Low-carb and keto fast food favorites

Low-carb and keto fast food favorites

Does eating keto or low carb mean that you have to give up all the foods you know and love? Of course not!

In the recipes below we’ve re-created meals that you often find in fast-food places all over the world. Our versions have all the delicious stuff left (and even more of it since were not afraid of fat) but not the refined carbs and sugars. You’ll find cheesy pizzas, juicy burgers and crispy chicken. What are you waiting for? Try them!


  1. Pizza
  2. Burgers
  3. Chicken
  4. Sandwiches
  5. Tex-Mex
  6. Sides
  7. Meal plans

Do you have a great low-carb or keto version of a fast food favorite? Please leave a comment below.



Extra toppings, extra cheese and a variety of crusts made from ingredients you most likely already have on hand. What’s not to love?


A juicy burger is something most of us want from time to time. Serve it up in a low-carb bun or make it even more simple, but nonetheless delicious, and opt for a bun-free version with the patty and all the yummy toppings wrapped in a lettuce leave. Why complicate things?


So, plain chicken might not feel all that indulging. It’s how you serve it up that really matters. We believe spicy wings with a side of aioli is hard to beat when you want to keep things simple, yet amazing.


Baking on low carb is possible but quite different from the way you’re probably used to doing it. We recommend our guide to help you and to answer questions that you might have. Want an even easier suggestion? Skip the bread and eat the toppings as is. No hazzle, just great food.


Now how about some of this for a fiesta? Try making your own seasoning and you’ll get the flavors right in no-time!


Need something crunchy to go on the side? Worry not! If you’re looking to keep things simple we suggest veggies with a nice dip or one of the recipes below.

Meal plans

Want help planning your low-carb or keto cooking? Get lots of weekly low-carb and keto meal plans, complete with shopping lists and everything, with our premium meal planner service (free trial one month).



Check out our free get started challenge which provides you with everything you need to start your journey towards better health!

For even more ideas on what to eat, please see all of our low-carb recipes

A low-carb diet for beginners

A keto diet for beginners



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Low-carb pies
Top low-carb and keto dips and dressings
Low-carb and keto baking
Flavored butter recipes
The best low-carb and keto casseroles


Do you have a great low-carb recipe that you want to share? We can cook it, photograph it and publish it here on the site, with your name on it. Or maybe you have a traditional recipe you want us to make a low-carb version of. Please send us an e-mail at kristin@dietdoctor.com with your suggestions on how to make our recipes better. Alternatively, leave a comment below.


  1. Karen
    It's not fast food if you have to cook it.
  2. Lorraine
    I've come up with some REAL fast food options.

    - Order a Chipotle burrito bowl with a meat choice, salsa, lettuce, cheese, etc. If you like, put it on your own low-carb tortillas.
    - Order the 3-Cheese Bacon Angus Sandwich from Arby's with the sauce on the side. Take the filling off of their bread and put it on your own low-carb bread (I use bread products from The Great Low Carb Bread Company, ordered from Netrition.com)
    - Chick-Fil-A offers Grilled Nuggets now, order a dozen with a side salad.
    - Bring your own bun to a burger place and order your burger without the bun.

    For "fast food" made at home, I try to make extra FatHead pizza crusts each time and freeze the extras.

  3. Sheryle
    Japanese cuisine please
  4. Apicius
    My version of fast food is rolling up salami, Swiss cheese, sliced pickles, grainy mustard and maybe some mayo in an ice berg lettuce leaf. So delicious and fast!
  5. violetta
  6. Dave
    I really miss movie theater popcorn.
  7. Gentiann
    I have not gone to Mcdonald's for a couple of years, but they used to have a side salad on their dollar menu. I would order it, take the buns off my burger, cut up the beef patty and use it as a topping on my salad. It was good and very satisfying (and cheap). I tend to stay away from lowcarb breads because I love real bread too much and I found it easier to just skip the buns.
    For pizza, I make a quick frittata or an omelet, garnish it with my favorite pizza toppings and stuck it under the broiler....it's very fast and very satisfying unless the only thing you are caring about is a crispy crust :)
  8. Dirk
    Made this page as one of my favourites...
  9. Pat
    I make low carb pizza and for me, it is fast food. I keep all of my ingredients in a plastic container that I can pull out all at once. I pre-make olive tapenade, split it up into smaller portions and freeze. That's the base instead of sugared tomato sauce. I use Mission low carb wraps, spread on a thin layer of the olives, put some whole milk mozz cheese in my ninja and spread on top, then about an inch of some stick pepperoni into the ninja, demolish that into bits and put that on top. Of course, have used stir fried mushrooms, peppers, sausage or whatever I have on hand. If it's straight olives, cheese and meats, the only carbs is the tortilla wrap which supposedly comes in at 6 net. Can have it ready while the oven is preheating and only takes about 10 minutes to bake.

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