Keto bacon burger casserole

Keto bacon burger casserole

A cheeseburger in keto paradise? Sure. Put your "two all beef patties, special sauce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles..." AND bacon into a keto casserole. Then dig in and enjoy!

Keto bacon burger casserole

A cheeseburger in keto paradise? Sure. Put your "two all beef patties, special sauce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles..." AND bacon into a keto casserole. Then dig in and enjoy!
4 servingservings


  • 7 oz. 200 g bacon, diced
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef
  • 2 2 dill pickle, finely choppeddill pickles, finely chopped
  • 2 2 tomato, dicedtomatoes, diced
  • 1 1 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • 7 oz. 200 g shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 2 eggeggs
  • 1 cup 225 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp unsweetened tomato sauce
  • 4 oz. 110 g lettuce
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil


Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Grease a 2-quart 9” round casserole dish.
  2. In a large frying pan, fry the bacon over medium heat until crispy. Set bacon aside, reserving fat in pan.
  3. Add ground beef to the same pan and increase the heat slightly. Fry while stirring until the ground beef is cooked through.
  4. Add dill pickles and tomatoes to the pan along with minced garlic, salt, pepper and 2/3 of the cheese.
  5. Add ground beef mixture and bacon to the casserole dish.
  6. Mix eggs, cream and tomato sauce in a small bowl. Season to taste.
  7. Pour the egg mixture over the ground beef and add the rest of the cheese on top.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the casserole turns golden brown.
  9. Serve with lettuce and olive oil.


Want onions with that? Perhaps a thin slice, raw, served as a garnish? An 1/8" thick slice of a medium onion adds about 1g net carbs.

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  1. Kelly g
    I was wondering the same thing!
    Reply: #52
  2. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I was wondering the same thing!

    That would be a fun experiment. My concern is that it may turn out too soupy, but I have not tried it in the slow cooker.

  3. Patti
    Very tasty, but extremely greasy. I should have drained off the bacon grease before adding in the ground beef. I ended up spooning the grease off the top of the casserole after it was done baking.
  4. Honeymay
    Made this the other day. Its good but there is a LOT of grease in the dish...after baking.. because you don't drain it after cooking.
    I think next time, I'll try draining the excess fat (reserve for a "gravy" to pour over it) and use American cheese instead of cheddar. I'm not a big cheddar fan unless its over taco salad. Traditionally cheeseburgers have American cheese on them not cheddar. But I liked the recipe, I liked the chopped pickles in it. Its very satisfying, and filling.
  5. Honeymay
    I used two canned tomatoes but the soupiness came from all the fat from bacon, butter and beef fat in my opinion.
  6. sherri
    We had this last night and my husband and I loved it. I did drain half of the bacon fat before putting hamburger meat in, because there was just too much grease. I ended up putting a little more butter, grassed fed, to make up for it. I blended the cream, egg , salt, garlic and cayenne pepper in my blender to make it creamy. It turned out WONDERFULL.
  7. Gregory
    We made this dish tonight and it was TERRIFIC!!!! Love the blend of everything that 'would' be on a traditional cheedsburger, but in casserole 'bowl' form. Mmmmm Mmmmmm good. Srcum*diddly*umptious!!!
  8. Joanne
    This turned out amazing. I used grape tomatoes and sliced baby dill pickles. Thats the only “change” that I. made because its what i had on hand. Perfect! THANK YOU
  9. Fay
    I made this last month for the first time and we really liked it! I did drain the fat. Anyway, making it again today per hubby's request.
  10. Kate
    I cooked the bacon rinds first, then cooked the bacon in the rendered fat... I did not need the extra butter. I also cooked the meat mixture after adding the tomatoes, to reduce the liquid and concentrate the flavours a bit.
    I did cook it ahead, and refrigerate it before putting in the oven, it was wonderful! I will be making this again, and am sure that the other half will be enjoying it as well - he has loved nearly all of the DD recipes I have 'tried out' on him!
  11. Alexis
    How long does this last once cooked and stored in tberware,?
    Reply: #62
  12. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    How long does this last once cooked and stored in tberware,?

    Standard food safety guidelines apply to all of our recipes. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge 3-4 days before the risk of food poisoning begins to rise.

  13. Angel
    We loved this! As for the too much grease comments, we just added more cheese to the mixture which soaked up most of the fatty grease (fat is sorta the point of a Keto diet after all! lol)... The only thing we will change next time is not adding the dill. I like dill pickles on my burgers, my husband doesn't, a small sacrifice for me so no worries. :)
  14. Andrew
    Just made this tonight. I did drain off the bacon fat and didn't cook it in butter, because you're getting SO much fat from 7 oz of bacon in the first place, plus the hamburger fat, the full CUP of heavy cream, all the cheese... I mean if eaten as-is, it makes me wonder if those macros are correct?! Seemed 90% fat. I was skeptical that the egg mixture would even set properly with there being so much cream for only two eggs (that seems more like an amount you'd mix with 4) but it did just BAAARELY set-up enough to hold the top together. The bottom was a watery mess though because of the pickle juice and the tomato liquid that came out. Honestly, while it was very tasty (certainly was bacon-cheeseburgery!), I probably won't make again, or if I do, I'll have to adjust as mentioned, maybe try to dry out the ingredients first because there was standing liquid in the bottom of the dish and standing pools of oil on top after 30 minutes of cooking.
  15. Luise
    When does the bacon go back in?
    Reply: #66
  16. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    When does the bacon go back in?

    You can add it back in with the ground beef in Step 5.

  17. Donna
    Fried it all in a cast iron skillet, then just put the skillet in the oven at the end instead of a casserole dish. Worked lovely. Next time I will drain the bacon grease, cook the burger and drain the burger grease, then add the bacon grease back. (My burger was really fatty.) The hubby loved it. I was tired after working outside all day and when dinner rolled around this turned out to be a really quick fix. Thank DD.
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  19. Julie Amey
    This was a hit-- I used turkey bacon because that is what I had on hand, so it wasn't too greasy at all.
    Next time I will let it sit a few minutes after taking it out of the oven, to let it set a bit. It was very soupy but improved the longer it sat. Will definitely make this again!
  20. Jacqueline Douthett
    HEAVEN!! Yes there was a ton of grease, but in all honesty... that is how I used to decide if a burger was going to be great or not :) I did find that once the cream and egg set, there was alot of watery looking fluid at the bottom of the dish. I didn't really like the way the egg and cream set as it cooled. It kinda looked curdled. The next time I made it, I just stirred the whole lot together before topping with cheese and baking. It turned out great. My house hold and staff love it and are always asking me to make it.
  21. Liane Goodrich
    We use no CAFO meat so our grass fed ground beef is by nature pretty lean. I also bake my bacon (uncured with no additives at all, I know this because we smoke our own) by the pound and then I freeze it in ziplocks. So I just pulled out my bacon that was crispy and added it to the top. This recipe reminded me of an old Atkins forum recipe that made the rounds 20 years ago. I think going forward I’m going to just form my meat into patties and put some raw milk cheddar and pickles and crumbled bacon on top.
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  23. Amanda Harrison
    Is there anything else I could use instead of heavy cream? I'm lactose intolerant and this is where I get stuck when trying to make keto recipes. Thanks in advance!!
    Reply: #75
  24. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Is there anything else I could use instead of heavy cream? I'm lactose intolerant and this is where I get stuck when trying to make keto recipes. Thanks in advance!!

    Some people are able to use coconut cream in place of heavy cream in most recipes!

  25. Joyce
    Made this last night was good but really greasy and I did drain the bacon grease will have to try something else to reduce the grease build up next time
  26. Arlene
    I was wondering how big your tomatoes were? Would help if I had the amount of diced tomatoes. I put one tomato in since it weighed 9.2 oz.
  27. Arlene
    Just took it out of the oven, had a nice gravy but not too much liquid. The taste was very good and cut servings to 6 as 1/4 of the recipe was too much.
  28. Rebecca
    Yes, way too greesy, but this took me WAY back to childhood! It taste so much like the Hamburger Helper, minus the carbs. 🙂 Very good, but will reduce the fat content. Thanks!
  29. Bethany
    Absolutely loved it. YUM.
  30. tannerrissinger
    I baked it for a half hour but it came out soupy. Did i do something wrong?
    Reply: #82
  31. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    I baked it for a half hour but it came out soupy. Did i do something wrong?

    Depending on the fat content of your ground beef, you may want to drain it off before adding it to the casserole mix.

  32. tgjsmiller
    I threw the ground meat in when the bacon was nearly done and then spooned off about 3/4 of the fat. I know keto is fat rich but I prefer my fat in another form, like mayo or avacado on the side, though ended up using neither tonight. Just couldnt wrap my head around the egg cream topping so I skipped it. I did add about 1/3 of cream to the casserole before topping with the remaining cheese. It was delish! My non-keto eating family find most of the dishes too rich and creamy so this was a way to make something they like and I can always add more fat to the side if needed.
  33. babyraecreations
    I, and my family, found this recipe amazing! I did drain about half of the remaining fat after cooking the ground beef(afer cooking off the excess water produced.) It was greasy in my bowl, but I know it is good fats I need to eat, so I stir my bowl over with each bite so there is never "standing oil"! Definitely adding this one to the repeat list!
  34. babyraecreations
    Salt and pepper to taste.
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