The world’s largest fast food-chain is known for french fries, burger buns, sugary sodas, milkshakes, and apple pies – all things you should avoid on keto. With that said, does McDonald’s have anything keto on the menu?

There are a couple of McDonald’s options that are already low enough in carbs, which makes them keto-friendly. Then there’s also order customizing. All this makes it possible to eat keto at McDonald’s.

When ordering at McDonald’s, there are a couple of rules you need to follow: keep burgers bunless; avoid anything breaded; no ketchup; skip the fries and read the nutrition info on dressings. Stick to grilled chicken, patties, sausages, eggs, and don’t be afraid of added veggies.

But to make eating out on keto easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of low-carb orders to make at McDonald’s. To create this comprehensive list, we’ve checked their menu and used the McDonald’s Nutrition Calculator. Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of breakfast, burger, salad, sauce, and drink options to choose from.

Breakfast

You’ll find great McDonald’s keto options in their All Day Breakfast and Breakfast section, but all include some type of bread. Ask for your favorite breakfast meal without the muffins or biscuits and you should be able to keep the carbs low. Some of these are available in regular or large sizes.

  • Egg McMuffin (without the muffin)

160 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 11g Fat | 12g Protein

  • Sausage McMuffin (skip the muffin)

260 Calories | 2g Net carbs | 24g Fat | 9g Protein

  • Sausage McMuffin with Egg (without the muffin)

340 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 29g Fat | 16g Protein

  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit (no biscuit)

200 Calories | 4g Net carbs | 14g Fat | 14g Protein

  • Sausage Biscuit (hold the biscuit)

200 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 19g Fat | 7g Protein

  • Sausage Biscuit with Egg (no biscuit)

270 Calories | 2g Net carbs | 23g Fat | 12g Protein

  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles (without griddle cakes)

180 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 12g Fat | 14g Protein

  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles (no griddles)

310 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 26g Fat | 15g Protein

  • Sausage McGriddles (no griddles)

190 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 18g Fat | 7g Protein

  • Sausage Burrito (no flour tortilla)

150 Calories | 4g Net carbs | 12g Fat | 9g Protein

Burgers

Of course, McDonald’s is most famous for burgers. If you skip the bun, burgers become low-carb options at McDonald’s. Most places will wrap your favorite burger in lettuce, but you may also get them in a box.

 

  • Big Mac (no bun)

330 Calories | 6g Net carbs | 25g Fat | 18g Protein

  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese (without the bun)

330 Calories | 7g Net carbs | 22g Fat | 24g Protein

  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (no bun and no ketchup)

520 Calories | 4g Net carbs | 37g Fat | 43g Protein

  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese Deluxe (no bun and skip the ketchup)

420 Calories | 5g Net carbs | 33g Fat | 25g Protein

  • McDouble (hold the bun and ketchup)

230 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 16g Fat | 17g Protein

  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese Bacon (no bun and ketchup)

410 Calories | 5g Net carbs | 29g Fat | 32g Protein

  • Cheeseburger (without the bun and ketchup)

140 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 10g Fat | 10g Protein

  • Double Cheeseburger (no bun and ketchup)

290 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 21g Fat | 19g Protein

  • Hamburger (no bun and ketchup)

90 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 6g Fat | 7g Protein

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Chicken & Sandwiches

McDonald’s keto options in this section include grilled chicken sandwiches and chicken salads. Best you avoid anything breaded, like McNuggets. However, the fish sandwich is still fairly low in carbs despite the breading.

  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich (skip the roll)

230 Calories | 2g Net carbs | 13g Fat | 26g Protein

  • Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad (with balsamic vinaigrette)

330 Calories | 8g Net carbs | 15g Fat | 39g Protein

  • Filet-O-Fish (without the bun)

230 Calories | 10g Net carbs | 17g Fat | 11g Protein

Dressings & Sauces

McDonald’s doesn’t offer that many salad dressings that would be appealing to the low-carber. Their carb count can easily add up. The sauces options are a bit better, but still limited. Here are a couple of McDonald’s keto menu options in the dressings and sauces.

  • Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

35 Calories | 4g Net carbs | 2g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Spicy Buffalo Sauce

30 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 3g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Creamy Ranch Sauce

110 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 12g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Signature Sauce

100 Calories | 3g Net carbs | 9g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Habanero Ranch Sauce

80 Calories | 5g Net carbs | 7g Fat | 1g Protein

  • Honey Mustard Sauce

80 Calories | 5g Net carbs | 7g Fat | 1g Protein

Salads

Besides grilled chicken salad, you can also order a side salad to go with your breakfast or burgers. Ask for a salad with vinaigrette since other dressings are high in carbs as already explained. The macros for the side salad are as follows:

  • Side Salad (with balsamic vinaigrette)

50 Calories | 6g Net carbs | 2g Fat | 1g Protein

Drinks

McDonald’s also offers a couple of low-carb drinks. You’ll need to skip the milkshakes, frappes, and lattes and go for these drinks instead:

  • Coca Cola Zero Sugar

1 Calories | 0g Net carbs | 0g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Sprite Zero

4 Calories | 0g Net carbs | 0g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Vanilla Iced coffee (small sugar-free)

80 Calories | 8g Net carbs | 5g Fat | 2g Protein

  • Americano Coffee (no sugar)

0 Calories | 0g Net carbs | 0g Fat | 0g Protein

  • Premium Roast Coffee (no added sugar)

0 Calories | 1g Net carbs | 0g Fat | 0g Protein

Conclusion

These low-carb, keto McDonald’s meals and drinks can help you stay keto while eating out. Double your order when necessary to make it more filling and order a drink for a boost of energy and hydration.

This fast-food chain will gladly take your order without the buns and sugary sauces. But if you’re still feeling shy about making special demands for, say, bunless burgers, you can use the McDonald’s app. It lets you plan your order ahead and simply pick it up at the drive-thru. The app also comes in handy when making special deals.

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