Cheeseburger Casserole

Hearty cheeseburger casserole is filled with ground beef and pasta, and oozing with cheese! It really is everything but the bun.

This savory dish is on the table in no time and is sure to please the pickiest eater. That makes it a dinner-time go to in our home! For more kid approved casseroles try Broccoli Cheese Casserole, Chicken and Dumpling Casserole, and Spaghetti Casserole.

Cheeseburger casserole in a glass baking dish

Everything But the Bun!

There is something so comforting about cheese and pasta! This cheesy and savory dish combines all of the best loved flavors of a hamburger, but in casserole form. That makes for easy serving and easy clean up! Now that’s a win win.

Think back to those childhood days of a meal in a box…I know I loved those. Now I can have the more grown up and tastier version. I mean, nothing beats making it from scratch right?! You can control the ingredients and the flavor for outstanding taste every time.

The kids love this easy dinner idea, and I love that it’s that – EASY! Oh yeah – and yummy.

Ingredients for cheeseburger casserole recipe cooking in a pan

How To Make Cheeseburger Casserole

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.

MEAT. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Stir and break up lumps while the meat is browning. Once the meat has browned add the tomatoes, with the juice, the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, ½ teaspoon, Lawry’s salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes.

NOODLES. While the meat mixture is simmering fill a medium pot half full of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring the water to a boil. Stir in the noodles and boil for about 8 minutes, until tender.

COMBINE. Drain the noodles, then return the noodles to the pot and pour the tomato mixture over the noodles. Stir until blended.

BAKE. Spray a 8×13 baking dish with cooking spray and add the noodle mixture. Top with cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.

SERVE. Enjoy this meal with your family. Refrigerate any leftovers.

Variations

This Cheeseburger casserole was really easy to make and was a hit with my family. We kept the casserole pretty simple, but like with burgers, you can get creative with what you like to have added on top. 

  • Once you have removed the casserole from the oven, add chopped dill pickles, Diced tomatoes, Bacon bits, or scallions.
  • Switch the ground beef for ground sausage or turkey. You can even mix different meats together.
  • Pasta—any similarly sized pasta can work. Just cook to al dente.
  • Change up the cheese.
  • Add some heat with hot sauce or red chili flakes.
Bacon cheeseburger casserole in a glass baking dish

Making Ahead & Storing

Make ahead: There are so many great reasons to make a casserole; one of them is that you can usually make them ahead of time. Cheeseburger casserole is no different. You can either make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or the freezer. A couple of storage tips undercook the pasta and do not top with the cheese.

  • Fridge: Place casserole in a baking dish. Cover with plastic and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.
  • Freezer: Place casserole in a freezer safe baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, then again with foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before baking.
  • Cook: When you’re ready to bake take the casserole from the fridge and let it stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Top with cheese and bake. 

Leftovers: Divide leftovers into individual portions. Keep in airtight containers in the fridge for 2-3 days, or in the freezer for 1-2 months. Reheat in the microwave or in a skillet on the stove top. If needed, add a little tomato sauce to help give it a bit more moisture.

Closeup of bacon cheeseburger casserole

For more pasta bakes, try:

Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Hearty cheeseburger casserole is filled with ground beef and pasta, and oozing with cheese! It really is everything but the bun.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 258 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with juice (29 oz)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lowry's Seasoning Salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 8 oz wide egg noodles
  • 2 c sharp cheddar grated

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Cook the ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Stir and break up lumps while the meat is browning.
  • Once the meat has browned add the tomatoes, with the juice, the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, ½ teaspoon, Lawry’s salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes.
  • While the meat mixture is simmering fill a medium pot half full of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring the water to a boil. Stir in the noodles and boil for about 8 minutes, until tender. Drain the noodles, then return the noodles to the pot and pour the tomato mixture over the noodles. Stir until blended.
  • Spray a 8×13 baking dish with cooking spray and add the noodle mixture. Top with cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  • Enjoy this meal with your family. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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  1. 5 stars
    I tend to make a lot of casserole dishes. They feed a lot of people, taste good and are convienent. A winner in my opinion!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for quick dinner ideas that my kids also love. This one checks both boxes. Thx for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    My family loves pasta & I am always looking for new recipes to try. Tried this last week & my family loved it. They loved how cheesy it is & there wasn’t anything they had to pick out!

  4. 5 stars
    This casserole was such a hit here! Everyone loved it! Such a great recipe and easy to make! Definitely rotating this recipe for our dinner menu!

  5. 5 stars
    Easy and delicious! I made it on Monday and we are still eating it on Thursday. I used extra spices for the beef mixture and Tex Mex cheese for added heat.