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Low Carb Cheeseburger Skillet

This bacon cheeseburger skillet combines extra lean ground beef, center cut bacon, 3 types of cheese, a simple burger sauce, and one secret ingredient to create a one-pan meal that’s like eating a burger and fries. Every serving has 30 grams of protein and only 6 grams of carbs, making it an awesome meal prep recipe for those looking to cut carbs.

It’s super easy to make and can be easily customized to fit different calorie and macronutrient needs, but we’ll get to that. First, I’ll walk you through the recipe visually and cover ingredient substitutions as well as preparation tips. If you’re in a hurry, hit the jump to recipe button above and hop back up to the post if you have any questions.

cast iron skillet with cheeseburger ground beef and radishes

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Bacon Cheeseburger Skillet Recipe Walkthrough

Trader Joe's radishes and extra lean ground beef

This is a simple recipe, and I’m betting you have nearly everything you need in your refrigerator. You’ll need a pound of extra lean ground beef and a 12-ounce bag of trimmed radishes. I used the same Trader Joe’s radishes I used for my garlic parmesan air fryer roasted radishes and low carb breakfast skillet. You can use other radishes and if you have the carbs to spare, you can even use potatoes like I used for my loaded ground beef and potatoes skillet.

Aside from the ground beef and radishes, you’ll need some ketchup, light mayo, whole grain or dijon mustard, dill pickle slices, Worcestershire sauce, and shredded cheese.

And if you want to make this a bacon cheeseburger skillet, you’ll need some center cut bacon. Though you can omit the bacon and use a little olive oil instead. Speaking of, let’s get down to business.

Cook bacon in a skillet before sautéing quartered radishes for 5 minutes to soften.

radishes cooking in a cast iron skillet with rendered bacon grease

Like I just mentioned, you can skip the bacon and use your choice of oil instead. As little as a tablespoon should do the trick. Though if you go this route, you’ll probably want to add a bit of salt.

If you’re using the Trader Joe’s radishes that tend to be in different sizes, you may need to cut the larger radishes into 8 pieces instead of 4 like the smaller radishes. You want evenly sized pieces for even cooking.

Push the radishes to one side of the skillet and brown a pound of extra lean ground beef.

one pound of ground beef in a cast iron skillet with sautéed radishes pushed to one side

Like in my sweet chili ground beef and brussels sprouts, keeping the radishes in the pan while the beef cooks allows them to continue cooking through. But if you have a smaller pan, you can transfer the radishes to a plate and add them back in once the beef is cooked. Just make sure they’re cooked through before removing from the pan.

And in case you’ve never tried recipes like my beef baked taquitos or sesame ground beef and quinoa, I have a thing when it comes to browning meat. Be sure to give the beef time to develop some color on both sides before mincing and fully cooking. There’s so much flavor development that comes from the browning process.

As a pro tip, gently press the ground beef in the pan to create more surface area and faster browning.

Fully cook the beef before turning off the heat and adding a simple burger sauce.

burger sauce added to the cooked ground beef and radishes

There are thousands of burger sauce recipes out there, but I kept things simple with a blend of condiments you should already have in the fridge. I would encourage you to taste the burger sauce before adding it to the cheeseburger skillet and tweaking the ingredient ratios to your liking. More ketchup will make it sweeter while more Worcestershire sauce will make it more umami. Have fun here!

And if you wanted to swap the ground beef for ground chicken, I think the faux Chick-Fil-A sauce from my copycat grilled Chick-Fil-A nuggets would be a great sauce replacement in this step.

Top with shredded cheese and bake for about 5 minutes in a 400ºF oven.

ground beef and radishes topped with shredded cheese

American cheese is the king when it comes to making all things cheeseburgers, but I defied tradition with a simple 3-cheese blend. I even broke my rule about using freshly grated cheese, but I’m hoping you’ll keep that a secret.

I’ll also mention that this low carb cheeseburger skillet is different from something like a cheeseburger casserole, if you’re familiar with that. If you wanted something a bit casserole-like, check out this low carb cheeseburger casserole which incorporates heavy cream, cream cheese, and eggs.

Top the finished cheeseburger skillet with the cooked bacon, dill pickle slices, fresh parsley, and black pepper.

serving a portion of the cheeseburger skillet in a black bowl

One thing I did experiment with in this step was mixing parsley and pickle slices in with the cheese before baking. If you like the contrast of cold pickles, you can add them on top of the melted cheese. But if you want the pickles incorporated and melded to the top of your cheeseburger skillet, feel free to add them in before going in the oven.

And as a final serving tip, you may want to mix up a little extra burger sauce for serving. You can omit the pickle juice from the additional sauce if you’re happy with the saltiness of the finished cheeseburger skillet.

Okay, that about covers it. If you have a recipe question I forgot to cover, leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy your low carb cheeseburger skillet! Be sure to let me know what you think in a recipe review.

cast iron skillet with cheeseburger ground beef and radishes

Low Carb Cheeseburger Skillet

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Cheesy ground beef and radishes with a homemade burger sauce, chopped bacon, and dill pickles.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Center Cut Bacon, cut into strips
  • 12 oz bag Trader Joe's Radishes, quartered
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (96/4)
  • 1/4 C (64g) Sugar Free Ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Light Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Dijon or Whole Grain Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) Pickle Juice
  • 1 Tbsp (15g) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 oz Shredded Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Dill Pickle Chips and Fresh Parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat before transferring the cooked bacon to plate, leaving the grease behind.
  2. Add the quartered radishes to the skillet and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the radishes start to soften.
  3. Push the radishes to one side before adding the ground beef. Brown both sides of the ground beef before mincing and fully cooking.
  4. While the beef cooks, mix the ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle juice, and Worcestershire sauce together in a small bowl. Once the beef is fully cooked, turn off the heat and add the sauce. Stir to fully incorporate.
  5. Top with shredded cheese and optional dill pickle chips. Bake in a 400ºF oven for about 5 minutes to fully melt the cheese. Top with the cooked and crumbled bacon, fresh parsley (optional), and salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Each serving of this cheeseburger skillet has 9 WW SmartPoints (blue).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Servings Serving Size: about 7 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 325Total Fat: 16gCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 30g

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Mary Rindal

Saturday 17th of April 2021

What an easy, quick, nutritious and best one pot meal! Love it. Thank you for sharing the simple yet good good.

Mandi

Monday 12th of April 2021

I was so hesitating to make this!? I made it, loved it and it’s on repeat! We did add potatoes on the side for the kids and husband- well done 🙂

Audrey Farr

Monday 12th of April 2021

Great job with this one Mason! You're making reaching my macros SO EASY with this for meal prep and quick week night dinners! The flavors are FIRE and I am excited to try more recipes like this one!

Kristan Bowman

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

Turned out great! I halved the recipe and used diced red potato instead of radishes. Served with a side salad. Will keep this on my menu!

Mason Woodruff

Thursday 1st of April 2021

Can't go wrong with taters. Thanks for the feedback, Kristan!

Amanda Anderson

Tuesday 30th of March 2021

Delicious!! I love the burger bites but this might be better... That sauce was fire! I added fresh diced onions with the pickles at the very end. Will be making again for sure.

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

That's high praise. I appreciate it!