Prep time: 8 mins | Cook time: 22 mins | Total time: 30 mins | Servings: 5

This pleasing homemade version of the infamous Hamburger Helper is the best comfort food made in one pot made on the stovetop. Super cheesy, meaty, and scrumptious!

One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole is family-friendly and a perfect freezer meal that you can easily throw together with just simple ingredients.


3 ½ c. shredded cheddar cheese, at room temp. Separated.

1 pound Ground Beef, 85% lean

Salt/Pepper, to taste

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp tomato paste

4 c. beef broth

1 (16 ounces) box elbow macaroni, uncooked

¾ c. sour cream, at room temp

½ c. whole milk, at room temp

Chopped Parsley, to garnish

How to make One-Pot Cheeseburger Casserole

Step 1: Set the shredded cheese aside at room temperature.

Step 2: With salt and pepper, season the ground beef.

Step 3: Cook the ground beef with the onions in a large pot over medium heat. Crumble the beef it cooks. Once done, drain the excess grease.

Step 4: To the pot, add the minced garlic and cook for a minute more.

Step 5: Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste until completely mixed.

Step 6: Pour in the beef broth followed by the uncooked macaroni. Stir and bring to a gentle simmer on medium or medium-low heat.

Step 7: Heat the mixture for about 4 minutes, covered. Remove the cover, briefly stir, cover again, and heat for another 4 minutes.

Step 8: Adjust the heat to low.

Step 9: Add to the pot the sour cream and half of the milk. You can also add the second half of the milk if you like.

Step 10: Slowly sprinkle the 2 ½ cups of the shredded cheddar, stirring until combined.

Step 11: Top with the rest of the cheese once the sprinkled cheese has melted with uniform consistency.

Step 12: Heat for 2 to 3 minutes more, covered, until the cheese has melted.

Step 13: Before serving, garnish with parsley. Enjoy!


For a creamier consistency, whole milk is recommended for this recipe. Or you can lower fat milk if desired.

Make-Ahead Cheeseburger Casserole:

Prep everything as directed above. Cook the pasta for 7 minutes instead of 8 minutes, covered.

Do steps 1 to 9 and stop at step 10 before adding the rest of the cheese.

Allow the casserole to cool before you top it with cheese.

Place in the fridge for up to 2 days. When ready to serve, pop in a 350 degrees oven and bake for about 15 minutes, covered.

Uncover and cook for 10 minutes more.

Garnish with parsley and serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1390mg | Potassium: 671mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 4.1mg | Calcium: 683mg | Iron: 3.6mg