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Keto Cheese Burger

Yields4 ServingsPrep Time20 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time40 mins

Missing proper burgers? These (utterly delicious!) keto cheeseburgers are guaranteed to fill the bill.

Keto Cheese Burger

 600 g ground beef(1.3 lb)
 2 clove garlic, minced
 1 tsp onion powder
 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
 1 tsp sea salt
 1 tsp black pepper
 1 tbsp ghee or lard for greasing (15 ml)
 ¼ cup paleo mayonnaise
 2 cups sugar-free ketchup or tomato puree
 1 tbsp pickle juice or lemon juice
 salt and pepper, to taste
 4 Ultimate Keto Buns or Nut-Free Keto Buns
 2 tbsp butter, melted
 4 slices bacon, cut lenghtwise
 2 cups green shredded lettuce
 16 slices sugar-free pickles
 8 slices red onion
 4 slices tomato
 4 slices cheddar, provolone or Monterey Jack cheese

Prepare the keto burger buns. If you don't have any, you'll need an extra hour to prepare them.
I brushed a batch of these buns with one egg yolk mixed with a tablespoon of water which gave them a shiny finish. I make mine in batches and freeze for future use. You can make any keto bread in advance, freeze and defrost at room temperature.


In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the burger patties: beef, minced garlic, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, sea salt and black pepper. Do not overmix or the burgers will become tough.


Using your hands, create 4 equal patties, 1/2 to 3/4 inch (1 1/4 to 2 cm) thick. Use your hands to smooth any cracks.


Pierce the patties with a fork several times. This will loosen the patties and help them cook equally without curling or getting tough while enabling maximum caramelisation. Set aside.


Prepare the burger sauce by mixing the mayonnaise, ketchup, pickle juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.


To brown the keto burger buns, cut them widthwise. Brush them with melted butter and cook in a hot skillet cut side down for about 1 Minutes or until browned and crispy. Remove from the skillet and set aside.


Grease the hot skillet with a tablespoon of ghee and add the burger patties. The patties should sizzle as soon as they touch the skillet. Do not crowd the pan - work in batches. Cook over high heat, until a crust forms on the bottom and the burgers are easy to flip on the other side. This will take 2- 3 Minutes


Once flipped, cook until the crust forms on the bottom and the sides are browned. Do not pierce the burgers with a fork or you will lose the juices. It will take another 2- 3 Minutes to cook through. The thicker the patties, the longer they will take to cook. Transfer to a plate and set aside.


In the same pan, cook the bacon slices. Cut each of the slices lengthwise and cook until browned and crispy. Alternatively, bake in the oven.


To assemble the burger: Spread about 2 teaspoons of the burger sauce on each bun halve. Top each the bottom half with 4 slices of pickles and add a quarter of the shredded lettuce.


Add a burger patty, 2 onion slices, 1 slice of tomato and 1 slice of cheese.


Place under a broiler for 1 Minutes until the cheese is meted. Otherwise, you can add the cheese directly on top of the burger patty while still hot (see more in step 8). Finally, top with 2 slices of cooked bacon and add the top half of the burger bun.


Enjoy! Serve with leftover burger sauce, or low-carb ketchup and homemade Dijon mustard. Optionally, serve with more pickles or a big bowl of crispy vegetable salad drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 887
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 72.1g111%

Saturated Fat 24.6g123%
Sodium 1784mg75%
Potassium 1012mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 18.2g7%

Dietary Fiber 9.2g37%
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 47g94%

Magnesium 137%

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

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