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Around here we love burgers! But since going low carb, I find myself having to choose between a bunless burger or making my own buns. And sometimes I just want a different option. This Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie provides all the great flavor of a cheeseburger with minimal work and in a charming pie shape. Plus, my kids love it, so it’s a win all around!
This recipe is adapted to be low carb from an old family recipe I previously shared on my other site.
The main difference between the two recipes is the crust. The original crust is a regular, carb-laden biscuit crust. So I made some swaps and ended up with a fantastic low carb biscuit crust that tastes so similar I don’t even notice.
Low Carb Biscuit Crust
This crust is an almond flour-based crust. I modified my favorite biscuit recipe and it works like a charm. You need almond flour, baking powder, salt, onion & garlic powder, an egg, sour cream, butter, and shredded cheddar. Yes, there’s cheddar in both the crust and the the topping. I consider this a bonus.
Because of the nature of low carb biscuit dough, it’s a little bit trickier to spread in the pie plate. Use a rubber sptaula and just be patient and gentle and you’ll be good.
You absolutely must grease the plate. I’ve tried with both butter and avocado oil spray. They both work, but the butter is a bit more effective. But you do you, boo.
The filling is sooo simple, you guys. Ground beef browned with onion, seasoned with Worcestershire Sauce and salt and pepper.
The original recipe called for a little bit of the dry biscuit mixture to be added to bind it. So instead I add a little xanthan gum which works to keep the filling a little more stable when it’s sliced later. However, if you would prefer, I think it could be omitted without too much trouble.
Pour the meat mixture into the unbaked crust and top with sliced tomatoes.
The tomatoes get topped with a mixture of beaten eggs and shredded cheese. Then it gets baked until the top and crust are golden.
Then, just slice and serve!
Hello, gorgeous! 😍
I always have to fight for there to be leftovers. My family of four can easily devour a whole pan. I hope you enjoy as much as we do!
Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie
A super easy cheeseburger pie without the carbs!
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 medium onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C) and grease a 9″ pie plate.
- Make the crust: In a medium bowl, whisk together almond flour, salt, baking powder, and garlic and onion powders. In a separate bowl, mix egg, sour cream, and melted butter. Stir wet ingredients into dry, then fold in cheese.
- Spread crust mixture into prepared pie plate evenly.
- In a heavy-bottomed skillet, brown ground beef with onions. Once meat is cooked through, add Worcestershire, xanthan gum, and salt & pepper. Pour into crust and spread evenly.
- Top with sliced tomatoes.
- Mix beaten eggs with shredded cheese and spread this mixture on top of the tomatoes.
- Bake 20-30 minutes or until golden. Allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing for best results.
Serving Size:1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 367Total Fat: 29.9gSaturated Fat: 11.2gSodium: 676mgCarbohydrates: 6gNet Carbohydrates: 4.1gFiber: 1.9gSugar: 2.4gProtein: 19.4g
Do you think sugar free relish could be included with the meat mixture to add to the cheeseburger taste?
Absolutely! I think that would work just fine. I include chopped pickles in my Bacon Cheeseburger Stromboli and it definitely adds to the burger flavor!
I made this the other night and my ENTIRE FAMILY ate it!! It’s rare I can get my boys to both agree on a meal ☺️ My hubby added chopped lettuce and pickles on top of his with my low carb big mac dressing. My 5 year old dipped each bite in ketchup. My 10 year old and myself ate it just as written. What a winner, thanks!
I love this, Nikki!
I’m so glad it worked out for all of you, and I love the idea of pickles & big mac sauce!
We don’t really love tomatoes, could they be skipped without affecting the outcome? Could I use ketchup instead, or onions!
Absolutely! The tomatoes only serve as flavor here, so you can skip them without issue. You can try ketchup or onions, just be aware that both of these will add to the total carb count. 🙂
Do you think adding a can of pureed rotel would effect the outcome?
That would add quite a bit of moisture, so you may end up with a soggy crust and/or soupy meat mixture. You could try it and see what happens, but those are my concerns. 🙂
What can be substituted for the almond flour for someone with nut allergies? Any ideas?
The only thing I know of that’s a 1:1 nut-free substitution for almond flour is sunflower seed flour. You can make this yourself by grinding sunflower seeds in a food processor (carefully so you don’t turn it into butter) or you can buy it on Amazon.
Coconut flour is often used in low-carb baking but it’s not a 1:1 substitution and usually requires reworking the other ingredients somewhat.
Do you drain the grease from your hamburger mixture after cooking before putting it on the biscuit crust or pour it all in with the meat?
I don’t drain it, but you could if you feel like there’s a lot of grease leftover. A keto diet is a high fat diet, so the only reason I ever drain grease is for textural reasons. 🙂
Made this for dinner tonight and LOVED it!!
So delicious and easy! Thank you for this recipe, I’m adding it to my rotation❤️
Yay! I’m so glad you loved it. 🙂