Yes, you can make low-carb, keto-friendly sandwiches. And they’ll taste freaking awesome.
A Keto Diet Sandwich? Hell Yes.
If you’re going keto, you probably think that sandwiches are off-limits. After all, bread is a pretty vital part of a basic sandwich. (Without it, you basically have a charcuterie plate…and very sticky hands.) And, since bread equals carbs, and you can only have ~25 minuscule grams of net carbs per day on the keto diet, you’ve probably pushed all dreams of double-decker club sammies and grilled cheeses out of your mind.
But there’s hope! For one, there is a way to make a low-carb bread that follows the ketogenic meal plan. (There are even keto-friendly desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.)
Second, there are these seven tasty low-carb sandwich recipes that’ll fill you up without wrecking your ketosis. You’re very welcome.
Brie, Ham, and Apple Panini Sandwich
This low-carb panini sandwich is perfect for lunch or a hearty breakfast. It’s high in good fats from the cheese and ham, along with protein to keep you full—and, of course, it skimps on the carbs and sugars. The recipe includes a DIY low-carb flatbread using coconut flour, almond flour, and whey protein that’ll become your new favorite bread substitution. (FYI, there are more creative ways to cook with whey protein.)
Total net carbs: 8.4 grams per serving
Get the recipe: Brie, Ham, and Apple Panini Sandwich
Sausage Patty Keto Breakfast Sandwich
This breakfast sandwich is high in fats from the egg, avocado, and cheese, and amazingly low in carbs. How? it uses sausage patties as bread. Keep in mind that sausage is going to be higher in unhealthy saturated fat, which should still be eaten in moderation, keto diet or not. Pro tip: Add some sriracha for a spicy kick. (Here, more breakfast sandwich recipes that you can make.)
Total net carbs: 4 grams per serving
Get the recipe: Sausage Patty Keto Breakfast Sandwich
Low-Carb Meatball Subs
When you think of meatball subs, you likely envision thick pieces of bread soaked with pasta sauce—but not here. This low-carb keto sandwich is high in fats from the meat and cheese and low in carbs, thanks to the mozzarella dough holding each “sub” together. That’s right: You can turn mozzarella cheese (with the help of almond flour, cream cheese, eggs, and xanthan gum) into a bread alternative. Another way to eat cheese and it’s keto-friendly? No complaints here! This sandwich is high in calories (duh), so just don’t make it an every-night meal.
Total net carbs: 3 grams per serving
Get the recipe: Low-Carb Meatball Subs
Healthy Keto Lettuce Wraps
The best way to really make a keto sandwich? Ditch the bread altogether and pack on the good fats and protein. This wrap is for a real carnivore, as it’s filled with bacon, turkey, and cheese—but it remains keto-friendly since you’re using lettuce instead of an actual wrap. The net carb count will depend on which fillings you use. You can use an online calculator to add the carbs.
Total net carbs: varies depending on fillings
Get the recipe: Healthy Lettuce Wraps
Bacon, Avocado, and Chicken Cloud Bread Sandwich
Magical Instagram “cloud” bread (made with keto ingredients like cream cheese and cream of tartar) keeps this sandwich recipe unbelievably low-carb. This recipe bulks up on healthy fats from its fillings, leaving you with a rich sandwich that hits all the macro requirements for keto. Go with pepper jack cheese for an extra bite (but any type of cheese will do).
Total net carbs: 4.3 per serving
Get the recipe: Bacon, Avocado, and Chicken Sandwich
Veggie-Loaded Keto Burger Buns
Looking for a healthier, veggie-centric, and keto-friendly burger recipe for lunch or dinner? These keto buns (which get their crazy color from spinach or kale) make for the ultimate bread bun substitution. Pile them high insides with a beef patty, a veggie burger or meat alternative, or other high-protein fillers.
Total net carbs: 3.4 grams per bun
Get the recipe: Veggie-Loaded Keto Burger Buns
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