Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole

Cheeseburger casserole is my favorite casserole of all time. This comfort food casserole is from my grandmother, when people ask me, what is one of my favorite recipes, this one is it. Don’t miss out on this casserole, it is the perfect quick weeknight dinner.

cheeseburger casserole on a plate and in a baking dish.

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What Makes This Recipe for Cheeseburger Casserole So Good?

There are a lot of noodle casserole dishes floating around the internet, but this one stands out with its perfectly seasoned ground beef and two types of cheese.

Cheeseburger Casserole is a hearty and inexpensive crowd-pleasing meal that is easy to make and super delicious. 

What Makes This Recipe the One You Want To Try

A good casserole recipe is something you want to save and share with others. Well, casseroles don’t get much better than this Cheeseburger Casserole recipe.

This vintage dish doesn’t use shortcuts, boxes, or mixes, just real ingredients that everyone loves. Maybe that is the reason why it has been a favorite family meal for generations and a tried-and-true hit at potlucks and church suppers for decades!

Ingredients For Cheeseburger Casserole 

To prepare this cheeseburger macaroni casserole, you’ll need:

  • Macaroni
  • Lean Ground beef
  • Bacon
  • White onion, chopped
  • Tomato sauce
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic salt
  • Dried oregano
  • Mushrooms
  • Provolone cheese sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
cheeseburger casserole ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes

Use any short pasta for this recipe. Elbow macaroni noodles, cavatappi, and rotini are fun choices. 

Fresh cremini and white button mushrooms give this dish the best flavor and texture, but you can use drained canned mushroom pieces and stems instead.

You can substitute ground beef with ground turkey or chicken.

How To Make This Easy Cheeseburger Casserole Recipe

To prepare this recipe:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease or spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Boil a pot of water and prepare the macaroni as directed on the package.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, cook the ground beef in a large skillet on the stove. Drain and set the browned beef aside.
cooked ground beef in a skillet.
  1. Add the bacon and onions to the skillet and saute until softened. Drain and return them to the skillet.
cooked bacon and onions in a skillet.
  1. Return the beef to the pan with the bacon and onions.
  2. Drain the cooked macaroni well and dump it into the skillet with the meat mixture.
  3. Add the mushrooms, seasonings, tomato sauce, and other vegetables if using.
cheeseburger casserole mixture in a skillet.
  1. Simmer for 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  2. Spoon half of the pasta and beef mixture into the greased casserole or baking dish.
  3. Cover with half the cheese.
  4. Repeat with the remaining meat and pasta mixture and cheese. 
cheeseburger casserole before baking.
  1. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  2. Cool the baked casserole for five minutes before serving. 
cheeseburger casserole on a white plate.

Recipe Variations

Extra vegetables make this a more nutritious and satisfying meal. Try adding a couple of chopped carrots, a rib or two of celery, or even a variety of chopped hot and sweet peppers. Frozen peas are also a great addition. 

Make a vegetarian version using plant-based crumble and meat-free bacon.

What To Serve With a Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

You can keep it simple with a lightly dressed salad or get more creative with air-fried carrotsasparagus, or broccoli.

How To Store the Leftovers 

Let the casserole cool completely, and then transfer any leftovers to an airtight container. It will keep in the fridge for a few days or up to three months in the freezer. 

How to Reheat a Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

To reheat this casserole, cover the top of the casserole dish with aluminum foil and cook at 375°F until the casserole is hot in the middle, about 20 minutes. 

Since the casserole can quickly dry out while reheating, pouring a few tablespoons of beef broth or stock on top can help.

Make Ahead Suggestion 

Busy cooks will love this recipe because they can assemble it ahead of time and pop the unbaked casserole in the fridge for up to two days before.

Just take the casserole out of the refrigerator and put it on the counter to allow it to shake off the chill while the oven preheats. Depending on your oven, you may need to add five to 10 more minutes to the baking time. 

You can also freeze an unbaked casserole for up to three months, but you need to allow it to thaw at least overnight in the fridge before baking. 

How To Make This in a Crock Pot

You can make a similar bacon cheeseburger pasta casserole recipe in a slow cooker, but it won’t have the same crispy top, but the flavors will be the same. 

  1. Boil the pasta for about four minutes. It isn’t enough time to thoroughly cook the pasta, but it gives it a good headstart. 
  2. While the pasta is cooking, saute the bacon in a skillet and drain on a paper towel. Put the bacon in the fridge for later. 
  3. Saute the onions and mushrooms in two tablespoons of bacon fat until softened.
  4. Add the ground beef and brown. Drain the meat mixture and put it into the slow cooker. 
  5. Add the drained pasta and all remaining ingredients except the bacon to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  6. Cover and cook for three hours on HIGH. 
  7. Check the dish after two and a half hours to ensure the pasta is soft. If it isn’t, add a little beef stock. Add in the cooked crumbled bacon. 
  8. Stir and cook for the remaining 30 minutes. 
  9. Set the slow cooker to WARM until serving. 
overhead view of cheeseburger casserole in a baking dish and on a plate.

Favorite Dinner Casserole Recipes

Check out more of my easy and tasty casserole recipes and favorite family recipes on CopyKat!

This recipe is by Ethel Eynard. Jefferson City, Mo. 1967.

cheeseburger casserole on a plate and in a baking dish.

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Cheeseburger Casserole

Hands down my favorite, this cheeseburger casserole recipe was from my grandmother. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Casserole Recipes, Cheeseburger Casserole
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 499kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces macaroni
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 pound diced bacon
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 4 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 cup provolone cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • Cook the macaroni according to the package directions.
  • Brown ground beef, drain and set aside.
  • Brown bacon, and add onion. Drain.
  • Mix in beef, sauce, seasoning, mushrooms and cooked macaroni. Simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour 1/2 of the mixture in a large greased casserole dish.
  • Cover with 1/2 of the cheeses.
  • Add remaining macaroni mixture and add the rest of the cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 375 degrees.

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Nutrition

Calories: 499kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 1246mg | Potassium: 567mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 261mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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