One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

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This easy One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole is the ultimate comfort food! Best of all, it comes together in one pot, on the stove top, in 30 minutes or less. 

Cheeseburger Casserole combines the tasty elements of classic comfort food with the convenience of modern stove-top one-pot meals.

Once the meat is browned and drained, the noodles go uncooked right into the pot along with enough sauce ingredients to bring the whole dish together. Garnish with fun burger toppings like tomatoes, onions, and pickles for a delicious and satisfying meal the whole family will love.

Cheeseburger casserole in teal Dutch oven.

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How to Make Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

Start with two pounds of ground beef and brown in a Dutch oven or stock pot. I like to add onion to the beef while it cooks and save some raw onion for garnishing at the end.

Drain the beef and onion if you want to. There is a lot of flavor in the fat, but everyone has their own tolerance to the greasiness of food.

Cheeseburger casserole in a teal Dutch oven.

Next, stir in the sauce ingredients, water, and pasta. Cover and cook until the pasta is cooked through, about 13 minutes.

Finally, choose your favorite burger toppings to garnish this casserole! Along with an extra layer of melted cheese on top, I love Cheeseburger Casserole with pickles, onions, and tomatoes.

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This easy One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole is the ultimate comfort food! Best of all, it comes together in one pot, on the stove top, in 30 minutes or less. 

One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

This easy One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole is the ultimate comfort food! Best of all, it comes together in one pot, on the stove top, in 30 minutes or less. 
Author: Meggan Hill
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 12 servings ( 1½ cup each)
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 423


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes undrained
  • 4 cups chicken broth or water
  • 1 pound rotini pasta or other small pasta
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespooon mustard yellow or dijon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 Roma tomato diced, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup pickles diced, for garnish


  • In a Dutch oven or stockpot over medium high heat, add ground beef and onion and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, breaking up any clumps with a wooden spoon. Drain well if desired.
  • Stir in tomatoes and juice, broth or water, pasta, tomato sauce, ketchup, and mustard. Bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and top with cheese. Cover until cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Garnish with tomatoes and pickles, if desired.


Calories: 423kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 23gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 556mgPotassium: 417mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 271IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 168mgIron: 2mg
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  1. For those who want to make this with gluten-free pasta, cook it al dente first then add it.  Or stir it in before adding the cheese.  If you add uncooked gf pasta to what amounts to a slow cooker environment you will have a casserole with one pound of wallpaper paste in it. It CAN NOT be rescued. Don’t ask me how I know this.  Lol. PS. This was experienced on a different recipe, not this one. 5 stars

    1. Dave, you’re just the best. I’m going to add this information to the recipe! And all the other ones where you’ve told me the same but I’m a slacker. :D XOXO