Keto Naked Burgers are a go to recipe in my house. Simple, delicious, all the burger flavour with none of the carbs. Whether you’re looking for a bunless burger or you prefer the naked burger variety, this simple recipe is customisable and OH SO keto friendly.
Before you scroll to the recipe, below I’ve tried to answer any questions you may have, including storage tips, sourcing ingredients and substitutions
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Have you ever thought about what makes a hamburger delicious?
There’s no doubt in my mind what it is – a juicy, charred meat patty, crisp lettuce and tomato, melted cheese, and a tangy sauce.
Add some bacon, a fried egg and maybe even avocado and you’ve got me drooling.
So really, do we need the bun? or can you enjoy a Keto Naked Burger with none of the carbs, and all of the flavour?
Burger Salad is another way to think of this easy keto dinner.
Sure it holds it together so you can wolf it down, but why not have it naked on a crisp bed of lettuce and savour every mouthful with a knife and fork?
The other benefit of naked burgers is you get to have as much lettuce and salad as you want – and for me that’s a lot!
I load my plate up with a huge pile of crispy lettuce leaves underneath my naked burger stack and know my body will be happy at the end of the meal.
Keto Naked Hamburgers. Delicious and they sound a little bit dirty too.
Since converting to Naked Burgers, I have not looked back!
What’s even better is that they are economical, flexible and feel like a real treat.
Naked Burgers also make a great addition to a Keto barbeque, so you can cook the bacon, eggs and naked burger patties all at once.
All of this while still coming in with lower carbs than even your lowest carb take away burger – the perfect keto or LCHF treat.
I like my Naked Burger patty cooked like a steak, a little pink in the middle, but obviously cook to your liking (and health regulations).
You can either make my home made tomato sauce or BBQ sauce variant ( a bit of effort for a lot of delicious meals!) or find a sugar free tomato sauce/ketchup or BBQ sauce.
Ingredient tips and substitutions for Naked Burgers
This naked burgers recipe uses very simple ingredients, and for that reason it is important to use quality ingredients.
Starting with your beef mince or ground beef, using good quality beef is absolutely key to getting the best flavour out of your naked burger.
Typical burger recipes will be loaded with different herbs, spices and fillers – but that’s really not necessary.
If you are using a good quality ground beef for your naked burger, that’s all you need with a little salt and pepper.
The flavour you are here for is the beef after all.
You could also spice up the naked burger pattie with some mexican spices and have a Mexican Naked Burger!
When it comes to the other add ons to your naked burger, the world is your oyster.
I’ve done Burger Bars with these naked burgers before and they work great.
Set everything up on your kitchen bench, with buns for those who aren’t ready for the Keto Naked Burger and everyone can add their own toppings.
The kids love it, as do the big kids, and may even help you prepare it!
Making your Naked Burgers Ahead
I almost always double my naked burger recipe and make extras for lunches.
Keep the naked burger pattie, bacon and egg separate and reheat in the microwave, then top with your salads and sauce and you’ve got a delicious lunch in no time!
You can also freeze the naked burger patties for an easy Keto dinner when you can’t be bothered cooking.
Simply let the cooked naked burger pattie defrost over night, then reheat in the microwave or on the grill to get it nice and crispy.
How many carbs are in Keto Naked Burgers?
If you follow my simple recipe for Keto Naked Burgers below, you’ll see there’s just 4 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fiber, so only 3 grams of net carbs.
This means you can easily eat 2 naked burgers for a big, satisfying dinner that is still just 6 grams of carbs total!
I’ll often have two of these delicious Keto Naked Burgers if I have had a light lunch of been exercising hard that day, as it’s also a fantastic source of protein.
What to serve with Naked Burgers?
If this is your first time having a Keto Naked Burger, you might be wondering if you need a side dish.
Taking out the bun to arrive at a Naked burger doesn’t mean it is going to be any less filling – the protein and fats from the naked burger pattie, bacon and egg makes this a satisfying dinner.
It’s also amazing with aioli and I have tried it with Keto Big Mac Sauce as well, and it’s next level delicious.
If you wanted to mix things up, a Keto Tangy Slaw goes perfectly with Keto naked Burgers as well.
Looking for other Easy Keto Dinners?
Below are some of my crowd pleasing, easy Keto dinners that the whole family loves!
FAQ About Keto Naked Burgers
Q: What are Naked Burgers?
A: Naked burgers are simply burgers without the bun! They might be wrapped in lettuce or on top of your burger salad ingredients
Q: Are Naked Burgers Keto?
A: Naked burgers are the perfect Keto dinner with only 3 grams of carbs per serve. By removing the bun, we have a delicious bunless low carb Keto Burger.
Q: How Long do Naked Burgers Take to Cook?
A: Keto Naked Burgers take only 25 minutes from start to finish before you are digging in to the easy keto dinner.
Q: How Do You Eat Burgers without the bun?
A: You can eat your naked burger just on top of the salad ingredients like a big keto salad. Other options including roasting two portobello mushrooms as your bun, wrap it in a big fresh iceberg lettuce leaf or use your favourite Keto bread substitute for the bun.
Q: Is eating a burger without the bun healthy?
A: Eating a naked burger can be healthy and perfect for Keto. They are quite high in calories though, especially if you enjoy your Keto naked burger with bacon and egg like I do, so it’s important to always keep calories in mind. If you’re not sure how many calories you should be having you can see How Much Should I Eat On Keto
Q: What takeaway restaurants do bunless burgers?
A: Many fast food and takeaway restaurants are getting on the naked burger band wagon! You can easily order your normal burger without the bun from McDonalds, hungry jacks, Grilld and most other burger restaurants. In America, Hardee’s and Carl’s Jnr do lettuce wrapped naked burgers as well.
Keto Naked Burgers
Prepare all ingredients prior to cooking.
Add the salt and pepper to the beef mince and massage thoroughly through the meat with your hands. Getting your hands in there will help the protein and fats to start to relax and melt together!
Divide meat mixture into 4 even balls and shape 4 large flat burger patties, as thin as possible as the meat mixture shrinks on cooking.
In a large non-stick frying pan, fry off the bacon until cooked to your liking. Put this to one side, retaining the bacon fat in the pan.
Turn the frying pan up to medium-high heat and add the beef patties. Cook these for approximately 3 ½ minutes on one side and then carefully flip them.
Once flipped, crack your eggs into a medium sized frying pan with a fitted lid. Put this over medium heat and cover. The heat enclosed by the lid will help cook the eggs on top without the need for flipping them.
The burgers will take about 8 – 10 minutes total, so once almost finished, add a slice of cheese to the top of each.
Assemble your burger on top of the lettuce beds and tomato. Drizzle over the tomato sauce or preferred sauce.