Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger CasseroleA hamburger casserole?  Yessiree!  If you love the all American hamburger and Tater Tots, then this recipe will be nice change from eating a hamburger on a bun.  It’s an easy meal to make and I bet your kids will love it too.

My husband wants hamburgers probably once a week.  Well, to be honest, as much as I like a good hamburger, it does get old.  I saw a similar recipe to this hamburger casserold and decided to try it with the ingredients that I had on hand.

Call to Action3We always have ground beef since we raise cattle.  Now we’re not “real” ranchers. We have only 6 cows on our property, but we always have a full freezer of beef.  More than just having ground beef and various cuts for steak and roasts, I know that our cows are healthy.  They are grass fed and have not been shot up with hormones and antibiotics.  I’m almost ready for pigs and chickens too.

I had peppers and onions, so this recipe is closely related to a cheese steak sub.  Mushrooms would have been a great addition.  You can add any combination of vegetables you choose or that your family will like.  Or skip the veggies and just add a side salad.

Hamburger | Trivia

funny hamburgerThere are a lot of claims as to who was the first person to create the hamburger, so I’m not going to try to solve that.  Although a sandwich with ground beef was called a hamburger as early at 1900 in the U.S., it wasn’t until the 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair that the New York Tribune wrote an article about the innovation of the hamburger.

White Castle restaurant in Wichita, Kansas was making hamburgers in 1921.  They made small, 2-1/2″, burgers that came to be known as sliders.

Since then, many fast food chains have been making hamburgers, but it was McDonald’s that established the fast food style restaurant in 1948.  The original restaurant, called “The Airdrome”, was started by Patrick McDonald in Monrovia, CA.  His sons moved the restaurant to San Bernardino, CA and called it McDonald’s Bar-B-Q.  In 1948 they realized that the most popular item was the hamburger.  They closed down the car-hop style restaurant and set up a self-serve operation and shortened the name to just McDonald’s.

There are conflicting stories as to who was the first to start a “drive-through” restaurant.  Some say Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, MO, others say In-n-Out Burger in Baldwin Park, CA, and still others say Jack in the Box.  I thought it would have been McDonald’s, but they didn’t have their first drive-through till 1975 in Sierra Vista, AZ.

Well, that’s your bit of trivia for the day.  I’m not a huge fan of the fast food restaurant, but they certainly are convenient.

Hamburger Casserole | Recipe


2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 green bell peppers
1 large onion
3/4 c. ketchup
salt & pepper
9 slices American or Cheddar cheese
1 bag Tater Tots
Garlic salt (optional)


Brown HamburgerBrown ground beef in large skillet or wok.

While ground beef is browning, chop peppers and onion.

When beef has browned, take off heat.  If there’s too much grease in the pan with the ground beef, now is the time to pour off excess.  The best way to do it, is to pour the entire pot of meat into your colander over a heat resistant bowl.  Grease will drain into bowl and you can pour it off easily without taking the chance of it clogging your drain.

Add chopped peppers, onions, ketchup, salt and pepper.  Mix to combine ingredients.

add rest of ingred

Pour the meat mixture into a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Spread evenly in your baking dish and add cheese slices.

put in casserole dish

Top with frozen Tater Tots and spread evenly to make a single layer.

Sprinkle with garlic salt, if desired.

top with frozen tater tots

Bake in 425 degree oven for 30 minutes or until Tater Tots are crispy.

Hamburger Casserole with Tater Tots







Hamburger Casserole…..So simple and even the kids will love it.  Enjoy!



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