Who doesn’t love a low carb hamburger?
Whether you are doing Atkins induction or just want super low carb with lots of flavor, this low carb hamburger with artichoke and spinach dip is perfection. 95% lean ground beef is simply seasoned with salt and pepper then pan fried in butter to keep it tender and juicy. It’s topped with a thick spinach, artichoke, and Parmesan cheese dip and shredded radishes. Wrap it in a lettuce leaf or eat it with a fork, it’s SO good either way. Less than 1 net carb and so satisfying.
For this recipe you’ll need: 95% lean ground beef, butter, spinach-artichoke-Parmesan dip (1 carb per tablespoon), radishes salt, and pepper.
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Can you have hamburger on a low carb diet?
Chicken is a staple keto meal for some people on a low carb or keto diet but for me it’s hamburgers. I don’t mind chicken once in awhile but a hamburger?
I could eat one every day. Every. Single. Day.
Actually, one of my mom’s weekly recipes was a hamburger patty. No bun, no grill, just a plain pan-fried hamburger patty. A gourmet cook she was not. Little did I realize back then that she was giving me a keto burger without knowing it. The way to have a keto burger is leave out the bun and watch what you put on it. For example, skip the regular sugar ladened ketchup and try my keto ketchup.
I’ve found that a good, grated radish gives that extra piquant flavor that onions do but with 0 carbs! I grate them over anything I would normally put onions on. You’ll thank me later!
Usually I try not to fall off the keto wagon during the heat of summer. Nope, not at all. What I do is climb out and push that sucker right over a cliff. I don’t go to the gym and I’m not careful what I eat. So at the end summer, these last 10 days I had gained 6 pounds and felt awful. Yay for the end of summer.
It wasn’t a surprise. I pretty much do this every year. The first two weeks of September are spent on Atkins induction. I’m nothing if not consistent.
What temperature should a hamburger be cooked to?
Since I am such a hamburger freak I generally grill several hamburgers at once and freeze them. The trick to that is undercooking them a little so when you reheat them they don’t overcook. I’ll keep one keto burger patty thawed in the fridge and toss it in a pan with some butter and shredded cheese and I’m ready to eat a quick main dish. It’s kinda like meal prep because once you defrost them, they are ready in minutes.
According to the USDA, 160 degrees Fahrenheit is the minimum internal temperature to cook a hamburger. For this low carb recipe, and to make them perfectly cooked, I use a instant meat thermometer. After you use one for a while, you’ll get a sense of how well cooked the burger patties are based on how firm they are when you pat them with the edge of the spatula.
What meat do you use to make a keto burger?
I like to use 95% lean ground beef for this keto recipe. For even more flavor, you can get ground chuck beef from your grocery store. Ground chuck beef usually has more fat than ground beef as it’s from the shoulder of the cow. Ground beef is from whatever the butcher had left over from trimming steaks and other cuts of beef.
Another option is to use ground bison meat. It has less fat than regular hamburger meat. That’s not a big deal when you are doing keto as your body uses fats instead of sugars to power your body. One interesting nutrition fact is that ground bison is lower in calories than ground beef. So this will help you if you are doing the keto diet to lose weight.
If you’ve got a cooked hamburger this won’t take any time at all!
Low carb hamburger recipe tips
The great thing about a hamburger is that the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can add to it. Here are a few of my favorites to add to this keto burger recipe.
- Add a dash of onion powder to the hamburger meat
- Add some (just a little is all you need) worcestershire sauce
- Add a dash of garlic powder to the hamburger meat
- Add a little “Better than Bouillon” beef flavor. It’s concentrated beef broth and adds amazing flavor, so not much is needed
- Try adding some mustard to the hamburger meat or even brush a little on the burger as you are grilling it
- Of course, cheddar cheese melted on top just as the burger is finishing cooking.
- For a bunless burger, I use iceberg lettuce instead
Low Carb Burger with Artichoke Spinach Dip Recipe
Here’s the low carb hamburger recipe! If you like artichoke spinach dip you’re going to love it.
Low Carb Burger with Artichoke Spinach Dip
- 6 ounces 95% lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan I used Costco’s – 1 carb for 2 tablespoons, artichoke, and spinach dip
- 1 radish shredded
- Salt and pepper the ground beef.
- Form into a patty and grill to desired doneness – or warm up.
- Spread the shredded radish over the cooked burger.
- Top with 2 the Parmesan, artichoke, and spinach dip.