Craving a Baconator burger but on the keto diet? No problem! Wendy's has some delicious low-carb options that will help you stay on track while satisfying your cravings. Here's everything you need to know about how to order keto at Wendy's!
Eating fast food is inevitable! We all live busy lives, and once in a while, it's okay to enjoy some fast food. But if you're following a keto diet, making smart choices at fast-food restaurants can be challenging.
Wendy's is a popular fast-food chain known for their juicy burgers and iconic frosty.
While it may seem like there are limited options for those following a keto diet, Wendy's actually has some great low-carb choices that will keep you satisfied without breaking your diet!
Keto breakfast at Wendy's
Wendy's may be known for their burgers, but they also have some delicious breakfast options that are keto-friendly.
For example, the Classic Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich is made with fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and melted cheese between two buns.
To make it keto-friendly, simply ask for no bun or English muffin. This is 2g of net carbs.
You can also add some avocado for extra healthy fats!
Other keto-friendly breakfast options include:
- Sausage Egg and Cheese Sandwich (3g net carbs)
- Breakfast Baconator (6g net carbs)
- Side of Bacon (1g net carbs)
- Side of Sausage (2g net carbs)
Note: Simply ask to remove any bread, biscuit, or croissant from a breakfast sandwich, and you will be well within your daily carb allowance.
Keto lunch and dinner
Need a meal later in the day? Wendy's has quite a few options for you to munch on for lunch, dinner, or a snack.
Note: The same rules apply here - veto the bread from your meal to order keto-style! You can either order these burgers without the bun (protein-style) or with a lettuce wrap.
Beef options to eat keto at Wendy's include:
- Baconator (6g net carbs)
- Son of Baconator (3g net carbs)
- Double Stack (2g net carbs)
- Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger (2g net carbs)
- Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe (3g net carbs)
- Dave's Single (5g net carbs)
- Dave's Double (6g net carbs)
- Dave's Triple (7g net carbs)
Chicken options to eat keto at Wendy's include:
- 4 Piece Spicy Chicken Nuggets (8g net carbs)
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich (0g net carbs)
- Grilled Asiago Ranch Club (2g net carbs)
- Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich (3g net carbs)
Wendy's salad options
Order these salads with grilled chicken for a low-carb, keto-friendly meal.
Salad options to eat keto at Wendy's include:
- Parmesan Caesar Chicken Salad (3g net carbs)
- Southwest Avocado Chicken Salad (6g net carbs)
Bonus keto tip: When given the option, always order grilled chicken over bread chicken. Breaded chicken will add additional carbs that you don't want to your diet.
Keto dressings and sauces
There are a few salad dressings and sauces that you can order that are appropriate for the ketogenic diet.
Add these sauces to your burgers and salads, or use them as dips!
- Creamy Ranch Sauce (2g net carbs)
- Southwest Dressing (1g net carbs)
- Caesar Dressing (1g net carbs)
If you're ordering a meal from Wendy's, you'll want a drink to enjoy alongside it.
While a lot of the drink options at Wendy's are packed full of sugar with way too many carbs, there are some low-carb alternatives. All of these listed drinks have 0-2 net carbs.
Keto-friendly drinks at Wendy's include:
- Cold Brew Iced Coffee
- Fresh Brewed Coffee
- Fresh Brewed Decaf Coffee
- Unsweetened Iced Tea
- Diet Coke
- Sugar-Free Lemonade
- Bottled Water
Tips on how to order keto at Wendy's
Ok, so you know the basics of the keto menu at Wendy's. So now, how do you order to ensure you're following your ketogenic diet to a T?
Use these ordering tips to help keep your meal low-carb at Wendy's.
1. Avoid bread
Bread is generally avoided on a keto diet because it's a high-carb food. And while there are ways to eat bread on a keto diet, fast-food restaurants probably don't have low-carb bread options.
Avoid breaded menu items. And when an otherwise keto-friendly meal has bread, substitute it for a lettuce wrap or ask for it protein-style!
2. Desserts are a no-go
Though slightly heartbreaking, there are no keto-approved dessert options at Wendy's (bummer!).
All of the dessert menu items are filled with sugar and have really high-carb counts.
However, I have recreated the classic Wendy's Frosty, and it's absolutely delicious!
3. Make substitutions
Don't be afraid to ask for a few substitutions to make your meal right for you.
Switch up the bun, ask for sauce on the side, or request a custom sandwich (it can't hurt to try!).
4. Skip the sides
The sides on Wendy's menu aren't well suited for a keto diet. French fries, chili, and honey butter biscuits all contain too many net carbs.
If you think you'll still be hungry without the added french fries, add an additional entree to your order.
Frequently Asked Questions
These are a few commonly asked questions I get about ordering from Wendy's on a keto diet. If you don't see your question answered, please leave it for me in the comments down below.
There are several keto options at Wendy's! While very few of the menu items are low-carb on their own, with a couple of substitutions, they fit very well into a balanced, ketogenic diet.
You can ask for any Wendy's burger to be lettuce-wrapped.
You bet you can!
While they're the highest carb item on this list, the 4-piece spicy chicken nuggets only have 8g net carbs, which can easily fit into your daily carb allowance.
It's not! (Cue the violins.) Unfortunately, the beans in Wendy's chili make it a non-keto-friendly food.
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- Keto Mozzarella Sticks are filled with ooey gooey cheese for a low-carb treat.
- Crispy Keto Jicama Fries are just as good as potato french fries (but totally keto-approved!).
- Keto Big Mac Cheeseburger Salad brings you the burger you love without the bun or high carb count.
- Air Fryer Hamburgers are a quick and delicious way to enjoy a burger anytime!
- Keto Onion Rings make for a crispy, low-carb snack that anyone would love.
First Published: December 22, 2022... Last Updated: December 28, 2023.