Burgers, in general, lend themselves well to the ketogenic way of eating, with the fat and protein from the meat, and the healthy nutrients and fiber from the salad toppings.
It is largely just the bun and sauces that add the extra carbs. And most of the time the bun doesn’t really add much in the way of flavor anyway. It is more a vehicle to get the patty and toppings from your plate to your mouth.
There are keto-friendly bread and bun recipes that can easily replace the standard high-carb bun, but once you start eating bunless burgers (with all the delicious low-carb toppings), you may not even want the low-carb buns! Even if it means eating your burger with a knife and fork.
How To Make a Delicious Keto Burger
To start, you need good quality ground beef. If you can afford it, use grass-fed beef or Kobe beef. If that is out of your price range, just select the best ground beef your budget allows.
Skip the reduced-fat or lean versions of ground beef. One of the most disappointing things when eating a burger at a restaurant – or when getting takeout – is biting into a dry, flavorless patty. This is often because lean ground beef is used. The fat provides the juiciness and the flavor.
Lamb is a great option for burger patties, as it is flavorful and high fat. Chicken can also be used if you prefer.
Once you’ve got your meat, then the next step is the seasoning. You can keep it simple – salt and pepper – or go as exotic as your tastes allow. Popular options include Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, chili, and Dijon mustard – but not all together (or could they..?)
Popular toppings for keto burgers include cheese (sharp cheddar, mozzarella, and feta work really well), lettuce and tomato, and pickles or jalapeños.
While you can certainly eat your burger just as is, it generally will not have enough vegetables to make it a healthy, nutrient-dense meal (with enough fiber).
Serve your keto burger with a hearty salad, or crunchy sautéed vegetables. Good vegetable options are as broccoli, green beans, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, onions, peppers, or other low-carb veggies. The crunch of the fresh or sautéed veggies provides a nice contrast to the soft, juicy texture of the burger.
Keto Burger Recipes To Try Tonight
There are so many delicious burger recipes that are keto-friendly – it was difficult to narrow them down to this list. Here are 11 delicious keto-friendly burger recipes to get you started.
The Best Bunless Burger Recipe
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We are kicking off our burger selection with a simple keto burger recipe. Before you get fancy with the add-ins and toppings, it is important to get the basic patty recipe perfected.
This Bunless Burger Recipe is super simple, but is sure to be very flavorful and moist. Adding a little olive oil to the patty mixture will help if you are using leaner ground beef.
- Calories: 479
- Fats: 40g
- Proteins: 26g
- Net Carbs: 2g
View this recipe on Low Carb Maven: The Best Bunless Burger Recipe
Keto Quarter Pounder
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The secret to this Keto Quarter Pounder is that most of the ingredients are inside the patty.
The bacon, onion, jalapeño, and tomato are mixed in with the ground beef, before forming the beef into patties. This means you don’t necessarily need an egg for binding, but you can still add one if you prefer.
For caramelized onions, cook the onion in the pan while cooking the patties.
- Calories: 443
- Fats: 34g
- Proteins: 25g
- Net Carbs: 4g
View this recipe on Tasteaholics: Keto Quarter Pounder
Inside Out Bacon Burger
This Inside Out Bacon Burger flips things around by making the burger patties act as the bun. The filling of the burger is crispy bacon, raw onion rings, and cheese.
Serve with a fresh side ‘salad’ of fresh baby spinach and diced red bell peppers.
- Calories: 433
- Fats: 34.5g
- Proteins: 29g
- Net Carbs: 1.2g
View this recipe on ruled.me: Inside Out Bacon Burger
Keto Butter Burgers
Image credit goes to Kasey Trenum
How can you make a keto burger even more keto? Add butter!
It doesn’t just increase the fat, but actually adds to the flavor.
Before cooking the Keto Butter Burger patties, place some butter inside the patty. As it cooks the butter will melt through the beef.
You can even add garlic and other spices to the butter before making the patties, for interest flavor options.
- Calories: 686
- Fats: 56g
- Proteins: 40g
- Net Carbs: 1g
View this recipe on Kasey Trenum: Keto Butter Burgers
Portobello Bun Cheeseburgers
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Mushrooms are nutrient dense and have rich, hearty flavor. The large bun-size portobello mushrooms make a great replacement for bread if you don’t feel like going entirely without the ‘bun’.
You can serve these Portobello Bun Cheeseburgers ‘open’ (one patty on each mushroom), or ‘closed’.
- Calories: 336
- Fats: 22.8g
- Proteins: 29.1g
- Net Carbs: 4g
View this recipe on Perfect Keto: Portobello Bun Cheeseburgers
Keto Lamb and Halloumi Burgers
Image credit goes to My Keto Kitchen
Lamb is a very flavorful meat choice, and great for keto as it is quite high in fat. The halloumi cheese in the burger patty adds to the flavor (and ups the fat count, too).
Serve your Keto Lamb and Halloumi Burgers with the recommended cucumber cream on top, and salad or a serving of green beans on the side.
- Calories: 397
- Fats: 33g
- Proteins: 22g
- Net Carbs: 2g
View this recipe on My Keto Kitchen: Keto Lamb and Halloumi Burgers
Keto Greek-Style Burgers
Image credit goes to Paleo Restart
The sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, diced onion, and feta cheese combine to create the fresh, Greek flavors of these Keto Greek-Style Burgers.
You can even add tzatziki or a dill sauce on top of the burgers, if you are feeling adventotous. (I’m partial to a well-made tzatziki!)
- Fats: 30g
- Proteins: 35g
- Net Carbs: 9g
View this recipe on Paleo Restart: Keto Greek-Style Burgers
Bunless Chicken Burger
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Chicken burgers deep fried in a crispy batter are far from being keto-friendly. Or are they..?
This Bunless Chicken Burger offers a delicious, crispy chicken burger that is also low in carbs.
The recipe uses an interesting ingredient for the crispy layer outside the chicken – whey protein powder! Make sure it is plain whey, and not the flavored and sweetened version.
- Calories: 412
- Fats: 26g
- Proteins: 34g
- Net Carbs: 5g
View this recipe on Fat For Weight Loss: Bunless Chicken Burger
Cheese Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger
These Cheese Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger come with a double helping of cheese – mozzarella on the inside, and cheddar on top. By cooking the patty with the mozzarella inside, the cheese gets all melted and gooey.
Serve with a green salad, or some lightly-cooked broccoli on the side. And if you’re feeling adventurous, replace the cheddar with some sharp blue cheese.
- Calories: 614
- Fats: 51g
- Proteins: 33g
- Net Carbs: 1.5g
View this recipe on ruled.me: Cheese Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger
Keto Hamburger Patties With Creamy Tomato Sauce And Fried Cabbage
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The creamy tomato sauce in this Keto Hamburger Patties With Creamy Tomato Sauce And Fried Cabbage recipe is more like a tomato gravy that a ketchup-style sauce. It is made with tomato paste and cream.
The combination of the tomato gravy and buttered cabbage makes this a great meal for the winter time. You could also serve with other sautéed veggies like green beans, mushrooms, or Brussels sprouts.
- Calories: 928
- Fats: 78g
- Proteins: 43g
- Net Carbs: 10g
View this recipe on Diet Doctor: Keto Hamburger Patties With Creamy Tomato Sauce And Fried Cabbage
The Keto Double Down
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What do you do when you no longer have a bread-based bun on your burger? Replace it fried chicken of course!
The coating on the chicken breast ‘buns’ is a combination of egg, parmesan, and psyllium husk.
This particular recipe is quite high in protein, so it isn’t the kind of meal you would eat often. But if you are after a decadent ‘cheat’ type meal, then give this Keto Double Down a try.
- Calories: 618
- Fats: 35.1g
- Proteins: 61g
- Net Carbs: 2g
View this recipe on Headbanger’s Kitchen: The Keto Double Down