One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

This Cheeseburger Casserole is comfort at it's best and is prepared in a single pot on the stove top! It's cheesy, meaty, and a delicious homemade version of Hamburger Helper!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Cheeseburger Casserole, Homemade Hamburger Helper
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5
Calories 811 kcal
Author Stephanie


  • 3 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese at room temp. Separated.
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef 85% lean
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 (16 oz.) box elbow macaroni *uncooked*
  • ¾ cup sour cream at room temp
  • ½ cup whole milk at room temp
  • Chopped Parsley to garnish
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  1. Toss the shredded cheese with 1 Tablespoon of flour and set aside. It must be at room temperature when added to the pasta later.
  2. Season the ground beef with desired amount of salt and pepper.
  3. In a large pot over medium heat, cook and crumble the ground beef along with the onions. Note: A Dutch oven or large high-walled skillet works best.
  4. Add the minced garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  5. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the tomato paste and stir until well-combined.
  6. Add the beef broth and the uncooked macaroni, stir to combine.

  7. Cover the pot and heat for 4 minutes. Uncover, stir briefly, replace the cover, and heat for 4 more minutes.
  8. Stir in the room temperature sour cream and half of the milk. Only add the other half if desired.
  9. Reduce the heat to low.
  10. Gradually sprinkle in 2 ½ cups of the shredded cheddar, stirring as you do so.
  11. Once the cheese is melted and you have a uniform consistency, top with the remaining cheese.
  12. Replace the lid and heat for an additional 2-3 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
  13. Top with parsley and serve!

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Recipe Notes


Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Casserole


Nutrition Facts
One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 811 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 28g175%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 1390mg60%
Potassium 671mg19%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 44g88%
Vitamin A 1145IU23%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 683mg68%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.