Categories: Keto Fast Food

Low Carb Sonic Drive-In Options for Keto Dieters

Drive-in restaurants seem quaint and old-fashioned now, but when Sonic was first starting out, the idea of sitting in your car and ordering over an intercom was cutting-edge stuff.

Sonic began back in Oklahoma when Troy Smith, Sr. bought a piece of land with a log cabin on it, and a root beer stand which was run by someone else. Smith turned the cabin into a restaurant, but quickly realized the soda stand was much more profitable and bought the guy out.

The name ‘Sonic’ comes from one of its early slogans, ‘service with the speed of sound.’ With over 3,500 locations in 44 states, Sonic has rightfully earned the moniker ‘America’s Drive-In.’

Rollerskating while carrying trays of food takes talent, which Sonic recognizes at its annual Carhop Skate-off at its headquarters in Oklahoma City. The winner not only gets bragging rights but also cash and prizes.

Sonic’s nutrition information is available online but it is not customizable, meaning you can’t find out the carb count for individual components, like a burger without the bun. Also, with a menu bursting with temptation, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead so you don’t dive headfirst into one of their many bazillion-carb shakes.

Keto-Compatible Burgers at Sonic

A burger without the bun has 0 carbs, 22g fat, and 19g protein. If you only need a little something to tide you over, the Jr. burger has 16g fat and 15g protein.

Keep in mind that the famous Supersonic® Bacon Double Cheeseburger is low in carbs but not in calories and will run you more than 1,200.

Low Carb ‘Make It Yours’ Toppings at Sonic

  • Green Chiles (0 net carbs)
  • American Cheese (1 net carb)
  • Avocado (1 net carb)
  • Bacon (1 net carb)
  • Spicy Jalapeños (1 net carb)
  • Light Ranch Dressing (2 net carbs)
  • Hot Chili (2 net carbs)

Avoid the BBQ sauce and Slaw. Too carb-y.

Condiment Packs at Sonic Drive-In for Ketogenic Dieters

  • Mustard (0 net carbs)
  • Salsa de Sonic® (0 net carbs)
  • Ranch Dressing (1 net carb, 2g fat, 0g protein)
  • Light Mayo (1 net carb, 3g fat, 0g protein)

If you’ve got a strong hankering for ketchup, know that one packet has 3 net carbs (and so does the sweet relish).

Non-Burger Meal Options at Sonic for Low Carb Diets

A hot dog without the bun also has 0 carbs. Choose your toppings based on the burger toppings above. If you’ve got the taste for onions, a couple won’t kill your keto.

The grilled chicken sandwich with no bun weighs in at 1 net carb (22g fat, 20g protein).

Keto-Friendly Breakfast at Sonic

Breakfast food is one of the easiest things for keto eaters to manage. Eggs, bacon, ham, sausage and cheese are all low-carb. Just ditch the bread and enjoy. You can order a burrito without the tortilla and without tater tots.

What to Drink at Sonic on a Low Carb Diet

The shakes are definitely out, so water, coffee (hot or iced, unsweetened), unsweetened or diet iced tea, or diet soda if it’s calling you. Diet limeade will run you 1 net carb; the diet cherry limeade has 3. Sonic serves Coke products.

In Conclusion

Following a keto diet should never make you feel like you’re missing out and a fast food treat is totally compatible with keto. As fun as it is to enjoy a bacon cheeseburger, always keep in mind, fast food is high on calories and low on nutrients and therefore should not be eaten on a regular basis.


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