March 23, 2012

Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole

As far as one dish meals go, they are the staple of so many tables.  Great for a busy night, with little prep & clean-up involved - these hearty casseroles are a mom (or dad!) must.  

Unfortunately, you can get tired of the same ol' casserole & need a little change-up in the mix.  Now, stir the idea of a cheeseburger and some fries in, and you have one cravable meal that your family will look forward to.

This one can even be made ahead & frozen. Just prepare it as written up until the baking step. Make sure your fries never unthaw. Cover with foil, & freeze for up to 3 months.

When you serve it, a cute idea is to arrange little bowls of different burger toppings on the table.  Then, you can have a little 'burger bar' & everyone can do up their cheeseburger the way that they want.

Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole


  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup diced onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (10.75oz) can cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups french fried shoestring potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Assorted toppers (ketchup, pickles, mustard, chopped fresh tomato, etc)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

In a large skillet, cook ground beef, onion, & garlic over medium heat until the beef is cooked.  Drain off fat.  Stir in undrained tomatoes & tomato paste.  Bring up to a boil, then reduce heat.  Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

Spoon mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 2 quart rectangular baking dish.  In a bowl, stir together the sour cream, soup, & shredded cheddar cheese.  Spread over meat mixture in baking dish.  Evenly distribute the french fries over the very top.  Sprinkle with seasoning salt & pepper.  

Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes or until heated through & fries are golden. Serve with toppers, if desired.


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