The #1 burger in America has officially received a low carb makeover — introducing the low carb Big Mac, the only burger recipe you’ll need this summer!
What makes a Big Mac different than most burgers is it’s two beef patties and icon “secret sauce”. Typically there are 3 buns worked into the mix, but since this is a low carb recipes site, I’ll share a few tasty options for low carb hamburger buns.
Let’s light the grill and get started!
What do I love about this low carb Big Mac?! Everything…
- Nothing scream weekend/summer/holiday more than a big old juicy burger. And with this recipe, you get to eat 2 of them in the same dish!
- A serious upgrade from the traditional burger.
- SO.EASY! What makes this burger so special is the sauce, and all you need to do for that is measure and mix!
- This recipe is easy to make the way you want to make it… add different toppings, swap the bun, sweeten up the sauce. You do you! I’ll share some ideas in the recipe variations below.
Not much to it!! Just a few simple steps and you’ll be chowing down…
Here are the ingredients that’ll shave down the Big Mac calories and carbs:
Burger patties. Like McDonalds, I kept the mix for these patties simple — the beef doesn’t need much, as the sauce and cheese are the stars here.
That said, if you’d like to upgrade your patties, check out my bunless burger recipe — it’s my favorite recipe for delicious beef patties!
Cheese. Traditionally, Big Macs are made with American cheese (because it’s suuuper melty). You can use any low carb cheese you prefer — I always opt for cheddar!
Sauce. Big Mac sauce is essentially a sweeter version of Thousand Island combined with mayo.
To make it low carb, we’ll use keto sweeteners (my faves are Lakanto/Swerve!) combined with pickles (read labels and be leary of added sugar!), dried minced onions, and tomato paste. Easy peasy.
Buns. I wanted to keep this recipe simple by using low carb lettuce wraps for buns — I like large leafy greens for this like iceberg (adds a bit of a crunch) or Romaine!
Tools To Make
Just a few simple tools to make these low carb Big Macs:
- Large bowl to combine the beef and seasoning.
- Grill/stovetop + pan to cook the patties. You can even make baked hamburgers if that’s your cooking method of preference!
- Small bowl to combine the sauce.
As I’m sure you know, burgers are best served immediately. But if you happen to have leftovers, store the lettuce and sauce separately from the burgers, so you can reheat the meat and add the lettuce and sauce after!
These low carb Big Macs are pretttty hearty… But if you want even more of that McDonald vibe, serve them with a side of low carb fries (our faves are jicama fries) and low carb ketchup.
There are SO many things you can do with this recipe! To name a few…
- Turn this into a salad. Simply chop the cooked patties into small pieces and toss everything together with shredded lettuce (they make for great mason jar salad). I use the Big Mac sauce as a dressing. PRO TIP: Eat these burgers for dinner, and turn your leftovers into low carb salads for lunch the next day!
- Don’t feel like grilling? Turn this into a casserole. Low carb casseroles are great for feeding the fam without having to tend to the stovetop or grill — check out this low carb cheeseburger casserole, and add your new favorite sauce!
- Not feeling lettuce wraps? Check out my low carb hamburger buns or chaffles for a more authentic version, try portobello mushrooms, or eat your patties with a knife and fork!
- Swap the sauce. I won’t tell McDonalds if their secret sauce isn’t your fave… just try a different low carb sauce instead, such as low carb bbq sauce or low carb honey mustard.
- Use a different type of patty. Don’t get me wrong, I love beef, but I try not to eat it all the time. And this recipe is perfect to swap in a different type of meat, as the sauce and cheese do most of the flavor-packing work. Check out my chicken burger or turkey burgers!
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Big Mac Sauce:
- 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons Pickles minced
- 1 Tablespoon Pickle Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Swerve or Lakanto (see sweetener notes below)
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Minced Onion
- 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef
- 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 Head Lettuce core removed
- Sliced Pickles
- Combine the big mac sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine the ground beef, salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce together in a large bowl.
- Use your hands to form 4, flat patties. Add a dimple to the center with your thumb.
- Grill/pan-sear your burgers based on preference, be sure to add the slice of cheddar cheese to the top of each patty during the last minute of cooking...Grill: Heat grill to hot and cook burgers on each side for about 3-4 minutes, or until the burger is done to your liking.Pan-sear: Warm a heavy-bottomed pan or skillet over high heat and cook the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until cooked to your liking.
- Place 2-3 lettuce leaves the size of the patties on each plate, followed by a patty, then big mac sauce, and pickles. Place another 2-3 lettuce leaves on top, then repeat: patty, big mac sauce, pickles, and lettuce leaves.
- Serve immediately, and enjoy!
Looking for more hamburger recipes to add to your rotation? Here are a few more you may love:
- Turkey Burger Sliders. The zucchini buns here are on point!
- Low Carb Onion Bomb. Literally, a cheeseburger stuffed inside an onion.
- Stuffed Hamburgers. Because what could be tastier than a surprise in the center of your burger?!
I hope you love these low carb Big Macs as much as we do! Please leave me a comment below to let me know what you think, and ENJOY!