Keto Cheeseburger – BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Jalapeños

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This Keto Cheeseburger is a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Jalapeños! It’s made with a homemade sugar free bourbon bbq sauce, and topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, pickles, red onions and jalapeños. It’s spicy, sweet and delicious, without all the extra carbs. We put it all on the best keto burger buns that money can by, by the Sola Company! Find out how easy it is to make this delicious, low carb and keto cheeseburger.


keto bbq bacon cheeseburger with jalapenos and red onion

Disclosure: This post is a paid partnership with the Sola Company. We love their low carb and keto friendly products! We loved developing this cheeseburger recipe with their delicious low carb buns. All opinions are our own. Partnerships with our favorite brands allow us to create great content and keep this site running!

Here’s What You Need For This Keto Cheeseburger BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Jalapeños :​

two bbq bacon cheeseburgers with red onion and jalapeños

The Sola Company – Unmatched in the Keto Space!

We truly think the secret to an amazing keto friendly cheeseburger is the Sola Company burger bun! It’s 6 net carbs for the whole bun. It’s super flavorful, super soft, and the perfect vessel for this juicy bbq bacon cheeseburger! Products like these are what make a low carb lifestyle easy and fun, so we are so happy to represent them. SOLA makes a variety of products that we love, including bread, hot dog buns, hamburger buns, sweetener, granola, ice cream, and nut bars!

We love using these buns for so many uses. If you’re in a pinch or getting takeout, you can even order a burger and swap out the bun for one of these to cut back on carbs! We will say that these buns are protein and fiber rich, so they are certainly more filling than a regular bun. This is great for us, because it helps keep us on track from overeating. We rarely have more than one burger in one sitting!

Sometimes people can find their nutrition facts to be a tad bit confusing, so we will break it down for you. Each bun (1 top and 1 bottom piece) has the following nutrition facts: 140 calories per bun, 8 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein, 17 total carbs, 10 grams of fiber and 1 sugar alcohol. Sola uses their own blend of sweeteners that does not impact blood glucose and is zero net carbs.

One of the sweeteners used is something newer to the market called tagatose, which is a low-glycemic sugar found in dairy. Although it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels or convert to carbs, the FDA doesn’t recognize it yet, so it can be included as a sugar alcohol. This is how SOLA buns are only 6 net carbs per bun. You subtract the fiber (10 grams) and the sugar alcohol (1 gram) from the total carbs (17 grams) making the whole bun 6 net carbs.

You can order Sola online or use their store locator to find a location to you. If you’re ordering online, the products will come to you frozen. Keep them in the freezer if you’re ordering in bulk, and just thaw as needed. Their bread and buns are shelf stable for about 2 weeks once thawed.

closeup shot of a bbq bacon cheeseburger with jalapeños

The other component of this keto cheeseburger that was so delicious is our homemade sugar free bourbon bbq sauce! It’s made with the Sola Company’s sweetener blend, which measures and tastes just like sugar, without the calories.

If you’re looking for more uses for your Sola products, check out our low carb sloppy joe recipe, or this low carb chocolate maple yogurt bowl made with SOLA’s low carb granola. Our sloppy joes have gotten rave reviews from family members who eat a carb laden diet, so you know they’re good! We make yogurt bowls all the time in our house and they have truly become a breakfast staple.

What BBQ Sauce Should I Use?

Our spicy homemade bourbon bbq sauce is completely sugar free and keto friendly, since we make it with the Sola Company’s sweetener! It really cuts down on the calories, and of course the carbs. This bbq sauce is only 3 net carbs per serving! If you don’t like bourbon, you could simply leave it out and replace with equal parts water. This bbq sauce will keep in the fridge for 10-14 days, so don’t worry if there’s extra! Our homemade bbq sauce is equal parts spicy, tangy, smokey, and boozy! You’re definitely not missing any flavor here.

Lately we’ve loved making our own bbq sauce because it’s incredibly easy to make with just a few pantry staples and seasonings. We can completely control what goes into it, and it saves us money to make it ourselves! We tend to use dry seasonings for our sauce, because it’s easier to control the texture and it cuts down on carbs. You could of course use real onion and garlic, but you will likely need to puree the sauce and then strain it before using. You might want to do this anyway, if you want.

If you’re in a time crunch or don’t want to make your own bbq sauce, grab a bottle of your favorite low carb friendly store bought version, and that will do the trick! We’ve linked some of our favorite options in our Amazon Store. Just be aware that we worked our bbq sauce recipe into the macros for this recipe, so make sure to keep this in mind if you use something else.

spicy bourbon bbq sauce with yellow napkin

What is the best beef to use for burgers & how should I season them?

You can use whatever you like for this burger, but remember that 85% lean is probably perfect for the fat content that will keep your burgers juicy. Most people love ground chuck. Leaner cuts of meat will be drier, but you can use them if you want!

To season these burgers, we kept it super simple with just salt and pepper. You can add your favorite seasonings, but we felt that we had enough flavor going into this burger with the bourbon bbq sauce, bacon, jalapeños, red onion and cheddar cheese. The bbq sauce itself has a lot of flavor. It’s a little spicy actually, plus smokey and sweet.

We do sometimes add things like Worcestershire sauce to our burgers, but just be aware this may increase the carb count. Some other great options to add to your burger patties would be garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and more, especially if you like things to be kind of spicy! Standard mustard can also add a ton of delicious flavor to your patties.

plate with parchment paper and raw burger meat

How to best fry your burger patties?

You can easily make these burgers on the grill, or your stovetop! Whatever you prefer. We live in a small Chicago apartment with no access to a grill, so we use our cast iron skillet to make the perfect patties. Using a metal spatula sprayed with a little bit of oil so that the meat doesn’t stick to the spatula when we are pressing it down onto the skillet will be helpful. You can also use something strong to help you press down on the spatula so the patty gets more contact with the grill, we use a potato masher and that works great! This saves your hands from getting too close and allows you to truly flatten your patty.

Substitutions/Optional Ingredients:

  • Onions- You can sub red onion for your favorite variety!
  • Pickles- Leave off if you want, but it adds the perfect acidity.
  • Cheese- We love cheddar for it’s bold flavor in this recipe, but American and Colby Jack make great options too!
  • Jalapeños- Too spicy for you? No worries, just leave it off!
  • Buns- If you can’t get your hands on any Sola buns, we recommend crying for awhile until you feel better! haha kidding, bun-less or a lettuce wrap will do!
  • BBQ Sauce- Like we mentioned, you can use any story bought low carb bbq sauce you want.

Toppings for the burger:

  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Tomatoes
  • Ranch Dressing (don’t judge us, it’s good!)
  • Pickles
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Red Onions
  • Jalapeños
  • … Whatever else you want! Tell us in the comments how you enjoy your burgers. 🙂
holding a sola burger with bbq sauce

Tools Needed For This Recipe:

  • Whisk
  • Sauce Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
  • Metal Spatula
  • Potato Masher
  • Rubber Spatula
close up of Sola keto cheeseburger

Want to get supplies for this recipe or shop our keto kitchen or pantry? We’ve linked our favorites above and right here in our Amazon Store!  A Full Living is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associate program, an affiliate advertising program designed to promote a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking products to amazon.com. We only share products we use and love. It doesn’t cost you anything extra to shop using our links, but we earn a small commission that helps us keep this site going! 

Check out this video to see step by step how to make this keto cheeseburger including the homemade bbq sauce!


How to Make a Keto Cheeseburger with Bacon, BBQ Sauce and Jalapeños:

If making your bbq sauce from scratch, start with this so it can simmer on the stove while you cook. The longer this sauce simmers the better the flavor becomes! You may need to add some extra water if it simmers for over 40 minutes, because some of it will evaporate.

Preheat your oven to 375°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut your onions and jalapeños into rings, and sprinkle them with some salt, then put them on a baking sheet. On the other sheet, add your bacon. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until everything is cooked to your liking. Keep an eye on everything, since things can burn easily (especially the jalapeños!) We like ours a bit crispy so it’s okay with us, but we imagine that some of you won’t want your jalapeños too cooked.

bacon, red onions and jalapenos on a black plate

Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium heat until it’s nice and hot. In a bowl, season your beef liberally with salt and pepper, then roll into 4 patties. Add a touch of oil to the skillet. We put two patties in the skillet at a time to avoid crowding the pan since we wanted a nice caramelized crust on the beef. Using your greased spatula and potato masher, squeeze your patties down to maximize the surface area that has contact with the pan to get a nice crust.

When you flip them, immediately add your cheese so it can melt. Once the cheese is melted, remove the patties from the pan. If desired, you can add mayo to your SOLA buns add put them face down in the skillet so they get a little toasted.

Once your burgers are cooked to your liking (we recommend cooking to an internal temperature of 160°F just to be safe), you can now start building your burger! Layer the top and bottom buns with bbq sauce, then place on your burger patty with cheese, then more bbq sauce! Now just add bacon, red onions, jalapeños, pickle slices and more bbq sauce to top if you like. We will never shame you for adding ketchup, mustard or even ranch to this keto cheeseburger too because that’s just delicious! Go crazy, and enjoy it!

sola company burgers

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handheld bbq bacon keto cheeseburger

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Keto Cheeseburger- BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Jalapeños
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This Keto Cheeseburger is a BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger with Jalapeños! It’s made with a homemade sugar free bourbon bbq sauce, and topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, pickles, red onions and jalapeños. It’s spicy, sweet and delicious, without all the extra carbs. We put it all on the best keto burger buns that money can by, by the Sola Company! Find out how easy it is to make this delicious, low carb and keto cheeseburger.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, bbq, cheeseburger salad, easy keto, low carb
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 735 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 4 buns Sola Company Burger Buns – use ’10Briana’ for 10% off and free shipping on their website!
  • 1 pound Ground beef
  • 4 slices Sharp cheddar Cheese
  • 1 whole Roasted Jalapeño
  • 8 slices Crispy Bacon
  • 1 whole Roasted Red Onion
  • 1 tsp Pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Avocado oil (for searing the patties)
  • 6 tbsp Mayonnaise (for toasting the buns, could sub butter)
  • Pickles for garnish
  • 2 servings Homemade Spicy Bourbon BBQ Sauce
Instructions
  1. If making your bbq sauce from scratch, start with this so it can simmer on the stove while you cook. The longer this sauce simmers the better the flavor becomes! You may need to add some extra water if it simmers for over 40 minutes, because some of it will evaporate.

  2. Preheat your oven to 375°F, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Cut your onions and jalapeños into rings, and sprinkle them with some salt, then put them on a baking sheet. On the other sheet, add your bacon. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until everything is cooked to your liking. Keep an eye on everything, since things can burn easily (especially the jalapeños!)

  3. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium heat until it’s nice and hot. In a bowl, season your beef liberally with salt and pepper, then roll into 4 patties. Add a touch of oil to the skillet. We put two patties in the skillet at a time to avoid crowding the pan since we wanted a nice caramelized crust on the beef. Using your greased spatula and potato masher, squeeze your patties down to maximize the surface area that has contact with the pan to get a nice crust.

  4. When you flip them, immediately add your cheese so it can melt. Once the cheese is melted, remove the patties from the pan. If desired, you can add mayo to your SOLA buns add put them face down in the skillet so they get a little toasted.

  5. Once your burgers are cooked to your liking (we recommend cooking to an internal temperature of 160°F just to be safe), you can now start building your burger! Layer the top and bottom buns with bbq sauce, then place on your burger patty with cheese, then more bbq sauce! Now just add bacon, red onions, jalapeños, pickle slices and more bbq sauce to top if you like. We will never shame you for adding ketchup, mustard or even ranch to this burger too because that’s just delicious! Go crazy, and enjoy it!

Recipe Notes

Macros: These macros are calculated via MyFitnessPal and are provided as a courtesy. They are only an estimate and we cannot guarantee the accuracy. 

Makes 4 servings, 735 calories per serving, 58 grams of fat, 41 grams of protein, 23 total carbs, 11 grams of fiber, making 12 net carbs. We realize this is a bit on the higher end for keto meals, but for us it truly keeps us full for a long time, so we eat this as our main carb meal for the day and eat lower carb meals for the rest of the day! 

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