The Best Keto Burger | Low Carb Big Mac

I am not kidding when I say I love this keto burger recipe. Originally published in 2017 but updated in August 2021 this is a burger the whole family will love. No fillers and seasoned with my amazing Ranch Seasoning. Just 2 ingredients and on the grill in less than 5 minutes! Perfect for the whole family for midweek meals or an easy lunch or dinner on the weekend!
Before jumping to the recipe please note that the below information contains HOT TIPS for this recipe. We try and answer all your questions to guarantee a perfect keto recipe every time.

Why We Love This Keto Burger Recipe

This keto burger recipe is super simple. With 2 ingredients and less than 1 net carb per serve, you are going to love it. For me, the addition of the Ranch Seasoning was a revelation. It adds so much flavour to the ground meat. Here are just a few of the reasons why I love this recipe so much.

Versatile – the burgers are so easy to make and so versatile. Use this recipe for our Mexican Burgers, easy meatballs for soups, or a tasty lunchbox meal.

Low carb – with less than 1g net carbs you cannot go wrong.

Everyday ingredients – keto ground beef recipes are so awesome Even if you cannot buy it you can always make it with any cut of beef that you mince yourself.

Quick and easy – so quick and easy.

Thermomix friendly – mix in your ThermomixMagimix or food processor in just 2 minutes.

Keep reading for more details on the ingredients, substitutes and step by step instructions on how to make the best keto burgers.

The Ingredients

Scroll to the bottom of this post for the amount of each ingredient needed to make these keto burgers. Pluss a printable recipe for you to save.

A keto burger ingredients in small bowls.

There are only a couple of ingredients in the burgers themselves. But, there is also the extras to make a keto Big Mac style burger. Here is everything you will need to make them. You can however add anything you want to your burger.

Beef Mince. I use a grass-fed 80/20 fatty beef mince. I like to mix it 50/50 with some pork mince but that is my personal preference. The leaner the beef you use the faster you will want to cook it as lean beef can dry out more.

Ranch Seasoning. You can use my Ranch Seasoning recipe to make your own ranch without fillers. It is simple to make and adds so much flavour to the burgers. Alternatively, you could Taco Seasoning for a Mexican inspired burger, or just plain salt and pepper.

Salt flakes. I always season my burgers with salt flakes on the actual patties. When placed onto a hot dry pan or grill it forms a crackly salty crust on the burgers.

Big Mac Sauce. The Big Mac Special Sauces you find in the supermarket are filled with sugar. It is so easy to make your own. My Big Mac Sauce recipe is one of our most popular recipes. Another great sauce to serve with our keto burgers is the Ranch Dressing, damn it is good too!

A keto Burger in a tortilla.
Serve the burger in one of our amazing Keto Wraps!

How to Make It

Keto whipped cream is so easy to make at home. Here are the simple steps you need to make it. Scroll down to the recipe card for more details

Mince and seasoning in a glass bowl.

Step 1. Place the mince into a large mixing bowl. Add the ranch seasoning and mix with your hands until the mince is well combined.

Hands making burgers.

Step 2. Form the mince into large patties. I use an oversized egg ring to form my burgers. Season each side of the burger liberally with salt and pepper. This is an optional step but aside from seasoning the meat the salt flakes also help to form a tasty golden crust on the outside of the burger when cooked.

A gloved hand shaping a burger.

Step 3. Grill, barbecue or pan-fry the burger to your liking. Serve on a bun, naked, wrapped in lettuce or with your favourite keto sauce recipes and toppings.

Hot Tips and Substitutions

A keto burger on a black plate.
The Original “Big Sexy” Keto Burger image from 2017.
Can I freeze keto burgers?

Yes, you can. Freeze cooked or raw. Place a piece of baking paper between them to make it easier to separate if needed.

What meat do I use to make a keto burger?

You can use any ground meat or plant-based meat you prefer. I use an 80/20 meat to fat ground beef.

How many net carbs are in a keto burger?

There are less than 1g net carbs in this keto burger recipe.

What are the best keto buns?

I have added some of my favourite keto buns and low carb burger buns below for you to try with your burgers.

More Recipes To Try

Here are just a few of my favourite low carb burger sides. You can will also find plenty more keto beef recipes here as well.

The Best Burger Buns Recipes

  1. Low Carb Bread Rolls only 2g net carbs
  2. The Best Keto Buns
  3. Keto Cauliflower Burger Buns
  4. Keto Wraps these are also great for burgers too!

The Best Keto Burger Sides and Sauces

All the best burgers have great sides and sauces, don’t they? Here are my favourite keto options.

  1. Keto Onion Rings
  2. Smokey Keto Barbecue Sauce
  3. Keto Ketchup | Sugar Free Tomato Sauce
  4. Keto Ranch Dressing
  5. Smokey Bacon Jam
Keto beef burger on a plate topped with sauce.

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Keto beef burger on a plate topped with sauce.

The BEST Keto Burger Recipe | Big Mac Sauce

The ultimate Keto Burger recipe. With no fillers and just 2 ingredients. On the grill in <5 minutes! Add your favourite toppings.
4.99 from 71 votes
Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American, Australian Keto, Keto
Diet: Gluten Free
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Calories: 508kcal
Author: Megan Ellam
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Servings: 2 burgers
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Ingredients

  • 400 g beef mince (ground beef) or pork/beef mince combination
  • 1 teaspoon Ranch Seasoning use store bought or use the link to make your own
  • Salt flakes and pepper optional

TO SERVE

  • 4 Best Keto Buns or Cauliflower Buns
  • 2 tablespoons Big Mac Sauce recipe on page
  • Lettuce, tomato, cheese and sliced pickles or your favourite burger toppings

Instructions

CONVENTIONAL METHOD

  • Place the mince into a large mixing bowl. Add the ranch seasoning and mix with your hands until the mince is well combined.
  • Form the mince into large patties. I use an over-sized egg ring to form my burgers. Season each side of the burger liberally with salt and pepper. This is an optional step but aside from seasoning the meat the salt flakes also help to form a tasty golden crust on the outside of the burger when cooked.
  • Grill, barbecue or pan fry the burger to your liking. Serve on a bun (or naked) with your favourite sauces and toppings.

THERMAL METHODS

  • Place the mince and ranch seasoning into the mixer; mix 2 min/reverse/speed 4.
  • Form the mince into large patties. I use an over-sized egg ring to form my burgers. Season each side of the burger liberally with salt and pepper. This is an optional step but aside from seasoning the meat the salt flakes also help to form a tasty golden crust on the outside of the burger when cooked.
  • Grill, barbecue or pan fry the burger to your liking. Serve on a bun (or naked) with your favourite sauces and toppings.

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Notes

NUTRITION
The nutrition is calculated for the burger (seasoned meat) only. To calculate the total carbs/nutrition add the macros from your selected toppings.
INGREDIENTS
I use an 80/20 fatty beef mince. Personally, I prefer a combination of pork/beef mince. You can however use any ground meat of choice.
The burgers can be served naked (without any bun) or using lettuce for the bun. I have included our Best Keto Bun as an option as well as our original burger buns, the Cauliflower Buns. See the blog post for more options.
COOKING TIPS
The burgers can be grilled, barbecued, air fried or pan-fried as preferred. 
STORE
This recipe can be made ahead of time. You can pre-cook and reheat or cook when required. They can be stored in the fridge up to 3-4 days or frozen in an airtight container.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1per burger | Calories: 508kcal | Protein: 34g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 540mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 4mg | Magnesium: 34mg | Net Carbs: 0g
Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

Megan Ellam is an Australian keto recipes blogger living in Thornton, NSW. She is the author of amazing keto cookbooks such as Slow Cook KetoKeto LocoThe Healthy Family Keto Cookbook and Every Day Keto.

Megan has been following a ketogenic diet since being diagnosed with insulin resistance in early 2017. After a long cooking career Megan simply swapped her “foodie focus” to easy keto recipes. Her keto Australian recipes all include both metric and US customary measures so that everyone can enjoy them.

Megan also makes all the recipes suitable for conventional cooks, Thermomix recipes and thermal cookers e.g. Magimix recipes.

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