Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole recipe, tater tot casserole recipe

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

This Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot casserole recipe tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger. That would be because it has all the wonderful ingredients that would go on a bacon cheeseburger, all in one dish. Plus, it has the Mr. Saucy Seal of Approval. 

I make a lot of foods that Mr. Saucy loves, foods like this casserole, that I never post. I’m constantly trying new things to please his meat and potatoes cravings, but many of them just don’t pass the Saucy-likes-this-too taste test. Well, this casserole did both; best of all, I didn’t have to completely reinvent this casserole recipe. It didn’t have any “cream of” soups or prepackaged flavor packets involved. Win!

There were some changes I made to it, though. Instead of using a premixed spice blend, I seasoned it with spices that most kitchens would have on hand. I used sharp cheddar instead of the American cheese the recipe called for, and I used more ground beef. Other than that, this recipe is one I spotted on the Betty Crocker website.

I think it’s important to at least partially thaw the tater tots before adding them to the casserole, because they get crisper. If you don’t mind a soggier tot, just plonk them on there frozen.

So, if you’ve been craving a bacon cheeseburger, toss this casserole together. No buns needed; comfort food at its best.

P~

Bacon Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 slices bacon, crisped drained and crumbled
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups frozen tater tots, thawed
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. Prepare a 2-quart casserole with a light coat of cooking spray.
  3. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon; set aside.
  4. Drain bacon fat from skillet.
  5. In same skillet, add the beef and onion and cook over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  6. Stir in ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, salt, garlic, pepper, ¼ of the crumbled bacon and ¾ of the cheese.
  7. Spoon into prepared casserole.
  8. Top with tater tots.
  9. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and potatoes are golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
  10. Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

 

About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
This entry was posted in Casseroles, Entrée, Meats, Saucy Southerner Recipes. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: