Today: Get My No Fail, Easy Cookbook Series for 60% OFF
Buy Now

 Hamburger Rice Casserole (Ground Beef Rice Casserole)

Pin RecipeReview Recipe
close up shot of Hamburger Rice Casserole with a piece taken out
Our hamburger rice casserole combines seasoned beef, tender rice, and melted cheese to create the ultimate hearty comfort food.
Jump to Recipe
Table of Contents
  1. Hamburger And Rice Casserole Ingredients
  2. Ground Beef Rice Casserole Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make Hamburger And Rice Casserole
  4. How To Serve Hamburger Rice Casserole
  5. Storing Leftover Beef Rice Casserole
  6. Why We Love This Recipe
  7. Hamburger Rice Casserole FAQ
  8. More Recipes You’ll Love
  9. JUMP TO RECIPE
  10. Even More Recipes You’ll Love

This hamburger rice casserole will be your new favorite comfort food. With the savory flavors of ground beef and cheese combined with the comforting aromas of rice and onions, this dish is hearty, filling, and delicious.

close up shot of Hamburger Rice Casserole with a piece taken out

Hamburger And Rice Casserole Ingredients

Hamburger Rice Casserole raw ingredients that are labeled
Don't want to lose this recipe? Get it emailed to you directly! Enter your email below. Plus you'll get a free e-cookbook and amazing recipes sent to you daily.

This dish is a mouth-watering blend of seasoned ground beef, tender rice, and melted cheese, all baked together into one deliciously satisfying creamy casserole.

You can’t help but savor every bite as the flavors come together to create a comforting, home-cooked meal that is both filling and delicious.

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound of lean ground beef (I used a 90-10% blend)
  • 1 packet (from a 2.2-ounce box) of Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix
  • 2 (10.5-ounce) cans of cream of mushroom soup
  • 4-ounce can of sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • ¾ cup of whole milk
  • ¾ cup of sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 2 cups of Minute Rice white rice
  • 8-ounce block of Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 1½ tablespoons of fresh parsley, chopped (optional garnish)

Ground Beef Rice Casserole Substitutions And Additions

BROTH: If you use low-sodium beef broth in this easy recipe, you will want to check your mixture for taste before baking.

You may need to add a little more salt and pepper to taste.

MUSHROOMS: If your family does not like the large pieces of mushrooms that are added to this casserole, you can certainly omit them.

You can also roughly chop them so the pieces are not so big and can be hidden from picky eaters but still add their delicious flavor.

CHEESE: Colby jack cheese is excellent for topping casseroles as it melts beautifully and tastes great.

You can substitute cheddar jack, Monterey jack, or just cheddar cheese in this delicious dish. They will all taste good.

RICE: Be sure to use a true Minute Rice (white or brown) for this cheesy casserole recipe.

Standard long-grain rice or a boil-in-bag version will not yield the same results.

Minute Rice has been par-boiled, which is why you can add it straight from the box into the liquids of the casserole mix.

Standard rice would need to be cooked before adding it to your casserole filling, and it would also alter the amounts of liquids used in the recipe. 

How To Make Hamburger And Rice Casserole

Once the ground beef has been browned, the ingredients all come together in a bowl before being spread in the casserole dish and baked until warm and bubbling.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can cook a large batch of ground beef ahead of time and store it in one-pound portions in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw the cooked ground beef in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 hours before using it in quick weeknight meal preparations like this hamburger casserole with rice.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

STEP TWO: In a medium skillet on medium-high heat, brown ground beef for five to seven minutes or until no pink remains.

Drain off the excess fat that was rendered from cooking.

STEP THREE: Add the browned and drained ground beef, a packet of beefy onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, beef broth, whole milk, sour cream, salt, and black pepper to a large bowl.

Stir to combine.

Hamburger Rice Casserole ingredients mixed in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Stir in the minute rice and spread the ground beef mixture into the prepared baking dish.

rice and beef mixture stirred in a baking dish

STEP FIVE: Top the hamburger rice casserole with the shredded Colby jack cheese.

shredded cheese topped on top of the casserole

STEP SIX: Tightly cover the casserole dish with a large piece of aluminum foil.

PRO TIP:

To keep your cheese from sticking to the aluminum foil while your casserole bakes, lightly spray the aluminum foil (the side facing the cheese) with nonstick cooking spray before covering your baking dish. 

STEP SEVEN: Bake for 45 minutes.

Uncover the hamburger rice casserole and place it under the broiler for two to three minutes or just until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly.

Be sure to keep a close eye on the cheese so that it doesn’t burn while under the broiler.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested cook time approaches.

Hamburger Rice Casserole baked in a baking dish

STEP EIGHT: Allow the hamburger rice casserole to cool for five minutes before garnishing it with fresh chopped parsley and serving.

garnish casserole with parsley

How To Serve Hamburger Rice Casserole

This delicious cheesy rice and beef casserole will make an easy and hearty meal on busy weeknights.

Serve it along with a fresh tomato cucumber salad or sauteed vegetables and dinner rolls

If you’re looking for something a little heartier, creamy mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes will definitely hit the spot.

We have plenty more easy casserole recipes for you to try. Our beef and noodle casserole and cabbage roll casserole are two of our favorites.

Storing Leftover Beef Rice Casserole

Whether you plan to make it ahead for busy weeknights or have extra portions to save, we’ve got you covered with these storage tips.

MAKE AHEAD: If you’d like to get a jumpstart on your meal prep, you can assemble this casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it unbaked.

Simply follow the recipe instructions up to the point of baking. Cover the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to enjoy it, remove it from the fridge, uncover it, and bake it according to the original recipe instructions.

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftovers of this cheesy ground beef casserole in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days. 

IN THE FREEZER: I do not suggest freezing this casserole as the minute rice will start to absorb all the liquids in the recipe as soon as it is mixed in. 

REHEATING: Reheating your hamburger rice casserole is easy, and you have several options:

  • OVEN: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the casserole in an oven-safe dish, and bake for about 20-30 minutes or until it’s heated through.
  • MICROWAVE: For a quick fix, microwave individual servings on a microwave-safe plate for one to two minutes or until warmed to your liking. Be sure to cover it with a microwave-safe lid or microwave-safe plastic wrap to retain moisture.

Why We Love This Recipe

ULTIMATE COMFORT FOOD: This casserole is the epitome of comfort food, combining the familiar flavors of ground beef, rice, and cheese into a hearty and satisfying dish.

EASY AND CONVENIENT: With simple ingredients and straightforward instructions, this recipe is a breeze to make, making it a go-to option for busy weeknights.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY: Using affordable ingredients like ground beef and rice, this casserole is not only delicious but also budget-friendly.

overhead shot of Hamburger Rice Casserole on a plate

If you are looking for an easy dinner, look no further than this flavorful meal. Loaded with all the comfort food classics, including rice, beef, creamy soup, and cheese, you can’t go wrong with this tasty hamburger rice casserole.

Hamburger Rice Casserole FAQ

Should I add cooked or uncooked rice to the hamburger and rice casserole?

The rice should be added to the casserole uncooked. Since it is Minute Rice, it will cook perfectly while the casserole is baking.

Can I freeze this casserole?

We don’t recommend freezing this ground beef rice casserole as the rice will absorb too much liquid and not have the same texture once thawed.

Can I use different meat in this recipe?

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

More Recipes You’ll Love

Get Recipes on Pinterest

get recipes on pinterest
get digital lazy cookbooks
Get a Free Cookbook
Subscribe now to receive our FREE Sweet & Treats digital cookbook with 15 amazing desserts inside!
close up shot of Hamburger Rice Casserole with a piece taken out

Beef Rice Casserole

5 from 4 votes
Our hamburger rice casserole combines seasoned beef, tender rice, and melted cheese to create the ultimate hearty comfort food.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, I used a 90-10% blend
  • 2.2 ounces Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix,
  • 21 ounces cream of mushroom soup
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups Minute Rice white rice
  • 8 ounces Colby jack cheese, shredded
  • tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium skillet on medium-high heat, brown the lean ground beef for 5 to 7 minutes or until no pink remains. Drain off the excess fat that was rendered from cooking.
  • To a large mixing bowl, add the browned and drained lean ground beef, packet of beefy onion soup mix, cream of mushroom soup, sliced mushrooms, beef broth, whole milk, sour cream, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the minute rice and spread the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Top the hamburger rice casserole with the shredded Colby jack cheese.
  • Tightly cover the casserole dish with a large piece of aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover the hamburger rice casserole and place it under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or just until the cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. Be sure to keep a close eye on the cheese so that it doesn’t burn while under the broiler.
  • Allow the hamburger rice casserole to cool for 5 minutes before garnishing with fresh chopped parsley and serving.

Video

Notes

  • You can cook a large batch of ground beef ahead of time and store it in one-pound portions in the freezer for up to two months. Thaw the cooked ground beef in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 hours before using it in quick weeknight meal preparations like this hamburger casserole with rice.
  • To keep your cheese from sticking to the aluminum foil while your casserole bakes, lightly spray the aluminum foil (the side facing the cheese) with nonstick cooking spray before covering your baking dish.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to keep a close eye on your casserole as the suggested cook time approaches.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1750mg | Potassium: 580mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 518IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 3mg
Have You Tried This Recipe?Follow me on Pinterest @spaceshipslb

Get Recipes on Facebook

get recipes on facebook

Even More Recipes You’ll Love

Casserole Recipes

Beef Recipes

Proudly Prepared by the Spaceships Kitchen

This recipe was developed, tested, cooked and photographed by the Spaceships Kitchen. From our dinner table to yours, we hope you think it's out of this world!

You May Also Like

get digital lazy cookbooks

Reader Interactions

Comments

    Leave a Comment

    Recipe Rating




    Comments

  1. April says

    I haven’t given a rating yet because I haven’t made it yet, I was wondering if there is another substitute for the cream of mushroom soup before I tried making it. I myself and everyone in my family dislike mushrooms very much so what can I use besides cream of mushroom soup??
    The picture posted looks very yummy and I would really like to make it but without the mushroom soup if possible.

  2. Kimberly says

    5 stars
    This is so awesome!! The flavor is amazing and it is soo easy!! I used a mixed shredded cheese, when I ate left overs I topped it with cheddar cheese slices and it was phenomenal!!

  3. Amy Kelley says

    5 stars
    This is a super easy recipe that you can throw in the oven and have leftovers the next day. Tastes great and the whole famiy loved it. Served this with some cornbread

  4. Kris says

    Recently discovered you. And I’m really liking the recipes!

    I also haven’t made this but I want to! When it says minute rice is that like the name brand Minute Rice or can you use Uncle Bens?

  5. Ashley says

    5 stars
    Wonderful meal and great flavors. Such a cheap hearty meal, I will add a side of broccoli or brussel sprouts next time. You won’t regret making this meal. Fed our family of 5(2 adults a 3 kids) tonight with just enough leftovers for the hubby for work tomorrow.

16108

Free Membership!

Get all our new recipes straight to

your inbox plus a BONUS

download in your first email! ❤