Burritos, chicken tenders, burgers, and fries—these are the dishes that dominate Hardee’s menu. So what do all these dishes have in common? These are all rich in carbohydrates and should be avoided when on the keto diet.
Does this mean you can no longer eat at Hardee’s when you’re on keto?
That’s pretty heartbreaking, right?
Well, we have some fantastic news for you: It’s possible to eat low carb at Hardee’s!
However, there’s a very big but— BUT you need to know how to tweak your Hardee’s favorites to make them keto compatible.
How do you do this? Read on to find out!
How to Make the Most Out of Hardee’s Keto Menu
Here are some simple guidelines on how to order low carb at Hardee’s:
First, never order from the green/ red burrito menu.
The dishes from the green and red burrito menu have the complete package—meet. Cheese, veggies, meats, and dressing. Unfortunately, they also have carbs—too much carbs actually, and that’s why you should avoid these as these can kick you out of ketosis.
Ask the server to “low-carb” it.
Hardee’s used to offer keto-friendly services like “low carb it” or “trim it”.
When you ask the server to low carb it, they will ditch the bread or wrap and turn it into a lettuce wrap. This is great in keeping the meal low carb and fiber-rich at the same time.
Can you get lettuce-wrapped burgers at Hardee’s?
Yes, you can—before. They already removed it from their menu, but since they did it before, there’s a high chance they can do it for you when you ask for it, so don’t hesitate to do so.
You can also request the “trim it” service.
However, most of the dishes also come with some sugary sauces and other high-carb fillings that you should avoid. To do this, you can ask the server to trim it, wherein they will remove all the other contents that would boost both the calorie and carb content of the meal.
If not, you can just simply ask them to hold the bread and leave the condiments out.
If the server won’t give in to your request, the next best thing that you can do is to politely ask them to skip the high carb ingredients—slices of bread, syrups, corns, etc.
To stay safe, you can list down all the ingredients you want to skip.
Even if the menu says sugar-free, it’s still best that you check the nutritional guide.
We’re not telling you not to trust labels, but it’s always best to check out the meals’ nutritional content to determine if it will suit your macronutrient requirement.
The good news is you can easily find out this information when you check out the online Hardee’s menu. You just need to click on the dish you want on the menu, and its nutritional content will appear. You also can customize the dish, and they will provide you with the nutrition facts of the personalized dish.
If all else fails, a breakfast sandwich is your best bet.
To make the ordering process a little less complicated, the best thing that you can do is to choose from any of their breakfast sandwiches—sans the bread.
This is because most breakfast sandwich fillings–bacon, eggs, cheese, sausages, and the likes—are most likely to be keto-friendly. Additionally, a breakfast sandwich is less likely to contain sauces than their burgers.
A breakfast biscuit is also a great option.
You can also opt for the breakfast biscuits, but please skip the biscuit as it has high net carbs.
How many carbs are in a Hardees biscuit?
One Hardee’s biscuit contains 36g net carbs, so it’s a big no-no.
Hardee’s Low Carb Options for Keto Dieter
Armed with these guidelines, let’s proceed to identify which are the best low-carb options at Hardee’s. Here are some of them:
Hardee’s Keto Breakfast:
The best tweak that you can do for their breakfast sandwiches and biscuits is to ditch the breads, wraps, or biscuits.
Monster Biscuit with Sausage, Bacon, and Cheese
Imagine this—the biggest Hardee’s biscuit with two eggs, a sausage patty, two strips of bacon, and a cheese slice. For sure, you’ll feel the fullest after this breakfast.
But since you’re on keto, you need to skip the biscuit. The good thing is the fats in the sausage patty, bacon, cheese, and eggs will keep you feeling full the entire morning. (1)
Nutritional Content: 560 calories, 47.5g fat, 29g protein, and 4g net carbs.
Prime Rib and Fried Egg Biscuit
This superb meal is just precisely what meat lovers need! You can find thinly sliced prime rib and freshly fried egg complemented with a slice of Swiss cheese in between two pieces of their handmade biscuits.
Nutritional Content: 450 calories, 27g fat, 22g protein, and 39g carbs
Loaded Omelet Biscuit
The loaded omelet biscuit is indeed a must-try for egg lovers. This is because it features a perfectly cooked omelet that’s loaded with all your breakfast favorites—sausage, ham, and bacon. It also has cheddar cheese for added flavor and fats.
Nutritional Content: 320 calories, 24g fat, 14g protein, and 12g carbs
Another breakfast sandwich must-try is the Sunrise croissant which features your breakfast favorites—thinly sliced ham, sausage, or crispy bacon—plus folded eggs and American cheese.
Nutritional Content: 210 calories, 10g fat, 4g protein, and 26g carbs
Steak and Egg Burrito
Here’s a breakfast sandwich option that will rival the infamous prime rib and egg biscuit because this one contains strips of real grilled steak. It’s topped with two eggs and swiss and cheddar cheeses.
Nutritional Content: 470 calories, 22g fat, 26g protein, and 36g carbs
Charbroiled Burgers Low Carb Options:
And yes, you can also enjoy Hardee’s famous charbroiled burgers, even on keto diet. All you need to do is skip the bread and hold the sugary sauces to keep it low carb. Of course, instead of fries or onion rings, you should also order a low-carb side salad.
This burger features their 1/3 lb black Angus beef patty topped with mayo, crispy bacon, melted swiss cheese, and tomato. Of course, you would need to ditch their sourdough bread. To be safe, it’s also best that you hold the mayo since not all mayos are low carb. (2)
Nutritional Content: 840 calories, 55g fat, 43g protein, and 43g net carbs
Hardee’s Double Cheeseburger
Double the Thickburger, double the fun! This must be what they were thinking when they added the double cheeseburger to their menu—and we couldn’t agree with them more!
It also has dill pickles, onions, melted cheese, mustard, and ketchup in addition to two all-beef patties. You should skip the bread, mustard, ketchup, and dill pickles as they might contain added sugars. You can also ask for a lettuce wrap. (3)
Nutritional Content: 380 calories, 19g fat, 18g protein, and 32g net carbs
The Big Hardee/ Really Big Hardee
If you wish to get your dose of fats, the Big Hardee/ Really Big Hardee is here for you! It contains two/ three all-beef patties, Hardee’s Classic sauce, and American cheese.
If you’re on strict keto, better skip the classic sauce and bread and go for a lettuce wrap instead.
Nutritional Content: 920 calories, 58g fat, 47g protein, and 55g carbs (Big Hardee)
Low Carb Thickburger
Hardee’s Thickburger is a 1.3 lb charbroiled 100% black Angus beef patty that is juicy and flavorful. The classic low-carb thickburger contains pickles, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onions, melted American cheese, and ketchup.
You should go for the low-carb thickburger, which doesn’t contain ketchup and bread. To make it more keto-friendly, ask for a lettuce wrap.
How many carbs are in a Hardee’s Low Carb Thickburger? Take a look at its nutritional content.
Nutritional Content: 820 calories, 51 fat, 39 protein, and 52g carbs
Bacon Cheese Thickburger
This is the classic low-carb thickburger that uses the same patty and has mayo, tomato, lettuce, melted cheese, and red onion. In addition to the thickburger, it has crispy bacon, which can help keep you fuller and boost your fat consumption.
Same with your keto tweaks on your classic low-carb thickburger, you should also hold the bread and mayo or go for a lettuce wrap.
Nutritional Content: 790 calories, 49g fat, 38g protein, and 51g net carbs
If you think 1/3 lb burger is too much, you should check out the Monster Thickburger, which contains 2 pcs thickburger! As if that’s not enough, it also has 4 strips of bacon, mayo, and American cheese.
You can make this a low-carb thickburger by holding the bread and mayo and going for a lettuce wrap instead.
Nutritional Content: 1300 calories, 90g fat, 76g protein, and 51g carbs
Chicken and More:
Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich
The Charbroiled chicken club sandwich is a breath of fresh air from their beef burgers. The good news is it’s as delicious as it is healthy.
They used a charbroiled chicken fillet, melted American cheese, two strips of bacon, lettuce, mayo, and tomatoes for this sandwich.
Make sure to order this without the bun and mayo to keep it low carb.
Please take note that Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich is the only chicken sandwich that’s keto-friendly on their menu since the other chicken sandwiches contain breaded chicken tenders.
Nutritional Content: 700 calories, 36g fat, 50g protein, and 41g carbs
Original Hot Ham and Cheese
Sliced hot ham and melted cheese—this is a combo that everyone can’t resist. Even without the bun, this is a perfect snack that will keep you full until dinnertime.
Nutritional Content: 517 calories, 32g fat, 28g protein, and 28g carbs
Original Roast Beef Sandwich
The sandwich contains sliced roast beef. You also have a choice between horseradish and BBQ sauce.
Our tip is to order this without the bun and go for horseradish instead of the BBQ sauce.
Nutritional Content: 360 calories, 14g fat, 23g protein, and 35g net carbs
Beef Taco Salad
The beef taco salad features seasoned ground beef, salsa, shredded lettuce, cheese, hot sauce, refried beans, and sour cream. Everything is beautifully arranged inside a crispy flour tortilla bowl.
Get this without the bowl, refried beans, and hot sauce, and it will be like a Mexican-style salad.
Nutritional Content: 920 calories, 56g fat, 32g protein, and 64g net carbs
Chicken Taco Salad
This has the same contents as the beef taco salad. The only difference is it has grilled chicken instead of ground beef. Make sure to skip the refried beans, hot sauce, and tortilla bowl too.
Nutritional Content: 960 calories, 51g fat, 50g protein, and 67g net carbs
What to Avoid from Hardee’s Menu on Keto Diet
Since Hardee’s is a fast-food restaurant, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it has some dishes on its menu that aren’t keto-friendly. Here they are:
- Loaded Breakfast Burrito (because of the hash brown filling)
- Biscuit and Gravy
- Pork Chop and Gravy Biscuit
- Cinnamon Biscuit
- Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
- Hash Rounds
- Chicken tenders
- Chicken Fillet Sandwich
- Veg-it Thickburger
- Hardee’s Hot Chicken Sandwich
- Grilled Chicken Burrito
- Grilled Beef Burrito
- All Quesadillas
- All Nachos
- Burrito Steak or Chicken Bowl
- Chips and Salsa
- Onion Rings
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to sacrifice your love for fast food when deciding to go on keto. With enough knowledge, you can enjoy the best of both worlds—the comforting, fast food meals while keeping your consumption as low carb as possible.
We hope that our tips and list will help you enjoy your favorite Hardee’s meals on keto. Also, if you have other Hardee’s keto tips, please share them with us in the comments section!