How to Order Low-Carb Fast Food
Stick to your diet and eat fast food at the same time.
When you’re on the road or need to grab something quick between meetings, you can go through fast food drive-thru and grab a keto meal. No cheating or “slip ups” necessary!
The HUGE list of keto friendly foods.
One of the reasons following a ketogenic diet is so much easier than other diets is because there’s always a low-carb option at any restaurant, even fast food ones.
We travel quite a bit and have tried our fair share of fast food keto options, but we prefer to have meals prepped and snacks handy so we don’t have to resort to fast food. When we do go through drive-thru, we look for good flavor, quality ingredients, and getting our money’s worth.
This list is for what we call, McDonalds Level Fast Food places. This won’t include our favorite take-out restaurants like Five Guys, Buffalo Wild Wings, and In-N-Out. Those places are obvious winners for us.
We’re going to share our list of Top Five Keto Fast Food Places, so that you know exactly where to go and what to order.
#5 Chick-fil-A - Good, Not Great!
Keto Options at Chick-fil-A
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich without the bun
- Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich without the bun
- Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit without the biscuit
- Sausage, Egg and Cheese without the biscuit
- Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin without the muffin
- Grilled Chicken Nuggets with Side Salad
What We Order
- Eight-Count Grilled Nuggets
- Side Salad with Avocado Ranch Dressing
- Diet Coke
Chick-fil-A has quite a few low-carb options on their menu, especially their breakfast menu; Pair a keto breakfast sandwich with a coffee and you'll be satisfied and energized until the afternoon!
The Grilled Chicken Nuggets we tried have really good flavor and we could eat them all day, but they do contain fillers and have two carbs per eight nuggets.
The Avocado Lime Ranch salad dressing came out to 3g of carbs and 32g of fat which came from soybean oil. We like to avoid vegetable oils since they’ve been proven to increase inflammation and are full of harmful trans fats.
#4 Kentucky Fried Chicken - Get it Grilled!
Keto Options at KFC
- Kentucky Grilled Chicken
- Green Beans
What We Order - $5 Fill Up
- 2-piece White Chicken Combo Grilled
- Green Beans
- Diet Pepsi
The grilled chicken at KFC is delicious. We were on a road trip once and ate an entire bucket of it. It's that good. You can watch that video and check out that blog post here!
You get to choose a side with this meal, but unfortunately, out of the ten sides to pick from, there’s only one keto option and it’s Green Beans which taste like baby food – in other words, not good.
Even though the Grilled Chicken from KFC is a good option, it’s pretty low in fat, so we recommend adding in some fat like avocado, butter, or olive oil to make it more filling. Plus, the “butter” at KFC is actually margarine, so don't be fooled by the label.
#3 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches - So Fresh!
Keto Options at Jimmy John's
- Jumbo Kosher Dill Pickle
- Any sandwich made as an Unwich (no bun)
- Billy Club Unwich
- Italian Night Cub Unwich
- Hunters Club Unwich
- Bootlegger Club Unwich
- Club Lulu Unwich
- Ultimate Porker Unwich
- Smoked Ham Unwich
- Country Club Unwich
- Beach Club Unwich
- Club Tuna Unwich
What We Order
Beach Club with Bacon Unwich
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is coming in at number three with a refreshing Unwich.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Jimmy John’s Unwich, it’s a lettuce wrap instead of bread and they do a really good job of it. It’s not just a couple leaves of lettuce barely holding together the sandwich fillings like you might find at McDonalds when you ask for a lettuce wrapped sandwich.
We order the Beach Club Unwich with bacon, which has turkey breast, provolone cheese, avocado, cucumber, lettuce, tomato, and mayo, but we omitted the mayo to avoid vegetable oils. You can always take it home and lather it in a healthier mayo from your own fridge. This is what Megha would do.
Jimmy John’s is a favorite among the keto community and we totally understand why. The ingredients are simple and fresh!
#2 Chipotle - Best Bang for Your Buck!
Keto Options at Chipotle
- Romaine Lettuce
- Pork Carnitas
- Fajita Vegetables
- Fresh Tomato Salsa
- Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa
- Tomatillo Red Chili Salsa
What We Order
Salad Bowl with Pork Carnitas, Tomato Salsa, Cheese, and Guacamole.
Chipotle was actually the very first keto fast food we tried when starting on our low-carb journey! You can watch that video and get a better understanding of the Chipotle Keto menu here.
The Salad Bowl from Chipotle comes with a bed of lettuce instead of rice and beans, and we like to top ours with Pork Carnitas because it's the protein option with the highest fat content. Make sure to avoid the vinaigrette because it’s loaded with sugar! For a creamy kick, add some Queso or sour cream.
If you're no where near a Chipotle and are craving Mexican, you could try the Mini Skillet Bowl at Taco Bell. It didn't make our Top Five Keto Fast Food Places list, but it's also an option! We gave it a full review back in 2017.
We have to be honest. Chipotle was originally our number one place to order keto fast food, but after testing all five restaurants, we decided it wasn’t the true winner. The keto macros are great and the ingredients are fresh, but Wendy’s took the number one spot on our list.
#1 Wendy's - All Around Winner
Keto Options at Wendy's
- Dave's Single - no bun
- Dave's Double - no bun
- Dave's Triple - no bun
- Baconator - no bun
- Son of Baconator - no bun
- Bacon Deluxe 1/4 lb single - no bun
- Bacon Deluxe 1/2 lb double - no bun
- Bacon Deluxe 3/4 lb triple - no bun
- Cheeseburger Deluxe - no ketchup, no bun
- Jr. Hamburger Deluxe - no ketchup
- Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger - no bun
- Cheesy Cheddar Burger - no bun
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich - no Honey Mustard
- Grilled Asiago Ranch Chicken Club Sandwich - no bun
- Berry Burst Chicken Salad - substitute Raspberry Vinaigrette with Ranch or Caesar
- Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad
- Side Caesar Salad - no croutons
What We Order
Double Bacon Cheeseburger without the bun
Wendy’s snuck in from second place right before the finish line and took first place. Sorry, Chipotle. Wendy’s is killing the beef and bacon game.
I’ve never really been a fan of fast food burgers, but the Wendy’s beef patties are 100 per cent quality beef, don't contain any fillers, and are a lot bigger than other fast food burger patties. The ingredients are not far off from a healthy burger we would make for ourselves at home.
TIP: It would be cheaper to just order each patty and each slice of bacon on their own as opposed to ordering the Double Bacon Cheese Burger without the bun.
Wendy’s bunless burgers is our number one fast food keto meal. It’s appetizing, filling, and you can feel good about the ingredients.
Check out more of our fast food reviews and videos here.
Keto Fast Food Honorable Mentions
Make your favorite sub sandwich into a Chopped Salad, top it with shredded cheese and a low-carb dressing. Be careful with some meats like Sweet Onion Chicken being covered in sugar. Keep it simple and don't be afraid to look up the nutrition info online beforehand.
Order the Grilled Chicken Sandwich without the bun. It comes with lettuce and tomato, plus you can always ask for some cheese and bacon for extra fat and flavor.
Instead of Popeye's traditional fried chicken, you can order the Blackened Tenders with a side of Green Beans. These chicken tenders are fried with a blackened seasoning, but they don't have any batter or breading.
Jack in the Box
Bacon, sausage, ham, scrambled eggs AND two kinds of cheese. Order the Meat Lovers Breakfast Burrito without the tortilla. This keto breakfast bowl is a filling fast food meal.