Ultimate Cheat Meal Burger Recipe

This meal combines grilled chicken with a vibrant greens salad, making it ideal for a nutritious dinner that doesn't compromise on flavor or health.
A cheeseburger on a light-colored plate with layers of lettuce, beef patty, melted cheese, tomato, and red onion, on a sesame seed bun—the ultimate burger for your cheat meal.

After a week of rigorous training and disciplined eating, indulging in a hearty burger is a well-deserved treat. This classic burger, with its juicy patty and fresh toppings, provides a delicious break from the usual clean meals. It’s a reminder that balance is key, and enjoying a cheat meal can be part of a healthy lifestyle when done right.

An ultimate cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and cheese in a bun, served on a white plate. Sliced pickles in a small bowl and a container of ketchup are beside the plate—perfect for your cheat meal.

Ultimate Cheat Meal Burger Recipe

A woman in a tan jacket standing in a kitchen.Emily White
A deliciously indulgent burger, perfect for a cheat meal after a week of disciplined eating and training.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Meal Type Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 600 kcal
Difficulty Easy
Ingredient Cost $5
Shopping Cost$30


  • Grill pan or outdoor grill
  • Mixing Bowl


  • ¼ lb ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 hamburger bun
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • 1 leaf lettuce
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1 slice onion
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • Pickles optional


  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Season the ground beef with salt and pepper, and form into a patty.
    1/4 lb ground beef, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grill the patty for about 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked to desired doneness. Add the cheese slice during the last minute of cooking.
    1 slice cheddar cheese
  • Toast the hamburger bun on the grill for a minute or two.
    1 hamburger bun
  • Assemble the burger: spread mayonnaise on the bottom bun, add the lettuce, tomato, and onion, place the patty with melted cheese on top, and finish with ketchup and pickles if desired. Top with the other half of the bun.
    1 leaf lettuce, 1 slice tomato, 1 slice onion, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon ketchup, Pickles
  • Serve hot.


Customize with your favorite burger toppings.
For a healthier option, use lean ground turkey.


Calories: 600kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 28gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 630mgPotassium: 504mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 558IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 212mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Burger, Cheat Meal, Comfort Food, Indulgent Food

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