Cheeseburger and French Fry Casserole with Big Mac Salad

This recipe was born because I had some leftover Naked Baked Potatoes and some ground turkey and was trying to think of something the kids would enjoy for dinner. The two youngest have recently started liking Big Macs from McDonalds, but obviously it’s not healthy to have one very often. If I had to do it over again, I would use twice as much ground turkey and half as much canned tomatoes so the burger mixture was a little more dry and ketchupy flavored. The kids really enjoyed it anyway.

Ingredients:

Casserole:

  • 1-2 lbs. Ground Turkey
  • 4-6 Slices American or Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ White Onion Minced
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • ½ C. Ketchup
  • 2 T. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 t. Garlic Salt
  • ½ t. Pepper
  • 1 t. Dry Mustard
  • 1 ½ Cooked Potatoes Sliced in Stick Shapes

Salad:

  • ½ Iceburg Lettuce Chopped
  • 1 Small Tomato Chopped
  • ¼ Diced Red Onion
  • 2 Small Dill Pickles Chopped (or 2 T. Pickle Relish)
  • ¼ C. Mayonnaise
  • ¼ C. Ketchup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Steps:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Saute the minced onion in a little oil or butter on medium heat until translucent but not brown. Add ground turkey and use a wooden spoon to stir and break up the larger pieces until brown. (If you use a lean ground turkey there is no need to drain it, if you used ground beef you may need to drain off excess fat at this stage).

Add the remaining casserole ingredients except the cheese and potatoes and stir until heated through.

Spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray. Add ½ the meat mixture to the bottom of the dish. Top with cheese slices until covered in a single layer. Add remaining ½ of meat mixture to the dish. Place the chopped potatoes on top of the casserole.

Bake 35-45 minutes or until the center is at least 165 degrees and potatoes are slightly crisp. You can broil for the last 2 minutes for extra crispy potatoes if desired.

While the casserole bakes, chop the veggies and pickles into small pieces for the salad and mix together with the mayo/ketchup and salt and pepper. I also added a very small dash of Worcestershire sauce to thin the dressing a bit.

I added a bit of prepared mustard to serve.

Chop the onions really small so they’re more like fast food onions
Add these after the meat is browned
Kind of like a Big Mac with Fries except WAY fewer calories even with potatoes, mayo and ketchup in it

Nutrition Facts: (⅙ of all ingredients made with 1 lb. Turkey and 4 slices Cheddar Cheese)

  • Calories: 312
  • Protein: 20
  • Fat: 22
  • Carbs: 25

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