Low Carb Fast Food Breakfast Guide for Beginners

Low Carb Fast Food Breakfast Guide for Beginners

Get my top 5 low carb fast food breakfast recommendations and then read my 5 quick tips for ordering low carb breakfast at any fast food chain.

Top 5 Low Carb Fast Food Breakfasts

1. Taco Bell Breakfast Mini Skillet (No Potatoes)

This is the best low carb fast food breakfast entree I’ve had. It comes standard with eggs, nacho cheese, pico de gallo, and potatoes. Omit the potatoes to make it low carb and then add steak, bacon, and guacamole to boost the calories.


  • Order it low carb: “Mini Breakfast Skillet, no potatoes”
  • Recommended add-ons: Extra steak, bacon, and guacamole.
  • Macros: 90 calories and 3 net carbs (plain, no potatoes)

If you plan to customize your Taco Bell Mini Breakfast Skillet, then get my special Taco Bell low carb menu so that you can see the calorie counts, net carbs, and other macros for their low carb friendly add-on ingredients.

2. McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg (No Bun)

When it comes to the low carb McDonalds breakfast, I give the slight edge to the Sausage McMuffin with Egg versus the standard Egg McMuffin which is served with Canadian bacon. For someone on a keto diet, like myself, the sausage is higher fat and more filling.


  • Order it low carb: “Sausage McMuffin with Egg, no bun”
  • Recommended add-ons: None.
  • Price: $2.95

If you’re curious about how the macros look without cheese or with double sausage patties, then get my McDonald’s Low Carb Menu to see full macros for their low carb breakfast ingredients.

3. Starbucks Bacon & Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites

The egg bites are made primarily out of cottage cheese, eggs, Monterey Jack cheese, and gruyere cheese. That blend gives them an incredibly soft and indulgent texture.


  • Order it low carb: “One order of your Bacon & Gruyere Egg Bites”
  • Recommended add-ons: None.
  • Macros: 310 calories and 7 net carbs

4. Chick-Fil-A Chicken, Egg, & Cheese Bagel (No Bagel)

You get a biscuit-sized fried chicken filet, a folded egg, and a semi-melted slice of cheese. It’s delicious. The only reason it isn’t ranked higher is because the light breading sends the carb count a little higher than I like. Still, it’s low carb enough to make the list.


  • Order it low carb: “Chicken, Egg, & Cheese Bagel, no bagel”
  • Recommended add-ons: None.
  • Macros: 270 calories and 7 net carbs


8. Burger King Sausage Egg & Cheese Croissan’wich (No Croissant)

Burger King has it’s own rendition of the breakfast sandwich called the Croissan’wich. It’s delicious when ordered low carb without the croissant. It’s $0.50 more than the McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin with Egg, hence it’s lower ranking.


  • Order it low carb: “Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissan’wich with no croissant”
  • Recommended add-ons: None.
  • Macros: 300 calories and 1 net carb

Low Carb Fast Food Breakfast: 5 Quick Tips

After visiting 25 of the top low carb fast food restaurants in the United States and ordering  30+ different low carb breakfasts, here are the main lessons I learned:

  1. Sausage, egg, and cheese combos offer the best value with the lowest carb counts and highest calories. You can special order a bunless sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich or a tortilla-less breakfast burrito from almost every fast food restaurant.
  2. Steak, egg, & cheese combos are a great option at places like Taco Bell and Taco Cabana that don’t serve sausage patties.
  3. Fast food bacon is generally over-priced and over-cooked such that much of the fat content is removed and it becomes light on calories. Sausage is a better bet as your breakfast meat of choice.
  4. Make sure the cheese isn’t sticking to the container when it’s served hot. Cheese tends to melt and stick to the package if it’s not properly sandwiched between eggs & meat. If you catch it early, you can fix it.
  5. Similarly, check your bag before driving off. Sometimes they forget to omit the bun, tortilla or potatoes like you requested!

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