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.
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Don’t you just love the ease of 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, putting out those tempting smells that call everyone to the table before you even say, “Dinner’s ready!”
Casseroles are one of my favorite dishes to make, especially for a cheap meal that doesn’t take a lot of work. This low carb cheeseburger casserole has quickly become a classic request at our table…even with picky eaters.
After all, you’ve got beef, bacon, and cheese in one spot – this is clearly cut out to be a winner!
Ingredients For Your Keto Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole
- Ground beef
- Cheddar Cheese
- Onion powder
- Tomato paste
- Heavy cream
- Salt and pepper
With only 6 common ingredients and some seasoning you probably have in your kitchen already, this low carb hamburger casserole is one you can make over and over again.
Plus, with only 2 net carbs per serving, you don’t have to stress it. Serve it with some lettuce, tomato, and pickle (because hello, classic bacon cheeseburger accoutrement!) and you’ve got a delicious, comfort food dinner ready to roll.
Tips For Making Easy Keto Burger and Cheese Casserole
So how do you make keto cheeseburger casserole? Quickly and easily, that’s how!
If you already have cooked bacon, it’s even faster.
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 Grated Cheese
It’s also good to use freshly grated cheddar in this recipe (and any of your cheesy keto recipes) to keep the carb impact and inflammatory ingredients to a minimum. Did you know there are hidden carbs in pre-shredded cheese?
It’s sadly true.They add potato starch or other fillers to keep the cheese shreds from clumping.
Those sneaky ingredients may be okay on occasion, but shredding your own cheese is a great habit to get into for those following this lifestyle.
Plus, if you happen to be sensitive to potatoes like I am, it’s worth staying away from any cheese that adds potato starch. It seems crazy, but all those extra carbs do add up.
What’s The Secret Sauce In This Amazing Recipe?
There’s a tangy sauce used in this bacon cheeseburger casserole that really makes it stand out.
A lot of keto friendly casserole recipes use cream cheese, but this one doesn’t. It relies on whipping cream, eggs, and cheddar cheese for it’s gooey, savory yumminess.
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?
Making Your Hamburger Casserole
Once you’ve baked your bacon and made your cheese sauce, the rest is easy. The ground burger meat is baked right in with the saucey egg mixture and it comes out so good!
After spreading out the meat in the baking pan, the sauce is poured over and the cheese stirred in.
How easy is that?
And the slices are so filling, you can easily feed a crowd with this dish! That’s because you’ll get 12 servings from this keto casserole.
And, if that’s too much, you can either freeze half or only make a half batch. I used a regular 9×13-inch baking pan. If you’d like to cut the recipe in half, an 8×8-inch baking dish instead.
Or you can double the recipe and use a 10×15 pan and have deeper slices. It’s delish, no matter how you do it.
Cheeseburger Casserole Variations
Most low carbers love their bacon, but feel free to leave it out if that’s not you. Go ahead and add a veggie if you’d like. This basic low carb bacon cheeseburger casserole is very flexible.
Try a mix of Monterrey Jack and bleu cheese crumbles with some added mushrooms for an amazing Black and Bleu inspired casserole.
Or some jalapenos and pepper jack with some diced tomatoes for some south of the border heat.
Maybe you’d like to use swiss cheese and add in some Canadian bacon and a few lightly caramelized onions.
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 the variations.
A Great Dish for Ground Venison
Another tip is that 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.
More Keto Casserole Recipe Ideas
Did you know you can easily make low carb casseroles in a casserole crock pot? They are good baked, but when you want to make life even easier, that’s a great alternative.
Want some more comforting casserole recipes? Here’s a few of family friendly classics:
- Sausage Casserole Recipe with Mock Potato
- Low Carb Zucchini Casserole
- Keto Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli
- Keto Sweet Potato Casserole
- Chicken Vegetable Casserole
And don’t miss these other easy low carb ground beef recipes.
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Keto Cheeseburger Casserole with Bacon
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- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cloves large garlic
- 1/2 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
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese divided
- Brown ground beef with garlic and onion powder.
- Drain excess grease, then spread beef on bottom of 9×13-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.
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