Kitchen Adventures: 'Cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger': A classic favorite in casserole form

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By Becca Owsley

Those of you on Facebook might have seen a recent influx of recipes showing up on your timeline.


For the next few weeks, our adventures will include Facebook finds, recipes that have popped up on the social networking site I decided to try. Some of them have been absolutely delicious.

I was a little hesitant with the first one I tried because the post insisted it would taste just like a cheeseburger.

The recipe is simple and can be made in a short amount of time. The blogger said the inspiration for the recipe came from something found in Taste of Home magazine.

After browning beef, adding all the filling in the casserole dish and adding cheese, it is topped with crescent rolls. The blogger balled up the crescent roll dough and then rolled it out for one piece to put over the hamburger mixture. I didn’t find this necessary. I could lay the pieces of dough over the mixture and pinch together the ends with no problem. It also created a lovely weaved look once the dish was baked.

The sesame seeds on top add to the cheeseburger feel of the dish.
But the taste test would decide if the dish truly does taste like a cheeseburger.

Yes, it does.

This recipe was a great find and something I probably will make often. If you love cheeseburgers like I do but don’t want to go the fast-food route, this is a yummy casserole surprise.

It makes a smaller casserole, but if you double the recipe, you could make a family-size version. I used a 9-by-13-inch dish.

It also left me wondering if you could make variations of the dish. Adding bacon would make a bacon cheeseburger, my absolute favorite. Or, if you add some barbecue sauce or spices to the beef, you might make a barbecue cheeseburger or something with a southwest flavor.

Whether you are a cheeseburger purist and keep it simple or are adventurous and add things to the mix, this recipe is a good one to try and keep.

I was pleased to find this one is delicious. You’ll find yourself chanting “cheeseburger, cheeseburger, cheeseburger” just like the classic “Saturday Night Live” skit.

Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Cheeseburger Casserole
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup diced onion
1/4 cup diced dill pickles
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ketchup
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cups cheddar cheese, sliced or grated (more if you want)
1 8 ounce can crescent rolls
1 tablespoon milk
1 - 2  tablespoons sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Brown one pound ground beef and 1/4 cup diced onion. 
Add diced dill pickles, ketchup, water, mustard and pepper. 
Pour all into a 9-by-9-inch casserole dish. 
Layer the cheese on top of the beef mixture.
Add the crescent rolls as the crust. Pinch the crescent roll slices together to make a solid crust but leave some gaps or cut slits in the top to steam.
Brush the milk on the top and add the sesame seeds. 
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. 

Source: www.asimplelifeinspired.blogspot.com.