Cheeseburger Casserole has all the components of a bacon cheeseburger in one easy recipe! Cheeseburger Tater Tot casserole, also known as a cheeseburger hot dish, layers a creamy ground beef filling with tater tots, bacon, and lots of gooey cheese on top.
Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 9X13 inch casserole dish. Set aside.
In a large skillet over medium heat cook chopped bacon until crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Drain grease and remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate. Set aside.
Add ground beef and onion to the skillet. Cook until beef is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer. Drain grease, if necessary.
To the ground beef add half cooked bacon, drained diced tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, relish, worcestershire, salt, pepper, and 1 cup grated cheese. Stir to combine and spread in prepared baking dish.
Arrange frozen tater tots on top in a single layer. Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until tater tots are crisp. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining cheese and bacon on top. Bake for 5 additional minutes. Serve immediately with optional toppings.
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Tips for Making the best Cheeseburger Casserole!
For extra crispy tots, broil for 1-2 minutes before adding cheese to melt.
Arrange tots in a single layer. Either pour them on and spread out or lay them side by side like pictured.
Remember to not add the cheese until the last 5 minutes or it will become overly browned.
Use freshly grated cheese off the block for a melty, gooey, cheese topping.
Any preferred cheese will work, but I like using sharp cheddar because it gives a more enhanced cheese flavor than medium cheddar.
Make Ahead / Freezer Directions:
Prepare ground beef filling up to 3 days ahead and refrigerate in an airtight container. Assemble casserole with frozen tater tots when ready to bake and serve. Bake as directed, but add an additional 5-10 minutes to cooking time. Freezer Meal:This casserole is perfect for freezing. Either double the recipe and freeze one in a disposable aluminum pan or make ahead to freeze and enjoy at a later date.Prepare the ground beef mixture and spread on the bottom of a greased 9X13 baking dish. Sprinkle the top with tater tots. You will want to be sure you have allowed the meat enough time to cool so that the tater tots do not thaw when placed on top.Cover the tots with cheese and bacon topping, or wait and add the topping when you are ready to bake. Cover the dish with foil and then wrap with plastic wrap to prevent freezer burn. Make sure to label the dish with the recipe name and baking instructions. You can freeze this dish for up to 4 months.When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap and foil. Bake from frozen so the tater tots don’t thaw before. Plan to add an additional 30-35 minutes to the baking time for the ground beef to heat completely through.