Cheeseburgers are one of those foods that makes a regular appearance on our dinner table – especially during grilling season! But let’s be honest…once the temperatures start to drop, it’s hard to find the motivation to stand out in the cold in front of the grill. Our solution became a cheeseburger casserole! We have to admit, it’s a lot more hearty than a plain old burger. With a little prep work and a little patience while cooking, you’ll have a delicious meal in about an hour. We highly recommend getting creative with your toppings. Pick from our suggestions, or create something entirely your own!
Choose your favorite topping
One of the best parts about our easy cheeseburger casserole is that you can really experiment with the toppings. We’re onion lovers, which is why we load up on onions. If you like pickles, feel free to double the amount we suggest! Examples of some other toppings you can use:
- fried mushrooms
- fresh tomatoes
- Onion rings
- avocado slices
- Banana Pepper
Get creative and make this cheeseburger casserole just the way you want it! We recommend adding these extra toppings after the melted cheese layer comes out of the oven for best results.
Our favorite is 90/10 lean ground beef. You can also replace it with any of the following:
- ground turkey
- Plant-Based Meat Alternatives
Use your favorite pasta:
One of the most important parts of any good casserole is the pasta! We use rotini ourselves, but you can use whatever you like best. Here are some other interesting options to choose from:
- Elbow Macaroni
- Bow Tie Pasta
do i have to use bread?
We love the extra touch of using cubed burgers on top of the rest of our cheeseburger casserole. That said, if you want to make this recipe a little lighter, you can leave out the bread or even use whole wheat bread. Again, this recipe is very versatile and you can definitely play with the ingredients all you want!
Can Cheeseburger Casserole Be Made in a Slow Cooker?
You might be wondering if you can load up your slow cooker and make this recipe in your crockpot. While we’re also big fans of set it and forget it cooking, unfortunately, you can’t make this recipe in your slow cooker. Bread and cheese need to be browned, which is why it must be baked in the oven. The good news is that while you can’t cook this dish in a crockpot, it’s actually a one-pot meal. And, if you prepare it on the stovetop in an oven-safe cast iron skillet, it can!