Rating: 4.5 stars
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This cheeseburger casserole was my favorite dish my mom made while I was growing up, and now it is my husband's favorite. With crisp Tater Tots® and ooey-gooey Cheddar cheese, how can you go wrong?

Recipe Summary

45 mins
1 hr
15 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place onion in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on High until soft, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.

  • Cook and stir ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  • Transfer beef to the prepared casserole dish and spread onion pieces evenly over top. Spread soup over the onions and sprinkle Cheddar cheese evenly over soup. Layer frozen potato nuggets in rows on top of the cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lightly spray the potato nuggets with cooking spray, and bake until cooked through and crunchy, about 10 minutes more.

Cook's Notes:

If you like a very strong onion flavor, keep the onions raw when placing them into the casserole.

The casserole is prettiest when you lay one row of horizontal Tater Tots(R) and then one row of vertical Tater Tots(R), and continue that pattern all the way across the casserole.

You don't have to bake this immediately. This dish does very well making it ahead of time and refrigerating it overnight. When you are ready to serve it, just pull it out and bake it for the recommended 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 23.8g; carbohydrates 24.3g; fat 31.8g; cholesterol 84.6mg; sodium 921.1mg. Full Nutrition