One of the convenience meals most Americans love are Hamburgers and French Fries. It doesn’t matter if they are made at home or picked up at fast food restaurants; we love our burgers and fries. One reason is they fit into our busy lifestyles so well. Here are a few variations you can make at home that might save you time, money, calories or a little of each. Then again, maybe not.
Cheeseburger & Fries Casserole
Brown 2 lbs of lean ground beef in a skillet; drain off the fat. Add I can each, undiluted, of cream of golden mushroom and condensed cheddar cheese soups. Stir until the meat is well-coated. Turn mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Spread a 20-oz bag of French fries over the top of the pan. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes. The French fries should be golden brown.
Tater-Topped Ground Beef Casserole
In a large skillet, brown 1 lb of lean ground beef, ½ cup chopped onion and 1/3 cup chopped celery until meat is done and vegetables are tender. Drain the fat and stir in salt and pepper to taste. Turn the mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Pour an undiluted can of cream of celery soup over the mixture. Cover mixture with about 16 oz of frozen tater tots and bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 40 mins. Mixture should be bubbly. Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and return to oven for 5 minutes to melt cheese.
My family and I encountered this dish in a local mom and pop restaurant and I had to make it at home. This one will not save you time, money or calories but it is so good and can be used for any meal, including breakfast.
Prepare 1 pound of ground beef the way you normally would to make hamburgers. You could substitute store-bought patties as a time-saver. Heat a pot of chili, homemade or store-bought, your choice. Fry a couple of eggs, sunny side up. Bake or deep fry a bag of crinkle-style French fries. Toast some hamburger buns. Now to assemble the monstrosity.
Lay both halves of the bun on the plate, insides facing up. Place a hamburger patty on the buns, overlapping each. Place a slice of American cheese on the patty. Place a fried egg on top of the cheese. Dump a handful of fries over the burger. Cover the fries with a ladle of the hot chili. Sprinkle generously with shredded cheese of your choice. You won’t be picking this one up to eat. Get out a fork and knife and enjoy.
Sources: PErsonal Experience