Low carb cheeseburger casserole

Low carb cheeseburger casserole

Ground beef and cheese. Onions, pickles and tomatoes. Even mustard. It's a deconstructed cheeseburger... reassembled into a yummy low-carb casserole. Who knew cauliflower could serve as the bun?

Low carb cheeseburger casserole

Ground beef and cheese. Onions, pickles and tomatoes. Even mustard. It's a deconstructed cheeseburger... reassembled into a yummy low-carb casserole. Who knew cauliflower could serve as the bun?
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4 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb 450 g cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 (4 oz.) 1 (110 g) yellow onion, choppedyellow onions, chopped
  • 2 2 garlic clove, mincedgarlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb 450 g ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1½ cups (13 oz.) 350 ml (350 g) canned whole tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) 475 ml (230 g) shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper
Serving
  • 2 2 dill pickledill pickles
  • 5 oz. (4 cups) 140 g (900 ml) lettuce
  • 4 tbsp 4 tbsp olive oil
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Instructions

Instructions are for 4 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and grease a 9x12" (22 x 30 cm) baking dish with butter.
  2. Boil the cauliflower florets in lightly salted water for about 3 minutes or until tender. Drain thoroughly in a strainer.
  3. In a non-stick pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cooking until soft and translucent. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add ground beef, stirring until cooked through.
  5. Drain the canned tomatoes and chop into bite-sized pieces. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add the tomato paste, diced tomatoes, mustard, cauliflower, and spices. Once combined, add ⅔ of the shredded cheese, stirring until melted into the mixture.
  6. Pour mixture into the baking dish, and add the remaining cheese on top. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  7. Serve with pickles, lettuce, and olive oil.

Tip

Want ketchup on that? Try our low-carb ketchup recipe!

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16 comments

  1. Robin
    question for anyone who's tried this already: my sweetheart doesn't like cauliflower - has anyone tried substituting any other vegetable? How did it go? Thanks so much!!!
    Replies: #2, #13
  2. Gentiann
    Zucchini,yellow squash, chayote.
    Other milder tasting vegetable from the cabbage family like chinese cabbage or bok choy, turnip or kohlrabi.
  3. Judy Leahy
    I made this last night. The Dijon mustard overpowered the dish. It's not edible. :o(
    Reply: #5
  4. jeune
    there are about three pounds of ingredients in this recipe. a mere tablespoon of dijon overpowered it and rendered it inedible for you? perhaps you added an incorrect amount. i thought the casserole was delicious--even my young nephews enjoyed it.
  5. Mary
    I am not big on sauces and I do not like dijon so I used regular mustard, and only about 1/4-ish tsp of it.
    Gave a good tang to the mixture - like a burger would taste (to me).
  6. Charlotta
    This is fantastic with grated zucchini (instead of cauli) and regular mustard :-D
  7. Delicia
    Love this recipe... just have 1 question, why whole tomatoes only to chop it up anyways? Why not just put chopped tomatoes on the ingredients list instead?
  8. Amy
    My 7 year old devoured this! We chopped the cauli and he ate it no issues at all.
    Reply: #9
  9. Crystal Pullen Team Diet Doctor

    My 7 year old devoured this! We chopped the cauli and he ate it no issues at all.

    WOAH!! Can't get higher praise than that! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Samanthamdbryan
    Just curious why this dish is not Keto? Could it be used in a keto diet if you still fall under 20 carbs a day?
    Reply: #11
  11. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Just curious why this dish is not Keto? Could it be used in a keto diet if you still fall under 20 carbs a day?

    Our keto recipe guidelines call for a dish to have a max of 4% of calories from carbohydrates and this is higher, at 6%. Occasionally having a moderate low carb meal such as this is likely to be OK for most people when keeping an eye on your carb count across the day. You can read more at this link:
    https://www.dietdoctor.com/how-low-carb-is-low-carb

  12. Julie B
    I had a similar recipe with basically the same ingredients only DD was easier. I used my trusty cast iron skillet for the whole thing! And i just used a whole can of crushed tomatoes and did not drain it. Easy.
  13. Julie B
    Your sweetheart needs to grow up.
  14. Julie B
    i think if you don’t have the tomatoes & paste on hand, “no sugar added” pasta sauce could be an acceptable substitute.
  15. Dianne
    I love this type of recipe, next time will add hot pepper flakes, but overall delicious...
    Reply: #16
  16. Kerry Merritt Team Diet Doctor

    I love this type of recipe, next time will add hot pepper flakes, but overall delicious...

    Pepper flakes would be a nice addition!

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