Hamburger Casserole

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 5 reviews

Hamburger Casserole is the best comfort dinner that is super quick and easy to prepare. Made with common ingredients like ground beef, mushrooms, tomato sauce, pasta, and cheese. A great and flavorful meal to feed a crowd! 

When I am looking for an easy dinner that the whole family will love, this recipe is on top of the list. It is so cheesy and delicious, that it is usually gone in seconds! I love serving it with a fresh cucumber salad, roasted asparagus, and corn salad.

Cheesy hamburger casserole

Easy Homemade Hamburger Casserole

This Hamburger Casserole is the ultimate classic comfort food! Not only is this a quick and delicious dinner, but it is also budget-friendly. All you need is ground beef, mushrooms, tomato sauce, spices, macaroni noodles, and cheese! Then, simply throw the ingredients together in a baking dish, and your favorite dinner is ready!

The fact that it is ready in 30 minutes is another bonus point. Having kids and a busy schedule, this is just the perfect meal for those busy weeknights. Not to mention, it is probably one of the most comforting meals. Kids also go crazy over it, because it is super cheesy and flavorful. 

If you make it once, I guarantee you will be making it again and again. It is just that good and delicious! 

Hamburger casserole ingredients

How to make Hamburger Casserole?

  1. Preheat the oven: Firstly, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. This way you will save some time while the other ingredients are prepared. 
  2. Cook the pasta: Cook the pasta according to package direction. I recommend using macaroni or shell pasta and cook it al-dente. Drain and rinse. 
  3. Saute the veggies: In a skillet, add some olive oil, diced onion, mushrooms, salt, and pepper. Saute the veggies. Add minced garlic during the last 30 seconds of cooking. Set aside.
  4. Brown the beef: Next, brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Add some olive oil, garlic, and seasoning. Cook the beef until brown in color. Next, add tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, along with Italian seasoning. Stir to combine. 
  5. Assemble the casserole: Transfer the beef mixture to a 9 by 13 baking dish. Next, add the sauteed mushrooms, on top. Then, toss in the pasta shells, and cheese. Combine together, and top with remaining cheese. 
  6. Bake: Transfer the dish into the oven, and bake. 
  7. Serve warm.

How to make Hamburger casserole - steps

Hamburger Casserole Flavor Variations:

This casserole super cheesy and delicious just as is. However, you can easily adjust and customize it to fit your taste. Some great suggestions are:

  • Add other meats: Instead of ground beef, you can make it with ground chicken, shredded chicken, ground turkey, or even Italian sausage. 
  • Swap the cheeses: Feel free to use your favorite type. Mozarella, cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, all work great here. Also, for even more flavor, combine a few kinds of cheeses together. 
  • Instant Pot Cheeseburger Maccaroni: Do you have an Instant Pot and want to make it that way? Then, try my Instant Pot version. It is equally delicious and flavorful. 
  • Make it a soup: To make a soup version of it, try my beef and macaroni soup
  • Add vegetables: Feel free to add or swap the veggies. If you are not a mushrooms fan, then you can use bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, or even zucchini. Also, you can add potatoes to it, or substitute potatoes with pasta. 
  • Noodles: Feel free to use any pasta variety. I love using a small shell or macaroni pasta. However, penne, egg noodles, rigatoni work just as well. 

How Long Do You Bake Hamburger Casserole?

This easy casserole is ready in about 20 minutes when cooked at 375 degrees F. You will know it is ready when you will start seeing bubbles on top, and the cheese is getting golden brown in color. 

Best easy homemade hamburger casserole

What to Serve With Hamburger Casserole?

This is pretty much a full and hearty meal on its own. It has plenty of proteins, veggies, and carbs. To balance it out, I love serving it with:

How to store hamburger casserole?

  • Refrigerate: To refrigerate leftovers use an airtight container. Then, refrigerate up to 4 days. 
  • Freeze: You can easily freeze it cooked or uncooked. Just use a freezer-safe container, and freeze it up to 3 months. 
  • Reheat: To reheat it cooked, simply pop it in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes. If the dish is frozen uncooked, then cook it at 375 degrees F for about 30-35 minutes. 

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Hamburger casserole on a plate

Cheesy Hamburger Casserole Recipe Tips:

  • I recommend using 85 to 90% ground beef. This way, you end up with plenty of flavors and without much grease. 
  • Also, whenever possible, go with organic meat. It is healthier and tastes the best. 
  • If you like it spicier, chop in some jalapeno peppers. 
  • Small shelled pasta workers best here, as it absorbs all the flavors together. 
  • Feel free to add your favorite seasonings. For a twist of flavors, try using taco seasoning, ranch seasoning, and cajun seasoning
  • In addition, you can double the size. Just double the ingredients, and follow the same cooking steps.
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5 from 5 reviews
Hamburger Casserole
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr

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Calories: 691 Carbohydrates: 43 Protein: 48 Fat: 36 Saturated Fat: 14 Cholesterol: 119 Sodium: 1469 Potassium: 1209 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 10 Vitamin A: 688 Vitamin C: 17 Calcium: 321 Iron: 6
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Pam Wattenbarger

This looks delicious! We make a similar casserole and it's always a hit. I need to try your recipe too!

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Sarah Bailey

This sounds like a fun idea for hamburger lovers to have something a bit different on their plate and I have to admit I do love a good casserole.

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Brandy Ellen Writes

This looks really yummy and it's similar to something I tried to make recently. We just bought some ground beef so perhaps I'll make his hamburger casserole this week for the family one night.

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Gervin Khan

This post literally makes me drool, those dishes are so good I want to grab it from my screen.

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

This is a bit like a casserole my mom made growing up except instead of mushrooms, she used diced green peppers. Looks delicious!

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Kathy

This sure does look amazing. I've never tried a hamburger casserole before. I love making casseroles, especially around this time of year. I'm saving this so I can try it later. I can't wait.

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Heather

Hamburger casseroles are delicious. You can't go wrong with pasta meat and cheeeesee!!

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Rosemary

You are right, perfect for the family and easy to make. While I've never combined all these ingredients to make a hamburger casserole (I cook them as individual meals), this sound much easier. Can't wait to make this :)

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Lois

Now that is a great casserole, I can't wait to make that recipe.

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katrina Kroeplin

ive make something close to this before and it turned out so good and everyone love it. will ahve to make this soon.

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Kristine Nicole Alessandra

This casserole looks similar to what my mom used to make. She put in more veggies though (green and yellow bell peppers, mushrooms, and finely minced carrots). I am going to try your recipe soon. I like that it is an easy to prepare and delicious meal.

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Kita Bryant

Oh man this looks so delicious! I would love to make this for dinner.

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Swathi

Hamburger casserole looks delicious perfect one pot meal during this busy days.

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Sam

My kids will love these! I'll have to try making it :)

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