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This Cheeseburger Casserole is a great family-friendly meal that will fill tummies and make your kitchen smell great.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

There comes a time every year about this time where there is no sun in my kitchen. Mid-October is when the Fall season starts to fail me and mock me and leave me with zero natural light.

This was the week that that happened, so I was forced to use the light in my kitchen and be left with some not so stellar yellow photos.

But I guess since I’m talking about it, step-by-step yellowish pictures are better than zero pictures, so you’re welcome?!

Also, I did incorporate a cheeseburger into a casserole, sooooo that’s awesome.

This is the kind of recipe that floats around the internets all the time. So much so that I saw it on Pinterest and thought “ya know, I bet that’s sort of good” so I made it and indeed realized that it is good {and even better when you double up on the cheese…not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.}


Anyways, this is a great family-friendly meal that will fill tummies and make your kitchen smell great. A perfect Fall-weather recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s how to make it:

Adding Tomatoes to Ground Beef Mixture

Cooking ground beef

Start by browning some ground beef in a little olive oil over medium heat.

Ground beef

Once it’s browned, add in some onions and garlic. Yum yum!

Adding canned tomatoes

Once the onions are tender, add in a 28 oz. can of tomatoes. I used whole tomatoes that I broke apart with my spatula. Using just a can of diced tomatoes would be the easier option. But, at the end of the day, tomatoes are tomatoes. Use what you have!

Cooked shell pasta

You should also be cooking some pasta too. I neglected to mention that at the beginning. Oops.



I’d also like to point out that I added some spices and ketchup to the sauce to give it a *leetle* more cheeseburger flavor. All of these are optional. Use what you have on hand. This recipe is really versatile ๐Ÿ™‚

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

Stir in your pasta to the sauce to coat and dump into a 9×13 baking dish.

Top with cheese

Add in some cheese and bake!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

After about 10 minutes, you’ll have a lovely, cheesy, delicious casserole!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

Hello lovely!

Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole

A super-delicious family-friendly meal in about 30 minutes. Yum!!

Here’s the printable below. Enjoy, friends!

5 from 3 votes

Cheeseburger Casserole

This Cheeseburger Casserole is a great family-friendly meal that will fill tummies and make your kitchen smell great.
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 lb short cut pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef 90/10
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 28 oz can san marzano tomatoes or diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated colby jack cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Bring large pot of water to boil. Start cooking pasta.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Break apart meat and continue cooking until browned.
  • Add in onion and garlic and continue cooking 3 minutes or until onions are tender.
  • Stir in tomatoes and break apart to create a sauce. Measure and stir in ketchup, mustard, dill, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Simmer 5 minutes.
  • Drain pasta and stir into sauce to coat. Pour into 9x13 casserole dish. Stir in half of the grated cheese and top with remaining. Bake 10 minutes in hot oven, then remove and serve immediately.


**All seasonings are optional. Add in what you have on hand or what you think your family would like! I added these particular seasonings in because it's what I had on hand! This is delicious made lots of different ways.


Calories: 762kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 678mg | Potassium: 902mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 906IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 384mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger Casserole

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15 Responses
  1. Erin @ Simple, Sweet & Savory

    This looks so rich and cheesy and amazing. And it looks like the perfect weeknight meal! I can’t wait to try is. I know my family would love it. Pinning!

  2. Pat

    Looks great, except We just can’t do “blobby” tomatoes, I’d add tomato sauce ,and italian spices.. or tomato paste ..we just don’t like the chunks of tomatoes but not everyone is picky as we are! and red or orange peppers may be nice as well.. Thanks Lauren!

  3. The Nicols

    We just made this. It was delicious. I used a bit more cheese (layered American to stick with the cheese burger theme) Yum!

  4. Karen B

    Made this for dinner the day you posted it. BIG hit!! And of course, I added much more cheese than called for-LOL! Thanks for a new family fave!

  5. Debby

    Thanks for this recipe. I’ve been trying for awhile now to get the right combinations and amounts and it hasn’t worked. Your recipe for cheeseburger macaroni looks like my answer. I cook at the Salvation Army Senior Center in Portland, Oregon and I like to make them happy.

  6. Roxie

    How do I make this recipe using uncooked pasta? Would love to eliminate that one step–just like hamburger helper…

  7. Samantha Ann

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! My toddler is a very picky eater and I can hide so many good things in here and it quick to make on our busy nights and also freezes well for a dump meal when we are to busy to cook

  8. Lori S.

    5 stars
    My hubby likes cheeseburger macaroni skillet dinners but I think this casserole was much better. I did use tomato sauce instead of the ketchup and liked the milder flavor. Used small shell pasta that I cooked until almost tender so it wouldnt get to soft and sticky when baking. Great tasting comfort food! Made and reviewed for the What’s On The Menu recipe tag game.

  9. Katie L.

    5 stars
    I made a vegan version of this for my family tonight (pea protein crumbles for the hamburger and vegan cheddar shreds for the Colby jack). It was a huge hit – no leftovers! This will definitely make another appearance in our house.