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Hamburger Casserole

This hamburger casserole is a delicious family feast or potluck addition that everyone loves. It’s loaded with beef, cheese, BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and of course, pasta. It all comes together to create an easy dish that will satisfy even the heartiest eaters. 

I love making casseroles. They make perfect family meals for busy weeknights and great dishes to bring to potluck dinners. The recipe doubles and triples easily. Creamy cheeseburger casserole is also easy to reheat, which makes them amazing leftovers, too. If you kids, it’s even better because they and their friends can power it down for an after school snack. This particular casserole is one of my favorites because it boasts a TON of flavor, but it’s just as easy to make as any other casserole. 


Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s so flavorful and super easy to make. 
  • Ground beef and noodles are classic casserole ingredients. 
  • It makes a great family dinner or potluck dish. 
  • Everyone loves the combination of beef, cheese, and noodles. 


It only takes a handful of ingredients to make this delicious hamburger casserole. You probably have most of them in your kitchen already, and the ones you don’t have are easily found at your local grocery store. 

  • Penne pasta
  • Ground beef, or any ground meat of choice will work
  • Tomato soup
  • Mushroom soup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Garlic
  • Shredded cheese

See the recipe card at the end of the post for exact quantities to make this hamburger casserole.












Making this creamy beef casserole couldn’t be easier. It only takes a few minutes and a few simple steps, and you’ll have yourself a casserole that everyone will devour. I’ve included the highlights below. Find the full instructions in the recipe card at the end of the post. Here’s a quick glance of how to make this scrumptious meal.

  1. Cook pasta according to the package directions and drain.
  2. Cook meat in large skillet or pan.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, reserving half the shredded cheese. 
  4. Pour into a 9 x 13 baking dish, top with the remaining cheese, cover with foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray, and bake for 20 minutes. Then, remove the foil and continue baking until the cheese is browned. 

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use ground turkey, chicken, Italian sausage, veggie crumbles, or even chorizo in place of ground beef for different flavor combos. 
  • Any kind of short pasta will work if you don’t have penne
  • Add cayenne or red pepper flakes for an extra kick of heat and flavor. 
  • Diced onions work well in this recipe. Add them to the beef while browning.

If you love easy cheesy casseroles like this, then I think you’ll enjoy this simple chicken noodle casserole.


  • Measuring cup and spoons
  • Pot
  • 9×13 baking dish
  • Wooden spoon
  • Foil


Refrigerator: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Freezer: Freeze in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. 

Reheat: Place the casserole in a dish with a bit of water, cover, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until warmed through. 

Make Ahead: This casserole reheats very well, so you can make it up to a day in advance if you like. Then, pop it in the oven and heat it up when ready to serve. 


What to Serve with Hamburger Casserole

This delicious creamy beef casserole is perfect with garlic bread or classic cucumber salad. And while it’s a full meal all on its own, you can make it even more hearty with these sides and desserts. 


  • Only cook the pasta to al dente. You want it firm to stand up to baking. 
  • Mix your casserole very well to ensure all ingredients are fully incorporated. 
  • It’s important to cover the casserole with foil so the cheese doesn’t burn.


What is a casserole?

A casserole is any dish combining meat with vegetables, sauce, noodles, cheese, or a variety of these ingredients and baked in the oven. 

Who invented casserole?

No one knows exactly who invented the casserole. Most food historians believe that no one person can lay claim to it because they’ve been around for so long. The oldest written casserole recipe is one for macaroni and cheese from 1250. Historically casseroles have been an excellent way to make use of leftover foods. 

Why are my casserole noodles falling apart? 

If you overcook your noodles, they’ll be too soft to stand up to mixing and baking. You’ll end up with mush rather than nice noodles in your casserole. 

Why is my beef casserole greasy? 

It’s important to drain your beef after browning it to ensure that you don’t end up with a greasy casserole. 

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If you think this recipe sounds good, then I think you’re going to love the rest of these delicious casserole creations. 


Hamburger Casserole

This hamburger casserole is a delicious family feast or potluck addition that everyone loves. It’s loaded with beef, cheese, BBQ sauce, mushrooms, and of course, pasta. It all comes together to create an easy dish that will satisfy even the heartiest eaters. 

Course Dinner, Lunch, Potluck
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, family dinner, hamburger, hamburger casserole, potluck
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 main course servings


  • 1 LB box pasta, I used penne this time
  • 1 LB ground beef, chicken, turkey, pork, or veggie crumbles
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce of choice
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh or jarred garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh onion, this is optional
  • salt and pepper to taste, this is optional
  • 2 cups shredded cheese, I used mild cheddar for this recipe


  1. 1.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

    2. Cook and Drain Pasta according to package directions.

    3. Brown the meat in a large skillet with garlic, add salt and pepper if using. You can also toss in some diced onion, if desired.

    4. Once the meat has been browned, drain off any fat. Mix in pasta, tomato soup, mushroom soup, ketchup, and BBQ sauce and half of the shredded cheese. Gently mix to combine. Cook 2-3 minutes to combine and you may see slightly bubbling.

    5. Pour the mixture into a 9 X 13 baking dish that's been sprayed with cooking spay. Top casserole with the remaining cheese and bake covered with foil (spray the foil before covering) for 20 minutes.

     7. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-9 minutes to brown the cheese slightly. 8.Take out of oven and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then, serve and Enjoy!

    Recipe note: Nice to serve with a side salad or a green veggie.



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