Cheeseburger Bubble Up Casserole is everything delicious about a cheeseburger in a super easy, make ahead casserole recipe! Make it just like your favorite cheeseburger by adding your favorite burger toppings!
Thanks to my friends at Rhodes Rolls for sponsoring todays post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Bacon cheeseburgers are probably the most requested main dish meal at my house! Everyone goes crazy for them!
The only problem is that lately I’ve been stuck in a tractor almost every single day and that means meals must be quick and easy. I don’t have time for preheating the smoker and hanging out and grilling burgers. Make ahead meals are the name of my game right now and this Cheeseburger Bubble Up Casserole fits the bill!
How to make a casserole ahead of time?
One of the biggest time savers in making casseroles, or any meal, ahead of time is to prepare the meat in batches. I always brown and crumble extra hamburger. It’s so handy to be able to pull it out of the fridge and have it ready to go right now.
This casserole can be completely assembled, refrigerated for about four to six hours and then baked. Dinner time is CRAZY time and the last thing I want to do is have to mess around with throwing my casserole together. It’s so much easier, and less stressful, to assemble the casserole earlier in the day, stick it in the fridge, and bake it about 45 minutes before it’s time to eat.
What is a bubble up casserole?
Bubble Up casseroles are delicious! They have a bread layer on the bottom. The next layer is typically a meat/sauce layer. And finally, they are topped off with cheese….or at least in my opinion they should be!
They are called bubble up’s because the bread bubbles up and sometimes pokes through top layers. It’s comfort food to the max!
Bubble-up casseroles can also be sweet. Check out my Two Ingredient Cherry Bubble Up! It’s so stinking easy and so delicious!
What bread can I use to make Bubble Up Casseroles?
In my Coconut Lime Monkey Bread post I told you guys all about my feelings on canned biscuits. In short, I’m not a fan! They are quick and easy to use, but they just don’t taste the same as using yeast bread.
I know, I know who has time for making bread. Like I said, I’ve been in the tractor all week and I don’t have time to make homemade bread, and even if I did, I really don’t feel like starting a project.
That my friends, is why I ALWAYS keep Rhodes frozen dinner rolls in the freezer. They’re quick and easy to use and taste amazing! They are my go-to when I’m making bubble ups!
What are the BEST toppings for Cheeseburger Bubble Up Casserole?
One of the best things about cheeseburgers is everyone gets to customize their own burger to make it exactly how they like. This cheeseburger casserole is the same way. Set out all the toppings and let everyone pile on their favorites.
Here are some suggestions to get you started!
- Bacon (check out my favorite method for cooking bacon)
- Sautéed mushrooms and onions
- Try a variety of cheeses (pepper jack, swiss, American, etc.)
- Pineapple and barbecue sauce
- Lettuce, spinach, cabbage, or any other leafy lettuce
- Experiment with sauces; barbecue sauce, fry sauce, ranch, honey mustard salad dressing, a drizzle of honey, etc.
- Pickles, pickled vegetables
- If you really want to get carried away you can add leftover pulled pork, brisket, ham, or even a fried egg!
What’s happening on the farm?
Todays post is short and sweet because August is the busiest month on the farm and I’m feeling it this week! I’ve been in raking hay together, learned how to swatch hay, and even harrowed a field with a 40’ tine/harrow. It was big, the field was bumpy, it was dusty, the grain chaff made me itch, and I couldn’t wait to get out of that tractor!
We have about three more days of harvesting hay and peas/oats. Then we will move on to straw harvest. It’s always something this time of the year but it’s all good! I’d much rather have summer and be busy, than have school and be busy!
Grab the recipe!
Cheeseburger Bubble Up Casserole
For the Casserole
- 8 Rhodes Rolls
- 2 pounds hamburger
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 8 oz. Velveeta cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Diced tomatoes
- Grated cheese
- Crumbled bacon
- Ketchup Mustard, BBQ sauce, etc.
- Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add 8 Rhodes frozen dinner rolls to dish. Let thaw for about 30 minutes.
- Cut rolls into quarters. I like using kitchen scissors.
- Fry hamburger and crumble. Add seasonings and cheese. Stir until cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour meat mixture over rolls.
- Refrigerate for 4 hours, or let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes while the rolls rise. They will rise quickly because the meat mixture is warm
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Top with your favorite cheeseburger toppings and serve!