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Keto Turtles

By May 22, 2016February 18th, 2023Egg Free, Main Dish

Keto Turtles


I love to make keto food fun! We eat with our eyes and when I am competing with food-dye and chemically engineered food, I am willing to do this to keep my boys away from that junk.

Keto Turtles

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Keto Turtles

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I decided to make a special dinner was in order to honor Memorial weekend! So I made keto turtles!Keto Turtles


Keto Turtles

Maria Emmerich
Servings 4



  • Preheat oven or toaster oven(I used my toaster oven since it was a hot day outside...which I LOVE more than I ever thought I would!) to 350 degrees F.
  • Form the ground beef into 4 patties (for the turtle shell). Season the outside with salt and pepper. (Click HERE to read why to only salt the outside).
  • Slice 1 1/2 inches off the ends of the hot-dogs to make the face of the turtle. Use your thumb to indent a space into the hamburger patty and press in a slice of hot-dog for the head. Repeat this with all 4 patties.
  • Use the tip of a sharp knife to score 2 spots for the eyes. Place 2 whole peppercorns into the slots.
  • Slice the rest of the hot-dog in 1/2 lengthwise to form the legs. Then slice the halves into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Place the pieces flat side down under each corner of the patties (to form the legs of the turtle).
  • Slice the dill pickles to form the shell. Slice into 1/8 inch thick slices that are about 3 inches long. Place on the ground beef turtle shell patties.
  • Slice the bacon into 1/4 inch thick and 5-6 inch long slices. Place around the turtle shell patties and tuck underneath the turtle (so the bacon doesn't curl up).
  • Place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until beef is cooked to your desired liking. If the bacon isn't cooked enough, increase heat to 400 degrees F and bake until bacon is crisp. (Covering the hot-dogs so they don't burn.
  • Remove from oven and serve with my Carolina BBQ sauce.

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Keto Turtles


Have you been keto for awhile and not seeing results? This phone client told me she was eating keto for 4 months before our call and this is an email from today:
“Hi Maria!
Sorry for all the e-mails but I just had to let you know that I am walking around in amazement here, checking my stomach in every mirror I pass by: the swelling is visibly down by more than 50% in just four days and I’m down six pounds! I’m flabbergasted!
All the best, again!
 Keto Turtles
Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • krickt says:

    O….. M…..Goodness! These are great! Who needs kids? I want these!

  • Wenchypoo says:

    You will find your toaster oven does well at a whole range of things–like full-size meat loaf/bread loaves, full-size casseroles (using a round dish), mini muffins (a whole 12-hole tin fits in there), tarts/small pies, meatza…the trick is to get a CONVECTION oven, because they’re larger inside, and the temp on some goes up to 400 degrees. When I bought my house, I had to ditch mine–not enough counter space for it, and the electric bill was higher than in my apartment (the house’s stove was gas, so I jumped on it). If I ever go back to an apartment, I will go back to the counter-top convection oven.

  • These are absolutely ADORABLE. My siblings would love making these!

  • Donna z says:

    These are so cute! I’ve been doing an egg fast to jump start keto and I have started getting a rash and darker skin in the shape of a beard and mustache on my face…this has never happened before…I’m restarting keto after taking a year off due to job stresses…what do you make of it?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Sounds like estrogen dominance. Eliminate estrogenic foods like alcohol and wine as well as estrogenic topical things.

  • Meredith says:

    I didn’t know turtle was on the keto-approved list! 🙂

  • Michelle says:

    Hi Maria, I am very much inspired by the work you do to helping people heal their bodies! I have a question I hope you can answer—I am eating more of a Ketogenic diet everyday (transitioning from a more paleo type of diet before) just to get my health habits going well for the rest of my life. I don’t have any weight to lose or anything, I am purely eating this way to maintain my health. Is it really unhealthy to switch from Keto to eating carbs again—for special occasions like a vacation abroad for 2 weeks, or for Christmas vacation? I’m mainly worried that for vacations I want to enjoy native foods in Japan like udon noodles, but will feel sensitive to that food at that point and just end up being sick the whole time there. I want to be the healthiest I can but am struggling to find a balance. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you.

    • Maria Emmerich says:


      Well I don’t recommend doing that. I feel sooooo amazing I never feel compelled to put that in my body again. 😍

  • Patricia says:

    Hi Maria-
    Do you have any information on a ketogenic diet and PCOS that you could direct me to? There is no weight issues, I’m guessing it’s insulin resistance. Do you have plans to help with this?

    • Maria Emmerich says:

      Yes! I’ve helped soooooo many women with that issue! I write about it in my book Keto Adapted (which is even an audio book now;).

      I’d be honored to help with a phone consult!

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