Of all the fast-food joints in the United States, Whataburger is considered one of the best places to grab a bite.
Even though it is only in 10 States right now, the burgers they serves are quite popular and worth to die for. (1)
Whether you're on low carb or not, the main problem is just like many fast food places, Whataburger uses ingredients with a lot of carbs. (2)
The question then is, what do you do?
The answer is simple. You leave out the ingredients that are high in carbs.
But that's not as easy as it sounds, are we right?
Without knowledge of the ingredients, it is very unlikely that you'll be able to remove the carbs efficiently.
That's where this guide comes in.
We have arranged several tips that can help you navigate the menu in Whataburger efficiently, even on keto. However, you can't learn by reading the introduction alone.
So, let's get started!
Tips to Order Low Carb at Whataburger
If you're on a low-carb or keto diet, the best option is to ensure that you don't find yourself at a fast-food restaurant at all. But if the situation can't be helped, then you can find low carb meals at Whataburger.
Of course, it may not be easy to see anything keto compliant at the restaurant. However, with a few rules, you can always stay on the right side of ketosis.
Order a Burger
Burgers are one of Whataburger's specialties. So, if you're going to get any chance at a low-carb meal, the best chance would be to start with it. Just make sure you get rid of the bun and sauce first. (3)
The restaurant serves different kinds of burgers. You can figure out what makes them different from one another by checking out the menu on their website.
In addition to the burgers, there are keto-compliant toppings you can add when you're ordering. Some of them are avocado, (4) cheese, and bacon.
That's not all!
Whataburger makes use of other traditional burger options like lettuce, mustard, pickles, tomatoes, and diced onions in their burgers. (5)
Some of them come with pepper sauce, but avoiding that should be no trouble. Just ask for it to be taken out before you order.
Now, the mustard should be passable enough, but since you can't tell the brand they're using, it'll be best to hold that too.
What does this mean for you?
It means that we advise that you hold the bun, the sauce, and the mustard when it comes to burgers.
Add a side salad
Since many people focus on removing carbs and getting in all the fat on a ketogenic diet, eating vegetables is always almost an afterthought. (6) You can remedy this at Whataburger.
The restaurant may serve many things that are high in carbs, but the side vegetables are very healthy. We also think they are great for balancing your nutrients
In our experience, out of all their salads, the best one for keto and low carb is the garden salad. This meal contains great vegetables such as carrots, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes.
To make it completely keto-compliant, hold the dressing as they may contain sugar.
Another good salad is the apple and cranberry chicken salad. However, the apple and cranberry will not be helping your special diet at all, so skip them.
Watch out for milk and bread.
If there's anything you should watch out for at Whataburger, it is breading. Many of the chicken sandwiches at the restaurant tend to come with breading.
What does this mean for you?
It means that you may mistakenly order one if you're not paying attention, and that's really bad for your low carb or keto diet.
What do you do then?
The answer is simple! Make sure you ask for grilled chicken in your chicken sandwich. If that is impossible, just stay away completely.
Another thing about Whataburger we stumbled across is that they put milk in their eggs to make it appear fluffy. This milk can be sweetened and will definitely add to your carbs limit. To prevent this, specially request for no milk when you're ordering for a sandwich.
Make the Breakfast menu your friend.
Even though Whataburger serves a lot of easily customizable meals, many of them are part of the breakfast menu.
Think about it: You can easily follow the tips we've mentioned so far with them. For example, with the burgers, you can leave out the bun, sauce and mustard. For the sandwich, you can leave out the bread.
When you're not sure about how to customize your meal at Whataburger, we advise that you check the nutritional guide. (8)
Is There Anything Low Carb at Whataburger?
Since you can customize virtually anything on the menu to become low carb or keto compliant, there are indeed low carb meals at Whataburger.
At the top of the list is the Avocado Bacon Burger Without The Bun & Ketchup. This meal contains 37g of protein, 52g of fat and less than 5g of carbohydrate. (9)
As if that's not enough, it's very tasty. Of course, you need to remove the buns and sauce from it first.
At Whataburger, it is quite easy to order a keto meal; all you have to do is pick out those high in carbs.
In case you're asking yourself what this means, it means that you should remove bread, bun, and sauce from the normal breakfast menu to get meals that are keto compliant for breakfast.
Top 11 Low Carb Options at Whataburger
By using the substitution method, there are quite a number of low carb or keto compliant meals you can get at Whataburger. Some of these meals are;
Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwich
Ordinarily, this meal contains a lot of carbs, but when you remove the bread,(10) all that remains is zero carbs.
The reason why we love this particular meal is that it is very tasty. It is also beautiful and easy to eat.
Without the bread, all that remains is sausage party, egg, and cheese on top of one another. Make sure you ask for no milk in your egg.(11)
With the little amount of carbs in this meal, it is completely keto compliant. The greatest thing about this rich keto meal is that it is cheap.
Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Taquito
In Spanish, taquito means taco.(12) So, you're basically getting everything inside a taco without the tortilla itself. This meal is simple and straight to the point. It is also keto compliant.
When you ask for sausage, egg, and cheese taquito with no taco. The taco is removed. This means the remaining scrambled egg, sausage, and cheese are mixed together.
You have to be careful about when it comes to this meal because it can be a bit messy and unfilling. Apart from that though, it's around 3 carbs per serving.
Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
This is a more traditional breakfast meal.(13) The original food on the menu comes with hash browns. You can ask for that to be removed because it contains a lot of carbs.
Even though this is not the best meal on the list, it still tastes good, and the egg is fluffy. To be on the safe side, you can request for no milk in your egg.
Whataburger Patty Melt
Originally, this meal comes with two beef patties, creamy pepper sauce, two slices of cheese, grilled onions and two buns. It also contains a lot of carbs which will instantly kick you out of ketosis or disrupt your low carb diet.
To make it more compliant, order for the Whataburger without buns and the creamy sauce. This instantly leaves you with the beef patties, the cheese, and grilled onions.
This particular combination has no carbs, but you can order with the creamy pepper sauce if you're feeling adventurous. This instantly makes it spicier and tastier. It also adds just 2g of carbs to your meal.
Double Meat Whataburger with Double Cheese, Bacon, and Jalapenos
This is an upgrade from the Whataburger Patty Melt. It contains virtually every healthy ingredient in a burger and a couple of unhealthy ones.
To make it perfect for you on a low carb diet, your duty is to remove the unhealthy ones.
By now, you should know that this means you have to remove the buns, and perhaps the creamy sauce. You should also ask for no mustard.
In the case of the Double Meat Whataburger with Double Cheese, Bacon, and Jalapenos, what this leaves you with is everything in the name.
Grilled Chicken Melt plus side of lettuce
Just like most meals on this list, the Grilled Chicken Melt plus side of lettuce also started out as a burger.
With the buns, it's very detrimental to your low carb or keto diet. However, without the buns, you're left with grilled chicken breast, onions, red pepper, and Monterey Jack cheese.
Without overstating the obvious, the meal is very tasty.
The best thing about it?
It has only 3g of carbs. This means you get to stay in ketosis and eat something amazing at once. It's a great deal.
Garden Salad with Whatachik'n
This particular meal is for a moderately low-carb diet. This means it is not suitable for keto diet at all. However, you can get away with it on a low-carb diet.
As the name implies, this meal contains the garden salad and the Whatachik'n. (14) If you're not feeling as daring, you can ask for the chicken to be grilled instead.
As a burger joint, Whataburger has various toppings you can choose from to make your food tastier.
Before we get into the ones that are great for keto and low carb, we want to say, the ketchup is a total miss. It has carbs, and you don't need that complication in your meal.
The ones that are keto compliant are pickles, green chillies, avocado, cheese, lettuce, bacon, and jalapeños.
When it comes to dressings, your enemies are anything with "sweet" in their names. They are most likely sugary. Sugar equals carbs, and carbs means you get kicked out of ketosis.
Also avoid low fat or diet items. On a keto diet, they don't really mean low carbs.
Nevertheless, there are three great dressings you can try at Whataburger. They are;
- Jalapeño ranch dressing with just an insignificant worth of carbs, 1g.
- Creamy pepper dressing with just 2g worth of carbs, and
- Ranch dressing for more daring people with 5g worth of carbs.
If there's anything you should do to sides in Whataburger, it's "throwing them in the trash".
The carbs content are so high, and they'll single-handedly take you out of ketosis. However, if you're on a low-carb diet, you can go for apple slices and nothing else.
There's a limit to what you can drink in Whataburger on a keto diet.
Many of the drinks served at fast-food restaurants contain a lot of sugar. That means they have a lot of cups. However, there are the usual ones for people on keto diet.
By this we mean, diet soda, water and coffee. Make sure you take the coffee - black and unsweetened - as that will add to its carbs content.
What are The Healthiest Low-Carb Options at Whataburger?
Healthy means many things for many people. For some people, it's low fat, and for others, it means a balanced diet.
For someone on a low-carb or keto diet, the healthiest meals in the house are on the breakfast menu. The sausage, egg, cheese, and sandwich contains a wholesome amount of calories.
What do we mean by this?
The calories are not enough to affect your calorie count for the day. The Double Meat Whataburger with Double Cheese, Bacon, and Jalapenos also contains many vegetables, which is great for a well balanced meal.
This meal may not look like much, but it's definitely one of the healthiest low carb options you can have at the restaurant.
What Foods to Avoid on Keto at Whataburger
Now that we have mentioned the meals you can get at Whataburger, we also have to mention the specific ingredients and meals you should avoid.
The truth is, no matter how easy the meals at Whataburger are to customize, it is still a fast-food joint. The restaurant uses sugar and other high carbs ingredients in its food, and in these particular ones, there's no getting around it.
The first on the list is the chorizo taquito. It contains non-fat milk which in turn contains sugar. It also contains hydrogenated soybean oil and white corn flour which is just way too much carbs for anyone to eat at once.
But that's not all!
The pancakes are also a solid no. They are made with flour and sugar. While they are definitely tasty, these two ingredients will kick you out of ketosis and deplete your carbs limit in no time.
The last is a meal that sounds harmless enough. We're talking about the Honey BBQ Chicken strip sandwich. If it sounds harmless enough with the BBQ chicken, the bread of the sandwich makes eating it a bad idea.
We are finally here!
It is time to round up the article, and we hope you've gained a bit from it.
The takeaway is simple.
"You can eat at a fast-food restaurant like Whataburger if you have the right knowledge."
Now, you can confidently go with friends to the fast-food joint without feeling left out.
But that's not all!
We'll like you to make the nutritional guide your friend. You may want to customize a meal that's not on this list. The guide will give you an idea of the nutrients it contains. (15)
We hope you have a great time at Whataburger!