Cheeseburger Casserole with Tater Tots


This cheeseburger casserole with Tator Tots 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?

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 9x13-inch casserole


  • 1 large onion, chopped into 1-inch pieces

  • butter-flavored cooking spray (such as Pam®)

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 2 (10.75 ounce) cans condensed golden mushroom soup (such as Campbell's®)

  • 3 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (32 ounce) package frozen bite-size potato nuggets (such as Tater Tots®)


  1. Place onion in a microwave-safe bowl and cover with water. Microwave on high until soft, 7 to 8 minutes. Drain.

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

  3. 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.

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

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


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 and then one row of vertical Tater Tots, and continue that pattern all the way across the casserole dish.

You don't have to bake this immediately. You can make it ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. the next day, just pull it out and bake it for the recommended 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

465 Calories
32g Fat
24g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 465
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 921mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 257mg 20%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 404mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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