Keto Hamburger with Tomato Sauce - Recipe - Diet Doctor (2024)

Keto Hamburger with Tomato Sauce - Recipe - Diet Doctor (1)

A delicious burger needs no bun! Enjoy this satisfying bunless patty topped with creamy tomato gravy and a side of sautéed cabbage. Keto satisfaction guaranteed!

January 12 2016 recipe by Anne Aobadia, photo by Emma Shevtzoff, nutritional review by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE in Recipes, Dinner, Meal

A delicious burger needs no bun! Enjoy this satisfying bunless patty topped with creamy tomato gravy and a side of sautéed cabbage. Keto satisfaction guaranteed!

USMetric

4 servingservings

Ingredients

Hamburger patties

  • 1½ lbs 650 g ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 1 eggeggs
  • 3 oz. (9 tbsp) 85 g (130 ml) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tsp 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. (3½ cups) 55 g (800 ml) fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp olive oil, for frying or butter

Gravy

  • ¾ cup 180 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tomato paste or ajvar relish
  • salt and pepper

Fried green cabbage

  • 1¼ lbs 550 g shredded green cabbage
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • salt and pepper

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Instructions

Hamburger patties and gravy

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the hamburgers in a large bowl using a wooden spoon or clean hands. Don't over-mix since that can make the patties tough. Use wet hands to form oblong patties.

  2. Add olive oil or butter to a large frying pan. Fry over medium-high heat for at least 10 minutes or until the patties have browned. Flip them a few times for even cooking.

  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the tomato paste and cream. Add this mixture to the pan when the patties are almost done. Stir and let simmer for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Sprinkle with chopped parsley before serving.

Butter-fried green cabbage

  1. Shred the cabbage finely using a food processor or sharp knife.

  2. Add butter to a large frying pan.

  3. Place the pan over medium-high heat and sauté the shredded cabbage for at least 15 minutes or until the cabbage is wilted and golden brown around the edges.

  4. Stir regularly and lower the heat a little towards the end. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tip!

Switch it up! These patties pair well with any sautéed vegetable… What do you love? Onions, mushrooms, spinach, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans…

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287 comments

  1. 251

    Reply to comment #250 by Bridges003

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    February 29 2020

    Could I use red cabbage in place of the green cabbage?

    Sure, just be aware that red cabbage has more carbs than green cabbage.

    Reply: #301

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    Rosie

    March 12 2020

    So I made this without the cabbage. Except, I didn't make it into patties. I just fried up the ground beef in a pan. I did add two eggs just for some filler (stretch it a bit.) I didn't have feta, so used goat cheese. At the end I just added the sauce. It was delicious. Almost like a chili.

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    traceydavis

    March 31 2020

    I made this as our first Keto meal and OMG how delicious! And lunch ready for tomorrow, so easy:) And thanks for having an easy metric change for us Aussies.

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    aprildkaye

    April 18 2020

    This was so delicious!! Can’t wait for lunch leftovers!

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    crazy_grace123

    June 5 2020

    Hi does anyone know if you can freeze these patties if sp cooked or raw please?

    Reply: #256

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    Reply to comment #255 by crazy_grace123

    Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    June 6 2020

    Hi does anyone know if you can freeze these patties if sp cooked or raw please?

    You may have better results if you freeze them while raw. If cooked and frozen, they may be dried out when thawed and heated.

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    Donna Wren

    July 22 2020

    Directions are incorrect. Says to add butter and oil to hamburgers. Then says add butter to cabbage. Does not day to separate

    Reply: #258

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    Reply to comment #257 by Donna Wren

    July 23 2020

    Directions are incorrect. Says to add butter and oil to hamburgers. Then says add butter to cabbage. Does not day to separate

    I am sorry for the confusion. There is a notation after the butter and oil in the ingredient list that they are for frying.
    1 tbsp olive oil, for frying
    2 tbsp butter, for frying

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    lauracavnp

    August 4 2020

    Ok so my super picky son ate this, well, without the tomato gravy. I ate this for 2 days in a row. I ate with a greek salad components and it was ah-mazing.

    Reply: #260

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    Reply to comment #259 by lauracavnp

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    August 4 2020

    Ok so my super picky son ate this, well, without the tomato gravy. I ate this for 2 days in a row. I ate with a greek salad components and it was ah-mazing.

    Awesome! So glad you both enjoyed it!

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    gkgreen96

    August 12 2020

    Hello,
    I don't know if I am just overlooking it but what is the serving size. I can't seem to find it on any recipe.
    Thank you

    Reply: #263

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    Nancy

    August 14 2020

    Usually I stress out when dinner guests are coming. Today my daughter offered to pick up take out and eat with me and my husband. I responded, "No, I have plenty of food on hand. I'll make us something." Everyone loved this. It was a big hit. I had no stress because I knew it would be delicious.

    Reply: #264

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    Reply to comment #261 by gkgreen96

    Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    August 14 2020

    Hello,
    I don't know if I am just overlooking it but what is the serving size. I can't seem to find it on any recipe.
    Thank you

    Serving size for this one is about 6 oz of hamburgers. For each recipe, you can visually divide your finished product by the number of servings your recipe is set.

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    Reply to comment #262 by Nancy

    Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    August 14 2020

    Usually I stress out when dinner guests are coming. Today my daughter offered to pick up take out and eat with me and my husband. I responded, "No, I have plenty of food on hand. I'll make us something." Everyone loved this. It was a big hit. I had no stress because I knew it would be delicious.

    That is outstanding!! Way to go!!

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    Susan

    August 17 2020

    Is there another gravy i can replace my family not fans of tomatoes?

    Reply: #266

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    Reply to comment #265 by Susan

    Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    August 18 2020

    Is there another gravy i can replace my family not fans of tomatoes?

    You can choose from any of our sauce/dressing recipes!
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/recipes/sauces-dressings

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    Honeymay

    August 29 2020

    Made it with ground turkey and used sour cream and a little water in the gravy because I didn't have enough heavy cream left. Came out very good!

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    AnnMarie

    September 5 2020

    Delicious! I always add sautéed chopped onions and minced garlic to the meat mix. Otherwise I make this exactly as written. It is a real winner in our house!

    Reply: #269

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    Reply to comment #268 by AnnMarie

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    September 5 2020

    Delicious! I always add sautéed chopped onions and minced garlic to the meat mix. Otherwise I make this exactly as written. It is a real winner in our house!

    Sounds great! So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Ann Marie

    September 11 2020

    Hi, I cook for one, can anyone tell me how to get 1/4 of an egg🤔, thanks

    Reply: #271

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    Reply to comment #270 by Ann Marie

    Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    September 11 2020

    Hi, I cook for one, can anyone tell me how to get 1/4 of an egg🤔, thanks

    There are 2 ways around this! You can omit the egg if you're making one serving or you can make 4 servings which will use one whole egg. You can freeze the patties before cooking and they will freeze and thaw well! While the ability to scale recipes to make fewer or more servings is very helpful, it can result in some non-standard measurement amounts.

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    Laura

    September 21 2020

    What fat ratio was the meat used in the video. We used 85 lean. Our sauce didn't look anything like the video and it didn't mix at all with the fat in the pan. Did I do something wrong?

    Reply: #273

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    Reply to comment #272 by Laura

    Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    September 21 2020

    What fat ratio was the meat used in the video. We used 85 lean. Our sauce didn't look anything like the video and it didn't mix at all with the fat in the pan. Did I do something wrong?

    85/15 is a good choice for this dish. You can see the technique used in the included video.

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    Linda

    September 23 2020

    Should you drain grease before adding the tomato cream sauce?

    Reply: #275

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    Reply to comment #274 by Linda

    Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    September 23 2020

    Should you drain grease before adding the tomato cream sauce?

    You should not need to drain the grease as it includes the butter, olive oil, and fat from the meat.

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    Trista Miller

    October 11 2020

    I made this as my first recipe and it was a massive hit! Will definately be making this one again.

    Reply: #279

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    Reply to comment #278 by Trista Miller

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    October 11 2020

    I made this as my first recipe and it was a massive hit! Will definately be making this one again.

    Awesome! So glad to hear that!

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    Maretta

    November 15 2020

    I put the cabbage in the pan I had cooked the meat patties in and made the sauce in a separate pot. Very tasty and definitely one I will make again

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    Velvet

    November 29 2020

    Wow this is so easy to make! I really enjoyed it however it was a little bland for me. I think adding onions, garlic and some red chillies would really kick this up a bit. Super yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! :)

    Reply: #282

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    Reply to comment #281 by Velvet

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    November 29 2020

    Wow this is so easy to make! I really enjoyed it however it was a little bland for me. I think adding onions, garlic and some red chillies would really kick this up a bit. Super yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this!!! :)

    Sounds great! Just keep in mind that adding those ingredients would increase the carb count.

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    Tammy

    January 5 2021

    I have made this a few times now. With a big family I make 12 servings and have changed up making them in the skillet. I'll fry 4 patties at a time just until each side has a nice char on them. I then transfer to a metal baking pan and pour the gravy sauce on top. Baking at 350 degrees in the oven for 25 min.

    Reply: #284

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    Reply to comment #283 by Tammy

    Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    January 5 2021

    I have made this a few times now. With a big family I make 12 servings and have changed up making them in the skillet. I'll fry 4 patties at a time just until each side has a nice char on them. I then transfer to a metal baking pan and pour the gravy sauce on top. Baking at 350 degrees in the oven for 25 min.

    Thank you for the awesome tip, Tammy! I have a family of 5 to cook for, but I always cook with leftovers in mind. This will be helpful!

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    Dana

    March 7 2021

    This is one of my favourite diet doctor recipes so far. It is soooo good. I’ve made it three times already.

    Reply: #286

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    Reply to comment #285 by Dana

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    March 7 2021

    This is one of my favourite diet doctor recipes so far. It is soooo good. I’ve made it three times already.

    Awesome, Dana! So glad to hear that!

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    Kim

    April 24 2021

    Made it per the recipe and my picky husband and I both loved it!!

    Reply: #288

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    Reply to comment #287 by Kim

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    April 24 2021

    Made it per the recipe and my picky husband and I both loved it!!

    Great! So glad you both enjoyed it!

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    Nica

    December 10 2021

    This was my first consciously cooked keto meal. Lucky me it was so delicious that even my picky husband was totally convinced. He only complained about the greasy cabbage. Well, after one year and a half he doesn't even notice. This dish became a staple and experienced variations on the veggie side: I tried mashed broccoli (try with mascarpone), cheesy cauliflower or - even better - Brussels sprouts with a cheesy sauce. During it's evolution, the patties became cheesier but the gravy stayed the same.
    Thank you for this great inspiration!

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    Karen

    December 30 2021

    These are so good! I fried mushrooms in butter prior to browning the ground beef patties, then added them back when I put in the sauce.
    The flavor is superb!
    All was served with cauliflower-cheese mash as a side dish.
    Thank you so much for recipes we can actually use and that taste sooooo good!

    Reply: #291

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    Reply to comment #290 by Karen

    Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    December 31 2021

    These are so good! I fried mushrooms in butter prior to browning the ground beef patties, then added them back when I put in the sauce.
    The flavor is superb!
    All was served with cauliflower-cheese mash as a side dish.
    Thank you so much for recipes we can actually use and that taste sooooo good!

    Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed this recipe!

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    Helnida Page

    February 2 2022

    What kind of ground beef do you suggest using for all recipes? 90/10?

    Reply: #293

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    Reply to comment #292 by Helnida Page

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    February 2 2022

    What kind of ground beef do you suggest using for all recipes? 90/10?

    The standard ground beef for our recipes uses 13% fat, however you can use whichever ratio you prefer!

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    wplogin-1e7de330-bff6-49ff-823a-bded2e7ff38a

    February 12 2022

    All out of feta, but have parm on hand, will this work?

    Reply: #295

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    Reply to comment #294 by wplogin-1e7de330-bff6-49ff-823a-bded2e7ff38a

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    February 14 2022

    All out of feta, but have parm on hand, will this work?

    It may change the flavor a bit, but it should be fine!

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    Karen

    February 24 2022

    Cannot change servings for recipes or the nutritional value of the without becoming a member. Very disappointed with this approach. Please change back to help serve your clients better.

    Reply: #297

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    Reply to comment #296 by Karen

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    February 24 2022

    Cannot change servings for recipes or the nutritional value of the without becoming a member. Very disappointed with this approach. Please change back to help serve your clients better.

    Thank you for your feedback!

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    Paul Robinson

    March 20 2022

    HI
    I'm wondering if you have dairy-free recipes - I have been allergic to dairy my whole life so that's out. Then I got off of Gluten - that went OK - and now I m getting rid of sugar cold turkey.

    BUT so many of your recipes use cream etc.

    I can tolerate cheese as far as I know - OLD cheese.

    But is there a separate listing for dairy free in your lists?

    THX

    Reply: #299

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    Reply to comment #298 by Paul Robinson

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    March 21 2022

    HI
    I'm wondering if you have dairy-free recipes - I have been allergic to dairy my whole life so that's out. Then I got off of Gluten - that went OK - and now I m getting rid of sugar cold turkey.
    BUT so many of your recipes use cream etc.
    I can tolerate cheese as far as I know - OLD cheese.
    But is there a separate listing for dairy free in your lists?
    THX

    Yes, we have an entire section of dairy-free recipes! Here you go! https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/recipes/dairy-free

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    Reply to comment #251 by Kerry Merritt

    nalini_ef

    February 11 2023

    What about Cavolo Nero cabbage. How does that rate carb-wise please?

    Reply: #302

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    Reply to comment #301 by nalini_ef

    Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    February 13 2023

    What about Cavolo Nero cabbage. How does that rate carb-wise please?

    I believe cavolo nero (also known as kale) would have fewer carbs than green cabbage. Hope this helps!

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    Reply to comment #168 by Laura

    Maury M.

    March 28 2023

    Fets is already crumbled so just add it in. I hope this helps.

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    Sharon

    April 9 2023

    Such a simple, quick recipe with absolutely wow results. This is in our regular rotation. I add a finely chopped shallot to the burger mix, & I deglaze the skillet after the burgers are done, add a bit of butter, and sauté the cabbage - gives it a wonderful meaty flavor with a bit of a feta bite. Hands-down, this is in our top three favorites.

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