The Best Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

This is absolutely the best hamburger tater tot casserole recipe! It’s full of rich, cheesy flavor and hearty goodness that the whole family will love.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

I’m always looking for delicious, hearty meal ideas. With three teenage boys in the house, we go through a lot of food!

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What I feed them needs to stick. If the dish also comes together quickly on busy weeknights, even better. Today’s hamburger tater tot casserole recipe is a meal that works for our whole family.

Topped with crispy tater tots and melty cheese, this hearty casserole is absolutely delicious. It has all the elements of a classic comfort food.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

And it’s so easy! Just throw a few simple ingredients into a casserole dish, toss it in the oven, and you’re done.

Add a side salad, and you’ve got a complete meal. This is also a great recipe for customization.  It will become a family favorite in no time.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

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Supplies:

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

Casserole Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Process

Hamburger Tater Tots Casserole

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large skillet, fry onion in oil until translucent.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Process

3. Add ground meat to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until done.

4. Grease the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Process

5. Combine the meat mixture, soup, and half of the cheese, in the bottom of the dish.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Process

6. Layer tater tots on the filling.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Process

7. Top with remaining shredded cheese.

8. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Broil at the end for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese and toast the tater tots to a nice golden brown.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

9. Top with green onions before serving.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Tips and tricks:

  • For a change from traditional ketchup as a condiment, serve with a little sour cream and salsa as toppings.
  • Transfer any leftovers into an airtight container, or cover tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. They should be stored in the fridge and will keep for up to 3 days.
  • Looking for an easy morning meal? Turn this recipe into a tater tot breakfast casserole by substituting the ground beef mixture with breakfast sausage. Take the meat out of the casings and fry it up with the onion. Add some crumbled bacon on top too! This would be a perfect holiday brunch dish.
  • This casserole can easily be made ahead and frozen. Just increase the cooking time to 60 minutes.
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Casserole variations:

  • Substitute ground turkey or pork for the ground beef.
  • The seasonings in the recipe can be adjusted to meet your family’s preferences. Garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and worcestershire sauce all make delicious additions.
  • Want to add more veggies? Throw in some chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, or mushrooms. You could also make it really easy by using frozen mixed vegetables and spreading them over the top of the beef.
  • Try cream of chicken soup, or another of your favorite cream soups, instead of the mushroom.
  • Include some parmesan cheese as another flavor boost.
Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

I hope you and your family enjoy this cheesy tater tot casserole! Try it tonight! If you love this hamburger tater tot casserole, please give it a five star review and help share it on Facebook or Pinterest so that others can enjoy it too!

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

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This is absolutely the best hamburger tater tot casserole recipe! It's full of rich, cheesy flavor and hearty goodness that the whole family will love.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large skillet, fry onion in oil until translucent.

3. Add ground meat to the skillet and cook over medium high heat until done.

4. Grease the baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

5. Combine the meat mixture, soup, and half of the cheese, in the bottom of the dish.

6. Layer tater tots on the filling.

7. Top with remaining shredded cheese.

8. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes. Broil at the end for 5 more minutes to melt the cheese and toast the tater tots to a nice golden brown.

9. Top with green onions before serving.

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I'm an active mom of twin boys who is always looking for opportunities to inspire creativity through fun crafts, do-it-yourself projects and delicious recipes. This blog has been an integral part of supporting my little family and I am so grateful to have you become a part of our journey! Let's create together... Read more...

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