This keto cheeseburger casserole with bacon is an easy ground beef dish to make, perfect for sharing with family and friends on a busy weeknight. It's like a low-carb bacon cheeseburger without all of the prep. It's so good!
Don’t you just love the ease of low-carb casseroles? They make the keto diet simple to stick with, and meal planning becomes a breeze.
In the winter months especially, our family indulges in casseroles regularly. After all, what’s not to love about the heat of the oven warming the kitchen when it’s cold outside?
Not to mention the tempting aromas that call everyone to the table before you can even say, “dinner’s ready!”
This low-carb cheeseburger casserole has quickly become a classic request at our house (even with picky eaters). It's a simple ground beef casserole that makes a cheap meal that doesn't take a lot of work.
After all, you’ve got beef, bacon, and cheese in one spot. This dish is clearly cut out to be a winner!
Why you'll love it
If you need an easy dinner dish that will feed an entire family, then this is the recipe for you! Even if your family isn't eating keto with you, they will all savor every bite of this delicious gluten-free bacon cheeseburger casserole.
From the creamy, cheesy filling to the comforting combination of garlic and onion, this casserole really does taste like your favorite cheeseburger.
With six common ingredients and some seasoning you likely have in your kitchen already, this low-carb hamburger casserole is one you can make over and over again.
And, with only 2 net carbs per serving, you don’t have to stress it!
Serve it with some lettuce, tomato, diced onions, and chopped pickles (because hello, classic bacon cheeseburger accouterment!), and you’ve got a delicious, comfort food dinner ready to roll.
Here's what you'll need:
I used a combination of both ground beef and cooked bacon pieces. Those are the two types of meat you'll normally find on a fast-food burger!
You can also sub out the ground beef for some ground turkey. You can also use some vegan ground meat and bacon for a vegetarian dish.
A lot of keto-friendly casserole recipes use cream cheese, but this one doesn’t. Instead, it relies on whipping cream and cheddar cheese for its gooey, savory yumminess.
Use your favorite type of cheese in this casserole! I used mild cheddar cheese for a classic taste. But, you can also use pepper jack cheese for an extra spicy kick.
The heavy cream thickens the casserole and gives it a richer flavor.
Just like with all types of casserole, you need some eggs to bind everything together. Of course, this keto cheeseburger casserole will still taste good without them, but it won't hold together very well.
Use your favorite spices and seasonings in this keto casserole. To keep it classic, I used garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper, and some tomato paste.
You can also use your favorite burger seasoning as well!
So how do you make keto cheeseburger casserole? Quickly and easily, that’s how!
- Pre-bake the bacon. Have you tried the baking bacon method yet? It’s so simple to cook it in the oven until it’s nice and crisp. You get picture perfect strips and it’s a lot easier than frying in a pan. No more standing over a large skillet and dodging flying grease splatters!
- Freshly grate cheese at home. This will keep the carb impact and inflammatory ingredients to a minimum. There are hidden carbs in pre-shredded cheese as potato starch or other fillers are added to keep the cheddar cheese shreds from clumping.
- Add cheese to the keto sauce. You can either stir the cheese into the meat or the sauce. I ended up stirring the cheese into the sauce, because it’s all going to melt together anyhow, so why not keep things nice and simple?
This bacon cheeseburger casserole is one of the easiest dishes you will ever make! Here are the basic steps in the recipe.
Cook The Beef
Cook up the ground beef in a pan over medium high heat with a little bit of olive oil (or your preferred oil). Make sure the bacon is precooked and chopped.
Once that's done, brown and drain your lean beef.
Make Your Sauce
Next, mix together your secret sauce which is blend of eggs, cream, and tomato paste. I like to add shredded cheddar cheese to the egg mixture so that the cheese melts evenly when baked.
Add Meat To Baking Dish
Add the ground beef mixture to the baking dish and sprinkle the cooked, chopped bacon over it.
Pour On The Sauce
After spreading the meat in the baking pan, pour the heavy cream and tomato paste sauce over the beef and bacon mixture.
Top With Cheese And Bake
Add the remaining cheddar cheese over the top of the casserole dish.
Bake the keto cheeseburger casserole at 350 for 30 minutes or so. It should come out golden brown.
Now it's ready to enjoy! How easy is that?
What are some of your favorite side dishes to make with burgers? I'm sure there are keto-friendly versions you can make!
For example, if you love french fries, make some crispy gluten-free green bean fries. They have a similar crunch and a delightful taste, but only 4.6g net carbs per serving.
These keto onion rings are a bar classic and even healthier for you.
Or, if you need something that is really low in carbs, make some mock low-carb potato salad. It only has 3g net carbs in each serving.
For quick meal prep, make a batch of cauliflower rice or cauliflower "mashed potatoes" to eat as a side with each serving of cheeseburger casserole.
Before we get to the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make it.
The slices are so filling, you can easily feed a crowd with this dish! You’ll get 12 servings from this keto cheeseburger casserole. But you can easily half the recipe for less or double it for more. Leftovers freeze well too!
Most low-carbers love their bacon but feel free to leave it out of the beef mixture if that’s not you. You can go ahead and add a veggie if you’d like, too. Maybe some broccoli!
Try a mix of Monterrey Jack and bleu cheese crumbles with some added mushrooms for an amazing 'Black and Bleu' inspired hamburger casserole.
While I kept this keto cheeseburger casserole rather plain for my family, don’t be afraid to jazz it up for your own table and try some variations! Add some jalapeños and pepper jack with some diced tomatoes for a Southwest casserole. Another great option is to use swiss cheese and add in some Canadian bacon and a few lightly caramelized onions.
Nearly any ground beef recipe will work quite well with ground venison. In fact, when I make low-carb ground beef recipes, I swap it out for venison at home. I use it in my keto cheeseburger soup too! Because it’s wild game, deer meat tends to be better than beef.
Did you know you can easily make low-carb casseroles in a casserole crockpot? They are great when baked, but it's a great alternative when you want to make life even easier.
Want some more comforting casserole recipes? Here are a few family-friendly classics:
- Sausage Casserole Recipe has mock potatoes in it and is full of cheesy goodness.
- Low Carb Zucchini Casserole is creamy and filing and the best thing to eat when you want something that is rich.
- Keto Chicken Alfredo has broccoli and all of your favorite Alfredo ingredients- but with a lot less carbs.
- Keto Sweet Potato Casserole lets you enjoy sweet potatoes on a low-carb diet.
- Chicken Vegetable Casserole is packed with fiber and nutrients and the best thing to eat when you are feeling under the weather.
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Keto Cheeseburger Casserole with Bacon
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves large garlic
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1 pound no sugar bacon cooked and chopped
- 8 eggs see note
- 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
- 1 cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese divided
- Brown ground beef with garlic and onion powder over medium high heat.
- Drain excess grease, then spread beef on bottom of 9x13-inch casserole pan.
- Stir bacon pieces into cooked beef.
- In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, tomato paste, heavy cream, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- Stir 8 ounces grated cheese into egg mixture.
- Pour egg mixture over beef and bacon.
- Top with remaining 4 ounces of grated cheese.
- Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
Low Carb Sweeteners | Keto Sweetener Conversion Chart
Array ( [serving_size] => 1 [calories] => 587 [carbohydrates] => 4 [protein] => 29 [fat] => 49 [saturated_fat] => 22 [cholesterol] => 244 [sodium] => 735 [potassium] => 505 [sugar] => 2 [vitamin_a] => 965 [vitamin_c] => 3.4 [calcium] => 255 [iron] => 2.8 [serving_unit] => Piece )
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First published on February 8, 2016. Post updated on January 4, 2022, with new images and additional recipe information.
This is a family pleaser! Easy to do, and not much left over. I made half the recipe and it filled a 12 inch skillet. I added the onions, pickles, fire roasted tomatoes and jalapenos. It smells and tastes great. Thank you!
Looks yummy, but it's missing pickles. Yes I know it sounds terrible, but try it. lol
I like this site because your recipes are consistently good, but this one was not my favorite. Although the flavors were fine, the consistency and appearance of the dish were off-putting. I won’t be making this one again - but I’ll find another of your many recipes that I DO like!
Made it without bacon as daughter is coming for dinner and gasp does not like bacon. So I added taco seasoning mix to the egg mixture and will have sour cream, taco cheese and guacamole on the side
We love this. I often change up the cheese and seasonings to match our taste. I make this in a cast iron skillet and reduce the number of dishes to clean.
Could leftovers be frozen?
Yes. The leftovers do freeze well.
This looks yummy. Question: I usually buy already-cooked bacon. Can you suggest what the weight of cooked bacon would be instead of the 1# of raw that the recipe calls for??
There's usually about 16 to 20 slices of regular cut bacon in a pound.
I would love to make this, however, I can’t have bacon. If I leave it out entirely will it alter the flavor and consistency of the dish. Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!
No issue with leaving out the bacon. It just be more of a regular cheeseburger casserole without that flavor.
I just made this in my New Year prep day, and I had to take a serving for dinner. So good! I added pickled onions and pickled...pickles... according to your suggestion. Next time I'll probably increase the seasoning from my spice drawer, but this is another excellent recipe I'm going to add to my regular rotation!
I really like this! I cut it down to just 2 servings (I always to this with new recipes so I don't waste so much if I don't like it) and wish I had made more. My only change was to drain some Rotel Chipotle tomatoes - added a couple of hefty tablespoons. Will definitely be making a larger portion next time - maybe 6 servings. I like to have "heat and eat" things in fridge when I get home from work. Thanks for a great recipe!
I like this recipe, I sub in egg beaters for some of the eggs, and use lean beef and half and half for some the the HWC and also sub reduced fat (2%) cheese for some of the cheddar. This overall gives higher protein percentages that fat percentages. If you are trying to lose weight and your body is in a high fat state then this helps your body to feel full and use your own body fat for energy. Thanks Lisa for this recipe it helps me out when i just don't feel creative! One dish meals are a kitchen miracle and meal simplifier!
I made this last night for dinner, and it was fantastic! I went southwest with it. No bacon, but added diced tomatoes with jalapeños, and added the seasonings from your fajita recipe. Used pepper jack cheese. Delicious!! Hubby loved it, too! Win-win!
Sounds yum. Thanks so much for sharing the modifications!
Is this a good recipe to freeze after baking. My husband and I really like it and I am thinking this maybe a good one to make ahead and have frozen portions to take out and eat.
Yes. It's an egg based casserole that should freeze okay. I just thaw in the refrigerator or reheat right from the freezer.
I used bacon bits but decided when I made it again, I’d also have bacon on the side. I will also use McCormick’s Roasted Garlic and Herb seasoning instead of garlic and onion powder on the hamburger, so it actually tastes like the hamburgers I usually cook. Tweaking the second time to our preferences but really good overall the first time. Husband liked it.
Is the tomato paste necessary?
I use it as a ketchup replacement so if you don't want the ketchup flavor, you can leave it out.