Cheeseburger Casserole

This Cheeseburger Casserole is a great family-friendly meal that will fill tummies and make your kitchen smell great. Similar to my Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe but cheesier (yum)!

cheeseburger casserole

Cheeseburger Casserole | Cheesy + Delicious

You might have seen this kind of recipe float around the internet for some time. Well, I made this Cheeseburger Casserole recipe back in 2015 and decided it needed some updating. This recipe is a one-pan, done in 30 minutes from start to finish, type of recipe. Super similar to my Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe but cheesier and a lot better than the boxed stuff. Plus it makes for a great freezer meal, perfect for meal prep! Ok, let’s get into this.

Main Ingredients Needed

This ingredients list is long but I promise you it is so worth it! Everything comes together and in the end, you get a cheesy and tasty meal. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil – this is used to cook the ground beef and onion. It’s a healthier option than butter and has a higher smoke point.
  • Ground Beef + Onion – I used a 93/7 blend of ground beef and yellow onion, but you could just as easily use a white onion or ground turkey for a healthier choice.
  • Elbow Macaroni – you can use whatever shape of pasta you’d like (rotini or shells work great), I just kept it classic by using macaroni. Also note that your cooking time with vary based on what type of pasta you use.
  • Beef Broth – this helps cook the pasta while still providing that cheeseburger flavor.
  • Tomato Sauce – in the original recipe I used crushed tomatoes. This time around I went for a smoother sauce while still maintaining tasty flavor.
  • Milk – this also helps cook the pasta while keeping things creamy. I used low-fat but feel free to use whole.
  • Garlic Powder, Chili Powder + Ground Mustard – some seasonings to give it a classic cheeseburger taste.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – another flavoring agent, a little goes a long way! Don’t skip out on this one people.
  • Salt + Pepper – and don’t forget to season as you go, these make everything better.
  • Cheddar Cheese – you can make this as cheesy (or not) as you’d like. I highly suggest using freshly grated cheese as opposed to preshredded cheese. The preshredded stuff is usually covered in starch and doesn’t melt as nicely as the fresh stuff.
  • Half & Half – or use heavy cream. This really makes the sauce creamy and dreamy. If you’re really in a pinch you could also use sour cream, just expect a slight tang.
  • Parsley – this is a garnish and is optional.
cooked round beef in pan

How to Make Cheeseburger Casserole

For full details on how to make Cheeseburger Casserole, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Cook Ground Beef + Onions

In a skillet with deep sides, heat olive oil. Brown onions and ground beef, breaking apart as it cooks.

Add Other Ingredients

After onions are tender and ground beef is completely cooked, add in macaroni, beef broth, tomato sauce, and milk.

Add in spices, Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of salt and pepper.

Cook Pasta in Sauce

Stir well and cover. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so to help prevent sticking and scorching.

After about 12 minutes your pasta should be completely cooked through and the sauce mostly absorbed (cooking time varies on the type of pasta you use).

Add Cheese + Half & Half

Finally, stir in half & half and freshly grated cheddar cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking.

Top with parsley (optional) and serve hot.

Storing + Reheating Cheeseburger Casserole

You can store any leftover Cheeseburger Casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To reheat simply microwave until heated through. This recipe makes a total of 6 servings, so you can enjoy it all week long if you have a small family.

Freezing Instructions

You can also freeze this recipe for up to 3 months! I’d recommend storing it in one of those disposable aluminum baking dishes. Be sure to cover well with a couple of layers of plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Then when you are ready to reheat, pop that sucker into a 350 degree F oven until heated through

cheeseburger casserole with cheese

What to Serve with Cheeseburger Casserole

There are two routes you can go with side dishes for this recipe. Bread or veggies. Here are some recipes that pair well with Cheeseburger Casserole:

More Casserole Recipes to Try!

Voila! A super-delicious family-friendly meal in about 30 minutes. Yum!!!

The printable recipe card is down below. Enjoy, friends!

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This Cheeseburger Casserole is a great family-friendly meal that will fill tummies and make your kitchen smell great.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Cheeseburger Casserole
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 520kcal
Author Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef 93/7
  • 1 1/2 cups onion diced
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese or more
  • 3/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • chopped fresh parsley or chives for garnish optional

Instructions

  • In a large skillet with deep sides, heat olive oil over medium heat. Brown onions and ground beef, breaking apart as it cooks.
    cooked round beef in pan
  • After onions are tender and ground beef is completely cooked, add in macaroni, beef broth, tomato sauce and milk.
    raw macaroni and tomato sauce in pan
  • Add in spices, Worcestershire sauce and plenty of salt and pepper. Stir well and cover. Bring to boil and then reduce heat to simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so to help prevent sticking and scorching.
    beef and sauce in pan
  • After 12 minutes*, your noodles should be completely cooked through and sauce mostly absorbed.
  • Stir in half & half and grated cheddar cheese. Taste and adjust seasonings.
    cheeseburger casserole with cheese
  • Top with parsley (optional) and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 520kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 838mg | Potassium: 843mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 363IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 4mg

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Turkey Burger Recipe

This Turkey Burger Recipe will be the juiciest and most delicious burger you ever did make. One secret ingredient takes these babies over the top! Simple to make on the grill or stovetop, flavorful, and obviously super moist. Serve with homemade French Fries, Kettle Chips, or a Macaroni Salad. Yum!

Turkey Burger Recipe

Turkey Burgers: Healthy and Delicious

Believe it or not, lots of you readers are looking for a good, juicy turkey burger recipe. I love making turkey burgers because they are much lower in saturated fat than a traditional beef burger but still taste great. Not all turkey burger recipes are created equal and this one reigns supreme. Even though they can be notoriously dry, I’ve come up with a solution that keeps the burgers moist and juicy whether you’re grilling them on a BBQ or inside on a griddle.

Why are Turkey Burgers Dry?

Like I mentioned above, ground turkey is much lower in fat than ground beef, thus making a drier burger patty once its cooked. If you use a lean ground beef to make your burgers, you’ll get a similar dry result. It really all comes down to fat content. While ground turkey certainly cuts down on some calories, a lot of people don’t like turkey burgers because they are so dry. So, how can we make a moist and juicy turkey burger you ask? Here’s my secret:

My Secret Ingredient: Butter

While I use lots of relatively basic ingredients to form my turkey burger patties (ground turkey, egg, poultry seasoning, milk, etc..), the secret really is filling each burger patty with 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Yes, that’s right. Butter! It adds flavor and moisture that helps to keep the turkey burgers nice and moist without adding too much extra fat or additional calories.

Love turkey burgers? I’ve got lots of variations for you: Cheddar Ranch Turkey Burgers, Girls Night Turkey Burgers, Southwest Turkey Burgers, Greek Turkey Burgers.

How to Make Turkey Burgers

Make Turkey Burger Patties

Into a large bowl, add in lean ground turkey, milk, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, and poultry seasoning. Mix to create a uniform mixture, then divide into 4 equal portions. The milk will help the patties stay tender and moist, the egg will hold the patties together and the salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning make this turkey burger recipe delicious! The parsley is purely for looks.

Form each portion into a turkey patty. Cut cold butter into 1/2 tablespoon slices and press into each turkey burger patty. Form the meat evenly around the butter. If you don’t think your patties are firm enough, throw them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

A Note About Ground Turkey

In my experience living coast to coast, I’ve come to realize the differences in quality and excess moisture across different brands of ground turkey. Some of it is moister, some of it is drier. (In my photos, you’ll notice my formed burgers look perfectly normal because I used 99% fat free ground turkey.) Typically the leaner the turkey, the ‘drier’ it is. So, for ease, use a leaner ground turkey. Adding milk to the patty and stuffing each patty with butter will help keep your turkey burgers moist and juicy.

If you make this recipe and notice you have wet turkey meat, try decreasing the milk OR add in a few plain bread crumbs to make it easier to work with. If the mixture for the turkey burgers is still a little too sticky, do your best to form the burgers and then give them a quick freeze, especially if you’re wanting to grill these outdoors. Turkey burgers are easier to cook on an indoor griddle when they are ‘sticky’.

raw turkey patties with a slice of butter placed on top of each one

Grill Your Turkey Burgers

Preheat your desired cooking surface nonstick skillet, cast iron or electric griddle or outdoor BBQ grill. Be sure to grease well or spray the patties with nonstick cooking spray, whichever is easier. An indoor grill that has a bottom and top plate to ‘squish’ the patties to cook are not recommended (I’m looking at you George Foreman.)

How Do You Know When Turkey Burgers Are Done? How Long Does it Take to Cook a Turkey Burger?

Cook turkey patties for about 4 minutes per side, until browned. Turkey Burgers are done when they have an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Once they reach 165 degrees F, pull them from the grill. Overcooking your burgers can cause a dry patty, so be sure to get them off the grill once that internal temperature is reached. Do not cut into your turkey burgers to see if they’re fully cooked. You will lose all the butter and end up with a drier burger. Trust your thermometer. Remove from the grill and rest about 10 minutes covered with foil to rest.

Can a Turkey Burger Be Pink in the Middle?

No. Any poultry of any kind needs to be fully cooked to 165 degrees F to be safe to eat. While ground beef can be eaten rare, chicken and turkey needs to be cooked completely, all the way through. Invest in an instant read thermometer. This is the one I have that I would recommend.

raw turkey patties on a white plate

Build Your Turkey Burger

Once your turkey burgers are done resting, you can gather some toppings and build the turkey burger of your dreams! Really, the sky is the limit. I prefer the usual lettuce, tomato pickle, but here are a few other options if you’re feeling creative.

What to Put on a Turkey Burger

  • American cheese, sharp cheddar, colby jack or blue cheese. Yum!
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • thinly sliced red onions
  • dill pickle chips
  • sliced avocado
  • sautéed mushrooms
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • BBQ sauce
  • ranch dressing
  • chick-fil-a sauce
  • relish
  • bacon
  • french fried onions
  • a fried egg
close up of assembled turkey burger

How Many Calories Are in a Turkey Burger?

This Turkey Burger Recipe is 198 calories per burger patty with 8.2 grams of fat and 28.6 grams of protein. This doesn’t include the cheese, the bun or any toppings. The patty itself is very low carb and you can keep this low carb by serving on lettuce leaves instead of a burger bun and topping with just veggies, mustard and sugar free ketchup.

Freezing Turkey Patties

You can also freeze your turkey patties to keep them fresh for up to 3 months! Follow the directions up until you form the meat around the butter. After doing this freeze patties in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet (about an hour). Once frozen, transfer patties to an airtight freezer-safe container, separated by pieces of parchment paper. To use, thaw in the fridge overnight then cook as desired.

hand holding turkey burger with a bite taken out of it

What to Serve with Turkey Burgers

Like any other burger recipe, there are side dish staples to serve with it. I’ve picked out a few of my own recipes that you can make alongside this juicy and tasty recipe.

Turkey Burger Recipe

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The Best Turkey Burger Recipe

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This Turkey Burger Recipe will be the juiciest, most delicious burger you ever did make. One secret ingredient takes these over the top!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword juicy turkey burger, turkey burger, turkey burger recipe, turkey burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 434kcal
Author Lauren Brennan

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey 93/7 or 99% fat-free
  • 1 large egg
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • any other burger toppings: pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc as desired
  • 4 soft sesame burger buns

Instructions

  • Place turkey into a large bowl with egg, salt, pepper, parsley, poultry seasoning and milk. Stir to combine. {Mixture may seem a little wet, but once it starts cooking, the egg will help hold it’s shape together.}
  • Preheat indoor griddle to medium-medium high heat.
  • Divide meat into 4 even patties. Cut butter into skinny half tablespoon pats. Press butter into the center of each patty forming the meat around it.
  • Spray griddle pan with nonstick cooking spray and place each burger down onto the griddle. Cook about 4 minutes per side or until browned and completely cooked. Feel free to melt cheese on top of each burger. {Place cheese onto cooked side of the burger and cover with a large pot lid or foil for 1 minute to melt cheese.}
  • Remove burgers and place onto buns. Top with any desired toppings and condiments and serve.

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Nutrition

Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 338mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 3.1mg

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