger bowl! That fresh salsa sounds perfect!

  2. danielle wolter July 2, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

    I love that you made burgers into a bowl. What a creative idea. The flavors in this recipe sound just awesome!!

  3. Claudia Lamascolo July 2, 2018 at 6:58 am - Reply

    5 stars
    You always come up with the best ideas and that video is fabulous you did a AAA great job on it ! WOW thanks for all your hard work I love what you do your so creative!

  4. Demeter July 2, 2018 at 8:20 am - Reply

    This is one FULLY LOADED bowl!! Such a hearty meal with fantastic flavors! Great job!

  5. Linda Nortje July 2, 2018 at 9:11 am - Reply

    5 stars
    What an awesome idea ! I know my family will love this and an’t wait to try your Burger bowl !

  6. Traci July 2, 2018 at 10:54 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I’m always up for a burger…and a bowl. This looks so yummy, full of flavor and color. Great idea! 🙂

  7. Hezzi-D July 3, 2018 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    These sound amazing and a great way to eat a burger without the bun!

  8. Bobbi | Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen July 4, 2018 at 10:18 am - Reply

    5 stars
    Such a great idea and perfect for me now that I am on Keto 🙂

  9. Dannii July 6, 2018 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I do love a burger bowl. It’s a great way to sneak some extra veggie in too.

  10. Lisa | Garlic & Zest July 6, 2018 at 9:53 am - Reply

    5 stars
    I love the low-carb aspect of this dish – and I’ve been overindulging lately — so I need a good recipe like this to get me back on track. I’m also intrigued by that little video you have in the bottom right of the screen. Is that a plugin or part of WordPress?

  11. Mindy Fewless July 6, 2018 at 11:07 am - Reply

    What a great idea!! I’ll have to try this!

  12. Shelby July 6, 2018 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Hi Lisa, that is a sticky video I have through MediaVine 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Sonia July 6, 2018 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    This looks so refreshingly delicious!! Loved that the burger is served in a bowl full of ?! Yummy

  14. Jolene July 8, 2018 at 8:33 am - Reply

    This looks amazing and fits perfectly with how I’m eating right now.

  15. Carlee July 8, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Well now I know what I want for dinner tonight! We were already discussing burgers, now I just need to assemble the bowls!

  16. Liz @ Books n' Cooks July 8, 2018 at 11:31 am - Reply

    I love this idea. I always skip my burger bun (rather put those calories into fries or chips!), but this is such a hearty, well-rounded option. Love it!

  17. This is totally my kind of way to eat a burger…I hate buns, so this is perfect!

  18. Anne Lawton July 10, 2018 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    This is like a burger and a salad all in one!

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  20. Christie August 2, 2018 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I am totally sharing this with Dad. He would LOVE to be able to dive into his favorite burger again.

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