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Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

This Hamburger Tater Tot casserole pulls a bunch of deliciousness together in one dish. In fact, it’s one of the best family dinners you can make!

Whether you’re feeding your family or you have a large group of people to feed, this easy Tater Tot casserole is ideal. You can cut the recipe in half, double it, or follow it as-is.

Hamburger Tater Tot casserole with shredded cheese on top

Although I make this hamburger Tater Tot casserole with peas and carrots, you can substitute whatever vegetable you want. Or you can leave it out. This is your recipe, so it’s totally up to you.

Some people call this a “cowboy casserole,” which I think is cute. If you have little ones, they’ll enjoy calling it that.

I’ve also heard it called a hamburger hotdish. No matter what you want to name it, you’ll find yourself gravitating toward this recipe when you need something to feed a lot of people.

Best Tater Tot Casserole with Ground Beef

A one-pot Tater-Tot casserole is super quick and easy to make, but it has great payoff with flavor. If you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, this dish is perfect!

With a flavorful blend of ground beef, Tater Tots, cheese, and your favorite vegetables, you can’t go wrong!

It’s the classic comfort food that you’ll want to make over and over. Based on my experience, no one ever gets tired of it.

As soon as you take your first bite, you know you’ll be asking for seconds. It has the perfect blend of textures and flavors to satisfy everyone.

Just make sure there’s enough of this hamburger casserole with Tater Tots for the rest of the family.

Although this is a kid-friendly meal, my husband is crazy about it. I suppose he’s a kid at heart … and maybe I am too because I love this dish.

I mean, what’s not to like about it? It has tater tots and creamy ground beef, and it’s also topped with cheese.

I also like the fact that when I make this, we have lots of leftovers for lunch the next day.

Another thing we enjoy is that it’s perfectly balanced because I add veggies, making it a one-dish meal.

This hamburger tater tot casserole is easy to make, and it's a dinner that will please the whole family.

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients

You’ll need some tater tots, ground beef, cream soup, mushrooms, vegetables, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and cheese. You can add other items, but these are the essentials.

Other options for the meat are ground turkey or chopped chicken. Both of these will be good.

I used a can of peas and carrots. You can either do that or try green beans or mixed vegetables.

It’s all up to you and what you’re in the mood for. You can also leave out the mushrooms if you don’t care for them.

Since we often had other kids at our house at mealtime, I like to have plenty of food on hand. That’s another reason this Tater Tot casserole is a great family dinner.

However, if you don’t have many mouths to feed or you like fewer Tater Tots, you can eliminate one layer.

Just remember that if you do that, you won’t have as may leftovers.

How to Make the Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

First, brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain it.

Ground beef in a skillet

Add the soup, mushrooms, and the can of vegetables that you’ve also drained.

If the gravy is too thick, use beef or chicken broth to thin it a bit.

Peas and carrots over ground beef

Cover the bottom of your casserole dish with tater tots.

Tater Tots

Next, spread the ground beef, veggie, and soup mixture out over the tater tots.

Top the mixture with tater tots in any fashion you want. We like a lot of them so that they cover everything.

Top layer of Tater Tots over casserole

Finally, sprinkle cheese over the tater tots. We like either Colby cheese or cheddar.

Use whatever you happen to have on hand.

Shredded cheese over the rest of the casserole ingredients

If you make this in advance and refrigerate it, add about 10 minutes to the baking time.

You can leave off the bottom layer of Tater Tots if you’re feeding fewer people. Or you can make it as-is and have some delicious leftovers.

I enjoy my hamburger Tater Tot casserole with cream of mushroom soup. However, it’s also good with cream of chicken soup.

If you enjoy the flavors from a popular fast food restaurant, add some of this yummy McDonald’s Signature Sauce for a Big Mac Tater Tot casserole.

Easy Dinner

One thing I know about families is how crazy-busy their lives can get during the week. Unfortunately, meals often get put on the back burner of life (pun intended).

When my daughters were growing up, I used to stress out over what to cook for dinner, until I figured out a way to throw a meal on the table in a matter of minutes.

My girls always had something else going on, which meant we didn’t have much time. For this reason, I came up with a bunch of dinners that were easy yet still delicious.

Not only is this a good one but also the chicken rice casserole and the shepherd’s pie will bring smiles to everyone’s faces.

You can prepare this meal when you get home or make it in advance and stick it in the fridge.

All you have to do is pop it in the oven when you get home from work, and you’ll be sitting down to eat less than an hour later.

You can even make a Tater Tot casserole in a crockpot if you like. I recommend you start it on high for about an hour and then turn the heat down to low for 4 or 5 hours.

This will unquestionably be one of your family’s favorites. So brace yourself for a bunch of compliments and requests for seconds.

We also like the comforting flavors of this smothered potatoes and sausage dinner. It’s another easy meal to cook and one that the family will ask for often.

Hamburger Tater Tot casserole in a pan

Buffet and Potluck Favorite

Don’t hold back when it’s time to attend a potluck. Whether it’s a family reunion or a church gathering buffet, you’ll be amazed by how popular this dish is.

In fact, you might want to double the recipe to make sure everyone gets some. This is one of those kids-to-adults favorites.

Casseroles are always a great item to bring to a potluck or covered dish dinner. You don’t have to limit yourself to one.

If you want to be a huge hit with everyone, bring hamburger tater tot casserole and the mac and cheese with ham.

Hamburger Tater Tot casserole

When you’re hosting a casual dinner party, consider making several casseroles. Another one you’ll enjoy is this delicious cheesy zucchini ham bake.

Add a Mediterranean salad, some peanut butter cookies, and a platter with coconut macaroons. None of this is difficult to make, but it makes quite a nice presentation.

If you enjoy discovering new recipes, check out Meal Plan Monday at Southern Plate, the Back to My Southern Roots blog, and the Weekend Potluck at South Your Mouth for some great ones!

Bite of hamburger tater tot casserole

Hamburger Tater Tot Casserole

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This is the perfect dish to serve your family or bring to a potluck. Everyone will go back for seconds.


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 32-ounce package of tater tots
  • 1 can of cream soup (mushroom or celery)
  • 1 small can of mushrooms (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of beef broth
  • 1 can of vegetables (drained)
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 9" x 13" casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain it.
  3. Pour the soup, mushrooms (optional), and beef broth into the skillet with the ground beef. Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Stir well.
  4. Line the bottom of the casserole dish with half of the tater tots.
  5. Pour the ground beef and soup mixture over the tater tots.
  6. Top with the remaining tater tots. Sprinkle the cheese over everything.
  7. Bake for approximately 25 minutes, until the cheese melts and starts to turn a golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 472Total Fat 27gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 67mgSodium 997mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 3gSugar 1gProtein 22g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Thursday 14th of January 2021

Another thing I like to do, that my daughter recommended, was to air-fry the tater tots before using, while cooking up the beef. I liked how it turned out less mushy than other recipes!


Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hi Laura. What a brilliant idea! I'll do that next time I make it because I love a variety of textures in my food. Thank you so much for sharing!


Thursday 14th of January 2021

DELICIOUS! I added frozen veggies instead of canned, and used the canned mushroom broth, instead of beef. I like more zest, so I added about 1 TBS. of Italian seasoning and 2tsp. ground garlic. Saute'ed the hamburger with half onion as well. So good! It's just Hubby and I, so this recipe will divide into two 8"x 8" squares. Frozen the second for another time.


Thursday 14th of January 2021

That's what I need to do. It's just my husband and me, and it's always nice to have a freezer-to-oven dinner.

Karen Leighton

Saturday 15th of August 2020

I have never tried it with soup ! I cook the hamburger, add a heaping teaspoon of beef soup base, a package of taco seasoning and 1/4 cup of flour. Mix it all up, add a cup of milk and a cup of water, stir until you got a great taco gravy. Pour in a 9X13 pan, cover with corn (canned or frozen) a layer of shredded cheddar, and line up the tater tots on top of that. Add another layer of shredded cheddar and a good helping of mozzarella. Bake at 350* for about 35 minutes until "gravy" is bubbly and the cheese is browning nicely. It's always been a favourite here.


Saturday 15th of August 2020

Hi Karen! Your version sounds delicious too! I love the fact that there are so many different ways to make our favorite dishes!


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

This sounds yummy. We call it tator tot hotdish ☺️ I will have to try your recipe. I use cream of chicken. I also use french cut green beans & corn instead. And mix a little bit shredded cheese in with the mixture along with on top. I need to start adding the tots to the bottom. It sounds more filling. Thanks for the ideas!


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Hi Jen! The Tater Tots on the bottom do make it more filling. However, maybe next time I make it for my husband and me, I'll make them your way. I like trying different methods!

Jennifer Osterholt

Tuesday 11th of February 2020

This is exactly the type of recipe that my family loves!

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