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Keto Hamburger Borek

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Have you tried our Keto Turkish Borek yet? It’s one to add to your weekly planner for sure. Everyone is loving it!

If you’re into Turkish cuisine or ever visited there, you’ve probably tried borek. Traditional borek is usually made with white flour and stuffed with either spinach and cheese or minced meat. This is our low-carb version made with a super easy fathead dough and it's based on this Keto Turkish Borek recipe.

Today I’ve gone all American and opted for a classic hamburger filling made with ground beef, sugar-free ketchup, mustard and pickles. And if you don't have any sugar-free ketchup, you can simply use tomato paste. If you use tomato paste, mix it with some water just to make it a little more runny.

For the topping you'll just need one small-medium egg and some sesame seeds. You won't likely need the whole egg, just about half. You can even use 1 egg yolk mixed with about 1 teaspoon of water, either will work and create a nice and shiny effect once the borek is baked.

This Keto Hamburger Borek is so good and ideal for a healthy low-carb lunch or dinner. If you love cheese, you can easily make this into a Cheeseburger Borek by simply adding 3/4 to 1 cup of shredded cheddar or monkery jack cheese on top of the mustard before rolling the dough. Enjoy!

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How to Make Nut-Free Keto Borek

Whether you're making our Keto Turkish Borek or this low-carb Hamburger Borek, you will need almond flour which can luckily be swapped with coconut flour to make it nut-free.

To do that, simply use about 6 tbsp (48 g/ 1.7 oz) of coconut flour and add 1 to 2 tbsp extra of cream cheese. For a flax alternative, use about 8 tbsp (57 g/ 2 oz) flax meal and add 1 to 2 tbsp extra of cream cheese.

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Serving size slice

Allergy information for Keto Hamburger Borek

✔  Gluten free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free

Nutritional values (per serving, slice)

Net carbs5.7 grams
Protein24.7 grams
Fat33.5 grams
Calories427 kcal
Calories from carbs 5%, protein 23%, fat 72%
Total carbs8.2 gramsFiber2.5 gramsSugars3.1 gramsSaturated fat11.9 gramsSodium664 mg(29% RDA)Magnesium75 mg(19% RDA)Potassium463 mg(23% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 6 servings)

  • 1 1/2 cups low-moisture shredded mozzarella (170 g/ 6 oz)
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 cup almond flour (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 1 large egg
  • 400 g ground beef (14.1 oz)
  • 1 small yellow onion (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free ketchup (120 ml/ 4 fl oz) or 1/2 cup tomato paste combined with 1-2 tbsp water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard or yellow mustard (24 g/ 0.8 oz)
  • 1/4 cup chopped sugar-free pickles/gherkins (36 g/ 1.2 oz)
  • 1 tbsp ghee or butter (15 ml)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C/ 355 °F (fan assisted), or 200 °C/ 400 °F (conventional).
  2. Place the ground beef, garlic, onion, salt and pepper in a cast iron skillet or non stick frying pan and sauté on a medium heat for 4 - 5 minutes until browned. Keto Hamburger Borek
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to fully cool. This is important. It needs to be cold so as no not make the fathead dough soggy. Keto Hamburger Borek
  4. Meanwhile, make the dough. Place the mozzarella and cream cheese in a heat proof bowl and melt in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Keto Hamburger Borek
  5. Mix with a spatula and heat for a further 30 seconds. Add the almond flour and egg. Keto Hamburger Borek
  6. Mix until combined and rollable dough is formed. You may need to get your hands involved here! Keto Hamburger Borek
  7. Lay a long line of baking paper on your tabletop and form the dough into a long sausage about 75 cm/ 30 inch long. Roll the dough between two long sheets of greaseproof paper.
    Note: You will need to work quickly so the dough doesn’t become too cold or it stiffens. If it's too hard to roll, form back into a ball and microwave for 15 to 20 seconds to soften, and then roll again. Keto Hamburger Borek
  8. Spoon the hamburger filling along one side of the dough leaving a 2 1/2 cm/ 1 inch rim around the edge. Top with sugar-free ketchup or tomato puree (mixed with 1-2 tbsp water if too thick), mustard (yellow or Dijon) and chopped sugar-free** pickles (gherkins). Roll to seal. Keto Hamburger Borek
  9. Generously grease your skillet (I used 25 cm/ 10 inch) with ghee or butter and coil the dough into it.
    Note: For zero risk of the borek sticking to the pan, line it with a piece of parchment paper.
  10. Crack the remaining egg into a cup and whisk with a fork. Brush the borek with egg and top with sesame seeds. Note: You won't need the whole egg, just about half. You can even use 1 egg yolk mixed with about 1 teaspoon of water. Keto Hamburger Borek
  11. Bake in the oven for 25 - 28 minutes until golden on top then allow to cool for 5 - 10 minutes before slicing. Keto Hamburger Borek
  12. Can be stored in the fridge, covered for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Keto Hamburger Borek

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, slice)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Mozzarella cheese (low moisture, for pizza)
1.6 g6.7 g5.6 g83 kcal
Cream cheese, soft (full-fat)
0.2 g0.4 g1.4 g12 kcal
Almond flour (blanched ground almonds, almond meal)
1.5 g3.6 g8.8 g98 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.1 g1 g0.8 g12 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g11.4 g13.3 g169 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
0.7 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.3 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
1.1 g0.2 g0 g6 kcal
Mustard, prepared, yellow
0.1 g0.1 g0.1 g2 kcal
Pickles, cucumber, dill or kosher dill
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Ghee, clarified butter
0 g0 g2.5 g23 kcal
Egg, whole, fresh, raw (free-range or organic eggs)
0.1 g0.9 g0.7 g10 kcal
Sesame seeds
0.1 g0.1 g0.2 g3 kcal
Total per serving, slice
5.7 g24.7 g33.5 g427 kcal

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Food is one of life’s most powerful medicines. I’m a true testament that once you find the right approach for you, you can overcome poor health through the healing power of food.

I believe the secret to radiant health starts and ends with a healthy gut so my recipes are all grain, gluten and refined sugar free. Most are also dairy-free.

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Comments (2)

Cant wait to try it out! I might add some sauerkraut in for the extra healthy kick.

Thank you Daniel, I hope you like it! I can see how a reuben style borek might work quite well 😊