Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger Casserole is cheesy and packed with flavor. It is a simple, flavorful and loved by the entire family making it a go-to in the monthly menu.

This will please even those picky eaters. It is packed with meat and kid friendly macaroni with a layer of cheesy goodness. For more weeknight musts try Hawaiian Haystacks, Broccoli Cheese Casserole, and Kung Pao Chicken.

Hamburger casserole scooped out

Easy, Cheesy + Delicious!

Weeknights can be hard. Rushing kids from one activity to another and helping with homework can easily eat away the entire evening. It is important for us to carve out time to eat dinner together as a family so that we can connect.

That is where easy weeknight meals become a necessity! I love to keep a running list of meals that are not only easy to make, but yummy so the kids will actually eat it.

This one hits it out of the park. It is oh so easy and oh so delish. I mean really what’s not to love! It’s like a casserole of comfort.

Cooked noodles in collander

How to Make Hamburger Casserole

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F

BOIL. Boil the macaroni according to the direction on the package and drain.

BROWN. Use a large skillet to brown the ground beef. Add the chili powder, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and pepper to taste.

ADD. In a separate bowl, stir the cream of chicken mushroom soup, tomato sauce, and corn. Add it to the skillet with the hamburger.

MIX. Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and mix together.

BAKE. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 inch baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

SPRINKLE. During the last 15 minutes of bake time sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and finish baking the casserole.

How to make hamburger casserole

Change it up!

Variations: This is a pretty easy and delicious hamburger noodle casserole. If you wish to change things up here are a few ideas:

  • Pasta: Use any kind of small noodle such as rigatoni, shell, penne, shell, bow tie
  • Veggies: add peas, chopped green beans, zucchini, bell peppers   
  • Cheese: Use your favorite cheese. Mozzarella or pepper jack would both be delicious
  • Turn up the heat: Add red chili flakes, extra chili powder, or top with hot sauce
  • Meat: use ground turkey or chicken. You can also substitute half the ground beef with ground sausage.

Cheesy hamburger noodle casserole in baking dish

Making Ahead, Storing + Side Ideas

Make ahead of time: Casseroles are famous for being quick, easy and hearty meals. They are also often made ahead of time. I suggest doubling the recipe that way you can have one dish ready to be used on another day. Keep in mind that you will want to undercook the pasta. Also, do not bake the dish. 

  • Fridge: Once you have assembled the casserole cover the pan with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days. Top with cheese before baking. You may need to add about 10-15 more minutes to the bake tie to compensate for starting with a chilled dish.
  • Freezer: Assemble the casserole in a freeze safe baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap then again with foil. Label and freeze for 3-6 months. Thaw before topping with cheese and baking.

Leftovers: Divide the casserole into individual portions and store in the fridge or freezer. Reheat in the oven or microwave.

Sides: Anything goes, but here are some of our favs to serve with this dish…

Close up on hamburger casserole recipe

For More Casseroles, check out:

Hamburger Casserole Recipe

4.75 from 24 votes
Hamburger Casserole is cheesy and packed with flavor. It is a simple, flavorful and loved by the entire family making it a go-to in the monthly menu.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 457 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can cream of chicken mushroom soup or cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 can whole kernel corn drained
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (with parsley flakes)
  • pepper
  • 2 c macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 1 c grated cheddar cheese more, if needed, to cover the casserole

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Boil the macaroni according to the direction on the package and drain.
  • Use a large skillet to brown the ground beef. Add the chili powder, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and pepper to taste.
  • In a separate bowl, stir the cream of chicken mushroom soup, tomato sauce, and corn. Add it to the skillet with the hamburger.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and mix together.
  • Pour the mixture into a 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • During the last 15 minutes of bake time sprinkle the grated cheese over the top and finish baking the casserole.

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  1. What do we do with Italian seasoning? Is it in the instructions and I’m missing it? I see it in the ingredients. I assume add in with the hamburger. Yum! 🙂

    1. Yes – you add the Italian seasoning in with the other spices when you are cooking the hamburger meat. I will make this step more clear in the post. Thanks so much for catching that! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  2. 3 stars
    I added more seasonings a dash of Cheyenne pepper gives it a little more jazz than the chili powder also 2 cups of cheese was better than 1. Other than that my kids seemed to like it

  3. 4 stars
    I sauteed an onion and a couple of garlic cloves then added hamburger. This is simple but good, overall. Thanks.

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