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Keto At Wendy’s: Fast Food Guide

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  Published on August 10th, 2021
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  Last modified June 28th, 2023
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Ordering low carb at Wendy’s can seem impossible.  Almost everything is battered and fried and served with a side of fries. While eating fast food isn’t the most optimal for health, everyone is human and we understand that sometimes it can be the only option. Here’s how to order keto at Wendy’s!

What to Avoid at Wendy’s

When following the ketogenic diet, you are going to want to dramatically reduce carbohydrate intake. That means no more bread or french fries! But, that also means cutting sneaky carbs (like ketchup). Here are the things you are going to want to avoid when following the keto diet at Wendy’s:


  • Buns


  • Buns
  • Chicken nuggets
  • Chicken tenders
  • Crispy chicken sandwiches


  • Summer Strawberry Salad
  • Jalapeno Popper Salad
  • Taco Salad
  • Apple Pecan Salad


  • French fries
  • Chips


  • Ketchup

Drinks & Dessert

  • Soda
  • Sweetened Tea
  • Sweetened Coffee
  • Frosty’s

How to Order Keto at Wendy’s

Now that you know what not to order, here is a guide to some of the tastiest and simplest low-carb menu items at Wendy’s. 

keto at wendys


  • Dave’s Single: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments
  • Dave’s Double stack: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments
  • Son of a Baconator: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments
  • Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments


  • Grilled chicken sandwich: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments
  • Grilled Chicken Club: no bun and/or add lettuce wrap, no condiments


  • Southwest avocado chicken salad: as is, 420 calories, 12g total carbs, 6g of fiber, 6 grams of net carbs*
  • Parmesan Caesar Salad: as is, 300 calories, 5g of total carbohydrates, 3g of fiber, and 2g of net carbs*
*Caesar dressing adds an additional 2 grams of carbs, and ranch salad dressing adds 4g of carbs

Condiments & Toppings

  • Mayonnaise
  • Mustard
  • American cheese
  • Bacon
  • Lettuce
  • Onion & tomato at your discretion*
*Some individuals are sensitive to onion and tomato, which can lead to inflammation. Avoid these two if you have sensitivities. Onions and tomatoes also do contain a small number of carbs and should not be consumed in excess.

How To Order Keto at Other Fast Food Restaurants

Maybe Wendy’s isn’t your favorite fast food spot, but you still want to know what you should order! If this sounds like you, check out our articles on:

What’s Your Go-To Keto Option At Wendy’s?

Do you have a favorite meal to order at Wendy’s or do you try to avoid fast food altogether? Comment below and share your thoughts with the community!

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