Keto McDonald’s: 17 Low-Carb Food Options on the McDonald’s Menu

Keto fast foods McDonalds

17 Low-carb McDonald’s keto fast food options that won’t kick out of ketosis.

If you are on a keto diet but love McDonald’s, good news is that you don’t have to give up on your favorite fast food just yet.


There are keto friendly options on the McDonald’s menu.

The keto diet is designed to raise your body’s ketone levels by limiting carb intake.

This is so that your body enters a metabolic state called nutritional ketosis.

It’s a reaching point where your body shifts itself from burning glucose to fat as fuel.


Reaching this state is all about limiting carbs to 5-10% or to 20-50 grams a day.

With that in mind, when you are at McDonald’s, you need to stick to these rules:

Avoid Simple Carbs: buns, tortillas, English muffins, and french fries.

Skip ketchup and other sugar-containing condiments.

Avoid anything named Crispy. Even without buns, they can contain high carb from the batter.

In addition to pre-made McDonald meals, you can also easily modify many items to fit into your keto diet.

Here are 5 totally low-carb Keto fast foods you can eat on the McDonald’s menu.

Breakfast

McDonald’s breakfast menu has several items you can order for your keto breakfast. Just remember to skip the bun, muffin, or tortilla to stay low-carb.

Burgers

McDonald’s is most famous for meaty burgers with their artisan buns. But just by skipping the rolls that come with almost 30g of net carbs, you can stay really low carb even at McDonald’s.


For most burgers, bunless burgers can keep your carb intake to below.

More Low-Carb Fast Foods

You can find a wide range of low-carb foods on the McDonald’s Menu, that you can eat to stay in ketosis.

Take Home Message

McDonald’s is one of the few fast-food restaurants that offer keto friendly options.

However, it’s worth mentioning that home cooked meals are always healthier.

If you must, the best trick of ordering at McDonald’s or any other fast food establishments is to skip buns. Also don’t forget that drinks, sides, and condiments can have as much sugar as heavy carbs you went without.

Keep in mind a few of these tricks and you’ll find yourself numerous meals you can order while eating keto.

Tina Alexandre
Tina Alexandre

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Hi, I'm Tina, a mom, and wife who loves to write about nutrition and dieting. When I'm not writing, I also enjoy baking healthy pastries with my 7-year-old daughter.

33 Comments
  1. Actually, you can ask for a round egg, which means it will be poached hard like they use on their Egg McMuffins, served plain, and they’ll even top it with cheese if you want. I usually order two round eggs and a sausage patty.

    1. Hi Deborah,
      Thank you for the comment and bringing this up. I should have been more clear.
      Many “Crispy chicken” types of fast food items are high in carbs due to their thicker, more excessive breading.
      Filet-o-fish’s breading is thinner, making it far less carb heavy.
      It can be confusing and hard to distinguish which fried food is completely off limit.
      To be safe, it may be a good idea to stick to “no fried food”.

      Hope this helps.
      Tina

  2. Thank you for the article I’ve ordered keto friendly there sometimes but your article gave me so many more choices!
    Thanks a lot
    Jeeti:)

    1. Hi Jeeti,

      Thank you for the comment!
      Glad to hear you found it helpful.
      You can actually order quite more items there by sticking to the similar ordering rules: no buns, no ketchup, no crispy items, etc..

      Thanks again for stopping by:)
      Tina

    1. Hi Elaine,

      Thanks for visiting!
      The short answer is 16 grams.

      Let’s break it down, so we can see each item individually.

      Happy Meal Burger no bun & no ketchup: 90 calories, 6g total fat, 1g total carbs, and 7g protein.
      Happy Meal Fries: 110 calories, 5g total fat, 15g total carbs, and 1g protein.
      Small Diet Coke: 0 calories, 0g total fat, 0g total carbs, and 0g protein.

      All three items above combined: 200 calories, 11g total fat, 16g total carbs, 8g protein.
      If you add 1 serving of ketchup (I don’t recommend this) to your meal, it would up your total carb consumption by 2g, so 18g in total carbs for the meal.

      Fries by far have the most amount of carbs.

      Hope this helps!
      Tina

      1. Hi Tam,

        Thank you so much for leaving this comment.
        Yes, the warning is not on the actual bacon but the sauce.
        Always be wary of the dressings, dipping sauces, and condiments. They can be full of sugar.
        It’s best to omit it if their carb count is not easily accessible at the time of ordering.

        Thank you again for clarifying this and helping out the keto community here.

        Best,
        Tina

    1. Being someone who works at mcdonalds I constantly have customers who replace certain breakfast items with just egg white. Or customers who do order food without buns, a la carte items and even lunch/ dinner foods lettuce wrapped. All are options at mcdonalds, we wont laugh you out the doors its pretty common.

  3. Actuslly you will find more snd more restraunts are becoming familar with keto goers and have no issues you can even go in taco bell and order a bunch of sides to make a keto friendly meal

    1. Hi Chris,

      Thanks for the comment. You are absolutely right.
      Many restaurants including fast food chains are becoming more familiar and aware of different diets including keto, and there are ways to order to get keto-friendly meals like ordering sides.

      Tina

  4. I know Hardee’s has a low carb option where the wrap your burger in lettuce instead of using a bun. But I also work at McDonald’s and they are supportive of my decision and make sure I stick to it. This article is basically what I’ve been doing since I started this diet. Thanks for the article.

    1. Alaina,

      That’s awesome to hear that McDonald’s been supportive of your diet choices.
      I wish more fast food chains actually put lettuce wrap on their menu too.
      We don’t have Hardees’s where I live, but when I travel and come across one, I’ll be sure to check it out!

      Thanks for stopping by, Alaina.

      Tina

    1. Hi Tim,

      That’s so clever!
      I don’t know why I’d never thought of ordering it that way.
      Now I wonder if McDonald’s lets you order a slice of cheese ala cart too!?
      Thanks for sharing!

      Best,
      Tina

  5. While some of these options are great, theres some that are questionably low carb, let alone keto.
    Low carb can be a general thing that differs from person to person but keto is pretty clear on its limit of carbs and the importance of fat. How do you figure adding things like the cappuccino or the McChicken to the list with keto in the title?

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I know.. I hate that they add a batter.
      I’m actually more of a fish eater than a meat eater, so my first choice is always fish.
      The downside of it is that most places use a batter to keep the meat of the fish intact during the cooking.
      If it’s a really light batter and your carb count that day allows it, you may be able to get away it with it but it really depends on the item and your macro allowance.

      I wish there are more grilled fish burgers out there.

      Thanks for the comment!
      Tina

    1. Hi Samm,

      Yes. Nutrition info of the order, two sausage patties with 1 slice of cheese would be below:
      430 calories, 40g fat, 3g total carbs, 17g protein

      Just be mindful of your calorie intake and sodium intake when you double up your patties.
      There is one thing to be compatible with keto and stay in ketosis, and there is another to keep your nutrition and calories in check.
      But if you ask me if that order would be keto, I would say yes.

      Hope this helps!
      Tina

  6. Thanks for this info !! I go to McDonalds with my granddaughter and I order the smokehouse burger with just the meat,cheese and bacon, and they will give you a small salad in place of the fries and bottled water instead of the soda and they NEVER laugh at me. !! Lol But this article has given me even better ideas. THANK YOU !

    1. Hi Rita,

      Thank for stopping by and reading my blog.
      I’m glad you are making a healthier choice with your granddaughter!
      Water instead of the soda alone can make such a positive difference.
      Keep up the great work!!

      Thanks
      Tina

  7. Good day. I just started the keto diet. I eat 2 round eggs and 1 sausage patty amd small pineapple mango smoothie for breakfast. For lunch i have 1 whole apple i stick of cheese and about 6 grapes. And dinner i have a chicken salad with grill chicken. Just wanted to know if this is correct food to eat or what do i need to change

    Thanks
    Ayanna

    1. Hi Ayanna,

      Thanks for reading my blog and for your comment!
      Most of your choices sound on point, but I would watch out for the pineapple mango smoothie and the apple.
      They can add too much carb and sugar to your diet and easily blow your keto macros.

      I would also pay attention to your fat intake to see if it’s high enough.

      Hope this helps,
      Tina

  8. McDonalds doesnt advertise it…but you can asked for scrambled eggs as a side alone. Its pretty good too..they have it on their pancake platter so I took a chance on day and they let me order just for scrambled eggs..win win!!

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