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Keto Burger Bowls: A low-carb, high-cheese summer select that will have you saying 'hold the bun'

Paired with the homemade special sauce, it’s pure burger bliss.

Paired with the homemade special sauce, it’s pure burger bliss

What’s a burger without a bun, you ask? Absolutely incredible, we say. We’ve swapped out the usual bun and elevated the humble hamburger patty to bowl status for a low-carb, high-flavour Keto-friendly feast. The key to creating these juicy, bacon-wrapped delights is not over-mixing the meat, and stuffing them with cheesy goodness. Pair ‘em with our Smokey Keto Burger sauce and your favourite veggie side and you’ll be in burger heaven.

Check out the video below to see how these beautiful bowls come together.

Paired with the homemade special sauce, it’s pure burger bliss. 2:03

Cheesy Keto Burger Bowls


Burger Bowls:

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ½ package cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives
  • 6 slices smoked bacon

Smokey Keto Burger Sauce:

  • ½ cup full fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup sugar-free ketchup
  • 1 dill pickle, finely minced
  • 2 tsp grainy mustard
  • 1 tbsp dehydrated onion flakes
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp pickle brine
  • 2 dashes hot sauce
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste


  • Shredded iceberg lettuce
  • Sour pickles
  • Sliced red onion
  • Avocado slices
  • Banana pepper rings


Keto Burger Bowls:

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, grated cheddar, garlic powder and chives. Set aside

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the ground beef in a large bowl and evenly sprinkle the salt and pepper over the meat. Add the Worcestershire sauce. Mix evenly with hands, taking care not to overmix. Roll the meat into 6 evenly-sized balls and place on a prepared sheet pan.

Using a 250 mL mason jar, press down in the centre each ball and form the meat around the outside of the jar, creating a bowl shape. Remove the jar and repeat with the other meat balls. Divide the cheese mixture evenly between the 6 burger bowls and fill each centre space, then wrap a bacon slice around the outside of each one, pressing it into the side of the bowl so it doesn’t slip. Chill for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place a wire rack over it.

Transfer burger bowls to rack. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through.

Keto Burger Sauce:

While burger bowls are cooking, combine all burger sauce ingredients and set aside. Prepare fillings.

When burger bowls are cooked, remove them from the rack with a small offset spatula, letting the excess fat drip away. Place on serving platter and garnish to taste.

Yield: Makes 6 burger bowls


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