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Best Keto Low Carb McDonalds Breakfast Options

Sometimes you’re on the go and fast food is just the most convenient option. Whether you are eating keto or just low carb, sometimes you need to be able to snag an easy breakfast while on the go. I am going to go over a few of the best keto low-carb McDonalds breakfast options that I have found.

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First off, some of you may be wondering how you can eat fast food while Keto. Well, it does not work if you are following the strict ketogenic diet as it does not allow you to eat at a fast food restaurant.

But the good news is, it works just fine if you are following the dirty aka lazy keto diet.

Sure, it may not be the healthiest choice, but it’s all about balance and making it work for you. So go ahead, and indulge in that fast food while sticking to your dirty keto plan. You’ve got this!

What is the difference between strict keto and dirty keto?

Strict keto and dirty keto are two different approaches to the ketogenic diet, and the difference lies in the quality of the foods consumed. 

Strict Keto:

This keto focuses on consuming whole, nutrient-dense foods such as lean meats, healthy fats, and low-carb vegetables. Choosing strict keto over dirty keto is the better option for overall health and well-being.

By prioritizing whole, nutritious foods, you are providing your body with the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients it needs to thrive.

Dirty Keto:

On the other hand, dirty keto allows for more flexibility and includes processed and low-quality foods like fast food, bacon, and cheese.  

However, let’s face it we all lead very busy lives so choosing dirty keto or what’s also known as lazy keto is fine if that is what works for you and you can stick to a diet.

Ultimately, the choice between strict keto and dirty keto comes down to your personal goals and priorities. If you are focused on overall health and well-being, strict keto is the better option.

However, if convenience and flexibility are more important to you, then dirty keto may be a more realistic approach. 

But remember, prioritizing whole, nutritious foods will always be the better choice for your body and your health.

Choose wisely, and make the decision that aligns with your long-term goals and well-being.

Best Choice Options For A Low-carb Breakfast At McDonald’s:

The nutrition information I gathered for this post is based on the McDonald’s nutrition editor they have on the McDonald’s menu items.

I have to say when it comes to fast food menus and finding out what you can eat and sticking to your low-carb diet, McDonald’s has one of the best nutrition calculators I have found compared to some of the other fast food chains.

Let’s dive into some of the best low-carb options I have found for breakfast items at the golden arches. Keep in mind that I have had no issues ordering McDonald’s food in this way however, it could vary by McDonald’s locations.

Sausage McMuffin with extra Egg:

A sausage McMuffin with egg is normally a toasted English muffin with a melty slice of cheese on a freshly cracked egg and a sausage patty.

To order it low carb, order the Sausage McMuffin with Egg ask for no English muffin, and add an extra egg. I like this great option because you can eat it as a breakfast sandwich using the eggs in place of the muffin.

  • Calories: 420g
  • Protein: 22g
  • Fat: 35g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Net Carbs = 3g carbs

Sausage McMuffin with Egg:

If you are looking for a few less calories than the idea we gave above, you don’t have to order the extra egg. Simply order a sausage McMuffin with egg and ask for no muffin.

  • Calories: 340g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Fat: 30g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Net Carbs = 2g

Egg McMuffin:

The classic egg McMuffin is a freshly cooked egg on a toasted English muffin with a slice of American cheese and a slice of Canadian bacon.

This is an easy one to order and works out to be 3 g carbs when ordered simply without the muffin. You will get to enjoy an egg a piece of Canadian bacon and a slice of American cheese.

  • Calories: 170g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 12g
  • Carbs: 3
  • Net Carbs = 3g
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Sausage Burrito:

If you are looking for something more like a breakfast bowl, this is a good one. Simply order the sausage breakfast burrito and open the tortilla like it’s a wrapper. Then eat with a fork. I have asked when ordering for no tortilla and they said these are pre-made so they can’t change it.

You will get to enjoy all those wonderful flavors of egg, sausage, cheese, green chiles, and onions without the high carb count of the tortilla.

With this one being on the lower side of calories and carbs, I normally like to get 2 and just have them add it to the same dish.

  • Calories: 160g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbs: 3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Net Carbs = 2g

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit:

Don’t know about you but I just love me some bacon! To make this one a keto breakfast item, just ask for no biscuit when ordering.

You will get a fluffy folded egg, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, and a slice of melted American cheese!

  • Calories: 200g
  • Protein: 12g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Carbs: 4g
  • Net Carbs = 4g

Low Carb McDonalds Breakfast Drink Options With 0 Grams Of Net Carbs: 

Black Coffee:

Black Coffee is not only has 0 carbs it is also zero calories! Coffee is my go-to drink when eating low-carb. The caffeine also adds in appetite suppressant.

Unsweetened Iced Tea:

This is another zero-carb and zero calories. Like back coffee, this is another go-to and can also be drunk while even fasting.

Unsweetened Hot Tea:

This is the same nutritional information as iced tea.


Well, we all know water and it is the same classic recommended beverage for any diet.

Diet Soda:

There are not many different diet soft drinks to choose from. All locations carry Diet Coke but some also have Diet Sprite.

Keep in mind that if you want things like tea and coffee sweetened you can ask for sugar substitute packets to add to your drink.

Adding Extras To Your Order:

As we mentioned in the Sausage McMuffin with Egg low carb McDonalds breakfast option, you can add an extra egg to make it more like a sandwich and get extra protein. However, it does just end there.

You can add extras to any order you make. Feel free to add extra cheese, eggs, sausage patties, and more to take your meal to the next level. The possibilities are endless! 

Whether you’re looking for more protein or just want to switch things up, the choice is yours. 

Just remember, with great extras comes great responsibility to check the nutrition calculator and make sure it aligns with your dietary goals and grams of carbs.

So go ahead, get creative with your order, and enjoy a meal that’s tailored just for you.

If thinking of ordering things differently, you will want to check it on their website and use the nutrition calculator to make sure you stay on target.

Frequently Asked Low Carb McDonalds Breakfast Questions: 

Q. Can you order things other than from the McDonald’s breakfast menu?

A. You can if your store serves beef patties early when they also serve breakfast foods as not all stores do.

Q. Can I order items with an extra sausage patty instead of an extra egg?

A. Absuility you can! Just know it will change the grams of fat and grams of protein as well as calories from what we have listed.

Q. Can you order a big breakfast and just not eat the high-carb items like the hash browns or the biscuit?

A. You could. You could simply eat the sausage patty and the eggs. I just find it more cost-effective to order as we have recommended above.

Q. Do they have any keto meals on the menu? 

A. No. When looking at the menu there is nothing specifically that says keto-friendly meals. It will be on you to ask them to make the changes to get low carb friendly foods.

Different Low-Carb Plan Breakfast Ideas: 

If you don’t want to make a run for low carb mcdonalds breakfast but just are looking for a different breakfast idea here are a few recipes to try. 

The Low Carb Diet Fast Food Place Takeaway:

When it comes to ordering breakfast items, you have the power to customize your meal to fit your dietary needs.

You can pretty much order any breakfast item such as biscuit sandwiches, breakfast sandwiches, burritos, sausage biscuit, griddle cakes sandwich and simply ask to leave out the high-carb items.

That will make them into keto-friendly options. If they do not allow you to leave them off at your store, simply just toss them yourself. 

The only food that does not work and can’t really be changed up to make a low-carb meal is the maple oatmeal, but there are plenty of other delicious low carb mcdonalds breakfast options to choose from.

So go ahead and order with confidence, knowing that you can make your breakfast fit your keto lifestyle.

Do you have a favorite way you like to order your fast food breakfast?

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