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Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger

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Today’s recipe inspiration came from the extravagant restaurants in Las Vegas, specifically the $777 Burger at Le Burger Brasserie one of my readers requested to recreate. This burger is made with Kobe beef, caramelised onion, crispy Pancetta, Maine lobster, 100-year aged balsamic vinegar and French Brie cheese - served with a bottle Dom Perignon Rose Champagne.

I haven't tried the original burger myself - I don't think I would ever pay so much money for a burger. That's why I thought it would be great not only to make it significantly less expensive but also healthier. My experience with the original is purely virtual so I hope my recipe is close to it.

When I searched for information, I found variations with Pancetta instead of Parma ham and goat cheese instead of Brie. If you can't eat dairy or follow a paleo diet, just skip the cheese. Also keep in mind that this meal is high in protein and may be too much for some. You can calculate your ideal protein intake using our keto calculator.

To see similar recipes, check out these Keto Burgers - all are primal-friendly!

Hands-on Overall

Allergy information for Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger

✔  Gluten free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free

Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs8 grams
Protein54.5 grams
Fat66.3 grams
Calories868 kcal
Calories from carbs 4%, protein 26%, fat 70%
Total carbs16.7 gramsFiber8.7 gramsSugars3.8 gramsSaturated fat26.4 gramsSodium1,041 mg(45% RDA)Magnesium145 mg(36% RDA)Potassium919 mg(46% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 burgers)

  • 4 Ultimate Keto Buns or Nut-Free Keto Buns
  • 1 large white onion (150 g/ 5.3 oz)
  • 2 tbsp ghee or lard or coconut oil (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 lobster tails, cooked (180 g/ 6.3 oz)
  • 500 g ground beef (1.1 lb/ 17.6 oz)
  • 8 slices brie cheese (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 8 slices prosciutto di Parma (120 g/ 4.2 oz)
  • 2 tbsp melted butter or extra virgin olive oil (30 g/ 1.1 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp salt or more to taste (I like pink Himalayan)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: sliced tomato, lettuce leaves, pickles, etc.

Have food allergies? Check out my other keto bread recipes. There are nut-free and psyllium-free options!


  1. Make the Keto Buns. Peel and slice the onion. Place the onion on a hot pan greased with ghee. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  2. Caramelise the onion. Cook over a low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the onion is caramelised. Mix occasionally to prevent burning. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  3. After 20-30 minutes, add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and cook for just a couple of minutes. Then, take off the heat and set aside. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  4. Prepare the lobster. You will be using the tails. You can learn how to prepare cooked lobster in this video.
    Once cooked, lobster has a very short shelf life at room temperature (only 1-2 hours) - make sure to place any leftover meat back in the fridge. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days - the sooner you use it, the better. For longer storage, freeze for up to 6 months. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  5. Prepare the burger meat. In a bowl, combine the ground beef, salt and pepper. Create medium, palm-size burgers. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  6. Preheat a large pan greased with ghee and once hot add the burgers. Turn the heat down to medium and cook on each side for 4-5 minutes. Do not turn the meat too soon or it will stick to the pan. Use a spatula to lightly press the burgers down while cooking.
    Prepare the topping. Slice the brie cheese, ... Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  7. ... tomatoes (if used). Crisp up the Parma ham on a pan or oven preheated to 200 °C/ 400 °F and cook for a few minutes until crispy. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  8. Assemble the burgers. To crisp-up the keto buns (optional), cut them in half and place each half, cut side down on a hot griddle pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Top each each of the bottom burger buns with the cooked burger meat, caramelised onion, ... Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  9. ... 2 slices of Brie cheese, 2 slices of Parma ham, ... Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  10. ... half of a lobster tail and half of a tablespoon of melted ghee or olive oil. Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger
  11. Serve with fresh lettuce leaves, tomato slices, pickles or any topping you like. Enjoy! Low-Carb Surf & Turf Burger

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Ultimate Keto Buns, homemade (KetoDiet app)
4.3 g10.1 g15.9 g208 kcal
Onion, white, fresh
2.9 g0.4 g0 g15 kcal
0 g0 g7.5 g68 kcal
Balsamic vinegar, dark (excludes sweet, syrupy vinegar)
0.7 g0 g0 g4 kcal
Crustaceans, lobster, northern, cooked, moist heat
0 g8.6 g0.4 g40 kcal
Beef, minced (ground), raw, grass-fed
0 g21.5 g25 g318 kcal
Cheese, blue, Brie
0.1 g6.2 g8.3 g100 kcal
Prosciutto di Parma (Parma ham)
0 g7.7 g3.4 g65 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0.1 g5.8 g51 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pepper, black, spices
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving
8 g54.5 g66.3 g868 kcal

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (3)

I'm sorry, but last time I checked there is only (9) nine restaurants in the United States that sell REAL Kobe beef, and none of them sell it in the firm of a burger! So who ever paid $777 for a ground beef burger really should have saved their money and made their own! Now there are three restaurants in Vegas that serve "real" Kobe beef, but I'm betting it's not a burger! Most places that claim they sell Kobe beef are lying! "Many restaurants have started using the term "Kobe" to mean any pricey beef. However, it is in fact a highly acclaimed type of wagyu beef raised in a specific region of Japan."
This is the actual investigation that a reporter did. Some res

This looks so keto posh!! I still haven't tried lobster but say it in my local grocery store. They sell it frozen, would that work?

Yes that will work, just let it defrost 😊