Big Mac in a bowl

So what is this anti-burger I talk of I hear you ask? Amazing, that’s what it is!

I said to Rob this week that I was really craving a big greasy burger, but let’s face it, for those few minutes it would last it’s really not worth the guilt I would feel after, not to mention how yucky I would probably feel too! Cue Big Mac in a bowl – All the yummy tastes of a Big Mac without the guilt and the Syns!


(Serves one)

  • 250 grams Extra Lean Beef Mince (extra lean means it’s free on Slimming World and you could use Quorn too).
  • One finely chopped onion.
  • Three Cheese Slices – I used Asda lighter burger cheese slices as these can count as your Healthy Extra A.
  • Iceberg lettuce – around about 1/4-1/2 depending how much you want – cut into bite-size pieces.
  • A few mini gherkins sliced.
  • Two tablespoons of Thousand Island Dressing (I used the Kraft light thousand island dressing at just 0.5 Syns per tbsp)
  • Garlic salt and pepper.


  1. I prepped all my ingredients as above and filled my plate with lettuce, ready and waiting for the ‘big mac’.
  2. Add your mince and onion to your pan and cook on a medium heat until the mince has brown and the onion softened.
  3. Meanwhile, slice up 2 of your cheese slices into strips.
  4. Check your mince and onions and cooked. Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste and then stir in the sliced gherkins and cheese. Let this cook on low until your cheese melts a little and then add the dressing.
  5. Once well mixed and the cheese is all melted, transfer on top of your lettuce.

Voila, there you have it!
You don’t need to feel guilty. There’s no greasy chips or high carb burger bun. Just pure yumminess for only 1 syn (add 6 Syns if not using the cheese as your HEA)!
This can be served alongside slimming world chips, or if like me you were planning a carb free day, why not give celeriac chips a whirl! Simple to make and very yummy (I was dubious, I’d never tried celeriac before and probably never would had my lovely friend not recommended them to me). So here’s how to make them:

  1. Peel & chop your celeriac into chip sized pieces and boil for 10 minutes.
  2. Lay them on a baking tray, spray with fry light and add seasoning of your choice.
  3. Pop into a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.

Simple as that and here it is in all its glory!

Enjoy 😘