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Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole: a mouthwatering recipe for a classic comfort dish

Total time: 80 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist
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Ingredients
Ground beef
2 pounds
Ketchup
2/3 cup
Yellow Mustard
2 tsp
Dijon mustard
2 tbsp
Barbecue sauce
4 tbsp
chopped red onion
1/2 cup
cheddar cheese, shredded
2 cups
frozen tater tots
1 32-ounce bag

Cheeseburger tater tot casserole is a cozy, comforting, hearty dinner that hits all the right spots. It's a simple dish and is the beefy version of the ever-popular tater tot casserole. Made with juicy hamburger meat mixed with ketchup and mustard, and layered with onions, cheese, and tater tops, this easy-to-make casserole has all the same flavors as a classic cheeseburger, with an irresistible crunchy tater tot topping.

The best part is that it's easy to customize. You can add any of your favorite cheeseburger toppings as garnishes for your casserole: bacon, mushrooms, lettuce, pickles. Cheeseburger tater tot casserole is a perfect hearty comfort dish to feed your family. They'll love it so much, you may not have any leftovers!

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How to Make Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

It's so easy to make this great-tasting tater tot casserole. Start by browning the beef in a large skillet. Once browned, drain off the fat and mix in the mustards, barbecue sauce, and ketchup. Pour the beef into the casserole dish, then layer your chopped red onions over it. Add the cheese, then arrange the tater tops over the top of the casserole. Pop it in the oven and bake it for about an hour or so.

You'll know your casserole is done when the cheese is bubbly, melted, and the entire casserole is heated through. Now for the fun part: adding the toppings! Add your favorite cheeseburger toppings to your casserole. Bacon, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, or any of your other favorite burger toppings. Serve it with a side salad or some veggies and dig in.

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Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole Toppings

There's a lot of room for fun, tasty toppings to make your tater tot casserole completely irresistible. Some favorite toppings include chopped bacon, tomatoes, sausage, lettuce, sauteed mushrooms, pickles – basically anything you'd put on a real cheeseburger!

Tips for the Best Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Shredding the cheese yourself will help it melt more evenly in your casserole. Don't be tempted to pick up pre-shredded cheese!

Use extra-lean ground beef to make your casserole.

Make sure to bake your casserole uncovered. This will help your tater tots to get a beautiful golden brown and stay nice and crispy.

For a richer, creamier casserole, add cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup.

To make your cheeseburger casserole even more flavorful, add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce to the beef when it's cooking.

Did you know you can make cheeseburger tater tot casserole in a slow cooker? After frying the meat and mixing it with the sauces, transfer it to your slow cooker, then top with the remaining ingredients. Secure the lid and cook it on low for 6 hours. Take note – the tater tots won't be as crispy, but the casserole will still be delicious!

Serve this mouthwatering casserole with a side salad, steamed or roasted vegetables, a side of rice, mashed potatoes, or some crusty dinner rolls.

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How to Store Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

Wrap your casserole dish in cling film or aluminum foil or transfer the casserole to an airtight container and refrigerate. Cheeseburger tater tot casserole will last up to 3 days in the fridge.

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Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray.

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Fry the beef in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until the beef browns, then remove from heat and drain off excess fat.

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Stir ketchup.

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Add in yellow mustard, Dijon mustard.

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Add the barbecue sauce into the beef.

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Mix.

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Transfer the beef mixture to the baking dish.

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Top the beef with the onion.

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Add the cheese.

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Arrange the tater tots over the top of the cheese.

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Bake for 60 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the casserole is heated through. Remove from the oven.

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Add your preferred toppings, and serve.

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