Wedge Salad Burger

Wedge Salad Burger by Foodtastic Mom

I do love wedge salads. Though not because of Phil Dunphy. Any Modern Family fans out there? I have to say, ever since I saw the episode (216, Regrets Only – I looked it up) with Phil innocently asking, “Claire, can I recommend the wedge salad?”, I hear Phil’s voice every time I see a wedge salad on a menu. I do love Modern Family and their humorous look at marriage, so this is a happy association. In the show however, Claire blows up at Phil because she’d been trying to get him to try a wedge salad for YEARS, he ignored her, but then finally listened to one of his buddies and discovered that guess what, the wedge salad is fantastic! I will say, for all the selective hearing that goes on between my husband and I, he always listens to my food recommendations. Smart man, he is!

A wedge salad burger makes total sense. Blue cheese, bacon and tomato are pretty classic toppings for a tasty burger. And anymore, unless a bun is made from scratch or just somehow over-the-top delicious, I think it gets in the way of the whole burger experience. Especially if I’m eating some corn or french fries on the side. The addition of bread is just too much. So, iceberg lettuce becomes the bun. Simple really.

Wedge Salad Burger by Foodtastic Mom

And if you’ve never made homemade blue cheese dressing, you won’t want to go back to store-bought after this. It’s a barely adjusted Pioneer Woman recipe. So quick to whisk together, tastes super fresh and, you know, actually tastes like BLUE CHEESE. Beyond that, I seasoned my ground chuck (an 80/20 fat content is best for a juicy burger) with some soy sauce, smoked paprika, salt and pepper, crisped some bacon in a skillet and sliced thick the freshest tomato I could find, which at this time of year is a thankfully easy task.

I think corn on the cob is the perfect side for this wedge salad burger. Maybe a little ice cream with some fresh berries at the end and you’ve got yourself a stellar, heading toward the end of summer meal.

Wedge Salad Burger by Foodtastic Mom

Wedge Salad Burger
Author: Foodtastic Mom
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. fresh cracked pepper
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 c. sour cream
  • 1/4 c. buttermilk
  • 1/3 c. blue cheese, crumbled
  • splash of red wine vinegar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato, sliced thick
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves and core removed
  1. Heat your grill so it’s ready to grill the burgers.
  2. Chop the bacon and cook in a non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.
  3. In a clean, glass bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, vinegar and salt. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the ground chuck, soy sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Form into four patties. Grill to desired doneness, medium to medium-well.
  5. To serve, divide the lettuce so you have four “tops” and four “bottoms” as buns. Serve the burgers with lettuce buns, topped with tomato, bacon and plenty of blue cheese dressing.


  • What a fantastic idea! I love bacon and bleu cheese on a burger- it makes perfect sense!

    • foodtasticmom

      Thank you Allie! It’s one of my favorite flavor combos and Hannah at least liked the dressing. Caleb skipped it, but was happy with the burger and tomato.
      Also, I’m glad I confirmed with you about my comments. Answering the way I used to, from my dashboard, is apparently not working, so I need to be answering directly on the post, like I am doing now. I’ve got some comments to add, and lots of other catching up to do around the blog…

      • That kinda makes me nervous! I always answer from my dashboard. Do you get my replies? You’re on WordPress, right?

        • foodtasticmom

          I didn’t usually get many replies but definitely none since I installed Disqus. I am going to look into the issue more later this week. And yes I am on WordPress. But I seem to have been getting your replies fine…

          • I meant the replies on my blog- when you comment on my blog do you get my reply in your email? I use a plugin for that. I hope it’s working! But sounds like your issue might be a Disqus thing…

          • foodtasticmom

            Oh sorry. Yes I get your replies in my email. Can I ask what plug in you use? Looks like I need to make some changes/adjustments. Got confirmation from another blogger friend that she didn’t get my most recent reply either.

          • I use one called “Comment Reply Notification.” Good luck sorting it all out!

          • foodtasticmom

            Great, thanks! I feel like a chicken with my head cut off a bit at the moment… kids at school now for second day and there’s so much to catch up on with both the house AND the blog… I’m hopping from one thing to another trying to get it all done at once 🙂

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    These look amazing! I love Modern Family and know I’m going to think about that episode now too 🙂

    • foodtasticmom

      Thanks for commenting Bri! Happy Friday 🙂

  • Mila Furman

    Dear lord!!! This looks fab!!! I have been doing loads of bunless burgers lately…and this looks amaze! I think hubs would be all over too!