Here is my delicious, super keto-friendly recipe that I call my “8-Carb Burger”. The name says it all, there are only eight net carbs in the entire sandwich. By comparison, a Big Mac has 42 net grams of carbohydrates, a Whopper has a whopping 47 grams and my favorite, the Farmer Boys’ Farmer Burger, has 55!
It all starts with a couple Pyrex dishes. I got a nice deal on a set of three for only $15 at Amazon.
Over 100 years since it was invented in 1915, there’s still nothing that compares to Pyrex – it works equally well both in both microwaves and conventional ovens, the fact that it’s see-through allows you to view layered ingredients at a side angle, it’s easy to see just how clean your dish really is and everything comes clean with a little steel wool without any worries of scratching it.
(Can you tell I love my Pyrex?)
I start with the small 5.5″ x 7.5″ dish to make the buns.
- 28g almond flour
- 42g egg whites (or one medium-sized egg)
- 14g melted butter
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- salt to taste
Mix it well and microwave it for 90 seconds. Note how the baking powder made the bread rise. Split that dish full of bread into two to make for a top and bottom bun and toast.
With the slightly larger 6.5″ x 8.5″ dish, I add a half-pound of ground beef, season it and then smooth it out to a flat, even layer. Split that layer of meat to make two quarter-pound patties – you can use one patty for now and one for later or use the two patties to make it a double. By using the slightly larger dish to mold the patties in the same shape as the buns, your patties should cook down to fit your buns perfectly.
(Being a bit OCD, I love it when my patties and my buns match perfectly!)
There you have it, The 8-Carb Burger, suitable for the strictest of low-carb diets.
A couple notes on carbs:
Tomatoes have 1 gram net carb for every 37 grams, otherwise, I would normally have more tomato on my burger. As it is, the tomatoes are the only ingredient adding to the egg white almond bread in this burger’s total of 8.7 net carbs. (Those 23 grams of tomato equal 0.6 net grams of carbs.)
Be careful with the mayonnaise you choose. Miracle Whip and other mayo substitutes proudly advertise that they’re lower in fat and lower in calories, but the trade off is that when they remove the fat, they dump in a bunch of
high-fructose corn syrup or cheap, refined sugar as a replacement. If you’re serious about a low-carb diet, avoid those low-fat and fat-free products and go with that delicious, zero carb, fat-laden mayonnaise!