How to Order Keto at McDonald's from NoBunPlease.com

February 11, 2019 by Dominic

McDonald’s is a global fast food restaurant chain that can be quite accommodating for those on the Keto diet. Because of the abundance of locations, I figured that a guide for choosing low carb options would be helpful to many people.

For the most part, I’ve had good experiences eating Keto at McDonald’s. When you ask for a sandwich without a bun, they usually prepare it for you in a plastic container. Sometimes, they even include large pieces of leaf lettuce, which is awesome! It acts as a great replacement for the bun.

One thing I like about McDonald’s is that most locations have breakfast all day (in the U.S., at least). While it’s usually made-to-order and takes a little longer, it’s very convenient to be able to pop through the drive-thru for breakfast — any time of day.

Much like the tactics I use for eating Keto at Wendy’s, you’ll want to stick to these basics:

  • Avoid the heavy carbs: french fries, buns, wraps, bagels, biscuits, etc.
  • Make wise condiment choices.
  • Be wary of the sugar-free iced coffee and dressings — the names may suggest they’re low carb options, but they’re actually loaded with carbohydrates.
  • Sadly, McDonald’s no longer offers the Pico Guacamole Chicken Sandwich. It was great with grilled chicken and no bun!

Jump to: Burgers | Chicken | Breakfast | Condiments & Toppings | Sides & Salads | Dressings | Dipping Sauces | Drinks | Meal Ideas

Burgers

Here’s the nutritional breakdown for the burgers at McDonald’s. Almost all of the offerings can easily fit into a Keto diet when you remove the bun. Scroll down to the toppings if you plan on adding anything to your burger.

  • Hamburger, plain with no bun
    (90 calories, 6g fat, 0g carbs, 7g protein)
  • Cheeseburger, plain with no bun
    (140 calories, 10g fat, 2g carbs, 10g protein)
  • Double Cheeseburger, plain with no bun
    (270 calories, 20g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g protein) 3g net
  • McDouble, plain with no bun
    (220 calories, 16g fat, 3g carbs, 17g protein)
  • Bacon McDouble, plain with no bun
    (290 calories, 21g fat, 3g carbs, 23g protein)
  • Triple Cheeseburger, plain with no bun
    (360 calories, 26g fat, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 27g protein) 4g net
  • Quarter Pounder, plain with no bun
    (240 calories, 18g fat, 1g carbs, 20g protein)
  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese, plain with no bun
    (340 calories, 25g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 25g protein) 3g net
  • Double Quarter Pounder, plain + no bun
    (480 calories, 35g fat, 2g carbs, 39g protein)
  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, plain + no bun
    (580 calories, 43g fat, 5g carbs, 45g protein)
  • Big Mac, no bun
    (330 calories, 25g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 18g protein) 6g carbs
  • Big Mac, plain + no bun
    (220 calories, 16g fat, 2g carbs, 17g protein)
  • Big Mac Bacon, no bun
    (400 calories, 30g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 23g protein) 7g net
  • Big Mac Bacon, plain + no bun
    (290 calories, 21g fat, 3g carbs, 22g protein)
  • Mushroom and Swiss Burger, no bun
    (450 calories, 34g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 26g protein) 9g net
  • Mushroom and Swiss Burger, plain + no onion strings + no bun
    (300 calories, 22g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, 24g protein) 1g net
  • Double Mushroom and Swiss Burger, no bun
    (720 calories, 54g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 49g protein) 9g net
  • Double Mushroom and Swiss Burger, plain + no onion strings + no bun
    (580 calories, 42g fat, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 48g protein) 2g net

Keto at McDonald's: Bacon McDouble with no bun

Chicken

  • Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich, plain + no bun
    (130 calories, 2g fat, 0g carbs, 28g protein)
  • Mushroom & Swiss Grilled Chicken, no bun
    (360 calories, 20g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 34g protein) 9g net
  • Mushroom & Swiss Grilled Chicken, plain + no onion strings + no bun
    (220 calories, 8g fat, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 33g protein) 2g net
  • Filet-O-Fish, plain + no bun
    (120 calories, 5g fat, 9g carbs, 10g protein)
  • Classic Chicken Sandwich, plain + no bun
    (300 calories, 16g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g protein) 18g net
  • McChicken, plain + no bun
    (160 calories, 9g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g protein) 9g net
  • Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich, plain + no bun
    (300 calories, 16g fat, 20g carbs, 2g fiber, 19g protein) 18g net
  • Chicken McNuggets, 4 piece
    (180 calories, 11g fat, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 10g protein) 10g net
  • Chicken McNuggets, 6 piece
    (270 calories, 16g fat, 16g carbs, 1g fiber, 15g protein) 15g net
  • Buttermilk Crispy Tenders, 2 piece
    (250 calories, 13g fat, 13g carbs, 20g protein)

How to Eat Keto at McDonald's from No Bun Please

Breakfast Options

McDonald’s breakfast has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, even before starting the ketogenic diet.

  • Sausage patty
    (190 calories, 18g fat, 1g carbs, 7g protein)
  • Bacon, side
    (70 calories, 4.5g fat, 1g carbs, 5g protein)
  • Canadian bacon
    (15 calories, 0g fat, 1g carbs, 3g protein)
  • Steak patty
    (130 calories, 10g fat, 0g carbs, 12g protein)
  • Round egg
    (70 calories, 5g fat, 1g carbs, 7g protein)
  • Folded egg
    (60 calories, 4g fat, 2g carbs, 6g protein)
  • American cheese, slice
    (50 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein)
  • Egg McMuffin, no McMuffin
    (160 calories, 11g fat, 3g carbs, 12g protein)
  • Egg White Delight McMuffin, no McMuffin
    (140 calories, 9g fat, 2g carbs, 13g protein)
  • Sausage McMuffin, no McMuffin, no McMuffin
    (260 calories, 24g fat, 2g carbs, 9g protein)
  • Sausage McMuffin with egg, no McMuffin
    (340 calories, 29g fat, 3g carbs, 16g protein)
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, no biscuit
    (190 calories, 13g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 14g protein) 3g net
  • Sausage Biscuit, no biscuit
    (190 calories, 18g fat, 1g carbs, 7g protein)
  • Sausage Biscuit with Egg, no biscuit
    (270 calories, 23g fat, 2g carbs, 12g protein)
  • Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, no biscuit
    (270 calories, 19g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 20g protein) 3g net
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddle, no griddle cakes
    (180 calories, 12g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 14g protein) 3g net
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle, no griddle cakes
    (310 calories, 26g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 15g protein) 3g net
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Bagel, no bagel
    (300 calories, 23g fat, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 17g protein) 5g net
  • Triple Breakfast Stack McMuffin, no McMuffin
    (660 calories, 56.5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 32g protein) 7g net
  • Triple Breakfast Stack Biscuit, no biscuit
    (660 calories, 56.5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 32g protein) 7g net
  • Triple Breakfast Stack McGriddle, no griddle cakes
    (660 calories, 56.5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 32g protein) 7g net
  • Triple Breakfast Stack Bagel, no bagel
    (660 calories, 56.5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 32g protein) 7g net

Keto at McDonald's: Sausage Patties + Round Eggs for 4g Carbs

Condiments & Toppings

Be wary of the sweet sauces. I tend to stick with mayo and mustard.

  • Mayonnaise
    (100 calories, 10g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Mustard
    (5 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Ketchup
    (10 calories, 0g fat, 2g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Pickles (2)
    (0 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Lettuce
    (0 calories, 0g fat, 0g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Tomato, (1 slice) or Lettuce
    (5 calories, 0g fat, 1g carb, 0g protein)
  • Tartar Sauce
    (90 calories, 10g fat, 1g carbs, 0g protein)
  • American cheese, slice
    (50 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein)
  • White cheddar, slice
    (50 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g carbs, 3g protein)
  • Bacon
    (70 calories, 4.5g fat, 1g carbs, 5g protein)
  • Big Mac Sauce
    (90 calories, 9g fat, 2g carbs, 0g protein)

Sides & Salads

If you plan on getting a side, salad is likely going to be your best option.

  • Side Salad, no dressing
    (15 calories, 0g fat, 3g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein) 2g net
  • Bacon Ranch Grilled Chicken Salad, no dressing
    (320 calories, 14g fat, 9g carbs, 3g fiber, 42g protein) 6g net
  • Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad, no dressing, glaze or tortilla strips
    (260 calories, 7g fat, 15g carbs, 5g fiber, 36g protein) 10g net
  • Apple slices
    (15 calories, 0g fat, 4g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Yoplait Go Gurt
    (50 calories, 0.5g fat, 8g carbs, 3g protein)
  • French Fries, kids size
    (110 calories, 5g fat, 15g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein) 14g carbs

Salad Dressings

I find that the salad dressing options at McDonald’s are limited and disappointing. Instead of dressing, I often opt for the dipping sauces instead. One packet of ranch is only 1g of carbs compared to 10g for a packet of dressing!

  • Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
    (35 calories, 2g fat, 4g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Low Fat Italian dressing
    (50 calories, 1.5g fat, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g protein) 7g net
  • Ranch dressing
    (190 calories, 16g fat, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein) 10g carbs
  • Creamy Southwest dressing
    (110 calories, 7g fat, 12g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein) 11g carbs

Dipping Sauces

Do yourself a favor and mix the Spicy Buffalo Sauce and Creamy Ranch as your salad dressing. You’re welcome.

  • Spicy Buffalo Sauce
    (30 calories, 3g fat, 1g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Creamy Ranch Sauce
    (110 calories, 12g fat, 1g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Signature Sauce
    (100 calories, 9g fat, 3g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Habanero Ranch Sauce
    (80 calories, 7g fat, 5g carbs, 1g protein)
  • Honey Mustard Sauce
    (50 calories, 3g fat, 6g carbs, 0g protein)
  • Sweet ‘n Sour Sauce
    (50 calories, 0g fat, 11g carbs, 1g protein)
  • Tangy Barbeque Sauce
    (45 calories, 0g fat, 11g carbs, 0g protein)

Drinks

Don’t be fooled by the name. The sugar free coffees actually have quite a few grams of carbs.

  • Iced coffee, small sugar free vanilla
    (80 calories, 5g fat, 8g carbs, 2g protein)
  • Iced coffee, medium sugar free vanilla
    (90 calories, 5g fat, 11g carbs, 2g protein)
  • Iced coffee, large sugar free vanilla
    (130 calories, 7g fat, 16g carbs, 3g protein)
  • Diet beverages vary by location.

Meal Ideas

  • 2x McDouble, plain with no bun + side of mayo
    (540 calories, 42g fat, 6g carbs, 17g protein)
  • 2x Sausage patties, 2x Round eggs
    (520 calories, 46g fat, 4g carbs, 28g protein)
  • Big Mac, no bun (includes all toppings) + McDouble, plain with no bun
    (550 calories, 41g fat, 10g carbs, 1g fiber, 35g protein) 9g net

Low Carb at McDonald's Tips: Use the App

Use the McDonald’s app for deals and ease of use

The McDonald’s app let’s you plan and place your order directly from your smartphone. I love this option because it also gives me the functionality to remove the bun, add condiments, etc.

When you’re ready to pick up your food, just place the order and either:

  • pick up your meal in the drive-thru
  • head inside to get your food
  • pull into one of the designated parking spaces for mobile orders (they’ll bring it right out to you!)

This is especially helpful for people who are still a little shy about ordering with no bun.

Finally, the app usually has some sort of deal that you can take advantage of. For example, the McDonald’s app often has specials like buy-one-get-one sandwiches and even free promotions when your local sports teams win. I’m from Pittsburgh, so there’s usually a free offer waiting in the app!

Want to customize your own Keto meal before you get to McDonald’s? Use their nifty customizer tool.

What’s your favorite Keto meal from McDonald’s? Comment below!

Dominic Geracia is a passionate web developer and cat dad from Pittsburgh, PA. When he's not motivating the Keto community on Instagram, you can likely find him in the kitchen cooking up something delicious with his husband, Seth.

13 Comments

  1. Avatar Diane taber on April 5, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Hi I’m trying to to lose weight on keto diet and would just love knowing just what to order. In and around at mc Donald’s. Menu,s and knowing what you can eat on the keto diet.and it’s very good telling you the carbs count and content in the foods you are eating. Yay

  2. Avatar Donna on March 18, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Dominic ty ty ty ty for this list. I just started yesterday and have been eating broth and chicken. Lord have mercy. Mcdonalds is rt up the road. God bless

    • Avatar James Macpherson on May 24, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      I’ve been lovin’ it! 2 quarter pounders with cheese, no ketchup, chopped up on a sidesalad with southwest dressing. My biggest meal of the day. I order the sandwiches on their buns, take them off the buns and throw the bread away. Use the survey option on the previous receipt and get 2 sandwiches for the price of one

      • Avatar Dominic on May 29, 2019 at 7:03 pm

        That’s a great idea!

  3. Avatar Mamaleuca on March 9, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    Thank you so much for this great info!

  4. Avatar Linda Rains on February 12, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Do you know if it is possible to order the white cheddar cheese on the burgers?

    • Avatar Dominic on February 13, 2019 at 7:53 am

      Yep, you should be able to!

  5. Avatar tam hall on February 12, 2019 at 10:19 am

    This is my favorite site. I get all the info I need in a down-to-earth way. Thank you. Tam Hall.

  6. Avatar Simplesingledad on October 27, 2018 at 9:54 am

    You can just get scrambled eggs also.

  7. Avatar Smoak on September 27, 2018 at 9:27 am

    I have been craving a Big Mac and went to McD’s website for the ingredients:
    BIG MAC SAUCE
    Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Sweet Relish (Diced Pickles, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Corn Syrup, Xanthan Gum, Calcium Chloride, Spice Extractives), Water, Egg Yolks, Distilled Vinegar, Spices, Onion Powder, Salt, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Garlic Powder, Vegetable Protein (Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy and Wheat), Sugar, Caramel Color, Turmeric, Extractives of Paprika, Soy Lecithin.

    There is sugar added and sugar and high fructose corn syrup in the sweet relish yet you don’t state any sugar grams to account for. Can you explain? I’m new to keto and am in ketosis and really don’t want to screw up!

    Thanks!

    • Avatar Dominic on September 27, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Hi there-

      I don’t list the specific grams of sugar on the foods, but I do have 2g of carbohydrates listed. On a typical food label, the sugar count would fall under this parent category.

  8. Avatar Rich on September 20, 2018 at 11:45 am

    How many grams of carbs does the ranch have, 1 or 11? I am confused. I saw this above:
    Salad Dressings

    I find that the salad dressing options at McDonald’s are limited and disappointing. Instead of dressing, I often opt for the dipping sauces instead. One ranch packet of that is only 1g of carbs!


    Ranch (190 calories, 16g fat, 11g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein)

    • Avatar Dominic on September 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Rich.

      The ranch dipping sauce is different from the ranch they serve with the salads. I often ask for that one instead to get a ranch flavor with less carbs.

      Dom

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