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French Fry Casserole

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In search of simple recipes that everyone in the family will enjoy? This French Fry Casserole has fast become a top pick for my family. It’s the perfect blend of crispy golden fries and cheesy hamburger, creating the best kind of comfort food.

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French Fry Casserole Recipe

The star players in this casserole are juicy, tasty meat and crunchy French fries, creating a dish the whole family can’t wait to eat.

his Cheeseburger French Fry Casserole is a big hit with kids. And the entire recipe is a breeze to make for weekday meals.

What’s more, this tasty dish can be prepped ahead of time and kept until you’re ready to dig in. All you’ll need to do is grab it from the fridge and pop it into the oven.

It will quickly become a family favorite just like in our house!! If you have a pound of ground beef in the freezer, it’s a great way to use it up. Just like this easy ground beef casserole recipe.

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Ingredients Needed

  • Frozen crinkle-cut french fries – If you can’t find crinkle-cut, any bag frozen french fries will do.
  • Ground beef – Try to use lean ground beef if possible, but any ground beef can work.
  • Steak seasoning – If there is no steak seasoning at the store, you can make your own using a few simple ingredients, like garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Cream of mushroom soup – Swap the can of cream of mushroom soup for sour cream or any other cream based soup of your choice.
  • Cream of onion soup – If you can’t find cream of onion, double up on cream of mushroom.
  • Shredded cheddar cheese – Substitute with your favorite cheese.

How To Make French Fry Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, cook beef with steak seasoning over medium heat to medium-high heat until meat mixture is browned. Drain excess liquid from ground beef mixture if you would like. 
  3. Add condensed soups to cooked ground beef and stir to combine. Remove from heat and spread meat mixture in casserole dish.
  1. Add a single layer of cheese over ground beef. Spread frozen french fries on top.
  2. Place in preheated oven and bake for 30 – 45 minutes until layers of french fries are crispy and cheese is bubbly. Remove and coat with hamburger toppings like lettuce, pickles, green onions, any remaining cheese, ketchup, or mustard.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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What To Serve with French Fry Casserole

This Hamburger Casserole goes hand in hand with many classic American dishes.

I personally suggest pairing it with roasted Brussel sprouts or a refreshing side salad, like a Caesar or a house salad packed with chopped onions, green peppers, tomatoes, and slices of cucumber.

If you’re looking for something a bit more filling, green beans or collard greens also make fantastic side dishes.

How long does it last?

Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a 350F oven until warmed through.

Place under the broiler for a minute or two for crispy fries.

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Can I use a different cheese? 

I personally like the flavor that sharp cheddar cheese brings to this recipe, but you can use any cheese that you would typically order on your hamburger.

To mix it up, try a Mexican three cheese blend with pepper jack or combine your sharp cheddar with a little bit of blue cheese for an interesting twist on this fries casserole.

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Best Casserole Tips

  • For a salty topping, try covering your casserole with bacon bits mixed with cheese and green onions.
  • If you want a strong cheese flavor, you can use condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup rather than cream of mushroom.
  • When reheating this recipe after freezing it, make sure to cover the casserole with some aluminum foil so that your fries don’t cook too quickly. The bottom layer of meat usually takes longer to heat up, and the foil on top helps distribute the heat more evenly.
  • To add a unique flavor, switch out ground beef for taco meat and choose a Mexican blend cheese, adding refried beans, nacho cheese sauce, or pico de gallo.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

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This easy french fry casserole recipe is a great way to make something you know that the entire family will love. A great way to use up leftover french fries and turn them into a delicious casserole.

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French Fry Casserole

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

This french fry casserole is full of hearty ground beef and all the toppings of a cheeseburger. Complete with the side of fries!

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces frozen crinkle cut french fries
  • 1.5 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of onion soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef along with the steak seasoning, over medium heat until no longer pink.
  3. Drain excess liquid if desired.
  4. Add the condensed soups and stir to combine.
  5. Remove from heat and spread the ground beef mixture in the prepared pan.
  6. Layer the shredded cheese over the ground beef mixture.
  7. Top with frozen french fries.
  8. Bake in the oven 30-40 minutes or until the fries are golden brown and crispy and the meat mixture is bubbly.
  9. Remove and garnish with hamburger toppings like shredded lettuce, diced pickles, diced onions, more cheese, or ketchup and mustard:)

Notes

  • For a salty topping, try covering your casserole with bacon bits mixed with cheese and green onions.
  • If you want a strong cheese flavor, you can use condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup rather than cream of mushroom.
  • When reheating this recipe after freezing it, make sure to cover the casserole with some aluminum foil so that your fries don’t cook too quickly. The bottom layer of meat usually takes longer to heat up, and the foil on top helps distribute the heat more evenly.
  • To add a unique flavor, switch out ground beef for taco meat and choose a Mexican blend cheese, adding refried beans, nacho cheese sauce, or pico de gallo.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 606Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 1073mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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