Big Mac tater tot casserole

The Big Mac Tater Tot Casserole is a creative twist on the classic flavors of a beloved fast-food burger. I recently tried this recipe and was pleasantly surprised by how much it resembled the taste of a Big Mac, but with the homey comfort of a casserole. The combination of ground beef, onions, pickles, and Thousand Island dressing created a flavorful base reminiscent of the burger’s signature taste. Layering the ingredients with cheese and tater tots added a delightful texture contrast. The final touch of shredded lettuce and an extra drizzle of dressing really brought the dish together, making it a fun and tasty homage to the classic Big Mac. This casserole was a hit at my family dinner, offering a unique and satisfying twist on traditional casserole dishes.


  • 1.5 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup diced pickles
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing (plus extra for drizzling)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • Shredded lettuce for topping


  1. Preheat and Brown: Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with diced onions, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Cook until the beef is thoroughly browned and the onions are translucent.
  2. Add Pickles and Dressing: Stir in the diced pickles and 1/2 cup of Thousand Island dressing into the beef mixture. Let it cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to meld the flavors.
  3. Layer in Baking Dish: Transfer the beef mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly. Add a layer of 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese over the beef.
  4. Add Tater Tots: Arrange the frozen tater tots in an even layer over the cheese.
  5. Bake: Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tater tots start to brown.
  6. Add More Cheese and Broil: Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheddar cheese over the tater tots. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
  7. Drizzle and Add Lettuce: After removing the casserole from the oven, drizzle with additional Thousand Island dressing and top with shredded lettuce.
  8. Serve and Enjoy: Let the casserole cool slightly before serving. Enjoy the unique flavors of a Big Mac in this satisfying casserole dish.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: Varies based on portion size Calories per serving: Approximately 400-500 calories (depending on the serving size and specific ingredients used)

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45-50 minutes

Additional Tips

  • For a lighter version, consider using lean ground beef or ground turkey.
  • You can add diced tomatoes or jalapenos for an extra kick.
  • Leftovers store well in the refrigerator and can be reheated for a quick meal.

FAQ Section

  • Can I use a different type of cheese? Yes, feel free to experiment with different cheeses like mozzarella or pepper jack for a different flavor.
  • Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate. Bake when ready to serve.
  • How can I make this casserole vegetarian? Use a plant-based meat substitute instead of ground beef.
  • Is it possible to freeze this casserole? Yes, you can freeze it before baking. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking as directed.
  • Can I add other toppings? Absolutely, consider adding chopped onions, tomatoes, or even bacon bits for additional flavor.