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Gluten-Free Cheeseburger Casserole

This homemade recipe makes the perfect family dinner! Healthy, gluten free, and tater tots-well hello delicious! You can make this in one pot like Hamburger Helper or use a 9x13 pan. All the flavors of a Cheese burger without the bun (low carb). Use any ground meat of choice, turkey, beef, venison, or buffalo. Add a little bacon fat for flavor and serve with pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Prep Time30 mins
30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Leftovers, Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: All American
Keyword: casserole, cheeseburger, dinner, family friendly, gluten free
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 635kcal
Cost: $12.00


  • dutch oven
  • wooden spoon
  • cutting board
  • knife


  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison, buffalo)
  • 2 Tbsp bacon renderings or butter, optional
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, divided
  • 32 oz bag of frozen tater tots


  • Brown meat in large pan with bacon renderings or butter if you are using game meat. Otherwise, ground beef usually has enough fat in it for flavor.
  • After the meat is browned, add in diced onion and diced bell pepper. Saute for 5-7 minutes over medium heat until veggies are softened.
  • Preheat oven to 400F and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • To the pan of meat, add in garlic powder, salt, black pepper, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Mix well.
  • Pour the cheesy meat mixture into greased pan. Top with frozen tater tots arranged in a single layer. Sprinkled tater tots with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese. Bake at 400F for 30-35 minutes or until tater tots and cheese are browned.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve topped with dill pickle slices, diced tomatoes, and shredded lettuce.


*If you use a dutch oven or another “stovetop to oven safe pan” you can eliminate the greased 9x13 pan and just use the dutch oven you brown your meat in to put in the oven. Leave the meat in the dutch oven and top with tater tots. Bake the same amount of time. If I am in a rush I don’t bother with the 9x13 pan, but I do prefer to use the 9x13 pan because there is a better ratio of meat to tater tots. I’m all about the tots. The more the better. ;) But then dishes. Uggghhh, sometimes it's nice to not have to wash 1 more pan!