Keto cheeseburger

Keto cheeseburger

Cheeseburgers... what could be a more perfect centerpiece to your casual keto feast? Heavy on the flavor and satisfaction, but light on effort! And you don't need bread to make them wonderfully tasty — dress 'em up with delicious salsa and toppings instead!

Keto cheeseburger

Cheeseburgers... what could be a more perfect centerpiece to your casual keto feast? Heavy on the flavor and satisfaction, but light on effort! And you don't need bread to make them wonderfully tasty — dress 'em up with delicious salsa and toppings instead!
4 servingservings


  • 2 (8 oz.) 2 (230 g) tomatotomatoes
  • 2 (1 oz.) 2 (30 g) scallionscallions
  • 1 (7 oz.) 1 (200 g) avocadoavocados
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground beef
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) 240 ml (110 g) cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh oregano, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter, for frying
  • 5 oz. (4 cups) 140 g (900 ml) lettuce
  • ½ cup 120 ml mayonnaise or vegan mayonnaise
  • 5 oz. 140 g cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp pickled jalapeños, chopped
  • 2½ oz. 70 g sliced dill picklesliced dill pickles
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
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Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Chop up the salsa ingredients and stir together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix in seasoning and half the cheese into the ground beef, combining with hands or a wooden spoon until blended.
  3. Make four burgers and fry in a pan or grill if you prefer. Season with salt and pepper, and add the remaining cheese on top towards the end.
  4. Serve on lettuce with mayo, bacon, pickled jalapeños, dill pickle and mustard. And don't forget the homemade salsa!


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  1. Shannon
    Food tastes so much better without all that cardboard-carbs on it! I dont miss the hamburger bun at all! NOM NOM is all I can say! Here at Surfers Paradise ( Australia) , they have started serving "BARE BURGERS" ie hamburgers with out the buns! WE must be gaining in numbers for them to offer it so widely now!
    Reply: #6
  2. Lori P Benning
    I was doing that in 1976. San Luis Obispo, CA. I was thin back then. Guess I should go back to it.
  3. Vishwaradhya
    Hi friends , please sujjest few vegan Breakfast Lunch & Dinner
  4. Anna
    I make bunless burgers all the time so I didn't expect this to be much different. But I loved this recipe, the flavor was so good! Thanks much for this awesome recipe.
  5. Nicky
    Delicious recipe one that my husband and son loved and can't wait to have it again - thank you
  6. Christine
    Couldn't agree more Shannon :) Bare Burgers sound awesome, wonder if they will make it over to takeaway places in Perth!
  7. Pranav
    What about person who is vegetarian
    Reply: #37
  8. Brigitte
    Tried these as part of the challenge. Very yummy and filling. Leftovers will be lunch at work tomorrow - I bet my colleagues will be jealous!
  9. Jean
    I made a cabbage salad with this burger. The burger was great and my husband said the salad went well with the burger. Thanks so much for helping us.
  10. Jean
    The burger was great and my husband said it he enjoyed it too. Thanks so much for helping us.
  11. Jo
    McDonalds here do a Create your own burger.. and you can have it in a lettuce wrap rather than a bun. It was so yum and means we can still have a family treat and I can enjoy being out too.
  12. Rob
    Hi, the shopping list for week one doesn't work for the recipes, I can't find any use for the sour cream, and extra ingredients are needed for some recipes, or is it me?
    Reply: #13
  13. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    We've been working hard on the shopping list and we'll fix any mistakes as we find them. What extra ingredients are needed for you?
  14. Sheila
    As I have also purchased sour cream and have never used this before, can you please advise what I can use this with while on my two week trial ?
    Many thanks
  15. May
    What does real cheese mean? does any one recommend a certain brand?
    Replies: #42, #51
  16. Sue
    Are carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes included in this program?
    Thank you.
    Reply: #52
  17. Kamila
    Doc says vegetables growing above ground, if I remember correctly. Pumpkin would pass.
  18. Sheila
    Cilantro - could someone let me know what this is (herb?) and where to get it from in England
    Many thanks
  19. Sheila
    Cilantro - could someone let me know what this is (herb?) and where to get it from in England
    Reply: #23
  20. Ash
    @Sheila - cilantro is fresh coriander
  21. celia
    Please I could not find the ingredients for this menu. Can you give me an alternative breakfast that will be more African.
    Reply: #33
  22. Tony
    Cooked these these today as a part of day one, tasted great, so far, so good! Looking forward to week one!
  23. Zoe
    Any chance of putting together a vegetarian version. I'd love to do this challenge. Thanks
  24. Heather
    tried this recipe tonight, was delicious, winner with the kids too even though they had evil bread buns, i had to google cilantro, spanish for coriander!! :)
  25. Libby
    Made the hamburgers yesterday and was not at all impressed. will not be making them again and hubbie refused to eat after a couple of mouthfuls. found them rather tasteless.
    Reply: #46
  26. Reshma
    Vegetarian diet plan please.....
  27. Donna
    Libby- I feel for you. Our addictions to sugar, salt and artificial ingredients make real food seem bland until you detox the tatesbuds- which can take from a few days to a few weeks. After that you can't believe you ever choked down such sweet salty polluted food. In the meantime, many spices are allowed---I hope you both make it to the other side. The rewards are so great (LIFE!), but getting off the addictions takes sacrifice for sure; I feel for you!
  28. Susie
    Am starting the low carb challenge today and have just been shopping.
    Struggled to find 'shredded cheese' though that wasn't covered with potato starch? I assumed this would be bad and therefore bought normal mature cheddar cheese which I will grate.
    Is this right? Or am I over-complicating things?
    Am in the UK btw. Thanks!
    Reply: #29
  29. Angela
    Hi Susie

    Yes you are right.. its quite hard to find grated cheese that doesn't have anti clagging ingredient so I would just grate my own too ;)

    Reply: #32
  30. hope
    The hardcore sports spot in Fernandina Beach, Northern Florida, has also put "bare burgers" on the menu. When I used to order my burgers without the bun, the waitress would joke and say, "Guess you don't want the fries either. I can give you a side salad." Getting the message all over.
  31. Helena
    Why onion powder and garlic powder and not real onion and real garlic?
  32. Stevie
    And fresh grated cheddar tastes much better too! The bagged lot tastes more like cardboard to me.
  33. Stevie
    Celia....where in Africa? That would make a difference.
  34. Wendy
    Really tasty but a helluva lot of protein in one go!
  35. Jose venancio- Brasil
    Very good option.
  36. Pat
    Wow this was very good. I used grass fed ground beef. I started to add salt to the burger mixture but decided not to and I am glad I did not because it did not need it. It is a lot of meat which I am not used to but very very good. I did not miss the bun at all.
  37. Maria76
    Pranav, when you go up right corner of this page there is a link Vegetarian.
  38. Jane
    Are sweet potatoes included on this plan? Also what can I substitute for dairy products since I am lactose intolerant. Please help me!! Today is my first day of the challenge!!
  39. Glenda
    Day was so good. The burger delicious. I could not find the onion salt so I doubled the garlic salt and this turned out good. The meat portion was way too much for me I could only have one burger. Is this alright.
  40. Carmen
    The burger were delicious and I am excited to be starting the challenge. Glenda, I only used a lb. of ground beef and divided it into 4 equal 1/4 lb patties. I only cooked two and had one for dinner and the other will be my lunch tomorrow. :)
  41. sunanda
    This lamb burger is really yum.. but only eating meat couple of days , i felt like vomited and irritated , but later on m use to and lost 1 kg in a week and tried all recipe all are yum..
  42. starbar
    it means cheese in a block, not already shredded. The shredded kind has added ingredients that keep it from sticking together or something
  43. Chuck Dickerson
    Got off to a shaky start. In spite of reading the directions seemingly multiple times, I collected all my ingredients in one place (so far so good). I figured while I chop my tomatoes and measure out my spices and grated cheese, I may as well form my hamburger patties first and and get them a grillin' before I mix and blend. Imagine my astonishment when after having everything teaspooned and chopped, I realized the part in the directions about mixing half the cheese and all of the spices into the ground beef before the cooking part. The burgers were done by that time. I immediately took out another helping of ground beef, frozen of course for my inconvenience. I removed the plain cooked burgers and placed in a storage bowl for another time. Again used my microwave defrost to get new beef to cookable tenderness all while everything else was done. Proceeded to follow the directions accurately this time. Wow, that's a lot of cheese for only four patties. End of story, the burgers were awesome, the salsa was terrific, I added a dill pickle, jalapenos and two dabs of mayo on the finished product. Well, Sunday turned out great. Only about about 120lbs. & 10 -12 months to go.
  44. michael
    Good luck Chuck. I made this last night, and thought it was fantastic. I made two servings, and ate both. It was not enough for a lunch and a dinner for a guy my size. Two servings uses 3/4 of a lb(350g) of ground beef. That made 2 patty's 3 3/4 in X 3/4 in. Not much food at all. I will just cook another 3/4 of a lb now. Next week I will make 4 servings.
  45. SK
    So this recipe is great - and certainly ticked all the boxes with regards to starting the 2-week challenge. Must remember to grate my own cheese rather than use the pre-grated stuff.

    One exception, though - I must remember to NEVER put oregano in my burger mix again! Or definitely less of it... not for me at all.

    Reply: #68
  46. Deb
    Just want to point out to purchase the higher fat burger to make these (at least 80/20). The leaner ground beef has less flavor and can be dry. I know, I know! Just the opposite of what we've always been taught! You'll be surprised at the difference
  47. Judy
    Adding a little Worcestershire sauce gives the patties some zip
  48. Olivier Janssens
    How much butter do you need to use for 2 people to fry the burgers?
    Reply: #49
  49. Peter Biörck Team Diet Doctor
    I think the best advice is, do not skimp on the butter. ;)

    How much butter do you need to use for 2 people to fry the burgers?

  50. Laurie
    Reply to comment 47

    I'm wondering if Worcester sauce is on the "can haves" list? It has molasses and sugar. I think it would be in the bottled sauces category that we are to throw out.

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