Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger CasseroleOh boy I don’t even know where to begin with this cheeseburger casserole. Okay one word.. yummilious! yeah I know it’s not a real word but that’s the only word I can think of that can possibility explain how amazing this cheeseburger casserole is.

If your a cheeseburger lover this casserole is for you. It’s like a big juicy cheeseburger right in a bowl.

Cheeseburger Casserole

This casserole is fairly easy to make and can be cooked and reheated as needed. I have a whole casserole dish in the fridge and my daughter just loves it.

The base is made with a beef and tomato mixture, combined with a layer of pasta ( any kind will work fine) then topped with mild chedder cheese and diced pickles (YUM!).

Cheeseburger Casserole
I love making casseroles because they re always easier to store and serve the entire family. It’s basically the whole meal in a nice big casserole dish. Grab some in a bowl and your good to go!

Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole

4.5 from 8 votes
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Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Layla


  • 2 cups 6 oz uncooked rotelle pasta (any kind will work fine)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 cup onions finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste or 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes or 1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cups reduced fat grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill pickles


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions for al dente (about 5-7 minutes) and drain well.

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until lightly golden and soft, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the beef and cook until browned; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste or marinara sauce and tomatoes and mustard. Allow to cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.

  • After the pasta and meat are cooked Toss the meat mixture with the pasta and spread it into the prepared dish. Top with the cheddar cheese and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheesy is fully melted and the casserole is boiling in the edges. Remove from oven and Sprinkle the chopped pickles over the top and serve.

Cheeseburger Casseroleadapted from: skinny taste


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    Loved the pickles on top! I substituted ketchup for tomatoes to suit my FAMILy and would probably double the meat next time, but overall it was a hit and exactly what I needed for a last minute dinner!

    Tyrique Bradley

    Looks good i just made it


    my family loved this quick and easy recip. I hope you dotoo!

    Christine Moe

    I am making this casserole for dinner! it looks really, really good I used penne pasta because I didn’t have any other kind and I’m just now waiting for the cheese to melt!
    It it looks awesome


    Don’t you mean 1Can of 14.5 oz of tomatoes = 1 cup of fresh diced tomatoes. 28 oz would be twice as much. Also do you drain the canned tomatoes?


    Does any know if this can be frozen and reheated later??


      I haven’t tried freezing it but I don’t see why not!


    Just made this as A nostAlgia item frim childhood. Omg its good. The recipe is perfect. I did sub out about 5 TBSP OF KETCHUP FOR TOMATO PASTE. It was fine.


    If you’re making this for a friend, and they won’t be eating it right after it’s made, what is recommended for reheating? And would they keep it in the refrigerator or freezer side ?


    you’re good to go.


    Would this freeze well?

    Sarah Lankford

    Sounds good. The 2 cups of pasta (6 oz ) should that be 16 oz?


    I really want to try this – it looks so good, although I have to ask. Do the onions really need cooking for 45 minutes? XD


      Oh no! It’s not 45 minutes. You need to cook them for 4-5 minutes. I must have forgotten the dash. Will fix that now, thanks for pointing it out Laila! 🙂


    I love the cheesiness of this casserole!! 🙂 I bet it tastes amazing!

    Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    Awww … this looks amazingly oozy and tasty. Love the idea of adding the pickles to make it taste even more cheeseburger-y. You are making me hungry!


    This is like a wayyyy better version of the hamburger helper my mom always made us eat as kids!! haha It looks delicious!

    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I am so hungry right now. This is FABULOUS!


    Comfort food to the max! Hamburger helper needs to step down now that this casserole is in town!

      Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

      haha yes sir! homemade from scratch is always better and more comforting especially when it comes to family style meals.


    This looks amazing Layla, perfect comfort food.


    Hearty-mighty-delicious! This one will feed many.

    Christine @ Cooking with Cakes

    oh my god that CHEESE. I seriously just floated to heaven


      You know how much I love cheese! 😀