Low Carb Recipe: “Almost White Castle” Breakfast Burger

When I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes I started using the cooking skills I had developed to create lower carb meals. There’s no reason low carb, reduced calorie food can’t be filling and fun. Here’s one that my son is crazy about, too.

Makes 1 serving of approx. 474 Calories and 38g carbs


  • 2 oz square “White Castle” burger, prepared ahead of time (216C, 4.2g carb)
  • Spray oil (0C, 0g carb)
  • 1 oz slice onion (16C, 3.8g carb)
  • 1 egg (80C, 0g carb)
  • 1 slice low fat American cheese (30C, 3g carb)
  • 1 tbs salsa (approx. 7C, 2g carb depending on brand)
  • 1 Thomas mini bagel (125C, 25g carb)


Step 1

Prepare ahead of time “Almost White Castle” burgers, using this recipe from allrecipes.com.

Step 2

Spray a saute pan with spray oil and place in pan: burger, onion slice, cracked egg. Turn each with spatula as needed to finish cooking.

Step 3

Place opened bagel on a plate. Add slice of American cheese and salsa.

Step 4

When cooked, add the egg, onion, and burger. Top bagel. Wait a moment for the cheese to melt. Enjoy!


Add a 1 oz slice of tomato for an additional 5C, 1.1g carb. Use mini burger buns instead of a mini bagel. Add a dash of your favorite hot sauce. If your diet can afford it, sub 1/2 tbs butter or non-dairy spread instead of spray oil for an additional 50C, 0g carb. If you need to, use a smaller “Almost White Castle” square of 1-1.5oz (108C, 2.1g carb/oz). You won’t notice the difference.

Note: Calories and carbs are calculated using raw ingredients. Eggs are usually listed as around 70-75C. The eggs I use are large or extra large and laid by our own chickens and tend to be richer, so I counted them as 80C.

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