Big Mac Casserole

First off, my family thought I was crazy when I proposed this casserole. I grew up with the jingle:

“Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”

It is an earworm that strikes every once in a while so my kids also know the 80s jingle. When I told them we were putting that all into a casserole, sort of, they cringed but as usual agreed to it.

Verdict: So, there is no sesame seed bun in this recipe but there are Tater Tots and everything is better with Tater Tots. I sprinkled the onion over top of our dish because my daughter hates onions and I like mine raw. This works best for us.

I served this dish with green beans and a green salad to complete the meal.

Big Mac Casseole

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 cup onion, fine dice
  • 1 cup dill pickles, small dice
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (24 oz) bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup+ Thousand Island dressing


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 9 x 13 casserole dish by greasing.
  2. Cook the ground beef over medium heat in a large skillet. Using the side of a spoon crumble the beef into small pieces as it cookes.
  3. Once the ground beef is fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat and drain the excess grease.
  4. Stir the Thousand Island dressing, mayo, diced onion, diced dill pickle, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper into the ground beef until well blended. Taste and adjust spices to your liking.
  5. Pour the the ground beef mixture into the prepared casserole dish.
  6. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the beef. Place the tater tots in a single layer on top of the cheese.
  7. Bake the casserole until the tater tots are golden brown about 40-45 minutes.
  8. Remove the casserole from the oven and sprinkle the shredded lettuce on top and drizzle with Thousand Island dressing and extra cheese or onions as desired.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Another way to have a family favorite. 😋🌿


  2. MrsDMVH says:

    This sounds delicious!!!


  3. A delicious sounding recipe, Marci.


  4. Holy shit Batman I can’t wait to make this


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