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Top 19 Keto Fast Food Options for a Low Carb Diet

Keto fast food options are not easy to come by. However, if you know how to customize your low carb fast food order, you can make it work almost anywhere.

When you’re following a ketogenic diet or low carb diet, bread, buns, fries, and sodas are all off the table. Many chains are however starting to offer more low carb options at fast food restaurants–or at least allowing patrons to customize their orders.

Here are the lowest carb choices for breakfast, lunch and even dinner you can try when eating out at popular fast food restaurants:

#1. McDonald’s

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McDonald’s offers breakfast sandwiches that you can get and hold the bun. You can do the same to any cheeseburger, too.

An egg McMuffin without the English muffin contains 160 calories, 11g fat, 3g carbs, and 12g protein.

Or try a quarter pounder with cheese and bacon (no bun or ketchup) for 310 calories, 22g fat, 4g carbs, and 24g protein.

What to order: an egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich minus the bun or a cheeseburger minus the ketchup and bun.

#2. Starbucks

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Most people head to Starbucks for coffee, but they also sell food here. 

Keep it low-carb by ordering a bacon, Gouda, and egg sandwich and tossing the bread. It contains 370 calories, 18g fat, 33g carbs, 1g fiber, and 18g protein. However, you can eliminate almost all of the carbs by asking for no bread.

What to order: a bacon, Gouda, and egg sandwich minus the artisan roll and a black coffee (or coffee with cream).

#3. Subway

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Subway has subs and salads. We recommend going with a salad, which contains everything a sub does but without the bread!

Try the rotisserie-style grilled chicken salad. It contains 373 calories, 5g fat, 11g carbs (7g net carbs), 4g fiber, and 23g protein. 

If you order it with red wine vinegar and oil dressing, it will contain 391 calories, 15g fat, 12g carbs (8g net carbs), 4g fiber, and 23g protein. 

What to order: a rotisserie-style chicken salad with oil and vinegar dressing. Hold the chips and all other sides.

#4. Taco Bell

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Taco Bell is a very popular place for people to enjoy Mexican dishes such as tacos, enchiladas,  burritos, and other high-carb foods. 

Because most dishes include taco shells, tortillas, corn, rice, beans, and other flour-based shells, it’s not low-carb friendly.

A Power Menu Bowl has grilled chicken, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, Pico de gallo, avocado ranch sauce, lettuce, beans and rice. Without black beans and seasoned rice, you’ll get 250 calories, 15g fat, 21g protein, 7g carbs (5g net carbs), and 2g fiber.

What to order: ask for a Power Menu Bowl without rice and beans.

#5. Chick-Fil-A

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Chick-Fil-A offers baked chicken nuggets, which are much lower in carbs than traditional breaded wings. 

An eight-count contains 130 calories, 3g fat, 1g carbs, and 25g protein.

What to order: the grilled nuggets with a low-carb dipping sauce, such as buffalo sauce or ranch. 

#6. Wendy’s

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Wendy’s has a wide variety of burgers you can get without the bun and sauce.

Try a big bacon double classic, which has a half-pound of beef, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo and onion. 

It contains 880 calories, 57g fat, 40g carbs, 2g fiber, and 54g protein. However, you can get this meal down to one or two carbs by holding the bun and ketchup.

What to order: a big bacon double classic without the bun or ketchup and no fries or onion rings.

#7. Burger King

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Burger King is a fast-food restaurant with lots of burger options that you can get without the bun and sauce.

If you’re really hungry, then try a triple stacker king. Without the bun and sauce, it contains 1040 calories, 79g, 5g carbs, and 77g protein.

What to order: a triple stacker king without the bun, sauce, and fries or onion rings. You can also get a double stacker or a single stacker if you want fewer beef patties.

#8. Dunkin’

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Dunkin’ Donuts or just Dunkin’ is an American donut and coffeehouse. Since donuts and bagels are very high in carbs, everything you order should exclude these items.

A sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich without bagel should contain around 380 calories, 33g fat, 25g protein and 1g net carbs.

What to order: Go with Sausage, Egg and Cheese sandwich without the muffins, wraps or croissant.

#9. Panera Bread

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Panera offers a good variety of sandwiches that you can get without the bread or sauce.

Go with a heritage ham and Swiss sandwich. This contains 610 calories, 26g fat, 53g carbs, and 42g protein. 

You should be able to eliminate most of the carbs by holding the bread and maple mustard sauce. Also, hold the chips, apple, or baguette that comes with your meal as a side. 

What to order: a Heritage ham and Swiss sandwich without the bread and sauce. Hold all sides. 

#10. Chipotle

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Chipotle makes a keto salad bowl that you can order. It comes with carnitas, romaine lettuce, tomatillo red chili salsa, guacamole, and Monterey jack cheese. 

One bowl contains 590 calories, 42 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbs (5 grams net carbs), 8 grams of fiber, and 32 grams of protein. 

What to order: the keto salad bowl or make your own bowl with meat, cheese, and guacamole.

#11. KFC

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When talking about KFC, what usually comes to your mind? Crispy-fried chicken? Well, besides all the deep-fried foods that are breaded and not keto-approved, you can ask for grilled dishes too. They even have a grilled chicken sandwich (feel free to order without the bun!)

For example, Kentucky grilled chicken breast has 210 calories, 7 grams of fat, 38 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbs. This is a perfect high-protein snack or quick meal.

What to order: Go with grilled chicken breast or drumsticks. 

#12. Arby’s

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Stay away from the crispy chicken sandwiches at Arby’s and order a market fresh sandwich instead. Turn the grilled chicken club sandwich into a grilled chicken club salad!

Arby’s has a roast turkey farmhouse salad!

The roast turkey, ranch, and bacon sandwich minus the bread contains 410 calories, 28 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs (6 grams net carbs), 1 gram of fiber, and 32 grams of protein.

If you hold the ranch, it will reduce the net carbs to 4 grams.

What to order: a roast turkey, ranch, and bacon sandwich minus the bread (and ranch, if you want).

#13. Jack in the Box

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Jack-in-the-Box is a fast-food restaurant that serves just about everything, including breakfast, burgers, salads, and tacos. Keto friendly fast food is usually an oxymoron, and at Jack-in-the-Box, it’s no different!

Try the buttery Jack, which features a ¼ pound beef patty with melted herb garlic butter, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, and mayo.

It contains 860 calories, 58 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein. However, you can reduce almost all of the carbs by holding the bun.

What to order: a buttery Jack burger minus the bun and ketchup. Also, hold the fries or onion rings. 

#14. Popeyes

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Popeyes is a fried chicken restaurant, but they do a good job and can be the best keto fast food restaurant if you stick to the naked grilled chicken tenders that are not breaded.

The website doesn’t list the nutritional information for these, which means we don’t know how many carbs are in them. 

However, Popeye’s indicates that they are gluten-free, so we assume these are not breaded and contain very few (if any) net carbs. 

What to order: naked grilled chicken tenders with a low-carb diet dipping sauce, such as ranch.

#15. Whataburger

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Whataburger is a fast-food chain restaurant that serves burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Check out these keto fast food options:

You can get a mushroom Swiss burger without the bun and signature sauce. It contains 660 calories, 48 grams of fat, 2 grams of carbs, and 45 grams of protein.

What to order: a mushroom Swiss burger without the sauce or bun. Hold the fries and drink.

#16. Jimmy John’s

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Jimmy John’s is a sandwich and sub shop with delivery services available. You can make any sandwich an “unwich,” which is JJ’s term for a lettuce wrap. 

Try a J.J. B.L.T. unwich. It contains 300 calories, 26 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs (<2 grams net carbs), <1 gram of fiber, and 57 grams of protein. 

What to order: a J.J. B.L.T. unwich. Hold the chips and cookie and go with a jumbo pickle as your side. 

#17. Hardee’s

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Hardee’s allows you to “low-carb it” and order any burger with a lettuce wrap.

Go for the ⅓ pound low-carb Thickburger without the ketchup. It will contain 268 calories, 36 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbs, and 22 grams of protein.

What to order: a ⅓ pound low-carb Thickburger without the ketchup in a lettuce wrap.

#18. Five Guys

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Five Guys specializes in hot dogs, sandwiches, and burgers. But simply leaving the bun can quickly turn your meal into a keto delight.

A plain hamburger patty at Five Guys has 302 calories, 17g fat, 0g carbs, and 18g protein. Skip the fries.

What to order: ask for a hamburger without the bun or ketchup. It comes with two patties which will put you at 604 calories and no carbs. Spruce it up by asking for any of the following additions:

  • Grilled mushrooms (1g carbs)
  • Cheese (<1g carbs)
  • Pickles (1g carbs)
  • Fresh or grilled onions (2g carbs)
  • Tomatoes (2g carbs)
  • Bacon (0g carbs)
  • Lettuce (1g carbs)
  • Hot sauce (0g carbs)
  • Sweet and sour relish (4g carbs)

#19. Nando’s

Nando’s is an international Portuguese restaurant chain specializing in spiced grilled chicken, and it’s delicious!

Your best bet here is a plain ½ grilled chicken with no peri sauce. It contains 423 calories, 26g fat, 0g carbs, and 44g protein per serving. 

You can also order other cuts of chicken as long as you get them “plain”. This might include two ¼ legs, ¼ chicken breast and wing, 3 chicken thighs, ¼ chicken – leg and thigh, and boneless chicken breast. All of these options contain no carbs.  

What to order: ask for a plain ½ chicken without sauce. Some stores offer brussels sprouts on the menu as a side. You can add this for 3g carbs as an option.

For more keto friendly fast food and fast casual restaurants, check our keto restaurant guide.

Disclaimer: we use the nutrition data provided by the restaurant websites and third party data. Some of these restaurants don’t show nutrition facts for customized meals, so we tried our best to estimate the macros of a meal, therefore, the actual results might vary. Just remember, eating fast food at fast food restaurants isn’t the best choice when on a low carb diet – keto fast food once in a while is okay, but try not to make a habit out of it.

If you prefer a more convenient way to follow a keto diet by having keto food delivered to your door, check these keto meal delivery companies.

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Top 19 Keto Fast Food Options for a Low Carb Diet
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