Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

A simple, comforting casserole that’s perfect for any time of year.

The “best cheeseburger tater tot casserole” is a recipe that combines the two most popular foods in America. It’s a delicious meal that will be sure to please your family and friends.

Can we just talk about how ridiculously delicious this Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is? After having a big lunch, I prepared it the other day and couldn’t stop eating it. I had essentially a second lunch. Because it was so fantastic. 

I cooked this in preparation for the Super Bowl next week, because let’s face it, half the pleasure of the Super Bowl is the outrageously amazing food you get to prepare.

The halftime performance, of course, is the other half.

People, I’m joking. It’s the New England Patriots. Obviously. Because the Patriots have a better than even probability of winning the Super Bowl every year. This makes a Boston gal very pleased.


But, please, let’s talk about how delicious this tater tot casserole is. It has the flavor of a grown-up Hamburger Helper. Creamy, umami-packed, beefy, and cheesy Zomg. It’s a taste explosion, to be sure. Even if you don’t like for tater tots, you should prepare this dish for the cheeseburger portion at the bottom. It’s epic, after all.


To prepare tater tot casserole, follow these instructions.

This is, without a doubt, the simplest game-day dish ever. To begin, sauté the onion in butter until it becomes translucent (be careful not to burn it!). Then add the ground beef, garlic, and taco seasoning (use 90% lean for the greatest taste). Before turning down the heat and whisking in the tomato paste and cornstarch, brown the meat and make sure there are no pink parts left.

Then add the half-and-half, salt, red pepper flakes, and tomato sauce, and let it all boil away for 5-10 minutes to thicken up the sauce. Arrange the frozen tater tots on top of the cheeseburger deliciousness to make it seem as nice as possible. The tots should then be baked for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

To add a burst of fresh flavor, I topped my cheeseburger casserole with scallions and cherry tomatoes, as well as a dab of sour cream, because why not? Because the tots lose their crispiness in the fridge, this tater tot casserole is best consumed straight away.


Is it possible that this is the finest potato tot casserole I’ve ever had? Oh, yes, I absolutely do.


Okay, all of this chatter has made me drool. I’m off to re-create this baby. HA!


Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole: covered with gooey cheese and a layer of crispy tater tots, it tastes exactly like a cheeseburger. Perfect for the big game!

  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 25 minutes
  • 30 minutes to prepare
  • Time spent: 55 minutes
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  • Dip is a category of food.
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  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 25 minutes
  • 30 minutes to prepare
  • Time spent: 55 minutes
  • 8 servings 1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x
  • Dip is a category of food.
  • Baked method
  • American cuisine



  • Sarah wrote this article.
  • Time to Prepare: 25 minutes
  • 30 minutes to prepare
  • Time spent: 55 minutes
  • 8 servings 1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x1x
  • Dip is a category of food.
  • Baked method
  • American cuisine


for the foundation layer:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 big sliced onion
  • 90 percent lean ground beef, 1 pound
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • taco seasoning (2 tblsp.)
  • 3 tbsp tomato puree
  • cornstarch, 1 tablespoon
  • 1 gallon half-and-half
  • tomato sauce (1/2 cup)
  • salt (1/4 teaspoon)
  • a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes

the top layer should be:

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican mix cheese
  • frozen potato tots, 32 ounces
  • sour cream to serve as a garnish
  • garnish with wild cherry tomatoes
  • garnish with green onions


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat butter and onion in a large pan over medium heat until onion is transparent, approximately 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the ground beef, garlic, and taco seasoning over medium high heat, breaking up the meat as needed. Cook until the meat is lightly browned and no longer pink in the center.
  4. Return to medium heat and whisk in the tomato paste and cornstarch until well combined. Combine the half-and-half, tomato sauce, salt, and red pepper flakes in a mixing bowl. Cook for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened and is bubbling and pulling away from the skillet’s sides.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and sprinkle with cheese. In a concentric circle around the pan, arrange frozen tater tots.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and the cheese has melted completely.
  7. Serve immediately with sour cream, cherry tomatoes, and green onions on top!

Superbowl, game day, dip, crowd-pleasing

I was initially paid by Sur La Table to produce this dish. But I felt compelled to share it with you! All content and thoughts are all mine. Thank you for your continued support of the brands that enable Broma to exist!

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This is a casserole that combines the flavors of cheeseburgers and tater tots. It has a mixture of ground beef, Worcestershire sauce, onions, celery, garlic and potatoes. Reference: cheeseburger tater tot casserole with worcestershire sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes good with Tater Tot casserole?

A: It is best to serve this casserole with turkey and stuffing.

Is Tater Tot hotdish or casserole?

A: Tater tot hotdish is a casserole that includes potatoes and cheese.

What side dishes go with tater tots?

A: For a side dish, you would have to choose between macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes.

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