Cheeseburger Casserole by Paula Deen


 Do you love a good casserole? Have you tried this Cheeseburger Casserole by Paula Deen? Oh my gosh, so good! I refrained from eating it before I photographed it, but if I had known how good it was, I would have never been able to wait! Apparently, many of you out there already know about it, it’s been “pinned” a bazillion times (that is too a real number!), according to the original recipe, found here on Bobby Deen also made a skinny version, here. I combined the two for my own version because there were things I liked about both recipes.

Paula’s recipe: hamburger, Worcestershire, oregano, diced tomatoes, sharp cheddar

Bobby’s recipe: 95%  lean ground beef, Dijon mustard, garlic, low sodium diced tomatoes, low-fat cheddar

Di’s version: 97% lean beef, Worcestershire, garlic, 2% sharp cheddar, fresh tomatoes for topping

Cheeseburger Casserole by Paula Deen



Cheeseburger Casserole Inspired by Paula Deen
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Recipe type: Main dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 oz pasta, I used wide egg noodles
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 28 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups 2% sharp cheddar
  • ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes, for topping, if desired
  • sour cream, for serving, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large frying pan, cook ground beef until browned. Add in chopped onions and garlic, continue stirring until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, canned tomatoes with the juice included. Simmer about 15 minutes to allow some of the juice to be absorbed.
  4. While the meat is simmering, cook pasta, in a large pot, according to package directions. Make sure not to overcook, as the casserole will be cooked in the oven.
  5. Drain pasta. Add the meat mixture to the noodles. Pour into casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake approximately 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  6. Let casserole cool slightly, add fresh tomatoes and serve with sour cream on the side.


I’m not sure this reminded me of a cheeseburger, as Paula’s website states, however, it was really delicious. Definitely a keeper recipe. Maybe it would taste more like a burger cooked as Bobby suggests with mustard and topped with pickles. Or perhaps try my sister’s idea; top with crispy bacon strips before adding the cheese. Hello, bacon cheeseburger!

Hope you like this recipe. Drop me a comment anytime…I always respond:) Thank you for stopping by, Di

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  • Reeni February 17, 2013, 7:29 pm

    Your cheeseburger casserole looks mighty delicious! Egg noodles are one of the most comforting forms of pasta ever. Love this!
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    • admin February 19, 2013, 8:01 am

      Hi Reeni, Thank you so much for the compliments:)

  • Amy of while wearing heels February 17, 2013, 8:55 pm

    I love the addition of the fresh tomatoes. That looks great. What a hearty meal for a cold night…and we’ve had plenty of cold nights!
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    • admin February 19, 2013, 8:00 am

      Hi Amy, Thanks so much! Yes the tomatoes really made the dish pop:)

  • Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker February 19, 2013, 7:22 am

    Oh yum, that looks fantastic!
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    • admin February 19, 2013, 7:59 am

      Hi Melissa, Thanks! And thanks for stopping by:)

  • Monica August 13, 2013, 8:00 am

    I also modified Paula’s version. To make it more like a cheeseburger I mixed in crispy tator tots instead of the Pasta. It’s a new family favorite!

    • admin August 13, 2013, 8:32 am

      Oh my gosh, Monica, that sounds brilliant! I’m definitely trying that. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment:) Di

  • jennifer March 6, 2014, 4:48 pm

    This came out so good! I added red & green peppers and used ground turkey, stirred a little parmesan in with the meat. YUM! Thanks!

    • admin March 6, 2014, 9:01 pm

      Wow Jennifer! That sounds really good! I’m going to have to try your version:) Thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it:) Di

  • Julie June 20, 2014, 4:46 pm

    I am gonna try this…it looks great !!

    • admin June 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Thanks Julie!

  • roseroberson June 22, 2014, 5:46 pm

    the cheeseburgercasserole keepv the good work up.

    • admin June 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

      Thank you Rose:)

  • Char August 12, 2014, 11:08 am

    Have you tried to freeze this recipe? I like to make meals in advance since I have a large family, so making extra and freezing really helps on time. I know when I make lasagna I don’t even cook the noodles, I just add a little extra liquid to the sauce.

    • admin August 14, 2014, 11:49 am

      Hi Char, thanks so much for taking the time to comment:)
      I haven’t tried freezing this but am planning on making it again soon, so I will try freezing and see what happens:) Thanks so much for your thoughts:) Di


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