Low Carb Whataburger Options for Keto Dieters
Whataburger was the first fast food restaurant to offer quarter-pounders, and it has been voted most popular burger in America. The chain was started by a real character named Harmon Dobson. His resume includes diamond trading, oil drilling, flying airplanes and shipbuilding, but it turned out his real calling was creating an amazing burger you needed two hands to hold. Instead of the standard 2 1/2-inch bun, he wanted a 5-incher and searched around until he found a bakery that could fulfill his vision.
Whataburger is as quirky today as it was back when it started in 1950. Some of the (now very retro) A-frame shops are still in operation, and you can even bring your horse to the drive-thru or tie it up out in the parking lot!
With nearly 37,000 ways to customize your burger, you can certainly find something that makes you happy without compromising your keto. Whataburger has an online nutrition calculator that has lots of info, but it doesn’t list bread-free carb counts. Read on to get your best bets for keto.
Keto-Friendly Burgers at Whataburger
Take a pass on the bun, and you’ll want to avoid things that imply sugar in the name, like the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger or the Honey BBQ Chicken Sandwich, but you can get double or even triple meat without upping your carb count. Just ask for it to be served in a pan like they use for the salads.
Original Whataburger®, no bun (3 net carbs, 25g fat, 25g protein)
Whataburger® Patty Melt, no bun (4 net carbs) The creamy pepper sauce is a keto-friendly treat. (61g fat, 41g protein)
Whataburger Jr®, no bun (3 net carbs) For when you’re not as hungry or just want something to tide you over until you can find healthier options. (15g fat, 14g protein)
Low Carb Burger Toppings at Whataburger
You’ll have to give their famous ketchup a miss, but there are plenty of other keto-friendly toppings to choose from.
- Green Chilies
Non-Burger Meal Choices at Whataburger for Ketogenic Dieters
Not in the mood for a burger? You still have options.
- Grilled Chicken, no bun (9 net carbs) You can also add cheese by opting for the Chicken Melt. Add a side of lettuce for extra fiber. (7g fat, 22g protein)
- Garden Salad (9 net carbs) You can pick around the carrots and tomatoes to save a few carbs. (9g fat, 10g protein)
Keto-Compatible Dressings at Whataburger
As always, avoid anything with ‘honey’ or ‘sweet’ in its name. You’ll also want to give ‘low-fat’ or ‘diet’ items a miss. Your best choices are:
- Jalapeño Ranch (1 net carb, 15g fat, 0g protein)
- Creamy Pepper (2 net carbs, 12g fat, 1g protein)
Whataburger’s regular Ranch dressing is more sugary than the usual (5 net carbs). You’re better off with the Jalapeño version.
Low Carb Breakfast at Whataburger
Eggs, sausage, cheese, and bacon are all keto-compatible. Just order them on a platter and you’re good to go.
What to Drink at Whataburger on Keto
The usual suspects of water, coffee or diet soda if you must. Whataburger serves Coke products.
Enjoying a juicy burger guilt-free is one of the perks of keto. Keep in mind that fast food contains a lot of calories and is not made from the highest-quality ingredients. It should not be a major component of any healthy diet.