Cheeseburger casserole is a hearty pasta filled with beef in a cheesy burger inspired sauce.

This is an easy filling entrée that the whole family will love. It can be made ahead of time and reheats well.cheeseburger casserole in a bowl

 

Ingredients for Cheeseburger Casserole

PASTA: Rotini has the shape and texture to hold the sauce, but any medium pasta works. Try farfalle, penne or mostaccioli.

BEEF: All good cheeseburgers start with ground beef! I prefer an 80/20 as the little bit of fat adds flavor to the meat.

ingredients assembled to make cheeseburger casserole

SAUCE: This is an easy cheesy sauce that just needs to be stirred together (no boiling or roux required).

In addition to a great cheesy flavor, a bit of Worcestershire sauce and BBQ sauce bump up the beefy flavor.

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Variations

  • Going low carb or keto? Swap out the pasta for roasted cauliflower or cauliflower rice (and swap out the bbq sauce for a low carb version).
  • If you have leftover hamburgers, chop them up and use them in place of ground beef.
  • As for the seasoning, feel free to mix it up with some variety and add some red pepper flakes, or change the soup base and use cream of mushroom or French onion soup.

How to Make Cheeseburger Casserole

No need to fry up individual burgers because with this easy casserole, everyone’s dinner gets cooked at the same time!

  1. Boil pasta al dente & drain.
  2. Brown onion & ground beef, add seasoning (per recipe below).
  3. Combine sauce ingredients, pasta, and beef in a 9×13 pan.
  4. Top with cheese, sesame seeds, bacon, & BBQ sauce.
  5. Bake until bubbly.

Top the casserole with your fave burger toppings including pickles, onions, and tomatoes.

spoon scooping cheeseburger casserole

Storing

Cheeseburger casserole will keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about 4 days. For best results, reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop and scoop it into a wrap for a grab-and-go lunch or pile on top of salad greens for an energizing lunch.

This casserole can be frozen, you can find more info on reheating and freezing casseroles here.

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Cheeseburger Casserole

Creamy cheeseburger casserole is a hearty, filling pasta dish made with all your favorite burger toppings!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • 3 cups rotini pasta 8 ounces
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ onion diced
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 10 ¾ ounces condensed cheese soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded & divided
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce + 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 14 ounces petite diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 teaspoon steak spice
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons bacon bits

Instructions 

  • Heat oven to 425°F.
  • Cook pasta al dente according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, brown onion in the ground beef until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in seasoned salt.
  • In a large bowl combine pasta, beef mixture, soup, milk, 2 cups cheese, mustard, Worcestershire, ¼ cup BBQ sauce, diced tomatoes, & steak spice.
  • Spread into a 9x13 casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, sesame seeds, bacon bits, and drizzle with remaining BBQ sauce.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

Rotini can be substituted with any medium pasta.
Leftover hamburger or cheeseburger patties can be used in place of ground beef. Chop the patties in bite sized pieces.
Add your favorite toppings or add ins to this recipe. Favorite additions include:
 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 422 | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 707mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 773IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 394mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beef, Casserole, Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American

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  1. In the instructions part of the recipe, you need to state that you combine the ground beef & onion mix in with the pasta soup, milk, cheese, etc. mix. I had printed just the recipe and instructions, and there was no explanation as to what to do with the ground beef mix.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out, Barbara! We add the beef & onions with the pasta in step 4 before spreading into the casserole dish.

  2. So very good! My husband had not one, not two but three helpings. Thanks for giving us old timers some new recipes to try. And they are good, too.5 stars

    1. Hi Sue, we haven’t tried freezing this casserole but I think it should turn out okay. The noodles may be a little softer when reheating so be sure to cook them al dente when preparing the casserole. We would love to hear how it turns out for you!

  3. This one really surprised me. I usually don’t care for noodle casseroles but I love this one! I was planning to make something else but ran short of time. I had gotten an email for your recipe so I thought I’d try it. I had almost all the ingredients (I substituted ground turkey for ground beef) and it was easy to put together. I knew my husband would love it but it surprised me that I loved it! I will be making it again for sure! Thanks for posting it!5 stars

  4. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for ALL of the wonderful recipes you post. Your emails are the first to pop up in my folder each morning, and they always bring a smile to my face ~ because I know something wonderful is inside.

    Thanks for the smiles, and thank you for sharing your delicious recipes! :)5 stars

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and for following along, you’ve made my day! So glad you’re enjoying the recipes Diana!