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Bacon Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats

These low-carb, keto-friendly Bacon Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats are surprisingly filling! They're loaded with cheese and all the flavors of your favorite burger, and will easily calm your craving for one - without the bun! 

Serves 3     adjust servings

Preparation 15m Cook Time 25m Total Time


  • 3-4 small zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup dill pickle, diced
  • 2 slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cheddar Bechamel

  • 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash the zucchini and slice them in half lengthwise. Scoop out all the seeds leaving a 1/4-inch rim around the inside of each zucchini. Reserve 1/2 cup of the zucchini innards, pressing out the water between paper towels. Drizzle 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the inside of a casserole dish, and place the hollowed zucchini inside. Brush the remaining oil on the inside of the zucchini. Set aside.

In a medium skillet set over medium heat, heat the last tablespoon of oil and saute the onions for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add the ground beef and reserved zucchini innards. Season with garlic & onion powders, salt, and peppers. Brown the ground beef, then remove from heat and drain off excess grease. Stir in diced tomatoes and pickles.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and Dijon mustard, and simmer for 2 minutes. Turn heat to low and stir in the cheddar cheese, whisking until melted. Remove from heat and stir the cheese sauce into the ground meat.

Spoon the meat into the zucchini boats, then sprinkle the tops with the chopped bacon and remaining cheese.

Bake 15-20 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted. Garnish with ketchup and mustard if desired.


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