Big Mac Tater Tot Casserole Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup diced pickles
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag (about 32 oz) frozen tater tots
  • Shredded lettuce, for topping


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the browned beef. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  4. Season the beef mixture with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Stir well to combine.
  5. Add the diced pickles to the skillet and pour in half of the Thousand Island dressing. Mix everything together and let it simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld. Remove from heat.
  6. Transfer the beef mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it evenly to create the first layer.
  7. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheddar cheese over the beef mixture.
  8. Arrange the frozen tater tots in an even layer on top of the cheese.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the tater tots start to brown.
  10. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle another layer of shredded cheddar cheese on top.
  11. Set your oven to broil and return the casserole to the oven. Broil for a few minutes until the cheese on top is melted and bubbly.
  12. Once done, remove the casserole from the oven. Drizzle the remaining Thousand Island dressing over the top.
  13. Finish by adding a generous amount of shredded lettuce on top of the casserole.
  14. Serve the Big Mac Tater Tot Casserole hot, and enjoy the delicious combination of flavors reminiscent of a Big Mac in a comforting casserole form.

Note: Feel free to customize the recipe by adding other toppings like diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, or even a dollop of sour cream before serving

  1. Choose Quality Ingredients: Use fresh and high-quality ingredients, especially when it comes to the ground beef, pickles, and cheese. This will enhance the overall flavor of the casserole.
  2. Seasoning: Don’t skimp on seasoning the ground beef. The onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper contribute to the savory and well-balanced taste of the casserole.
  3. Saute to Perfection: Ensure the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant when sautéing with the ground beef. This step enhances the aromatic base of the casserole.
  4. Drain Excess Fat: If there’s excess fat after browning the ground beef, be sure to drain it. This helps in controlling the overall richness of the dish.
  5. Thousand Island Dressing: Adding part of the Thousand Island dressing to the beef mixture during cooking infuses the casserole with that classic Big Mac flavor. Save some for drizzling at the end for a fresh burst of dressing.
  6. Layering: Evenly distribute the beef mixture in the baking dish for a consistent base layer. Layering cheese between the beef and tater tots ensures a gooey, cheesy center.
  7. Tater Tot Arrangement: Arrange the frozen tater tots in a single layer for even cooking. This helps in achieving crispy and golden tater tots.
  8. Monitor Browning: Keep an eye on the casserole while baking to prevent overcooking. Once the tater tots start to brown, it’s time to add the additional layer of cheese.
  9. Broiling Technique: Use the broil setting for a short duration to quickly melt and brown the cheese on top. Be cautious not to burn the cheese, as broiling can be rapid.
  10. Fresh Toppings: Adding shredded lettuce at the end gives the casserole a refreshing crunch. Consider adding other fresh toppings like diced tomatoes or green onions for added color and flavor.
  11. Customize to Taste: Feel free to customize the recipe based on personal preferences. Add extra ingredients like bacon bits, jalapeños, or different types of cheese to make it your own.
  12. Serve Immediately: This casserole is best enjoyed right out of the oven when the tater tots are crispy and the cheese is gooey. Serve it hot for the ultimate comfort food experience.

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