Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad, made with bacon, cheese, pasta, tomatoes, pickles–mixed with iceberg lettuce, with a simple dressing.

epic bowl of cheeseburger pasta

Friends, this Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad is perfect for a summertime potluck, but really, it’s great any time of the year. Just think of the combo of a cheeseburger and a pasta salad—and you have a great salad.

 close up of cheeseburger pasta salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

I mean, who doesn’t love the comfort of a good cheeseburger, or a cheesy pasta salad?  I mean, this salad is good cold, warm, or hot. It’s great for a side dish or a main dish. So many options, and if you love the “cheeseburger” spin, then try my Dill Pickle Cheeseburger Soup! Yes, soup!

Bacon Pasta Salad with cheeseburger ingredients

Let’s get started:

Ingredients for Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

  • Orecchiette pasta (you can also use mini macaroni pasta)
  • Thick-cut bacon
  • Lean ground beef
  • Dried mustard + red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Mayonnaise
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Mustard (optional sweet mustard)
  • Worcestershire sauce + hot chili sauce
  • Can of sweet corn (or corn cut off the cob)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Dill pickles, chopped
  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Scallions, diced
  • Fresh basil leaves

ingredients for Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

TIPS & Variations

Guess what? You can substitute ground chicken or turkey for the beef. Mix up the cheese factor, too, by using cheddar or provolone or pepper jack.

Use whole wheat pasta, or even try chickpea pasta. Or your favorite size pasta!

Red onion lover? Add in chopped red onion.

The burger sauce dressing is fantastic! Swap it out with ranch dressing, if you want.

What else do you love on a cheeseburger? (wink-wink)

deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

  1. Cook the pasta (al dente–usually a minute or two less than usual time), and drain and rinse under cold water. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Bake or saute the bacon.
  3. Brown the ground beef and season; set aside to cool.
  4. In a large low-line salad bowl, add mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot chili sauce; whisk until combined and smooth.
  5. Next, add in the cooked, drained pasta, bacon, beef, corn, tomatoes, cheese, dill pickles, and scallions. Gently toss the salad ingredients together to coat with dressing.

adding dressing to Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Optional to eat right away at room temperature, or refrigerate until ready to serve chilled.

Garnish with a few sprinkles of fresh, chopped basil leaves and scallions.

big salad bowl of Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Why we love this salad

This salad is the perfect party salad. If you’re planning a gathering or potluck, this combo is so fun, easy, and delicious.

Well, of course we love bacon and cheese, but the splash of hot sauce really makes the recipe so good!

It’s also perfect for an easy dinner, side dish, summer get togethers, game day, or any time!

taking a bite of Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

More pasta salads recipes to try:

BLT Pasta Salad

Greek Pasta Salad

Arugula Pasta Salad

Cashew Chicken Pasta Salad

Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

ENJOY!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, diced
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • ¼ tsp dried mustard
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tbsp mustard, optional sweet mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ½ tsp hot chili sauce
  • 15 ounce can sweet corn, drained (or about 1 1/2 cups fresh corn cut off the cob)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups dill pickles, chopped
  • 2 cups finely shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 4 scallions, diced
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

Instructions

  • Remove 1-2 tablespoons each of tomatoes, pickles, green onions, and basil, for garnish on top of salad.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add salt according to package directions. Cook pasta al dente (usually a minute or two less), and drain and rinse under cold water. Drizzle with olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • In a frying pan (or in the oven), bake or saute the bacon in a large nonstick skillet, over medium heat, until crispy, about 10 minutes (or longer in the oven). Transfer to a plate with paper towels to absorb the grease.
  • In a skillet, brown the ground beef, breaking it into large chunks, and cooking until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and dry mustard. Drain off fat. Set the meat aside to cool.
  • In a large low-line salad bowl, add mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and hot chili sauce; whisk until combined and smooth.
  • Next, add in the cooked, drained pasta, bacon, beef, corn, tomatoes, cheese, dill pickles, and scallions. Gently toss the salad ingredients together to coat with dressing.
  • Optional to eat right away at room temperature, or refrigerate until ready to serve chilled.
  • Garnish with a few sprinkles of fresh, chopped basil leaves and scallions.
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Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Salad

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