4.98 from 134 votes

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

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Also known as a Hamburger hotdish, this cheeseburger casserole recipe is a serious throwback to growing up with filling and hearty casserole food. This beef and noodle casserole recipe is so savory and delicious you may even get to skip the side dish.

It’s already 4 pm, and you are looking for a way to use ground beef. Our household go-to for beef is tacos and quesadillas (doesn’t everyone default to Mexican?), but there are many other ways to eat, enjoy, and love ground beef that picky eaters cant deny. 

This creamy cheesy cheeseburger casserole may be the BEST; no, let me rephrase – it WILL be the best homemade “hamburger helper” recipe ever.

ground beef casserole recipe.

Ground Beef Casserole To the Rescue!

It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare this hamburger beef casserole with noodles. Simple ingredients like beef, pasta, onions, and Worcestershire sauce season the cheeseburger casserole nicely, while the creamy, cheesy sauce pulls together family favorite better-than-boxed cheeseburger “helper.”

Super cheesy, full of flavor, and uses delicious and filling egg noodles, this family-friendly cheeseburger casserole is economical comfort food that requires very little kitchen time but fantastic flavor.

Often you will see cheeseburger casserole recipes that include tater tots, and we do have two other options for that type of recipe – check out tater tot breakfast casserole and cream of chicken tater tot casserole here.

Ingredients

  • Ground beef – Good quality ground beef with a bit of fat content is what I prefer for this hamburger recipe. It is OK to use lean ground beef if that is your preference, but I feel like it loses some of the flavors. Just make sure to drain grease very well. 
  • Onion – Dice white or yellow onion down into small bite-sized pieces, so it spreads through the dish. 
  • Worcestershire sauce – Worchestershire sauce is an additive to bring out the flavors of beef. Dont skip this one!
  • Seasoning – While you can season hamburger hotdish with any of your favorite common seasonings, garlic powder, kosher salt, and black pepper are a must. 
  • Sour cream – As always, I recommend full-fat sour cream for the best flavor in cheeseburger casserole.
  • Misc. ingredients – Cream of chicken soup, milk, cheddar cheese. It is OK to substitute with sharp cheddar or Monterey Jack for a variation in distinct flavors. 
  • Velveeta cheese – Along with regular shredded cheddar cheese, Velveeta and ground beef casserole uses cubed Velvetta for an extra creamy and rich taste.
  • Egg noodles – Perfect for casserole dishes, al dente egg noodles need to be cooked and drained.
large scoop of velveeta beef casserole.

How to make Cheeseburger Casserole Hotdish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set baking dish with cooking spray aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add ground beef, onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to a skillet. Heat meat mixture on medium-high heat, frequently stirring until meat is browned. Drain all excess grease.
  3. Season ground beef with salt and black pepper.
  4. Add sour cream, soup, milk, and Velveeta cheese to medium heat, stir to combine and frequently until cheese is melted. This will create a thick mixture. If you are adding any additional ingredients to the cheeseburger casserole, like corn or diced tomatoes, add them at this stage in the recipe (SHOWN).
hamburger hotdish being made with Velveeta cheese.
  1. Place already al-dente cooked pasta in prepared baking dish.
  2. Pour ground beef mixture across top of pasta noodles and mix well.
  3. Bake cheeseburger casserole for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and return to oven until melted, for about 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
cheesy hamburger casserole recipe.

Variations For Cheeseburger Casserole

There are many delicious crowd-pleasing options that you can add to this easy-to-make hamburger casserole recipe. Try adding one of the following OPTIONAL ways to enhance your cheesy casseroles:

  • 1 can of corn, drained (as shown in recipe images, but not in video)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • Chopped dill pickles
  • 1 half bag of defrosted frozen peas
  • Topping of sliced green onions
pouring corn in beef casserole recipe.

If you need more beef recipe ideas, there are so many top breakfast recipes, side dish recipes, and of course, main dish recipes that use beef.

Try a few of our suggested favorites, Wendy’s copycat chili, this amazing copycat big mac pizza recipe, or even hash brown casserole and substitute the ground pork for ground beef.

If you specifically want beef casserole ideas, try Mexican ground beef casserole or loaded beef and tortilla casserole.

4.98 from 134 votes

Cheeseburger Casserole


Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Cheeseburger Casserole is a beef and noodle pasta hot dish bake is seasoned ground beef, loads of cheddar cheese and Velveeta all wrapped up in delicious egg noodles for a better than boxed cheeseburger casserole recipe. While egg noodles are not low carb friendly, they are a great source of a filling and hearty dinner casserole that only takes about 30 minutes to make. This homemade version of boxed hamburger helper is loaded with tons of cheese, is incredibly kid-friendly, and is hearty enough to serve without a single side dish recipe on the plate. Adults will also love this cheeseburger cheese loaded recipe where everyone will absolutely want seconds. Plus, cheeseburger casserole makes easy left overs and warms up fantastic for a homemade lunch the next day. The yummy taste of a cheeseburger but baked inside a casserole is a true family favorite recipe. One pot, 30 minutes – that's all it takes!

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10.5 oz. cream of chicken soup can
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 ounces egg noodles cooked and drained
  • OPTIONAL: 1 can 15 oz. corn, drained

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Cook egg noodle pasta al dente.
  • Add uncooked ground beef, cut up onion, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to a large skillet.
  • Heat beef mixture on medium high, stirring frequently until beef is browned.
  • Drain any excess grease.
  • Season beef with salt and black pepper.
  • In same skillet, add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup milk, cubed Velveeta cheese and heat cheeseburger beef mixture on medium, stirring frequently until all cheese is melted. If adding tomatoes or corn, do so at this stage.
  • Place al dente pasta in prepared baking dish.
  • Add beef mixture and mix well.
  • Bake cheeseburger casserole for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  • Pull out of oven, sprinkle with shredded cheese and return to oven until melted, about 3-5 additional minutes.
  • Remove cheeseburger casserole from oven and serve while hot and melty.

Notes

Variations For Cheeseburger Casserole
There are many delicious crowd-pleasing options that you can add to this easy-to-make hamburger casserole recipe. Try adding one of the following OPTIONAL ways to enhance your cheesy casseroles:
  • 1 can of corn, drained (as shown in recipe images, but not in video)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • Chopped dill pickles
  • 1 half bag of defrosted frozen peas
  • Topping of sliced green onions

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 632mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 643IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 338mg | Iron: 2mg

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8 Comments

  1. I love casseroles and I’m always looking for new delicious recipes. This one did not disappoint! It was so easy to make and packed with so much flavour. Thanks for this, its a keeper!

  2. Casserole was very easy to prepare however it is a bit bland. I added chopped green scallions and crispy bacon over the top at the end. Scallions added a nice flavor and the bacon gave it crunch; and who doesn’t love a bacon cheeseburger!

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      So glad you found a solution to work for your taste buds – I love scallions on anything!

  3. Vicky flow says:

    Loved this recipe.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Thankyou!

  4. Was ok to me. Hubby loved it. Pretty easy and fast.

  5. Sarah Pike says:

    This recipe is ok, but not a keeper . Needs something to give it flavor unless want to taste just like beef and cheese in a dish. Would give it a 3 . Wasn’t a hit with my guest .

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Hi sarah! We know that not everyone will like every recipe – we all have different tastes and ideas of what a meal is. But I appreciate you trying it and encourage you to season and adjust it as a base recipe for something you would enjoy in the future. Its a basic meal for sure 🙂