One of the first dishes I missed immediately upon starting my ketogenic journey were hamburgers. Back when I was still heavily consuming carbohydrates Saturday was burger day. I would always make them every other week, and always with fresh ingredients of course.
It was only after a few weeks upon starting my ketogenic journey that I realized that, except for the burger bun, there are virtually no carbohydrates in the remaining ingredients that are often used in conjunction with hamburgers. Ever since realizing that I have been able to re-introduce burger Saturday into my ketogenic lifestyle.
In this article I will be sharing with you the two most mouth-watering keto hamburger recipes, all the way from ingredients to macronutrient ratios to the preparation methods. You will have to brace yourself for this explosion of taste and nutritional value!
As a bonus I will provide you with a crazy delicious BBQ sauce recipe that you can combine with these burgers for extra taste! You’ll love it!
You can prepare and consume these without having to calculate the macronutrients or caloric value. I have taken care of all that by calculating it for you. These are all three 100% keto compatible!(Even though it’ll be hard to believe upon trying them!)
For all the recipes I recommend that you get your hands on organic biologically tailored ingredients for both the best flavor and nutritional profile. In the recipes below I will list the ingredients for 3 people(or 3 servings) and I will separately list the macronutrient profile and calories per single serving.
The Classic Hamburger – Keto style
The hamburger made they way we have all come to recognize the legendary food, but without the buns!
- 500 grams of grass fed beef
- 250 grams of tomatoes
- 6 slices of cheddar cheese (optional)
- 1 head of lettuce
- 25 grams of grass fed butter
One serving will contain 2 burgers, 1 tomato, around 40 grams of lettuce & 2 slices of cheddar.
To make up for the filling the bun normally provides – we will add extra lettuce for more fiber. Start by covering your plate with it’s leaves. This will be the foundation of your meal.
Start by flavoring the meat with salt, pepper & 2 toes of garlic(optional). Knead the ground beef into six evenly divided burgers(if you have a kitchen scale they should measure around 85 grams each) Melt 25 grams of grass-fed butter in a pan and cook the meat.
While the burgers are cooking – proceed by slicing up 3 tomatoes and cover around half of the plates with the slices of tomatoes as topping on the lettuce. To add to the creaminess of the burger I like to spread some additional mayonnaise(1 tbsp, around 12 grams) over the tomatoes and add a touch of pepper on top, making it extra creamy and giving it a slight kick
When the burgers are done you can place them next to the tomatoes. Finish the burgers by topping them off with a slice of cheddar per burger(Optional – this will of course turn it into a cheeseburger 😉 ) and if you want – one extra tablespoon of mayonnaise.
As the last touch you can drizzle the gravy from the grass-fed butter over the in-cheddar-covered burger and tomatoes.
I can assure you that this burger is incredibly delicious, I didn’t miss the bun for a second! I consumed it in a way that I tasted all the ingredients with every bite, by slicing up the lettuce by knife, adding a piece of burger and part of a tomato and dragging it through the peppery mayo is just… heaven.
On top of that – the macros are 100% suitable for keto. The grass fed beef will provide you with healthy fats, B vitamins, Zinc & iron – The tomatoes and lettuce potassium and fiber. And the cheese and mayo with other healthy fats, B2 and B12, D vitamins & calcium
If you add mayonnaise you need to count an extra 90(10 grams of fat, no other macros) calories per tablespoon.
If you want to convert your hamburger into a delicious cheeseburger(2 slices) you need to add an additional 80 calories, 7 grams of fat & 5 grams of protein.
Smoked BBQ Hamburger – Keto heaven
This next version of the keto hamburger will leave your palette longing for more! With all the different flavors combined granting you an explosion of taste! This recipe will also give you a slightly greener plate, as this one will be richer in vegetables – and thus essential vitamins and minerals!
- 500 grams of grass fed beef
- 75 grams of arugula
- 1 Red Onion
- 1 Avocado
- 1 Lemon
- 75 grams of grated old cheese
- Olive oil (4 tablespoons)
- 200 grams of cherry tomatoes
- 25 grams of grass fed butter
- BBQ Sauce(optional, scroll down for the recipe!)
This shopping list is for 3 servings. One serving consists of 2 burgers of around 85 grams, 25 grams of arugula, one third of an avocado(as a spread on the burgers), a third of a red onion, 25 grams of grated cheese as topping, and one serving of cherry tomatoes(around 70 grams)
Like I said before there will be plenty of green filling vegetables on your plate for this burger dish to provide you with the necessary fiber content. Along with the fats from the butter, burger and grated cheese. This burger will leave you satiated for hours – all while keeping you in a fat burning mode!
Again we start by flavoring the meat with salt and pepper. Knead the ground beef into six evenly divided burgers(if you have a kitchen scale they should measure around 85 grams each) Melt 25 grams of grass-fed butter in a pan and cook the meat all the way through.
While the burgers are being cooked – Place one serving of 25 grams of arugula on your plate. Proceed by finely chopping the red onion, slicing the cherry tomatoes in halves and mixing them through the arugula, add two tablespoon of olive oil and squeeze 1 half of a lemon through the salad.
Next up you can start peeling the skin off the avocado and grind it down to a fine paste using either a blender or a mortar and pestle, I personally prefer a mortar and pestle as it will be easier to extract the paste from it – this is not as easy with a blender(be careful of the blades!). Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a touch of pepper and Himalayan salt to this mixture, and stir it well.
At this point the burgers should be ready to be served! Place the burgers on your veggie rich plate and cover the top of the burger with 25 grams of old grated cheese and a thick layer of avocado paste after. You can pour the gravy over the burgers/veggies to your liking as well!
BBQ Sauce – The finishing touch!
As promised – the recipe for my favorite BBQ sauce that goes well with almost anything you pair it with.
I would highly recommend that you serve the latter burger with my smoked BBQ keto sauce! I can’t say if it goes well with the classic burger as well as I haven’t tried the combination – but I guess they will match well too. This sauce can be made in no-time and it is indistinguishable from the real deal!
Oh, and did I mention that it is almost free of any calories? providing only 6 calories per serving(!)
- Vinegar(15 ml) – any sort of vinegar will typically do. I personally use Apple cider vinegar – as it also has a great deal of benefits for health and fat loss alike – as well as providing a solid foundation for this sauce. I wrote about all the health benefits it provides in my article: Apple cider vinegar for weight loss
- A pinch of pink Himalayan salt
- Cayenne pepper( half a teaspoon)– To give the sauce a little kick you can add cayenne pepper to your liking. I would recommend you to go with at least half a teaspoon if you have low tolerance for spice – up to 3 if you like it spicy. Anything more will distract from the flavor. If you have a high tolerance for spice(like me), you can additionally add a small amount of finely sliced jalapeno pepper, but be very careful with the amount you add!
- Tomato paste(200gr) will serve as the foundation for your sauce and give it its characteristic deep flavor.
- Natural Sweetener – To give the BBQ sauce its sweet flavor we will of course have to use a sweetener instead of sugar. The sweetener Erythritol has earned its stripes as a natural sweetener that will keep your blood sugar steady.
- Spices – Add the smokey touch by adding 1 teaspoon of the following spices: Garlic powder, Cumin powder & finally 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika powder.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, stir it well and add water if the substance is too thick for your liking.
Consuming hamburgers while burning fat!
See? Going on a keto diet isn’t just about restricting your food choices – it’s about inventing new healthy ways to consume them!
You will not have to feel guilty about consuming these burgers. They provide you with all the nutrients you need from a ketogenic meal. How awesome is it – that you can consume burgers and continue to burn your own body fat whilst doing so!
My own favorite is the smoked BBQ burger. It is so rich in flavor and the creamy avocado along with the spices, and the juicy meat mixes very well with the BBQ sauce. And the salad just completes the picture.
On a final note I recommend that you purchase the ingredients listed above fresh and biologically/fair tailored. This way you will make sure to get the optimum nutritional value, as well as providing you with the best flavor possible. If you are looking to adjust any of the above recipes with ingredients of your own choosing – i recommend that you pick these from the keto diet food list.
Please let me know what you think of these keto hamburger recipes. Did you enjoy their flavor and making them? Do you have any ingredients you add for extra flavor? Let me know in the comments below!
Have a burgerlicious day!