The cheeseburger is an American staple with variations found on nearly every restaurant’s menu in addition to fast food chains around the country. Most carnivores pretty much agree there is something extremely satisfying about quality beef, their favorite toppings and a soft bun as a go-to choice for lunch or dinner. Eating low carb foods removes the soft bun (unless you use a version of an Oopsie Roll) but does not mean you have to give up the flavors you love. Today’s recipe is inspired by the Big Mac sandwich, although there is no Secret Sauce. This is a great base recipe that can be manipulated to include your favorite burger toppings, just like the classic sandwich.
I also chopped the pickles into semi-large pieces but, again, these can be tailored to your personal preference. After they were chopped I went back through with a knife and cut some of the larger pieces in half. I wanted to be sure there was plenty of pickle pieces throughout the casserole.
Originally I planned to use a glass pie dish but realized it was not deep enough for the meat + the topping, so I transferred the ground beef mix to an 8×8 glass baking dish instead, which I first sprayed with non-stick spray. You could easily use a deep pie dish and cut this into 8 slices for a fancier service and half the calories per serving. I drizzled the egg and cheese batter over top, ensuring it fully coated the ground beef, before adding the remaining 2oz of cheese on top. I let this bake for 35 minutes on the middle rack until the top was golden brown and the egg mixture puffed up slightly. Pretty easy to make and the outcome is delicious. The pickles and onions bring a sweet and tangy flavor to the beef and the egg topping holds the casserole together perfectly. This would be a great weeknight meal as it only takes a few minutes to throw together before baking and it re-heats really well the next day. I have plans for a future variation that may or may not include bacon, so stay tuned. What are your favorite burger toppings? Let me know in the comments!