Nothing signals the start of summer quite like firing up the grill or enjoying a lazy picnic outside.
You don’t need to forgo juicy burgers and delicious sides just because you’re keto, paleo, or on the Whole30 diet. These low-carb memorial day recipes, including bacon-wrapped herb burgers and avocado pineapple slaw, will satisfy cravings, and make your next outdoor get-together one to remember.
Ditch the bun and reach for bacon instead. It packs a flavor punch while keeping the burger moist so it doesn’t dry out. This keto, paleo, and Whole30-approved burger recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next picnic or BBQ.
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Get creative and swap your bun for avocado. Make sure to choose a firm avocado — you want it to keep its shape instead of getting mushy in the meat.
You’ll never miss the bun with this mouthwatering keto hamburger salad. The richness of the caramelized onions and bacon bits is balanced with the fresh and peppery arugula. Enjoy this hearty bowl for under 7 net carbs.
If you’ve been low-carb for a while, then you know about the wonders of cauliflower. This mild-tasting vegetable makes a great substitute for rice, mash, and… bread. Cauliflower sandwich thins will satisfy your carb cravings minus the gluten. Use them as burger or hot dog buns at your next cookout.
If you’re a fan of poke, then you’ll love this keto halibut ceviche. You can swap the halibut for any mild-flavored fish, and choose whatever veggies and herbs you like. The best part? This ceviche has zero net carbs, so it won’t kick you out of ketosis.
Throw these shrimp skewers on the grill at your next outdoor get-together. You can prepare these skewers in advance and refrigerate them until you’re ready to grill. Swap the shrimp for thick cubes of grass-fed sirloin steak for a heartier option.
Serve these crab cakes with homemade aioli, some lemon wedges, or garlic butter for a low-carb version of this classic dish.
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Thick avocado slices are wrapped in crispy bacon in this quick and easy keto appetizer. Fry your bacon in grass-fed ghee at medium to low heat to keep this recipe Bulletproof.
This recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is one sweet potato, some spices, ghee, and avocado. Try using a purple sweet potato to up the “wow” factor.
Baked meatballs are the perfect option for a relaxed picnic. Stick each one with a toothpick, making them easy to pop in the mouth.
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Take a crunchy, juicy pickle and wrap it in bacon for a satisfying party snack. Choose pastured bacon and good quality pickles (or make your own).
This light and zingy avocado paleo pineapple slaw pairs well with any protein. The sweet pineapple and crunchy cabbage and cucumber are the perfect antidote to a hot summer’s day.
Shaved Brussels sprouts are tossed with a bright, citrus vinaigrette for a refreshing summer salad. Garnish with chopped bacon to make this a main dish.
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