Burgers. Everyone loves burgers, right? Even once I made the switch to Keto, I would still make an occasional allowance, as one bun wasn’t going to break the carb bank. But I came to learn that buns, much like other wheat based products, are in essence, just a delivery mechanism, they hold very little flavor, and in the quest for the best replacement, I made these delightful burger boats.

Recipe: Keto Burger Boats

Yield: 4 People Serves

Cooking Time: ~30 Minutes


  • 2lbs Ground Beef
  • Patty Seasoning of Your Choice
  • Cos or other Lettuce
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Jalapeños
  • Toppings: Ketchup, Mustard

Step 1: Patties

In a large mixing bowl, place your ground beef, garlic, salt, and dried herbs of your choice

ground beef with herbs and spices

Mix it around, with hands is easiest, until the salt, herbs, are garlic, are mixed through adequately

ground beef and spices mixed

When you’re happy, shape them as your lettuce dictates, and let them rest on the bench while you handle the next steps

shaped beef patties

Step 2: Peppers

Peppers are pretty great, I think, but it’s even greater when pan fried in some butter, so I did just that. Slice yours in flattish pieces and throw them in the pan. You’ll know they’re ready when they have some browning.

sliced peppers in butter

If you’re super concerned about your carb intake, you can definitely omit this part.

Step 3: Cook the Patties

I prefer my burgers to be juicier and not overcooked, so I cook my patties on a higher heat than most, choose what suits you though

cooking patties!

Step 4: Layer Your Burgers

Like any good burger, this one too, commands layers. I start off with the Cos lettuce, and a couple of pieces of fried peppers

pepper layer

Followed up with a layer of delicious cheese

cheese layer

And now it’s time for the patties. I cut mine in half, as once they’d cooked and deformed slightly, they were just too wide.

patties added

Avocado is a must in almost all meals, and this one is no exception, and that’s not to mention the jalapeños!

Avocados and jalapeños addded

Step 5: Finishing Up With Toppings

I used a very traditional ketchup and mustard for mine, choosing the lowest carb varieties I could find. Chop and change it to suit your tastes.


I’m so happy with how these turned out, they were just delicious, I was over the moon. I’ve tried many keto friendly burgers, but these are definitely my favorite.

9 Comments on Keto Burger Boats

I made my version of these last night, added bacon onto them and salami. However when the meat was almost cooked I flipped it one last time and added a slice of cheddar onto the patty with some salami on top of it. Turned out amazingly.

by Oli Kellett on January 4, 2013 Reply

I am so happy to have ran across this website and can’t wait to get started on cooking 🙂

by Andreea on February 18, 2013 Reply

    Awesome! Just hit me up if you have any questions 🙂

    by Aaron on March 1, 2013 Reply

hi, just wondered if our macros are diff as i don’t think these would be allowed on my keto diet. i aim for 85% cals from fat. You?

by bigfatketogirl on July 1, 2013 Reply

    Everyone’s slightly different, but the standard is 60 – 65% cals from fat, which is roughly where I aim for

    by Aaron on July 1, 2013 Reply

What is your favorite herb combo to mix in your burgers?

by shelley on January 9, 2014 Reply

    Good question! I use an italian mix for burgers, it’s pretty much oregano and basil, chives are also a nice touch.

    by Aaron on January 9, 2014 Reply

Know this was months ago, but I thought we weren’t supposed to eat Ketchup? Can you clear up why you were able to put it on your burger? Thank you!

by James on July 24, 2014 Reply

    Some is fine, I probably overdid it in these photos to be honest. You have to check what ketchup you’re using to get an idea for how carby it is.

    by Aaron on July 25, 2014 Reply

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