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Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 servings
5 — Votes 5 votes

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This Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole is an epically delicious, healthy meal the whole family will love! It’s made with a layer of crispy hash browns, seasoned burger, a dairy-free cheese sauce, and fresh toppings.

Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole

When I was pregnant, I had a few friends tell us that we needed to watched as much television as possible because there would “be no time for that when baby arrives!” I’ll admit that, while I do enjoy slowly chipping away at a series after dinner with my hubby, I’m not that big of a TV-watcher. I’m more of an audiobook/podcast gal because I can listen while also grocery shopping, cleaning, doing yard work, etc. So I mostly ignored the watch-all-the-TV advice and used our pre-baby time to keep working on my business. Flash forward to her arrival and I’m now SO GLAD I didn’t pre-watch everything of interest. Now, maybe our experience is a unique one, but good golly …I haven’t ever had so much time in front of the TV IN MY LIFE! There isn’t much else I can do while nursing this sweet little cluster feeder of mine, so I’ve been devouring Netflix between phone calls to friends and family members. Though we’re becoming more and more mobile by the day (as I get the hang of baby-wearing), we still have a fair amount of couch time. ALL THIS brings me to my question! As I chip away at shows, I’d love to know what you’re watching and loving. I’m currently swimming in the DEEP pool of Gray’s Anatomy episodes, but would love to mix it up a bit. I love a good range of genres from comedies, to documentaries, crime dramas, etc. Some of my favorite shoes in the past have been Jane the Virgin, Peaky Blinders, Black List, New Girl, OITNB, House of Cards, Gilmore Girls, etc. …just to give you an idea of what I’ve watched!

Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole
Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole

Ok, now let’s talk Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole! It’s no secret that I LOVE BURGERS. A giant burger with french fries was my first meal after Gray’s delivery and I crave one at least once a week. While I prefer my burger bun-less (lettuce-wrapped, instead), I do still like all the fixings. This casserole is fashioned after my favorite meal …made even more epic by a Paleo-friendly “cheese.” The casserole starts off with a crispy layer of hash browns (to replace the fries), a layer of seasoned “burger,” and a layer of (really easy) Paleo cheese. All you need to do is assemble, bake so that the flavors come together a bit, and top with your favorite fresh bonus fixings. Spoon up your servings and enjoy!

Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole

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NOTE: this Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole freezes really well if you’re looking to bulk up your freezer meals!

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Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
5 — Votes 5 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 – 6 servings
This Paleo cheeseburger casserole has all the classic elements of a burger and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Ingredients  

For the Casserole:

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or other fat of choice, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 20 ounce package frozen hashbrowns or 5 cups shredded potatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese or Paleo nacho cheese for dairy-free

For the Topping:

  • 4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 head iceberg lettuce thinly sliced
  • 1/2 to mato diced
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1 jalapeno thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  • In a 13-inch cast iron pan, or 9×13 inch oven-safe pan, heat the oil over medium heat, add the diced onions and garlic and saute 5 to 7 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper, and cook 7-8 minutes until ground beef is browned and fully cooked. Remove from pan.
  • Add the 3 tablespoons oil to the pan, then add hash browns. Cook 5 to 6 minutes, then flip, and cook an additional 3-4 minutes, or until the potatoes are crispy and cooked through. Place the ground beef and onion mixture on top of the hash browns, then pour on the nacho cheese.
  • Put the pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. While casserole is baking, prepare the toppings.
  • Once casserole has finished baking, garnish with the lettuce, bacon, tomato, avocado, and jalapeno and serve!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Cheeseburger Casserole
Amount per Serving
Calories
536
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
32.1
g
49
%
Saturated Fat
 
9.1
g
57
%
Cholesterol
 
154.1
mg
51
%
Sodium
 
922.5
mg
40
%
Carbohydrates
 
6.2
g
2
%
Fiber
 
1.6
g
7
%
Sugar
 
3.6
g
4
%
Protein
 
54.1
g
108
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Cassy Joy Garcia

HOWDY! I’m Cassy Joy and I am just so happy you’re here. I’m the founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Nutrition Consultant here at Fed and Fit. What started as a food blog back in 2011 has evolved now into so much more.
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  1. Amanda says

    Amanda —  02/27/2018 At 09:24

    Ummmm…this recipe is going to the top of my menu for next week! It looks so good!! As far as tv shows- if you liked New Girl then I recommend Young and Hungry and also Baby Daddy! Both are silly and cute!

  2. Rachel says

    Rachel —  02/27/2018 At 09:27

    Have you watched The Crown yet?! If not, it’s a must see!!! Also, When Calls The Heart is a great one to watch too 🙂 And oh this recipe looks yummy! I can’t wait to try it!

  3. Leah says

    Leah —  02/27/2018 At 09:41

    I would definitely recommend Scandal!

  4. Devlin says

    Devlin —  02/27/2018 At 09:44

    I had the same experience with my girls! Lots of binge watching while snuggling. If you have amazon prime Sneaky Pete and Goliath are 2 really good shows. I second the The Crown, great show!

  5. Kristin says

    Kristin —  02/27/2018 At 09:46

    This looks great, can’t wait to try! And that cheese – so far I haven’t found a paleo friendly cheese I like, so I’m excited to try it! Two of our favorite Netflix binges have been Shameless and Nurse Jackie, and I loved Breakinh Bad too. My old favorites that I watch over and over are Friends, The Office, and Parks and Rec

  6. Diana says

    Diana —  02/27/2018 At 09:53

    Hi! I watched so much tv while nursing too! Definitely the most tv I have ever watched in my life in such a short period of time.
    Some shows that I watched and loved during the first few months were How to Get Away with Murder, Life in Pieces (short episodes and easy to watch), Glitch, and Travelers.
    Thank goodness for Netflix!!

  7. Andrea says

    Andrea —  02/27/2018 At 10:11

    Agree above with Young and Hungry – but Netflix just released the third season of Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Wikipedia describes it as a “romantic musical comedy-drama television series” and it’s absolutely wonderful.

    Also, this meal is definitely happening next week in our household. YUM!

  8. Mary Smith says

    Mary Smith —  02/27/2018 At 10:44

    Many moons ago i binge watched reruns of Seventh Heaven and supermarket sweep (pre netflix) while nursing my 2 oldest.
    Call the Midwife and Stranger Things are my current favorites. Enjoy the time with that sweet baby!

  9. Julie Normand says

    Julie Normand —  02/27/2018 At 11:16

    If you haven’t already, I definitely recommend watching Parenthood! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry…it’s the best!!

  10. Varsha Patel says

    Varsha Patel —  02/27/2018 At 13:06

    Ugh I agree that “Parenthood” is SOOOO good! One of my favorites! The Crown. How to Get Away With Murder. Royal Pains (a medical show that is actually smart and entertaining!) Master of None.

  11. Varsha Patel says

    Varsha Patel —  02/27/2018 At 13:07

    OH and how could I forget!! Madam Secretary is also wonderful.

  12. Shannon w. says

    Shannon w. —  02/27/2018 At 15:10

    I enjoyed the docuseries Dark Money. And second (third, fourth?) the suggestion for The Crown. Call the Midwife is also a nice, pleasant little show. Godless was great too but it’s not everyone’s taste. Handmaid’s Tale was also great if you’re up for some Hulu viewing.

  13. Leah says

    Leah —  02/27/2018 At 21:53

    That looks amazing! I loved the binge tv shows when my bubba’s were small and I was stuck on the couch feeding. I’m not sure if it’s the same in America (I’m in Australia) but I really loved Chuck, Hart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls, Victoria and Suits. Enjoy that time, once they start moving it gets so busy. I rarely get time to watch tv at all now and if I do it’s kiddy shows

  14. Tayler N. says

    Tayler N. —  02/28/2018 At 07:20

    I saw this recipe get posted and I decided I needed to make it ASAP! So that’s what I did. It was fantastic and pretty dang easy to make! This was also my first time making Fed & Fit’s paleo ‘cheese’ and let me tell you…we will be make it again. So. Good!

  15. Samantha says

    Samantha —  02/28/2018 At 12:12

    Going to make this tonight!! Can’t wait!!

    Hart of Dixie is the show I binged when my little guy was actually still little!! It’s similar to Gilmore Girls in that the town plays such a huge role in the show. Those two shows are my fave so I highly recommend Hart of Dixie if you like Gilmore Girls.

    Also Queer Eye just released on Netflix and it’s such an uplifting show. I cried several times watching it.

    Thank you for a great recipe, can’t wait to try it out!

  16. Julia says

    Julia —  03/05/2018 At 17:01

    A couple tips for anyone who hasn’t made this yet but plans to. I cooked the bacon first, and then used the bacon fat to saute the onions and garlic, plus the meat. Also, this is a LOT of meat! I used my largest skillet (13″), but after the meat was finished cooking I decided to reserve about half of it for another recipe. I don’t think I could have made this in my regular cast iron skillet (9″) but would love to hear if anyone else did!

    Looking forward to eating this tonight and seeing how much my husband and toddler enjoy it!

    Netflix recommendations: Ozark and Mindhunter. These are kind of dark but I’m into that 🙂

  17. Alyssa says

    Alyssa —  03/07/2018 At 10:12

    This was so so so delicious. I’m wondering if anyone has any tips for getting their hashbrowns crispy. I can never quite do it right!

  18. Bethany says

    Bethany —  03/11/2018 At 01:35

    Hart Of Dixie! It’s in Netflix and you’ll love it!

    I’m not a TV gal either but I watched a lot on during the first few months.

  19. Faith says

    Faith —  03/11/2018 At 20:26

    This was SO good!! I only wish I’d made more for leftovers!

  20. Joni says

    Joni —  07/05/2018 At 23:31

    The Crown, Hart of Dixie, Crazy ExGirlfriend and I loved the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. Also the movie Set it Up on Netflix.

  21. Erin says

    Erin —  08/25/2018 At 20:37

    Oh my gosh! This looks great. Thank you for always having meals that my husband and daughter are willing to eat. It makes life as a working mom so much easier!

  22. Jennifer Lovett says

    Jennifer Lovett —  10/25/2019 At 07:22

    Watch imposters and wanted on netflix!

  23. Tiffany says

    Tiffany —  01/18/2020 At 20:26

    5 stars
    SO GOOD and clean! I felt full and didn’t find myself searching for snacks after! I swapped regular potatoes for sweet potatoes!
    Has anyone ever frozen the leftovers for later meals? It makes so much!

  24. Lyndsy G says

    Lyndsy G —  03/22/2020 At 20:47

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with premade hashbrowns patties. Baked them and put in a 13 by 9 pan. Turned out great!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  03/24/2020 At 07:45

      Awesome! We’re glad you enjoyed it, Lyndsy!

  25. Alisat says

    Alisat —  04/20/2020 At 22:44

    5 stars
    This was easy and delicious, thank you!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/21/2020 At 04:50

      So glad you enjoyed it!!

  26. Allie says

    Allie —  10/19/2020 At 17:39

    5 stars
    So simple and so delicious!!!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  10/20/2020 At 07:56

      Yay! So glad!

  27. Jackie says

    Jackie —  10/25/2020 At 19:38

    5 stars
    Fantastic! I made this at the same time as the Philly Cheesesteak casserole (on this site) and it was so easy & delicious. I used shredded cheese instead of nacho cheese. Also used tater tots instead of hashbrowns, because I didn’t realize till later that I didn’t buy hashbrowns. I don’t think it would make a difference though. I cooked it exactly the same way. All the men in the house loved it and that means something in the South.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  10/26/2020 At 07:58

      That’s so great to hear, Jackie!!!

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