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Hamburger Casserole

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You'll love how easy this hamburger casserole is to make! Baked with noodles, ground beef, seasonings, cheese and vegetables, this recipe goes together in minutes.
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  1. HAMBURGER CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS HAMBURGER CASSEROLE RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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Hamburger casserole is one-dish comfort food at its finest. Noodles are mixed with ground beef and vegetables and then topped with with cheese and baked to bubbly perfection (love this combo – try our baked mac and cheese, too!). Since it doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare, this hearty casserole recipe is perfect for a quick meal on busy nights.

Need more easy dinner recipes full of simple ingredients? This chili recipe is a favorite, as is Grandma’s classic goulash. We also love crockpot mac and cheese for an easy meal.

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HAMBURGER CASSEROLE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 4 cups dry egg noodles, cooked
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 14-ounce can diced Italian style tomatoes
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ¼ cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • Salt and black pepper

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PEAS AND CARROTS: If you don’t enjoy peas and carrots, you could add more corn and bell peppers as a substitute. 

MEAT: Any type of ground meat such as ground chicken, ground turkey, or even sausage would work in this great recipe in place of the hamburger meat.

CHEESE: A sharp cheddar cheese is delicious but you could either replace it or add more of a different type of cheese. Try mozzarella cheese or an Italian cheese blend. You could even add a bit of cream cheese or sour cream to the beef mixture to increase the creaminess.

SPICE: To kick up the heat a notch, add a dash of red pepper flakes to the mixture.

PASTA: Any bite-size pasta would be a great choice in this recipe. Try pasta shells, penne, or rotini.

SAUCE: Any type of spaghetti sauce would work for this recipe. Choose either plain or one with spice and extra veggies.

HOW TO MAKE THIS HAMBURGER CASSEROLE RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This recipe can be assembled ahead of time the night before and popped in the oven when you are ready to bake it.

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. 

STEP TWO: In a large pot, prepare four cups of dry egg noodles to al dente according to package directions, then set aside once cooked.

PRO TIP:

To test your pasta for al dente, take a bite of the pasta a minute or two before the package instructions indicate it should be done. When you bite into it, and your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.

STEP THREE: Next, in a large skillet, cook the ground beef until it is almost done, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go.

PRO TIP:

Ground beef can be cooked ahead of time in larger batches and frozen until you need it. Add the ground beef where indicated and continue the recipe as written.

STEP FOUR: Add the onion and green pepper to the skillet and cook for about four minutes, then add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook for one minute more.

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STEP FIVE: Pour the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into the skillet and cook together for a few minutes, stirring frequently.

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STEP SIX: Put the egg noodles in the bottom of the greased baking dish, then pour the meat mixture on top. Add in the peas, carrots, corn, and half of the cheese. Mix everything together thoroughly.

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STEP SEVEN: Top with remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes in the oven, until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.

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HOW TO SERVE

Serve this delicious meal warm, garnished with fresh parsley if desired. It goes great alongside our cheesy pull-apart bread and a side Caesar salad.

STORAGE


IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of this comforting meal in the fridge for up to three days.

IN THE FREEZER: To freeze this ground beef casserole recipe, just be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container. To serve, you’ll want to thaw and then pop in the oven at 375°F to warm through.

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I love how quick and simple this hamburger casserole is to make. Everything comes together in a snap in one dish and is ready after a few minutes baking in the oven. The end result is rich, cheesy comfort food that is perfect for busy weeknights that the whole family will love.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I prepare this casserole ahead of time?

This easy hamburger casserole recipe can be prepared ahead of time and stored in the fridge covered in aluminum foil until you are ready to bake it.

Can I use different meat in this recipe?

You could use ground chicken, turkey, pork or Italian sausage in place of the ground beef in this recipe.

Could I make this recipe vegetarian?

You could replace the ground beef with black beans for a vegetarian version of this recipe.

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Hamburger Casserole

5 from 88 votes
You'll love how easy this hamburger casserole is to make! Baked with noodles, ground beef, seasonings, cheese and vegetables, this recipe goes together in minutes.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups dry egg noodles cooked
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 8 -ounce can tomato sauce
  • 14 -ounce can diced Italian style tomatoes
  • ½ cup frozen peas and carrots
  • ¼ cup frozen corn
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese divided
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions
 

  • Prepare egg noodles according to directions and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until it is almost done, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go.
  • Add the onion and green pepper to the skillet and cook about 4 minutes, then add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook 1 minute more.
  • Pour tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into the skillet and cook together for a few minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Put the egg noodles in the bottom of the baking dish. Pour the ground beef mixture on top. Add in the peas, carrots, corn, and half of the cheese. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  • Top with remaining cheese and bake for 25 minutes in the oven, until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through.
  • Serve warm, garnished with fresh parsley if desired.

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Notes

TIP: This recipe can be assembled ahead of time the night before and popped in the oven when you are ready to bake it.
TIP: Ground beef can be cooked ahead of time in larger batches and frozen until you need it. Add the ground beef where indicated and continue the recipe as written.
TIP: To test your pasta for al dente, take a bite of the pasta a minute or two before the package instructions indicate it should be done. When you bite into it, and your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.
 
 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 225kcal
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  1. Elysia Howard says

    I had to make some adjustments because I didn’t have all the ingredients…no pepper, used minced dried onion, no peas/carrots, I only had crushed tomatoes and a Mexican cheese blend. And STILL came out great. Whole family loved it!

  2. Maggie Kallion says

    5 stars
    Delicious!!! Loved this recipe, we could hardly stop eating it. Easy, quick and budget friendly. I’m going to try it with turkey minced meat.

  3. Tara says

    5 stars
    My whole family loves this! When finding new recipes it’s hard to find one the whole family likes! I didn’t put all ingredients in, not big enough skillet, still turned out great! Will be keeping and fixing it regularly!

    Thanks for sharing

  4. Candice Jugpal says

    Hey hopefully you’ll reply! For freezing, am I fully baking it first and then freezing, or just assembling and freezing?
    Thanks!

    • Layne Kangas says

      So what I have done is make the meat mixture and then freezing. Then I thaw it, make the egg noodles and then finish following the recipe from there — assembling and baking when I’m ready to serve. I have heard that you could make the entire dish and freeze it but I haven’t done it that way personally. Hope that helps!

  5. Shelby says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! It’s a super easy and delicious go to, especially after a long work day. My entire family loves it!

  6. MIcah Vasko says

    Well I didn’t have any egg noodles on hand so I used what I had a yummmmmmmmmy my 2 little boys loved it!😍😍

  7. Pam says

    5 stars
    Layne!!! This was delicious! I made it for dinner last night and it was a huge hit… The leftovers were just as good! I couldn’t find frozen peas and carrots combo so I used the canned. I also used two cans of diced tomatoes for a little more moisture, other than that I seasoned with Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to my taste… this is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe!!

  8. Gloria says

    This was delicious. I doubled the hamburger and the can of tomatoes. Put in extra garlic and Italian seasoning. Ans of course the best part the cheese out extra on top. Sooo good

  9. Jen says

    5 stars
    Made this tonight with breakfast sausage instead of ground beef because it was all I had and I was too lazy to go to the store. Delicious! Tastes kind of like a supreme pizza in a pan.

    • Dovie says

      5 stars
      That sounds like an excellent spin! Could add chopped pepperoni, mushrooms and leave out the peas and corn and finish with a little basil and mozzarella.

    • Layne Kangas says

      Hi, Lisa – I haven’t tried swapping out for a different type of noodle. I would prepare four cups worth of the other noodles to substitute. Enjoy!

  10. Rain says

    5 stars
    Delicious and simple. Followed the recipe the first time but since we are snowed in I’m going to substitute tonight. Macaroni and half mozzarella as well as canned peas as the only veg. I’m sure it will work just fine!
    Yum!

  11. Mira says

    5 stars
    I made this recipe yesterday in hopes to have some leftovers for today. YEAH RIGHT!! It all got eaten. It was a huge hit.
    Thank you for sharing.

  12. Tina says

    This is on regular rotation at our house! We all love it and that includes a 4 year old! He loves helping to make it as well. It comes together quickly and easily. The flavor and texture are both great with the added peas and carrots.

  13. Tina says

    5 stars
    Another one I can’t wait to try. I would make this with noodles. I think that would taste best. Thanks for all the tips. Especially the one about the peas and bell peppers.

  14. Becky adams says

    5 stars
    This casserole sound wonderful . With it having everything you need in in it , I would just bake some crusty garlic bread to go with it”. Yum,yum!

  15. Melody Bruns says

    5 stars
    I love using triple cheddar and mozzarella in this recipe and I usually have a salad with it and fresh baked yeast rolls. I do add extra garlic, because some is good…but more is better!!

  16. Cathy says

    5 stars
    I think I would add fresh mushrooms to this….love that flavor combo of the hamburger, tomatoes, and mushrooms.

  17. Sharon Mousseau says

    I love recipes like this – hamburger and tomatoes are always a go to combination for me!

    I am going to make it tonight!

  18. Sharon Mousseau says

    My favourite vegetable to add are carrots, celery, onion and mushrooms. I prefer noodles over rice.

    I am making this tonight!

  19. Jill Jones says

    This sounds delicious, I’m adding it to our menu for the week. I would serve this with a fruit salad or jello. Thanks for the recipe

  20. Lisa says

    5 stars
    to the question What do you serve with hamburger casserole? I serve asparagus and a salad with this delicious Hamburger cassarole.

  21. Rhonda Perfetti says

    5 stars
    Yes I would add some crushed red pepper flakes to the recipe to add a little zip to it. My son would add Frank’s hot sauce to it. Am making this tonight.

  22. Larry says

    5 stars
    I love Hamburger Casserole. It is good with rice but I definitely prefer it with noodles and it has to have Crushed Red Chili’s for some attitude…lol. 😁😉😎🍷💯

  23. Bill Tew says

    5 stars
    Great recipe. I add extra veggies and remove the peppers because they give the wife heartburn. It tastes great

  24. Tammy says

    5 stars
    I like mine with rice but if I happen to be in the mood for noodles I’ll use the ones that look like bow ties.

  25. Karen Moczynski says

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. Have made it quite a few times. Works equally well with noodles or rice. I have also made it with ground turkey. That turns out very well too!

  26. Kayan Eplett says

    5 stars
    This recipe was so good, I make it tonight for dinner. Yum My husband is a picky eater but he loved this recipe. Thanks now I have one recipe in my arsenal of approved recipes for my picky husband.

  27. KAREN M CARBERRY says

    5 stars
    This recipe is similar to a recipe I had many years ago. In that recipe I used potatoes instead of rice or noodles. I also placed it in my slow cooker for 6 to 7 hours. It was nice and ready when I returned home from work at he end of the day. It was delicious, unfortunately I had lost the recipe along the way. Thank you for sharing.

  28. Diana J. says

    5 stars
    My kids love this!! We are definitely team noodle (although my husband is team rice)!! Making this this weekend!!

  29. Kay says

    5 stars
    Love this! I substitute Rotel for the diced tomatoes, omit the peas and add red and green bell peppers and a bay leaf. My husband adds hot sauce to his. Ceasar salad and garlic bread. Perfect dinner!

  30. Linda Simon says

    5 stars
    Delicious recipe – due to our age – used ground turkey breast – just added my favorite RED CHILI FLAKES or if you are lucky enough – HATCH PEPPER SEASONING. Recipe was wonderful .. Also used noodles that package indicates NO YOKE noodles. There is no difference in taste.

    Recipe was and is delicious.

  31. Barb Westerfield says

    5 stars
    I made it and was delicious. Added more cheese! Served with a lettuce side salad with a reduced fat Caesar dressing.

  32. Jenny says

    5 stars
    What do you serve with hamburger casserole?
    Since the meal is filling, I like to serve this with a fresh green salad.

  33. Anne says

    5 stars
    I like this hamburger casserole with noodles rather than rice. I would serve it with a tossed salad. Yum! It is delicious!

  34. Rose M McClarin says

    5 stars
    I add pepperjack cheese and green chilies to spice it up a little – great dish always get compliments and there are never any leftovers. Great dish when I need to make a quick filling dinner.

  35. Teresa Webb says

    5 stars
    We like a simple salad with our hamburger casserole. I look forward to trying all these variations.

  36. Bonnie Murray says

    5 stars
    Printed and saved it – served with a side salad. I have been printing out alot of your recipes, thank you ,we are enjoying them

  37. Terri says

    5 stars
    This was delicious! I added more garlic and Italian seasoning and used spaghetti sauce, and broken up lasagna noodles. My son called it “lasagna salad”. 😂

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