It was my turn to host mom’s birthday this year (we rotate around) and we came up with a fun burger menu. I’m posting it here to remember all these ideas! My parents follow the ketogenic regimen, which is a high-fat, adequate-protein, very low-carbohydrate diet. I’m still learning how it all works, but this menu was definitely a crowd-pleaser.
- Appetizers / chips & guacamole
Whole Foods just started carrying these grain-free chips made by Siete Family Foods. We tested the sea salt flavor and loved them!
- Burgers / beef (look for grass-fed organic)
We have a burger press that makes it quick and easy to form perfectly round patties. For the birthday party we made a bunch of 1/3lb burgers using kosher ground beef from Trader Joe’s.
- Hamburger buns / almond flour recipe from Maria Emmerich
My mom uses this bread recipe to create a fantastic keto-friendly bun. She divides the dough into buns and adds minced onion + dill to give it a savory flavor.
- Condiments / ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, avocado
Watch out for sugar in your condiments! Look for a low-sugar ketchup and sugar-free pickles. We didn’t use cheese because we separate beef and dairy, but otherwise it would have been fine.
- Sides / green beans, salad, & french fries
We served green beans but roasted asparagus or broccoli would also be great low-carb sides! For the salad, stick to veggies like spinach, kale, and cucumber. The fries were definitely not keto-friendly but very kid-friendly! I added them to our menu for the potato-lovers (ahem, Greg).
Skip the beer (too many carbs) and go with a red wine.
- Birthday cake / recipe from Tasty Yummies
This is a paleo cake, minimally sweetened and grain-free. Personally I like natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar) better than stevia, so this cake was a good compromise. It was just as delicious as it looks! However, I couldn’t find the Spectrum palm shortening and ended up swapping in a different frosting since I was afraid of ruining the one Beth uses. I definitely want to try hers the next time I need a dairy-free chocolate ganache!