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Cheeseburger Casserole

Once upon a time, I had four surgeries in one year. (One huge one in May, an emergency one in July, a scheduled one in October, and a revision in December.)  It was totally awesome… NOT!

But the experience did come with one totally awesome by-product: The myriad of delicious meals that people brought to our house out of the kindness of their hearts during those recovery periods!  People I knew well and people I barely knew at all just rushed to our rescue!  It was truly an outpouring of God’s love on us through a very difficult time.  I blogged about one such meal here, when Kyndall brought us her mother’s better-than-cake cornbread.  YUM.  I want some right now.

Another such friend was my Mommy&Me playgroup buddy, Courtney, who brought me this crave-worthy casserole back in December.  The name “Cheeseburger Casserole” was so unassuming… I had no idea it was going to become a regular MUST on our family menu.  But something about it was just addictive, man!  (By the way, I later learned what that “something” was.  Ketchup and mustard.  I am a mustard-aholic.  No wonder I was shoveling it in by the fork-full!)

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The most addictive and easy Cheeseburger Casserole!

Yes those are tator tots on top.  I rest my case.

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Now admittedly, this is not a dish I would typically make.  (Don’t get me wrong… it has absolutely nothing to do with the dish and everything to do with my propensity toward food-snobbery.)  The thing is… foods with names like “Cheeseburger Casserole” rarely jump out at me when I’m browsing Pinterest or Foodgawker.  I’m much more likely to be suckered in by something super exotic-sounding like Cranberry, Butternut, & Brussels Sprout Brie Nachos.  But am I really ever going to make cranberry brie nachos with brussels sprout shavings???  Maaaaaybe if I find myself entertaining Ina Garten at my house for an upscale cocktail party someday, sure.  But otherwise, of course not.  What I really need are a few more solid recipes like Cheeseburger Casserole in my repertoire.  My family loves it.  I love it.  And YOU will love it!  Believe me.

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The most addictive cheeseburger casserole!

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Now, I know what some of you are thinking… “I thought this girl was supposed to be a healthy blogger!  What’s she doing posting a recipe with hamburger, cheese, bacon, and tator tots?”  And you do have a point… I must also admit that this recipe does stray from my usual guidelines when it comes to a “healthy” meal.  But the bottom line with ANY diet is moderation and portion control.  There is no reason why you can’t serve this casserole alongside a serving of steamed broccoli or a tasty green smoothie!  Besides, I actually calculated the calories in this meal (for my husband, who is keeping track) and if you eat 1/6th of this casserole, it will only set you back 350 calories!  (Although, for the record, I ate roughly a third.  Don’t be like me.)

So thank you, Courtney, for bringing this meal into our lives and for sending me the recipe.  Without you, we never would’ve discovered the majesty of this dish… and my family probably would’ve spent yet another evening munching on oatmeal while mama was busy fantasizing about fancy nachos.  Instead, we enjoyed this amazingly hearty, easy, and finger-licking good casserole tonight.

Hope you get the chance to whip it up for your family soon too!  (P.S. I highly recommend an extra squirt of ketchup on top of each serving.  The perfect finishing touch!)

Lots of Love,

Carissa

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Cheeseburger Casserole
 
This cheeseburger casserole is hearty and surprisingly addictive... a must for your family menu! Use turkey bacon and lean ground beef to lighten it up.
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Recipe Type:: Supper
Ingredients:
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • A few pinches salt and garlic powder
  • ⅓ C. ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 C Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 slices turkey bacon, cooked, crumbled
  • 3 cups frozen bite-size seasoned tater tots
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium skillet, brown the ground beef, drain off fat, and set meat aside in a separate dish.
  3. In the same skillet, saute the chopped onion til soft. (About 4 minutes.) Add in a few pinches of salt and garlic powder as it cooks.
  4. When onion is soft, turn off heat and return meat to the pan. Stir in ketchup and mustard and crumble in half the bacon.
  5. Transfer mixture to a deep square baking dish (roughly 10"x10"), that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Evenly distribute the tater tots, remaining bacon, and cheese over the top.
  7. Bake at 400 for 30 mins. Broil for 2-3 more minutes for a bubbly top.
  8. Enjoy!

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Sarah says:

    this sounds so good!

  2. Heather Lowe says:

    I love love love your website! I just made this tonight and it is so delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  3. Denise says:

    Made this for our game day meal (OU v TN). Everyone loved it and I have requests to make it again. I’m calling it “Cheeseburger Bake” cause the hubby doesn’t like casseroles. Delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Stephanie says:

    Do you think it would still taste good without bacon? I was thinking of making it without…not that we don’t love bacon lol, but I was trying to avoid the extra step of cooking bacon.