Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

I saw something like this on Facebook a while back and when I took ground beef out to thaw for dinner this is exactly what I had in mind.  It seemed like a perfect meal for a cold, dreary day for “the boys!”

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Sandie

These are the ingredients, except for the cheese slices because I decided to add them at the last minute.

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I started by chopping and cooking the bacon, removing 2 tbsp. of the bacon grease for later and leaving the rest in the pan for the next step.

Once I had removed the grease and bacon from the pan, I added the peeled and sliced onions and cooked them for about 15 minutes until they were browned and softened.

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I cut the buns into 1 inch cubes and then mixed them with the reserved bacon grease and set aside.

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While the onions were cooking I put the ground beef in a microwave safe bowl and cooked it until it was browned and fully cooked, then drained it.

I mixed in the ketchup and mustard, stirred it to combine and poured it into my prepared pan.

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I put the cooked onions on top of the ground beef mixture.

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And then the cooked and crumbled bacon.

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I sprinkled some grated mozzarella on top of the onions and bacon.

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And then this is where I decided to add the slices of cheese.

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I topped the cheese with the cubed buns….

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And the second amount of cheese.

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Then I baked it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and then switched to broil for what was supposed to be 5 minutes….

Full disclosure here…. I got distracted during the supposed 5 minutes of broil time and didn’t remember until the smoke detector went off letting me know that some of the bread cubes had started to burn 😦

So… I scraped off the worst of the burned part and added more grated mozzarella to try to hide and remaining burned bread lol!  I put it back in the oven…. not on broil lol… just long enough to remelt the cheese!

Chris told me the burned part just gave it a bit more flavour!

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I cut it into squares and served it to the boys!

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Recipe

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Preparation Time: 40 minutes  Baking Time: 35 minutes  Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 5 or 6 slices bacon
  • 3 small onions, peel and sliced into rings
  • 2 Kaiser rolls or 4 hamburger rolls
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. mustard
  • 2 cups grated cheese, divided, I used cheddar and mozzarella
  • 4 slices of cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease baking pan.  I used a 9 x 9 pan.
  2. Fry bacon until crispy and remove 2 tbsp. grease and set aside.
  3. Remove bacon to paper towel to drain, add onions to frying pan.
  4. Cook onions until brown and softened.
  5. Cut rolls into 1 inch cubes, mix in reserved bacon grease and mix to evenly coat.
  6. In microwave safe bowl, brown ground beef until fully cooked.  Drain.
  7. Add ketchup and mustard to ground beef and stir thoroughly.
  8. Add ground beef mixture to prepared pan evenly.
  9. Top with cooked onions and then cooked, crumbled bacon.
  10. Top bacon with 1 cup of grated cheese and 4 cheese slices.
  11. Spread bread cubes evenly over top of cheeses.
  12. Sprinkle remaining grated cheese on top of bread cubes.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Switch to broil for 5 minutes to crisp up the top.
  14. Cut into squares and serve.

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7 thoughts on “Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

  1. That looks so delicious. I’ve been on a caramelized onion, ketchup, and mustard with hamburger kick myself. But I’m afraid my concept is really fattening. I’ve been addicted to making myself patty melts, which are like a hybrid grilled cheese hamburger, with plenty of butter on the bread. I cut it in half and dip in ketchup and mustard. I think blending some Worcestershire into the meat before cooking it would really make all the other flavors in this shine. You could also try Balsamic vinegar for a different, lemony sweet effect. Both will really accentuate the bacon nicely.

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    • I really like the Worcestershire sauce idea. It would give it a bit more kick.
      I appreciate your plight, when you find something good, it’s really hard not to continually enjoy it lol! And your patty melt sounds divine! A real shame for me that I can’t eat “meat,” my melts pretty much extend only to tuna. Still good but nowhere near as good as yours sound!!!

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      • I do the same thing some time, but fortunately you can always add another comment. It’s like a conversation so you get caught up in the ideas and forget the formalities. You’re so welcome! As for the tuna melts, I can’t do cheese and fish together, but I LOVE tuna casserole. I also have to limit my red meat intake and I’ve been very naughty with the patty melts. I should only eat red meat once a week and between last week and this week I’ve eaten a total of 6 patty melts. Chicken pork seafood eggs for two weeks for me! But beef is a favorite. wwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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      • Lol. Sometimes I forget everything, especially here. Like you said, it is a conversation whether online or not and sometimes you do forget the formalities trying not to forget to respond to something else!
        There are days I would give almost anything for a nice juicy burger but have learned to know better. I do, on occasion, engage in that naughty behavior but that just reminds me why I don’t eat it 😔

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