This is the famous cheesy low carb bacon cheeseburger casserole that went viral last month. Why? Because all the parenting groups out there discovered it - see why!
Every child loves a cheeseburger for dinner. Just don't tell them it's a healthy version!
This is the favourite dinner recipe of my 13-year-old son. It's also his favourite recipe that he wants to cook every week on his cooking night (yes, each of my kiddos and hubby has a cooking night).
Top Tip: Start a family dinner roster PLUS print off your favourite low-carb and keto recipes into a folder so your kids can choose healthy meal options.
What Is A Cheeseburger Casserole?
A cheeseburger casserole is all your favourite flavours of a regular cheeseburger but without the traditional carbs, hamburger bun and fries.
This recipe also inspired me to make a cheat's Big Mac salad too. So if you are craving your regular take out or fast food, save your time and save your money and make the homemade burger salad instead.
There are only two simple layers to your low carb burger casserole and they can both be made in under 10 minutes.
This is known as the cheat's version because there is no complicated cheese sauce to make. In fact, I have a cheat's cheese sauce for you where you throw everything together in a small mixing bowl and pour over the cooked ground beef. It couldn't get any easier.
What I love about cheesy keto bacon cheeseburger casserole, is that you can prepare the quick and easy family dinner while you are waiting for your oven to heat to the required temperature.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese, then pop the delicious family casserole in the oven.
Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy.
How to layer your cheeseburger casserole
There are two easy layers to the cheeseburger casserole recipe. In between each layer is where you can go crazy adding all the favourite fillings you like to eat in a regular cheeseburger. Gherkins? Bacon? More cheese?
1: Ground beef layer
Fry the ground beef with the finely diced onion and crushed garlic until the beef is thoroughly cooked and browned. Pour the cooked meat into your casserole dish.
Once the ground/minced beef layer is cooked, you sprinkle over the cooked bacon pieces.
Add some sliced pickles/gherkins (pickled in vinegar, check for no added sugars). You can omit these if you are a gherkin hater, or only place on half the casserole if your children don't like pickles/gherkins.
2: Cheat's cheese sauce layer
Pour over the cheat's cheese sauce, then add plenty of grated/shredded cheese to make a super cheesy crust.
⏲️ Baking time
This recipe is so simple, it has to be seen to be believed.
You make the two easy layers and throw your baking dish in the oven.
But if you're running out of time, you can simply throw it all together and omitted the first step of browning and cooking the beef first.
Yes, that's right. I sometimes mix the raw ground beef, diced onion, crushed garlic and cream cheese together in a large mixing bowl.
Place it all into the casserole dish, add you favourite burger fillings then cover the meat layer with my cheat's cheese sauce and extra shredded cheese.
If you do have time to cook the beef first, the bacon cheeseburger casserole only requires 15 minutes of cooking time for the sauce and cheese to bake and create a crunchy cheesy topping.
If you are using raw beef, cook for 40 minutes to ensure all the meat is thoroughly cooked through the centre of the casserole dish.
🥗 Side dishes
Forget fries with your keto cheeseburger casserole, try these side dishes instead. Spaghetti squash is a light and buttery side dish the whole family will love. It;s even better with plenty of salt, pepper and even nutmeg.
But if your family are looking for regular bread, rice and potato substitutes, they'll love the garlic bread, mashed cauliflower or low carb side dishes that are all family-friendly.
Mashed cauliflower - 4 ways is an absolute staple in our house. The best flavour is the mustard mashed cauliflower and would taste wonderful served alongside this copycat cheeseburger recipe.
Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole (low-carb and keto)
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- Fry the bacon pieces until cooked then remove and set aside.
- Fry the onion, garlic and beef until thoroughly cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste, stir through the cream cheese.
- Pour the beef layer into the baking dish. Sprinkle the bacon pieces over.
Cheats Cheese Sauce
- Mix the eggs, cream, shredded/grated cheese, mustard, salt and pepper together. Pour the cheese sauce over the beef and bacon.
- Place slices of gherkins/pickles all over the top then cover with the remaining shredded/grated cheese.
- Bake at 180C/350F for 15 minutes until the cheese is golden and crispy. Serve with salad and 1-minute mayonnaise.