This yummy and easy recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal the whole family will enjoy. It is reminiscent of a Big Mac with the famous “special sauce”. The flavors you love without the added sugar and carbs!
You can’t go to McDonald’s and get a low-carb, keto-friendly, and gluten-free Big Mac, but you can make this delicious skillet meal with my copycat Big Mac sauce recipe! Of course, people have long since been making Big Mac variations at home. A Big Mac salad recipe and burger bowls are popular choices. A restaurant I like has a cheeseburger salad on the menu that I enjoy. But I always think it would be next level with the secret sauce!
What you’ll love about this recipe
When you think of a Big Mac, you certainly don’t think of low carb. But, as much negativity as McDonald’s gets, someone out there is eating Big Macs! There’s a McDonald’s on every corner! I love the flavors of a Big Mac, but I don’t like how the sugar and carbs make me feel. This Keto Big Mac Skillet gives you the flavors of the Big Mac in a way that fits your keto lifestyle. It tastes like a low-carb Big Mac casserole. You won’t even miss a fast food burger and French fries! Plus, it’s so easy to make! I love one-pot 30-minute meals. But it’s so good you may want to double it or use the recipe for meal prep! There’s a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Ingredients & Substitutions
Ground beef – 80/20 is best; you don’t want the cooked ground beef to be too dry.
Dried minced onion – I like dried minced onion in this recipe, but you can substitute 1/4 cup of chopped onions.
Seasoning Salt – Look for seasoning salt without added sugars. I like Redmonds and Trader Joe’s Seasoning salt.
Ketchup – No sugar-added or sugar-free ketchup is a must for this recipe.
Worcestershire sauce – Any Worcestershire sauce will work for this recipe, but you can use a gluten-free brand.
Dried dill weed – 1 tablespoon fresh dill can be substituted for dried.
Black Pepper – Ground black pepper or freshly ground pepper
Cauliflower rice – can use fresh or frozen. Frozen is more accessible, and there’s no sacrifice of flavor.
Cheddar Cheese – Cheddar or American cheese can be used. Freshly grated is the best for melty cheese.
Bacon – You don’t usually think of bacon on a Big Mac, but it’s bacon, and it’s excellent in this recipe!
Dill Pickles – Any dill pickle will work. Sweet pickles contain too much sugar.
Toasted sesame seeds – Optional, but add a unique flavor to the recipe since it’s missing the traditional toasted sesame seed bun.
Special Sauce Ingredients
Mayonnaise – Use your favorite mayo. Avoid miracle whip; it contains too much sugar.
Ketchup – No sugar added or sugar-free ketchup
Dill pickle relish – If you don’t have dill pickle relish, you can use finely chopped dill pickles.
Stevia – This adds sweetness similar to Mcdonald’s Big Mac Sauce
Salt & Pepper – Add salt and pepper to taste.
Sauce ingredients can be doubled for extra sauce.
How to make the Best Keto Big Mac Skillet
Gather your ingredients. Cook riced cauliflower according to package directions and drain.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef. This should take about 10 minutes. Drain off the excess fat.
Stir in the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, dill, pepper and cooked cauliflower rice. Turn the heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes to develop the flavors.
Make the keto Big Mac sauce. Combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, dill pickle relish and stevia in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Evenly sprinkle the cheese, bacon, and pickles over the meat mixture. Then, drizzle it with the sauce and about a tablespoon of the toasted—sesame seeds.
Serving suggestion: Serve in a medium bowl on top of shredded iceberg lettuce, extra burger sauce on the side, and any of your other favorite toppings.
Keto Big Mac Skillet tastes even better the next day, making it perfect for meal prep. It should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-5 days. After that, it can be stored in the freezer for 4 months.
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Keto Big Mac Skillet with Special Sauce
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
- 1/2 cup ketchup no sugar added
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups frozen cauliflower rice cooked according to package directions
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup chopped dill pickles
- Toasted sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
- In a large deep skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef with the dried minced onions and seasoning salt, crumbling the meat as it cooks, until the beef is cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain excess fat.
- Stir in the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, dill, pepper and cooked cauliflower rice. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes to develop the flavors.
- Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish and stevia. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Top the beef mixture with the cheese, bacon, pickles, special sauce and toasted sesame seeds.
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is included as a courtesy and is calculated to the best of my ability, using my preferred brands. I recommend calculation your own macros, as they can widely vary depending on the brands of ingredients you use.
If you like easy weeknight family-friendly recipes, check out my second cookbook, Southern Keto: Beyond the Basics. It has 20 main dish recipes!
Author: Natasha Newton (Natasha's Southern Flavor)
Natasha is the founder of Natasha’s Southern Flavor. She has a passion for sharing delicious family friendly low-carb recipes that are easy to make and use readily accessible ingredients. Natasha has published three bestselling cookbooks. Her books and recipes have been featured by CNET, Delish, Mindbodygreen, Parade and Women’s Health. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, two adult children, and three furbabies.
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