I used to love going to MacDonald’s as a kid and I would always order the same thing – a cheeseburger, fries and chocolate sundae. I was never allowed to have Coke.
I think I liked it so much because we didn’t go that often, so it was a special treat. My best friend’s Dad refused to go to MacDonald’s ever, so she only went on those rare occasions when her mom would sneak them there when her Dad was away on a business trip.
So I have great memories of those burgers, but they don’t seem to taste as good anymore. Probably because of the sugar in the buns or perhaps the excitement has just worn off over the years. Now that I prefer to eat low-carb, a traditional burger doesn’t really cut it.
Choosing Ground Beef For Epic Taste
But – I do miss burgers and their juicy, decadent, soul restoring taste.
I’ve been playing around with various low-carb burger recipes lately. I’ve found that the fewer ingredients in your burger patty the better. You want it to be juicy and full of flavor so don’t choose lean ground beef.
Go for the highest fat % possible (70-80% lean) as that will add flavor. Regular ground beef is usually the highest in fat content (25-30%).
Leaner beef is typically labeled:
Ground chuck (15-20% fat)
Ground round (12% fat)
Ground sirloin (10-14% fat)
Many of the flavors also come from the sauce you choose and the fixings. Also, go for a coarser grind of beef if you have a choice. A coarser grind is great for a light, juicy texture whereas a finer texture suits dishes like meatballs or meatloaf.
6 Reasons Why You Should Try Low-Carb Burgers:
- They are a crowd-pleaser. Make it low-carb AND high-carb… Just have bread buns for your kids or partner
- Quick to make – 30 mins and you’re done
- Easy to switch up flavors by changing sauces (chipotle mayo, aioli, guacamole, low-carb ketchup, low-carb BBQ sauce etc)
- Choose to use a large lettuce leaf for the bun or make cloud bread buns
- Easy to freeze leftovers for later – freeze uncooked or cooked patties for another meal. Be sure to place parchment paper between layers or flash freeze.1
- The kids love ’em!!
1. Flash freezing – place patties on a tray covered with parchment paper then pop into the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a zip-lock bag. This method prevents the patties from freezing together in one big clump in a freezer bag. You can easily grab a couple out of the bag as they are not all stuck together.
Top Tip On How To Remove Lettuce Leaves Easily For Your Low-Carb Burger “Bun”
To remove whole lettuce leaves without breaking or tearing – slice off the stem and then hold the head of lettuce under running water. The outer leaves will begin to separate and come off easily in one piece.
For more ideas on how to eat low-carb when the rest of your family isn’t interested – see our post here.
Have you tried these easy other family friendly 30-minute low-carb recipes?
- 30 Minute Low-Carb Taco Burrito Bowl
- 30 Minute Low-Carb Chicken Tray Bake
- 30 Minute Low-Carb Salmon With Avocado Jalapeno Salsa
- 30 Minute Low-Carb Mediterranean Herbed Lamb With Cauliflower Mash
- 30 Minute Low-Carb Gluten Free Meatballs
Let us know in the comments if you make our 30 Minute Low-Carb Burgers With Chipotle Mayo. We love it when people try our recipes and share any tips or suggestions!
30 Minute Low-Carb Burgers With Chipotle Mayo
- 1 tomato sliced
- 4 whole leaves Iceberg lettuce
- 4 cheese slices
- 1 small red onion sliced into rings
- Make the chipotle mayo.
- Place the mayo, chilies, sauce, cilantro and lime juice into a small food processor and process till well blended.
- Pour into a bowl. (Store any leftovers in the fridge for a week)
- Place a large fry-pan over medium heat.
- Place the ground beef, diced onion, garlic and steak seasoning a bowl and combine well.
- Divide the mixture into 4 even sized balls, then flatten well into burger patty shapes.
- Add the oil to the frypan and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked to your liking.
- Prep the fixings while the burgers are cooking - slice tomato and red onion, wash and remove lettuce leaves.
- Once burgers are cooked, heat your broiler (grill).
- Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger patty and place under the broiler for a minute or 2 to melt.
- Place meat patties inside lettuce leaves, add tomato, red onion, dollop over the chipotle mayo and wrap the lettuce around.
Optional: If you have some Cloud Buns on hand, use instead of lettuce leaves as a substitute for buns.
To remove whole lettuce leaves without breaking or tearing - slice off the stem and then hold the head of lettuce under running water. The outer leaves will begin to separate and come off easily in one piece.
Chipotle Mayo adapted from https://theothersideofthetortilla.com/2015/01/chipotle-mayo-recipe/