If it’s possible to have a bacon cheeseburger combined with a Big Mac AND a side of fries in one dish…THIS. IS. IT! For the past few weeks, Danny has seen the same McDonalds commercial every evening when he comes home. And without fail, every time he sees it, immediately becomes a craving he must have.
Casseroles are the best meals to have when it’s cold out and you want something hearty. And even when the temperature hasn’t dropped much in your area, after a long day of work, you want something…comforting.
One day after running errands in the morning, I finally gave into my idea…probably because I couldn’t hear Danny say he wanted McDonalds again. When I came home, groceries in tow, and told him what I had planned, the fast food chain no longer seemed to be an option for him.
This is probably my favorite casserole dish to date. Now, so you’re aware…you will NOT find pasta in this dish. After researching where I could find a cheeseburger casserole on the internet, each one came with pasta. Why? I don’t see pasta as part of my cheeseburger meal. It’s blasphemy.
Which is why I set out to make sure this DID NOT have pasta. And I’m happy to say, it tastes EXACTLY like a cheeseburger meal. Adding bacon and the special sauce just takes it over the top. But my personal part of the dish…is the CHEESE sauce…mmmmm….
Definitely will become a meal stable for your family. If the servings are too many, you can split the recipe in half by placing one half in a 8 x 8 disposable casserole dish for another day. Yay!
Oh! And just so you know…it might not be the prettiest dish but the flavors are on point!
- 1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef
- 6 strips of bacon diced
- 3 tablespoons of relish
- 1/4 cup of ketchup
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1 diced onion
- 1 teaspoon of diced garlic
- One 16 ounce bag of french fries or tator tots
- 3/4 cup of diced tomatoes
- 1 cup of shredded lettuce
- 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 tablespoons of flour (or gluten free flour)
- 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 2 cups of whole milk (or 2% milk)
- 2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons of spicy mustard (or regular yellow mustard)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 cup of mayo
- 2 tablespoons of ketchup
- 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons of relish
- 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Pinch of salt
- Try and prep EVERYTHING before you begin!
- Preheat oven according to the directions on your french fry bag. Once the oven is preheated, place your French fries on a baking sheet and bake according to the package directions. Make sure the fries are crisp when you take them out.
- In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for your mac daddy sauce and set aside.
- Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Place the bacon in the skillet and cook until crisp. Remove the bacon once it's browned and reserve it for later. Dump out most of the grease but about 1 tablespoon.
- Add the diced onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and using a potato masher, break up the ground beef in the skillet. Add a pinch of salt and the garlic powder. Once the ground beef is browned, add the ketchup and relish. Stir everything to combine. Add 1/2 cup of the chopped tomatoes and gently stir into the ground beef, careful not to break it up too much. Add the bacon back to the ground beef and stir to combine. Keep the skillet on low to work on the cheese sauce.
- In a small pot, melt your butter at medium high heat. Sprinkle the flour over the top, stirring constantly until a thick paste forms, 1 to 2 minutes. Slowly add the milk to the flour and butter paste in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Continue cooking, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. It should be thick but still pourable. When you place a spoon in the milk mixture, you can check the thickness by running your finger on the back of the spoon. If there is a clear line down the milk mixture, then you're ready to add the cheese.
- Add the cheese a little at a time, to make sure it melts evenly. When all the cheese is melted, add your mustard and stir. Take off the heat.
- At this point, your fries should be ready so them out. Do NOT turn off the oven. Grab a 11 x 7 or 9 x 13 casserole dish and add your ground beef mixture. Next add your cheese sauce all over the ground beef. Add your French fries on top of the ground beef and cheese mixture. Sprinkle the 1/4 cup of shredded cheese on top of the French fries and place in the oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
- Once the time is up, take out your casserole and sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top. Add the remaining chopped tomatoes and drizzle your mac daddy sauce. Set some sauce aside for individual servings.
- This easily serves 4-6 people!
- You can also split this recipe in half and place one of the halves in a deposable 8 x 8 casserole dish. Complete the steps up until you add the lettuce. Freeze for another day. To reheat, let the dish come to room temperature and place in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. Top with lettuce, tomatoes and mac daddy sauce.
Danny and I couldn’t wait to dig into this dish! Can you see the fries poking through the lettuce?
I must warn you…after having this, you may pass out in a food coma.
And without question…this particular dish is definitely #tremendofoodporn.