Low-Carb Burger Bowls

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Dinner doesn't get any better than this!

Low-Carb burger bowls are an easy way to enjoy your favorite flavors in a healthier way.

Trying to find a way to fit burgers into your lifestyle? Whether you’re gluten-free, keto, or just trying to eat low-carb, our low-carb burger bowl is for you! This recipe offers all of the same great taste of a cheeseburger without unnecessary carbs! While carbohydrates are necessary, finding the right ones to add to your diet will make all of the difference in how you feel!

With few ingredients and simple cooking instructions, these low-carb burger bowls are easy to make and perfect for meal-prepping! Enjoy these fresh with warm beef or cold like a salad.

Burger Bowls

Burger Bowl Ingredients

Wondering what a burger bowl is? A burger bowl is a salad of sorts, combining many of the great ingredients usually found in a burger. By mixing it up into a burger bowl, you get the best of both worlds, the taste of your favorite burger but the low-carb ingredients for a healthier lifestyle. 

The base ingredients include lean ground beef, cheese, and veggie toppings. Then, instead of having a burger bun, it’s all mixed up in a delicious, colorful salad bowl. If you want the feel of a burger, go ahead and make your ground beef into burger patties and serve over the top of all of your ingredients. If you would rather it look more like a big mac salad, grind that beef up and sprinkle it over the top!

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Tangy Burger Sauce

Burger Bowl

Our tangy burger sauce is based on one of my personal favorite burger toppings. It’s a creamy, rich, sweet, tangy flavor all in one! It falls in line with the classic burger sauce found in many chain restaurants but with a healthy, tangy twist! 

For example, it’s got Greek yogurt – a high protein ingredient that gives the sauce a creamy finish without unnecessary carbs. Combine that with relish, pickle juice, lemon juice, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and tomato paste, and you have a sauce that completely transforms this dish into the next level!

You can even make a big batch of this sauce for future recipes if you like! It is a great addition to other meals, not just exclusively for these low-carb burger bowls.

Customize Your Bowl

Burger Bowl

Do you like your burgers a certain way? Maybe you like caramelized onions or blue cheese instead of cheddar. Whichever way you like it, make it a reality in your bowl! Feel free to customize this in the way you like with special toppings or substitutions. Try different ingredients each time to keep the meal from getting too monotonous in your meal rotation! 

A few of our favorite customizations include:

  • Mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Pickles
  • Avocado
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Bacon
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Pickle Relish

You can also swap out the beef with ground turkey, ground chicken, or even veggie meat to fit your preferences. We recommend some simple seasonings like salt, pepper, and garlic powder for whichever meat (or meatless protein option) you choose. The other add-ins will bring in all of the flavors and textures that you need!

Make These Burger Bowls

You’ll want to start by cooking ground beef or whichever meat you choose. First, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and add in the protein to get going once it’s hot. Next, cook for about 8 minutes, breaking the protein into small chunks. After it has been fully cooked through and all of the pink is gone, remove it from the pan. Drain any extra grease that might have accumulated, depending on your protein. 

Meanwhile, combine lettuce, tomato, relish, and red onion in four separate bowls. Top with burger meat. Then, mix together the burger sauce ingredients until it’s a smooth, creamy texture. For the final step, drizzle overtop of each bowl and enjoy!

Your prep time will depend on how many different toppings you will be adding in and how much slicing and dicing you need to do. Your total time should still be right around 30 minutes from start to finish. 

Adding Burger Bowls To Your Meal Rotation

These deconstructed cheeseburgers with Tangy Sauce are a great dinner time option.

These low-carb burger bowls are a great, carb-friendly meal and an awesome option for those rushed evenings when you need a meal on the go! No reason to make a stop at the drive-thru when you can have a better-tasting, healthier burger option at home! 

You could also use this recipe to serve at a party or family event. Line up all of the ingredients buffet-style on the table and let everyone customize their own low-carb burger bowls without even knowing they are eating healthy! This is sure to be a hit and probably requested for the next get-together that you host!

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Low-Carb Burger Bowls

This low-carb burger bowl has all of the same great taste of a cheeseburger that anyone can enjoy!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 bowl
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups lettuce shredded
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup relish
  • 1 red onion thinly sliced

Tangy Burger Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon relish
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickle juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  • Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, then once it’s hot add the ground beef. Cook for about 8 minutes, breaking up into small chunks. Once it has been fully cooked through and all of the pink is gone, remove from the pan.
  • Meanwhile, combine lettuce, tomato, relish, red onion into four separate bowls. Top with burger meat.
  • Mix together the burger sauce ingredients until it’s a smooth, creamy texture. Drizzle overtop of each bowl and enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 332mg | Potassium: 628mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 592IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5
Keywords Low-Carb

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If you have tried this recipe and love it and are looking for other keto-friendly options, we encourage you to check out some of our other favorites listed below! There are so many options out there full of great taste, nutrient-packed ingredients, and a great way to live a healthier lifestyle. 

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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