You’re on keto but fast food is the only option around? Well, that’s not ideal, but with a few tips and tricks, even low carb dieters can find something for themselves, even at Dairy Queen.
Just so you know, we’re not encouraging you to eat at any fast food restaurant. Preparing your meals at home is your best option because it’s the only way you’ll know what you’re putting inside of your body.
However, if you’re on the road or doing so is not something you can do at the moment, take a look at our tips below on what to order at Dairy Queen:
3 Rules on How to Eat Keto at Dairy Queen
There are not too many Dairy Queen keto options, but if you’re on a low carb diet you can manage to eat anything nearly anywhere as long as you follow certain rules.
Remember that keto diet works best when you eat at home and know what you’re putting on your plate. The less ingredients your low carb meal has, the better.
However, if you’re on the road and Dairy Queen is the only drive through around, keep those 3 rules in mind:
1. Stick to bunless burgers
Stay away from combos altogether and order a single burger without the bun. Your best bet is to get a bunless and sauceless burger, then just ask for yellow mustard, mayo or ranch dressing on the side and assemble it yourself.
The only no-no when it comes to burgers is crispy chicken. Stick to a grilled chicken breast instead.
2. Forget your sweet tooth at the door
Keto dieters have tons of temptations the moment they enter Dairy Queen, and I’m not even talking about traditional fast food here.
Steer clear of all the ice creams, sweets, slushies, soft drinks, cakes and foods that fall into the dessert category. None of these should belong on your low carb menu.
3. If you’re questioning it, it’s not for a low carb diet already
Low carb should be simple and the same goes for the ketogenic diet while eating out. If it doesn’t look like something you would eat at home, don’t go for it.
Your Dairy Queen keto low carb options are limited and your best bet is to order a simple bunless burger without sauce, a plain side salad or mix up something of your own from the low carb friendly add-ons mentioned below.
What Low Carb Meals Can I Order at Dairy Queen?
Not too many, but you can order low carb and keto options once you customize their meals a bit.
We did the approximate calculations for you, but just in case you were wondering you can also check out the Dairy Queen Nutrition Information Guide.
Cheese GrillBurger (no bun, no ketchup)
Here you’ll get two quarter pound beef patties topped with cheddar cheese, tomato, crisp lettuce, pickles, onions and mayo.
Make sure to specifically ask for a bunless burger and skip on the ketchup as well. It has tons of sugar inside which can easily add up.
Nutrition info: 400 calories; 28g fat; 28g protein; 9g total carbs; 6g net carbs.
Bacon Cheese GrillBurger (no bun, no ketchup)
Here you’ll get a quarter pound beef patty with cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce, pickles onions and mayo.
Skip on the bun and ask for no ketchup as well. If you want to get a little creative, ask for lettuce leaves on the side and wrap it into a burger.
Nutrition into: 400 calories; 28g fat; 28g protein; 9g carbs; 6 net carbs
Flamethrower GrillBurger (no bun)
In this bunless burger you’ll get two quarter pound beef patties topped with DQ’s signature Flamethrower sauce, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño bacon, tomato and lettuce.
If you want to lower down the carb count, swap DQ’s signature sauce for buffalo sauce or ranch sauce.
Nutrition info: 780 calories; 62g fat; 51g protein; 8g carbs; 5g net carbs
Mushroom Swiss GrillBurger (no bun)
Order it without the bun and get a quarter pound beef patty topped with mushroom sauce, Swiss cheese and mayo.
You can beef it up with another beef patty, american cheese or sliced bacon on the side.
Nutrition info: 380 calories; 29g fat; 25g protein; 4g total carbs; 3g net carbs
Ultimate GrillBurger (no bun, no sauce)
Quarter pound beef patty with cheddar cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce and pickles. Make sure to order it without the bun and skip on the DQ’s Ultimate sauce.
If you’re still feeling hungry, just order a side salad with a low carb friendly dressing.
Nutrition info: 440 calories; 33g fat; 29g protein; 8g carbs; 7g net carbs
1/3 Double with Cheese (no bun, no ketchup)
In this burger you’ll get two 1/3 pound beef patties with cheddar cheese, pickles and mustard. All you need to remember is to skip on the bun and ketchup.
Add more beef patties to turn this double cheeseburger into a triple cheeseburger to fill you up with more protein.
Nutrition info: 326 calories; 22g fat; 32g protein; 2g carbs; 2g net carbs
Grilled chicken Sandwich (no bun)
Here you’ll get a seasoned grilled chicken fillet with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Make sure you specifically say you want grilled chicken and not crispy chicken.
Nutrition info: 210 calories; 10g fat; 18g protein; 9g carbs; 5g net carbs
Rotisserie-style Chicken Bites Salad Bowl
Enjoy chicken bites with chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, bacon, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots and cheddar cheese.
For the dressing, Dairy Queen keto offers a few good options for those who are on keto. Just scroll down for more food options.
Nutrition info (no dressing): 300 calories; 14g fat; 34g protein; 11g total carbs; 8g net carbs
Grilled Chicken BLT Salad
If you ask us, this would be our top fast food choice at Diary Queen. Here you’ll get a salad with grilled chicken, tomatoes, crispy bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, red cabbage and shredded carrots.
Pick a low carb dressing on the side as well. Also, don’t forget to choose grilled chicken and not the crispy one.
Nutrition info (no dressing): 260 calories; 11g fat; 32g protein; 10g carbs; 7g net carbs
This is a simple side salad. Fresh lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded carrots and cabbage. All you need to do is make sure to pick a keto friendly dressing.
Nutrition info (no dressing): 25 calories; 0.1g fat; 1g protein; 5g carbs; 3g net carbs
Hot Dogs (no bun)
- Bacon Cheese Dog (280 calories; 23g fat; 14g protein; 1g carbs; 1g net carbs)
- Chili Cheese Dog (280 calories; 23g fat; 14g protein; 2g carbs; 1g net carbs)
- Cheese Dog (250 calories; 19g fat; 10g protein; 1g carbs; 0g net carbs)
- Chili Dog (250 calories; 19g fat; 10g protein; 1g carbs; 1g net carbs)
Keto friendly add-ons
- Applewood Smoked Bacon (0g net carbs)
- Burger Patty (0g net carbs)
- Diced tomato (1g net carbs)
- GrillBurger Patty (0g net carbs)
- Jalapeno bacon (og net carbs)
- Lettuce (1g net carbs)
- Onion (1g net carbs)
- Pepper jack cheese (0g net carbs)
- Pickles (0g net carbs)
- Shredded cheese (1g net carbs)
- Swiss cheese (0g net carbs)
Keto friendly dips, dressings & sauces
- Yellow mustard (0g net carbs)
- Ranch dressing (1g net carbs)
- Ranch dipping cup (3g net carbs)
- Mayo (0g net carbs)
- FlameThrower Sauce (1g net carbs)
- Chili Dog Sauce (2g net carbs)
- Blue cheese dressing (2g net carbs)
- Creamy caesar dressing (2g net carbs)
- Light Italian dressing (2g net carbs)
- Wild buffalo dipping sauce (0g net carbs)
What to avoid at Dairy Queen?
- No blizzard treats
- No cakes
- No cones
- No sundaes
- No royal treats
- No ice cream
- No slushies
- No chicken strips
- No crispy chicken salad
- No crispy chicken sandwich
- No chicken bbq snack melt
- No buffalo chicken snack melt
- No French fries
- No onion rings
- No poutine
- No combo deals
- No cheese curds
- No wraps
- No snack melts
- No pretzel sticks
- No sweetened beverages
- No juice
- No milk
Our Final Opinion
Overall, eating low carb at Dairy Queen is no easy task. However, we hope that you can choose from options at Dairy Queen without a hassle and pick a nice meal for yourself that’s low in carbs.
We’re kind of bummed that Dairy Queen doesn’t offer the chicken bacon ranch sandwich anymore, it used to be a great low carb option if you ordered it without the bun. For some reason I don’t see it on the menu anymore.
To sum it up, I know making your own meals at home is not the most convenient option all the time, but if there is a way you can do so, you will thank yourself in the long run.
However, if you’re stuck with eating fast food because that’s the only thing around at the moment, check out our other posts on how to eat keto and low carb at Marco’s Pizza, Burger King, Zaxby’s, Dunkin Donuts, Culver’s, El Pollo Loco, Dutch Bros and many more keto fast food guides.
Matt is a former college basketball player turned computer engineer who discovered his passion for health and nutrition after cutting sugar from his diet in 2016. That year he founded KetoConnect with Megha in order to share their ketogenic lifestyle through recipes, videos, and educational content. Matt is always seeking to grow and try new things, a passion he shares with his wife and two amazing sons.