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Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole is layers of flavor with ground beef, frozen French fries and gooey, melted cheese. An All-American family favorite!

AN ALL-AMERICAN CASSEROLE

What is more American than a cheeseburger and fries? Ok, well maybe apple pie. But what if we took the two and smashed them together into one easy-to-serve (and eat!) casserole! That’s exactly what I did here. All the flavor without the bun!

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole shown fully baked with melted cheese.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I use any type of french fries?

Absolutely! I like how the shoestring fries cooked up on this. But if you prefer crinkle fries or seasoned fries, then by all means use those.

Can I skip the garlic?

I know garlic isn’t in a typical cheeseburger. However, I love the flavor it adds here but you can certainly skip it if you want. Don’t like pickles? You can leave them out.

Could I do this with a different type of meat?

Look, you are cooking. You can do whatever you want. You don’t need to ask my permission. If you like a different type of ground meat: sausage, venison, turkey, chicken or whatever – then use it if you enjoy it.

What are some other good cheese options?

I tend to use cheddar or American cheese the most. But you can really play with this recipe and use shredded gouda, mozzarella, provolone or a Mexican cheese blend.

Can I freeze Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole?

Yes. You could freeze before baking. Then bake from frozen. You will need to add on additional cooking time if cooking from frozen though. I haven’t tested it yet so you’ll have to play with the cooking time.

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole recipe from The Country Cook. Fully cooked casserole shown with fries and melted cheese.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic
  • dill pickle
  • eggs
  • mayonnaise
  • half and half
  • shredded cheese
  • frozen french fries
Ingredients needed to make Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole: ground beef, salt and pepper, garlic, dill pickle, eggs, mayonnaise, half and half, shredded cheese, frozen French fries.

HOW TO MAKE CHEESEBURGER AND FRIES CASSEROLE:

Spray a 2 quart (11 x 7-inch) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350f degrees. In skillet, brown ground beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain excess fat from the cooked ground beef. Mix the pickles into the ground beef.

crumbled and cooked ground beef in a large skillet and topped with chopped pickles.

Spoon the mixture into prepared dish.

cooked ground beef mixture layered evenly into the bottom of a white baking dish.

Whisk together eggs, mayo and half and half.

eggs and heavy creams beat together using a whisk in a glass bowl.

Pour egg mixture over beef mixture.

egg and heavy cream mixture pouring over ground beef in a casserole dish.

Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese over beef mixture.

shredded cheese evenly sprinkled over ground beef mixture in baking dish.

Season again with salt and pepper. Top with frozen french fries. Season french fries with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of garlic powder.

frozen French fries spread evenly on top of ground beef in a baking dish.

Bake for 35 minutes or until french fries are cooked and crispy. Note: Place dish under the broiler for a few minutes if you want your fries a bit more crispy. Top with remaining cup of shredded cheese. Return to the oven until cheese is melted.

shredded cheese sprinkled onto cooked cheeseburger casserole.

Slice and serve topped with shredded lettuce and tomato.

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole shown fully cooked with melted cheese in a white baking dish.

Optional: Drizzle a little Thousand Island dressing on top or ketchup and mustard!

A slice of cheeseburger and fries casserole served on a plate and topped with shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

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Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole (+Video)

Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole is layers of flavor with ground beef, frozen French fries and gooey, melted cheese. An All-American family favorite!
4.97 from 28 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger French Fry Casserole, Cheeseburger Fries Casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 534kcal

Ingredients

For the casserole:

Suggested Toppings:

Instructions

  • Spray a 2 quart (11 x 7-inch) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • In a skillet, brown ground beef with onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Drain excess grease. Put back in the skillet.
  • Mix the pickles into the ground beef.
  • Spoon the mixture into prepared baking dish.
  • Whisk together eggs, mayo and half and half. Pour egg mixture over the beef mixture. Season again with a little salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese over the beef mixture.
  • Top with frozen french fries.
  • Season french fries with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of garlic powder.
  • Bake uncovered for 35 minutes or until french fries are crispy. Note: If you want your fries to be crispier, just place the dish under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Top with remaining cup of shredded cheese. Return to the oven until cheese is melted.
  • Slice and serve topped with your favorite burger toppings!

Video

Notes

  • It’s really important you season all the layers with salt and pepper. It will make all the difference!
  • Use any type of frozen French fry that you prefer. The same goes for the shredded cheese.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 530mg | Potassium: 320mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 326mg | Iron: 2.2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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45 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had only these ingredients and it turned out great. Everyone at the church potluck liked it. I also made one using mushrooms rather than meat for a vegetarian friend and she loved it!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this tonight for my family..and it was a hit! Thank you,so much for sharing this very creative recipe! I would’ve never thought of adding the eggs, mixed with mayo, and milk- instead of the ” cream of something” soup. And the pickle addition definitely elevated it ( I love pickles)! ❤ I’ll be making this again for sure!

  3. 5 stars
    I was a little unsure about the mayo, cream, and egg mix, but did not want to use canned cream soup or have cream cheese, so have it a try. Added bacon. We liked the casserole, tasty!.

  4. 5 stars
    Recipe sounds like something my hubby would enjoy so will give it a go! The story about your parents and the photos are awesome – made me laugh and smile. You have great parents, I can just tell from the pics!

  5. I haven’t made this…yet, but I definitely will. If you used ground sausage instead of ground beef it would make an excellent breakfast casserole. I loved your story, thank you for sharing those special memories.

  6. Your folks are so cute. It’s wonderful to see other people who have succeeded in having fun with each other for so many years.

  7. 5 stars
    Hi Brandie, I am new to your website. I made this cheeseburger recipe and I used the frozen diced hash browns instead of fries. It turned out so good. just wanted to tell you we loved this recipe. thank you

  8. I seriously got tears when I read your dad’s reply! So super sweet!

    And, I think I might just try this dish for my son (who loves burgers and fries) before I drive him 11 hours and move him into his college dorm for the first time!

    I love your sight, thanks for all the great recipes!!

  9. Happy Anniversary to them both !! My Husband and I met at McDonald’s and have been
    married for 50 yrs !

  10. Can I use something else besides Mayo? I hate mayo and I just know I won’t eat it because I’ll know that it’s in there. lol

      1. Well I just don’t make it if it calls for mayo. lol But this is something that the whole family would like so I’d really like to try it.

      2. I would try french onion sour cream dip (cabots) and if you can’t find any onion dip will work that is sour cream based. The flavor is very good.

    1. You might try to substitute “Hidden Valley Original Ranch Secret Sauce.” You can find it in the condiment section of most major grocery stores. HVR Secret Sauce is supposed to mimic the “special sauce” on McDonald’s Big Mac, and would perhaps make the casserole taste all the more like the famous fast food burger.

    2. 5 stars
      Tammy I know I’m super late but I tried it with French onion dip instead of mayo the second time and it was delicious same amount and all check it out

  11. I’m a Wisconsin girl, so I am going to need to try this…. 🙂 just because!! My parents celebrated their 45th last weekend as well! That’s a long, long time!!! haha.

  12. 5 stars
    If dad is a true Wisconsin person aka Sconnie – ask him to make a Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet!

  13. 5 stars
    This sounds SO good! Not exactly health food but it sure brings back lots of memories! I will definitely make it.

  14. 5 stars
    Hi, Brandie’s dad here. I just want to say how very humbled and proud we are of our daughter, the Country Cook. I mean, come on, how many people have the honor and privilege of having a dish created in memory of their first date? So thanks, Kiddo, and to everyone else – TRY THIS RECIPE – you WILL love it!

    1. That is so sweet! Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter. What a gift she is to all of us. I will definitely try this recipe. Happy Anniversary!

  15. 5 stars
    This looks so good! We just celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary. Back then we didn’t have much money, well hardly any money at all, and the only thing we could afford to eat on our wedding night was cheeseburger baskets and frosted mug root beers. The little drive-in that we stopped at to eat had a special of buy one cheeseburger basker, get one free and the root beers were only 15 cents, so that’s what we ordered to eat. Now on every anniversary (even on our 50th) we always have cheeseburgers and fries and Diet Cokes instead of the root beers because we can no longer find the frosted mug root beers! I might add that we eloped and he was in the Army so that’s why we didn’t have much money. LOL! Anyway, thanks for letting me share my story and thanks for the recipe, it really brought back a lot of memories.

  16. 5 stars
    This looks amazing. I think I’m going to fry up some bacon and add that to the mix! Thanks for the recipe and sharing your cute parents story:)