Cheeseburger Casserole

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Cheeseburger Casserole is filled with all of your favorite cheeseburger ingredients. Instead of a bun, it’s served in a hot cheesy pasta meal!
Loaded with onion, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and topped with pickles, you will love at how similar this Cheeseburger Casserole tastes compared to the real thing!
Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole being served with a spoon.

Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole

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Cheeseburger Casserole has two main components that make their way into our family dinners on a weekly basis – ground beef and pasta. I grew up on those two main ingredients. As much as I like to branch out and be creative in the kitchen, I always end up serving at least one meal who’s main ingredient is ground beef or pasta every single week. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit!
This easy cheeseburger casserole checked all of the right boxes. Quick and easy to make? Yes. Was I able to sneak in some vegetables that my kids couldn’t pick out? Yep! Did the meal turn out hot and delicious? Oh yes.

What ground beef is best for casseroles?

I prefer lean ground beef when making casseroles. In fact, I stock my freezer with the leanest beef you can find which is from pasture raised grass fed cows.
The reason I recommend using a lean ground beef when making a casserole is because a fatty ground beef will create grease which will pool on the top of your casserole. When you add three cups of shredded cheese like I did in this recipe, you don’t need any additional fat from the meat.
I recommend saving the fattier portions of ground beef for a juicy burger that gets cooked on the grill. That way any excess fat will melt away and not end up on your plate.
Cheeseburger Casserole served on a white plate with a dill pickle garnish.

Tips for making the best Cheeseburger Casserole with pasta:

  • Be sure to heavily salt the water when cooking pasta. A good rule of thumb is at least 1 tablespoon per pound of pasta. This will infuse flavor into the pasta so that less salt is needed at the end.
  • Since the pasta will continue cooking once combined with the ground beef and sauce, you want to ensure that you under cook the pasta when you boil it in the water.
  • Be sure to cook the ground beef until it’s perfectly browned and crumbly. This will also perfectly cook the onion and mushroom while blending all of the flavors together.
  • Freshly grated cheese always tastes better than the stuff you’ll find in the bag, but pre-shredded is convenient and saves on time.

Should you make Cheeseburger Casserole with pickles?

Yes! You will find a lot of recipes out there that tell you to use relish. I do not recommend using relish because it is incredibly sweet. Besides, relish is for hot dogs, not cheeseburgers!

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I decided to add the pickles at the very end when I served up the cheeseburger casserole instead of incorporating them into the recipe. I did this for two reasons.

  • First, I didn’t want the pickles to get soggy by cooking them. I like my pickles to have some bite to them.
  • Second, people’s love of pickles can vary. If you serve them as an “extra” to the meal, they can eat as many or as few as they like.

Have you ever made your own homemade pickles? If not, you’ll need to stock up on some fresh pickling cucumbers this summer and make a big batch of easy refrigerator dill pickles. You’ll never want store bought again!

Cheeseburger Casserole being served.
Cheeseburger casserole with pasta is a quick and easy dinner.
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4 from 1 vote
Servings: 4 servings
Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
Author: Krissy Allori
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheeseburger Casserole
Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole is filled with all of your favorite cheeseburger ingredients; onion, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, cheese, and topped with pickles!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pasta Fusilli recommended
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms diced
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups swiss cheese shredded
  • sliced kosher dill pickles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta al dente, about a minute less than the recommended cooking time. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or dutch oven, cook the ground beef, onion, and mushrooms over medium high heat until the meat is browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine beef broth, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and corn starch. Mix well to ensure mixture is smooth.
  4. Once meat mixture is fully cooked, add beef broth mixture and stir to combine. Heat over medium heat until the mixture bubbles. this should only take a couple minutes.
  5. Toss in the cooked pasta and gently stir to combine.
  6. Reduce heat to low, top with shredded cheese, and cover until cheese is melted. Alternatively, casserole can be made ahead by covering and refrigerating without the cheese. Then, when ready to serve, allow casserole to warm to room temperature, add cheese, cover, and heat in 300 degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  7. Top with sliced pickles and serve hot!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 774

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

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Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole is loaded with your favorite cheeseburger ingredients like ground beef, onion, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, cheese and pickles. Replacing the bun with cheesy pasta creates a fun twist on this traditional favorite! #centslessmeals #casserole #groundbeef #cheeseburger #pasta #weeknightmeal #easyrecipe
Cheeseburger Pasta Casserole is loaded with your favorite cheeseburger ingredients like ground beef, onion, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, cheese and pickles. Replacing the bun with cheesy pasta creates a fun twist on this traditional favorite! #centslessmeals #casserole #groundbeef #cheeseburger #pasta #weeknightmeal #easyrecipe

Krissy Allori

Krissy is married to the Leftover King, has two food-loving kids, and lives on a 10 acre farm with 5 goats, 22 chickens, and one barn cat named Barn Cat. Krissy left a life in the suburbs and a career in the high tech industry that spanned almost two decades to devote all of her time and energy to her family, recipe creation, photography, and eating. You can find hundreds of delicious recipes on her blog, Self Proclaimed Foodie, and you can read about her farming adventures and mishaps on her new, more personal blog, Ten Acre Baker.

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