Friday, July 6, 2012

Keto Sliders

I've never quite understood the point of a "slider."  You take a perfectly good burger, miniaturize it, and sell them as something special.  Personally, I don't want my bite-size determined by anyone else.  Most chefs have no idea how big my mouth is.

However, when it comes to following a keto-friendly diet, the slider is a handy invention.  Why?  Because I have not yet found a lettuce leaf that will contain a Big Mac.  They always tear first.

So instead, I save the hardier inner leaves of your typical iceberg lettuce and pair them with my always-smaller-than-intended-because-I-forget-meat-shrinks hamburger patties, top with my favorite condiments, and voila!  A meal fit for a very lean king.

1lb ground beef
1 head iceberg lettuce
Sliced cheese
Pickles/Onions/Relish/Whatever else you like on your burger

Form meat into patties.  Make them BIGGER than you think you should; I always do this, and they still end up too small.  But that's OK, because you want "too small."  Cook on grill or stovetop till done.  I season mine with salt and pepper.

Pull apart the lettuce leaves carefully.  The outer leaves are much larger, but they tend to tear.  The middle ones are better, but they tend to stick stubbornly to the others.  The inner leaves just before you get to the yellowish core should be just right.  Toss the rest of the leaves into a plastic bag and save in the fridge for your next salad.

Place the cooked meat patties onto/into the lettuce leaves and top with your favorite toppings.  Go easy on onions and tomato, as they are higher in carbs.  I usually use a dab of homemade ketchup; it's not low carb, but it's HFCS free and I just gotta have a little ketchup on my burgers.


Please forgive the poor lighting in the picture, we are in the area hit by the derecho last week and still have no power.  Thankfully our generator is holding up, but we are trying to conserve on how many lights/appliances we use.  Keep those still in the dark (and without water!) in your pre-prandial prayers!


  1. Hi Cooky! I know this post is from five years ago and you haven't posted in a year or two, but I found your blog tonight because of the original low carb pizza dough (you're awesome!) and I read here that you mention getting hit with the derecho. I have no idea what part of the world you live in, but summer of 2012 I was in two separate derechos while driving for work, one in Ohio on the Ohio river between Wheeling and Marietta, and the other in either Guernsey or Muskingum County Ohio (that one was bad for me, got trapped on a back road by two downed trees). So if you ever see this, I'd love to know if it was the same area!

  2. Hi T Bake! Yes, I'm horrifically lazy with checking this page, but I am still around. And I think we were probably in the same derecho, that's the right year and I live in the Appalachian mountains of WV. Most of the state got hit, and me right along with it. 2 weeks without power! In the middle of July! I'll never forget it. We had minimal damage to our property thank goodness, but things were a tangled mess for a while. Small world, huh?