Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

March 8, 2022 17 Comments

This cheeseburger casserole is a super affordable and delicious crowd pleaser.

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

From the recipe collection of Tara Ippolito

I’m not sure that I’ve posted a dinner thats as easy to make and more delicious then this cheeseburger casserole. There also aren’t many ingredients and they’re all very affordable.

The whole dinner itself took me less then $20 to make. Cheeseburger casserole hits all marks. It’s inexpensive, easy to put together and absolutely delicious.

My family devoured this one in no time. It’s kinda hard not to like cheeseburger casserole. It’s meaty, cheesy and fully carb loaded. Sometimes we all need a little comfort food in our lives.

It feels so good so share a big bowl of hot bubbling deliciousness that we can all enjoy.

You may be checking this recipe out and thinking that cheeseburger casserole is a lot like hamburger helper. I think that’s spot on actually!

Those were awesome to eat when I was a kid in the 80’s/ 90’s. Now that we’re all grown up this version is even better because homemade always is.

It’s just as simple to make as that boxed stuff, too.

If you have to make dinner on a budget or please a picky crowd, this cheeseburger casserole is the one for you. it’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy.

So say hello to your new favorite week day dinner and let’s get into making it!

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Budget Breakdown

I had mentioned that this cheeseburger casserole was under $20 to make. To feed 6 people for that price is a deal if you ask me. I just want to break down the cost so you can see where the money went. Maybe you can find a way to make it even more affordable. With the price of groceries these days, saving money is more important then ever.

  • 1 Pound Ground Beef- $6.25
  • 2 Cans Soup- $1.89 each
  • Shredded Cheese -$5.00
  • Box of Pasta – $.88
  • TOTAL: $15.91

I didn’t take into count the seasonings and a tiny bit of Worcestershire sauce. I’m assuming you probably already have that stuff. If you don’t just add on an extra buck or two and we’re still under budget.

The most expensive ingredient in this recipe is the beef. Some people can get really great deals on their meat. Unfortunately for me in New Jersey our prices are incredibly high right now. If I could have saved there in anyway I would have and encourage you to do the same.

easy cheeseburger casserole recipe video:

Budget Breakdown

Whats the difference between tomato soup and tomato sauce?

Now this is something we have to talk about quickly.

Some of you are probably wondering why not just use tomato sauce here. I did that for a very specific reason and that was to stay away from turning this into an Italian dish.

I feel like adding sauce would have made this more of a bolognese sauce and less of a cheeseburger casserole.

The tomato soup was as close to a ketchup flavor as I could get without actually using ketchup. Tomato sauce would have absolutely worked so feel free to give that a try if you’d like.

The only real difference between tomato sauce and tomato soup is seasoning and extra ingredients.

Tomato soup is way more basic and scaled back then tomato sauce is.

For me and this particular dish the tomato soup was the right choice.

Pasta Variations

You don’t have to use shells in this recipe if you’d rather someone else. I would recommend something that would soak up and hold all this meaty sauce really well though.

Here are a few alternative choices if the shells aren’t your thing.

  • Macaroni
  • Ziti
  • Penne
  • Fusilli
  • Gemelli

Most importantly anything in a tube would work. I’d just avoid any flat pasta shapes like spaghetti or linguine.

Cheeseburger Deluxe Casserole

Sometimes less is more when it comes to incredible flavor combinations. I feel like that’s the case here but if you’d like to kick this casserole up a little bit here are some suggestions on what to add to make it a cheeseburger deluxe casserole .

  • Cooked and crumbled bacon. I have a great method for making bacon, too.
  • Sautéed onions
  • Relish/ chopped pickles
  • Shredded lettuce as a topping

Really anything that you like on a traditional cheeseburger would be great here. Get creative, if all works!


  • Ground Beef
  • Tomato Soup Cans
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Water
  • Medium Sized Shells
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese


1. First, brown the ground beef.

2. Next, drain the fat.

3. Now season the beef with the salt, pepper and onion powder.

4. Then add the Worcestershire sauce and stir it into the beef.

5. Now the tomato soup cans.

6. Then stir them into the beef and let them cook together for 5 minutes

7. Next, add the shredded cheese and water.

8. Stir everything together until the cheese melts.

9. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and add the cooked shells

10. Now add the sauce and mix it in.

11. Top the casserole with cheese and cover in tin foil.

12. Finally bake the casserole until golden bubbly.

13. Lastly, dried parsley as a garnish and serve

If you liked this affordable dinner, you’d probably also really like my fettuccine Alfredo and 3 ingredient blueberry cobbler.

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole

This easy cheeseburger casserole is meaty, cheesy and absolutely delicious.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheeseburger, cheeseburger casserole, cheeseburger casserole recipe, easy casserole recipe
Servings: 6
Cost: 20


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 10.7 oz cans Campbell's tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 pound medium size pasta shells


  • In a large skillet add the ground beef and onion. Brown the beef and drain any extra fat.
  • Season the beef with salt, pepper and onion powder. Add the Worcestershire sauce and stir everything together.
  • Add the two cans of soup and stir it into the beef until its evenly coated. Let this simmer for about 5 minutes
  • Add the water and half of the cheese. Stir to combine and simmer this for another 5 minutes
  • spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray and add the cooked shells
  • pour the sauce on top of the shells and gently mix it all together.
  • top with the rest of the cheese and bake covered at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  • let it cook slightly before serving. I sprinkled some dried parsley on top for just a little color but that's totally optional.

If you tried this recipe, please leave me a comment here and let me know how it was. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you so much!

Tara Ippolito

About Al Dente Diva

Tara Ippolito is a self taught home cook from New Jersey and cookbook author of Fast, Simple, Delicious. Better known as “T” across social media, she makes easy to follow recipes using familiar ingredients. T uses her Tik Tok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest channels to share recipes and cooking tips for everyday people. Her motivation to share with her followers is simple. To inspire people to cook and become more comfortable in the kitchen.

As a wife and busy mother of two little boys she she’s always cooking fast family friendly meals. Sharing her kitchen with others that want to learn is a true passion of hers. As her social media platforms continue to grow she is committed to delivering consistently delicious content to her followers.

Al Dente Diva

Hello there! My name is T & I’m a home cook from New Jersey. I love to share easy to make recipes, cooking tips & kitchen hacks with people who love to cook like I do. My recipes are all easy to follow & use ingredients most people are familiar with. Being a busy stay at home mother of two, I have to cook delicious budget friendly meals that are fast to make. I hope you find something helpful here. Thanks for coming by.

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  • Anonymous March 10, 2022 at 1:01 am

    This looks so good. And its awesome how affordable it is for how much you get

    • Al Dente Diva March 10, 2022 at 1:04 am

      Thank you!! Everyone at my house really enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous March 20, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was amazing! I swapped ground beef for ground turkey because it’s what my family prefers but followed everything else. I will make this again and would recommend it to others!

    • Al Dente Diva March 20, 2022 at 3:06 am

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you swapped the meat out and made it your own. Thanks for trying it and letting me know how it was.

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  • Mary Fakatoumafi April 21, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Made this tonight. Super simple, delicious and affordable! My family of 8 loved it! Thanks again for sharing!

    • Al Dente Diva April 21, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much for trying it out and the nice feedback! So glad you enjoyed it

  • Anonymous May 12, 2022 at 12:14 am

    My kids (16,14,11) and my husband absolutely LOVE this recipe! I have made it a few times now and still a hit! Love your recipes ☺️

    • Al Dente Diva May 12, 2022 at 11:44 am

      That makes me so happy. Thanks so much for giving it a try

  • Abi May 13, 2022 at 12:13 am

    Tried this tonight, the whole family loved it and had heaping seconds. And my four little ones are so picky, especially about casseroles!

    I had pickles as a topping, but my husband also did hot sauce. So many options to kept it fresh! Thank you so much for such a yummy thrifty recipe.

    • Al Dente Diva May 14, 2022 at 10:00 pm

      I’m so happy to read this comment. Thanks so much for giving it a try. I love the pickles!

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  • Anon March 28, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    This is so good. It’s now a family favorite. The first time I tried this I used turkey burger, not having any hamburger. My family loved it. About a month later they asked me to make it again. This time I really had to make substitutions because I was running out of all my staples. The substitutions ended up taking a really good food and taking it next level for my family.

    I have a large family, so I have to double the recipe. I only had 1 pound of hamburger, so I used that and found some breakfast sausage for the other pound of meat needed. Any sausage works here. For the tomato soup, I only had 1 can. Upon searching for anything I could use to substitute the second can needed, I decided upon a can of nacho cheese. Oh my goodness! It’s a bit spicy, but not a lot, and so cheesy! My family asks for this every week now.

    What I’ve found is this recipe is great as is, but it’s so easy to personalize it. Thank you!

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