Keto Burger Boats

Servings, Time, and Ingredients

Servings: 4 People

Cooking Time: ~30 Minutes

  • 0.9kg/2lbs Ground Beef
  • Patty Seasoning of Your Choice
  • Cos or other Lettuce
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Jalapeños
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

Nutritional Information

The following only serves as a guide. Actual figures will vary depending on specific ingredients used.

Note: Carbs from ketchup and mustard are not included as the amount will vary greatly depending on your location, brand, and volume used.

Protein: 72g

Fat: 151g

Carbs: 3g

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.

14 comments on “Keto Burger Boats”

  • Oli Kellett

    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.

  • bigfatketogirl

    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?

  • James

    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!

  • vat writes

    Aaron–why not recommend Heinz Sugar Fee ketchup? Can get it anywhere. There are a lot of gaps like taht on this website. Hardly an authority.

  • Virginia

    This looks yummy ( with no mustard or catsup ). I do like Heilman’s mayo instead. I use garlic powder, chili powder and some salt with my burgers. Mix and cook to pink then I top with cheese, it melts then I make my burgers. I will try the cooked peppers in butter next time. Bacon is great too. I also use romaine lettuce. It is a bit messy but so Yummy. I add my cooked bacon, when available. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  • stephanie K Nash

    I’m not sure if we have been doing this right. We have cut out almost all carbs, but we are doing high protein 5 days a week and then 2 days with protein and carbs. Is this correct?

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