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Keto Stuffed Burger

Published September 16, 2019
Kate Sullivan

Written By: Kate Sullivan, MS

Kate holds a MS in Business Psychology and is currently a PHD researcher in Well-Being and Performance Psychology.

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<article itemscope itemtype="http://schema.org/Recipe"> <section itemprop="description"> <p align="justify">We all know fast food should only be a “sometimes treat.” To live our healthiest lives, we should focus more on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-best-low-carb-vegetables-to-eat-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">whole foods</a>, cooking <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/14-day-keto-diet-plan-and-menu" rel="noreferrer">easy and healthy meals</a> from scratch, and experimenting with keto-friendly <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/keto-beef-stroganoff-meatballs" rel="noreferrer">recipe favorites</a>.</p> <p align="justify">But let’s face it—we all need a quick meal on the go sometimes. And thankfully, fast food has plenty of keto-friendly options.</p> </section> <section> <h2>What Fast Food Is Keto-Friendly?</h2> <p align="justify">One of the things that makes traditional fast food both inexpensive and addictive is all the carbs—they’re cheap and satisfying, but not exactly healthy. That makes a lot of fast food a no-go when you’re living the keto life. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to easily hack popular fast food menus to be low carb for those days when you just have to grab and go.</p> <p align="justify">In general, you can stay low carb at a fast food place by eating:</p> <ul> <li><b>A “naked” sandwich:</b> Ask for your filling (like a burger, grilled chicken breast, roast beef, meatballs, or turkey) and toppings (like cheese, lettuce, and onions) in a bowl or box instead of on a bun.</li> <li><b>Salads:</b> Skip the dressing, which often contains loads of sugar, and get grilled chicken and guacamole on a bed of greens.</li> <li><b>Bowls:</b> Ask for extra protein, cheese, and greens and leave out any heavy starches like rice or quinoa.</li> <li><b>Breakfast:</b> Get a couple of egg sandwiches without the English muffin or bagel. Eggs, cheese, bacon, and sausage make a satisfying meal with only 2-3 grams of carbs.</li> </ul> <p align="justify">Going to a specific style of restaurant? Try one of these keto fast food hacks:</p> <ul> <li><b>Burrito Shop (like Chipotle or Moe’s):</b> Get a salad instead of a burrito, or get a bowl and skip the rice. Load up on extra protein like carnitas or chicken, add healthy fat with sour cream and guacamole, then top with zingy <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/homemade-pickled-onions" rel="noreferrer">pickled onions</a>.</li> <li><b>Sandwich Shop (like Subway, Firehouse, or Jersey Mike’s):</b> Ask for your fillings of choice in a bowl or basket instead of on a bun. Stick to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/the-best-low-carb-vegetables-to-eat-on-keto/" rel="noreferrer">low-carb veggies</a> like lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, and cabbage. Ask for extra protein and cheese, then load up on avocado for healthy fat.</li> <li><b>Coffee Shop (like Dunkin’, Starbucks, or McDonald’s):</b> Ask for that McMuffin or breakfast bagel without the carb-laden “wrapper”. Instead, get the egg, sausage, bacon, and cheese on their own in a bowl or box. To drink, order coffee with heavy cream or half-and-half for a keto-friendly caffeine fix.</li> <li><b>Chicken Place (like KFC, Chick-Fil-A or Popeye’s):</b> Opt for grilled chicken instead of fried to avoid carb-loaded breading. Fried chicken can have more than 10 grams of carbs per piece, whereas grilled chicken has only 1 gram! Round out your meal with a side of green beans, greens, or a salad instead of mashed potatoes or mac’n’cheese.</li> <li><b>Burger Place (like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Five Guys, or Smashburger):</b> Ask for either a “naked burger” or a lettuce wrap. Skipping the bun can save you more than 15 grams of carbs! Go for two patties with cheese and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/bring-on-the-bacon" rel="noreferrer">bacon</a> for a satisfying, low-carb meal. When topping your burger, watch out for sneaky sugar from specialty sauces—instead of honey mustard, barbeque, or ketchup, stick to mustard or guacamole.</li> </ul> <p align="justify">Don’t want to fuss with the menu but still fix your fast food craving? Make your own juicy stuffed burger with our recipe below!</p> <h3>Can I Have Burgers on Keto?</h3> <p align="justify">Burgers are a great option on keto. Ground beef loaded with flavorful toppings? Bring it on! The only catch is that you’ll need to skip the traditional bun. Eliminate those empty carbs and your loaded burger may have as few as 2-3 grams of total carbs!</p> <p align="justify">Again, if you’re eating out, just ask for your burger to come in a lettuce wrap or simply “naked” in a box. Load up on lettuce, onion, cheese, bacon, and all the other goodies that make fast food burgers such a treat.</p> <p align="justify">At home, you can customize your burger to your heart’s content. Then enjoy it either with a knife and fork, in a lettuce or cabbage leaf, or nestled into a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/plain-fathead-dough-bagel" rel="noreferrer">keto-friendly bun</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/almost-zero-carb-low-carb-wraps" rel="noreferrer">low-carb wrap</a>.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-15 divider-thick mx-auto"> <section class="recipe"> <h2 itemprop="name">Keto Stuffed Burger</h2> <div class="prep"> <span> <meta itemprop="prepTime" content="PT15M">Prep Time: 5 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="cookTime" content="PT35M">Cooking Time: 15 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="recipeYield">Serves: 4</span> </div> <h3>Ingredients:</h3> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 pound ground beef</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon garlic powder</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon onion powder</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 teaspoon black pepper</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon dried oregano</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; teaspoon salt</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 egg </li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">1 tablespoon golden flax meal</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">4 slices bacon</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">&frac12; cup mushrooms, sliced</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">8 slices cheddar cheese</li> </ul> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium"> <h3>Instructions:</h3> <ol itemprop="recipeInstructions"> <li>Preheat the oven to 300&deg;F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.</li> <li>In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, spices, flax meal, and egg until well combined.</li> <li>Shape the meat mixture into 4 balls, then hollow out the center of each to create a meat “bowl,” placing each on the prepared baking sheet. </li> <li>Fill each bowl with &frac14; of the mushrooms.</li> <li>Wrap a slice of bacon around each bowl horizontally, then top with a slice of cheese to cover the mushrooms.</li> <li>Bake for 10 minutes, then remove from oven and top with a second slice of cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the meat is cooked through.</li> </ol> <h3>Variations:</h3> <ul> <li><b>Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger:</b> Add &frac14; cup of sriracha or hot pepper sauce to the meat mixture. Replace the mushrooms with 1 teaspoon of <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/homemade-pickled-onions" rel="noreferrer">pickled onions</a> per burger and top with crumbled blue cheese instead of cheddar.</li> <li><b>Taco Burger:</b> Replace the oregano with &frac12; teaspoon each of ground cumin and chili powder. Replace the mushrooms with &frac12; cup pico de gallo or low-carb salsa. Top with pepper jack cheese instead of cheddar. Serve with guacamole.</li> <li><b>Pizza Burger:</b> Mix the mushrooms with 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of chopped black olives before stuffing the burgers. Top with 4-5 pieces of pepperoni per burger and use mozzarella instead of cheddar.</li> </ul> </section> </article>
Nutrition Facts

Serves 1


Calories

581


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

36 g

Sodium

1169 mg

Carbohydrate

4.1 g

Sugar

0.9 g

Dietary Fiber

1.4 g

Protein

58 g


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Serves 1


Calories

581


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

36 g

Sodium

1169 mg

Carbohydrate

4.1 g

Sugar

0.9 g

Dietary Fiber

1.4 g

Protein

58 g

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