This recipe for bacon cheeseburger casserole transforms a childhood comfort food into an anti-inflammatory meal for the whole family. Make it the night of, save leftovers for later, or even freeze half of the batch for your newest gluten free weeknight favorite.
Course: Main Dish
Keyword: bacon cheeseburger casserole
Author: Anne Marie
2.5cupssweet potato, chopped (about 1.5 medium sized sweet potatoes)
8slicesnitrate free bacon, cooked and crumbled (use sugar free for Whole30)
Start by steaming your sweet potatoes. They should be fully cooked, but not mushy.
Melt coconut oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat, and add ground beef, sea salt, and black pepper. After 2-3 minutes cooking, add the green onion, and 2 ½ cups steamed sweet potato. Let cook until all the beef is browned.
Add crumbled bacon to the beef mixture. Stir to combine.
Pour the dairy free cheese sauce on top of the beef mixture in the skillet, and place the entire skillet into the oven. This is optional, to heat the cheese sauce all the way through.
After about 5 minutes, carefully remove the skillet from the oven. Serve with pickles, red onions, cherry tomatoes, and even Whole30 approved ketchup and mustard for a Whole30 compliant Bacon Cheeseburger fix!
For the bacon:
Cook the bacon using your method of choice. I personally love to bake it - it gets nice and crispy in the oven. Here’s how you bake it: start by preheating your oven to 375°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay bacon on top. Bake for 15-17 minutes depending on the thickness of your bacon. Remove from oven and let cool to crisp up more. Keep oven set to 375° for the final step.
For the steamed sweet potatoes:
I steam my potatoes on the stovetop using a steamer basket, but you can also put a bit of water into a large microwave safe bowl, add the chopped potato and microwave in 30 second increments until softened.
To heat the cheese sauce:
You can heat the cheese sauce prior to pouring on the dish if you prefer. If you aren’t using a cast iron skillet, and your skillet isn’t safe to go in the oven, you can heat the cheese sauce on the stovetop or in the microwave (be sure to cover!) before adding to the skillet, then you can skip heating through in the oven.