Skillet Hamburger Mac and Cheese

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Hamburger Mac and Cheese is the Ultimate Comfort Food Casserole, a hearty casserole that brings families together.

This easy hamburger casserole recipe perfect for weeknights combines the delicious flavors of seasoned ground beef with the creamy, cheesy goodness of macaroni pasta.

It’s not just a family dinner essential; it’s a kid-friendly masterpiece that will make any parent a hero at the dinner table!

This go-to dinner recipe checks all the boxes: it’s a kid-friendly, budget meal with the mouthwatering fusion of beefaroni style and skillet cheeseburger macaroni and cheese recipes.

Perfect for families with kids who love pasta, this 30-minute meal is an easy weeknight dinner idea that’s sure to become one of your go-to dinner recipes.

Let’s dive into what makes this cheesy macaroni casserole a must-try.

Close-up of Hamburger Mac and Cheese, showcasing its cheesy sauce and ground beef in a cast iron skillet.

Why This Hamburger Mac and Cheese is a Must-Try

  • Hearty Casserole: Filling and satisfying, it can easily be a standalone dish or a part of a bigger feast.
  • Family Dinner: This is a family dinner staple that kids and adults alike will rave about.
  • Budget Meal: Affordable ingredients without sacrificing flavor—a win-win for families.
  • One Pot Meal: Minimal cleanup needed with this one-pot wonder.
  • Kid-Friendly: For families with kids who love pasta, this dish is a surefire hit.
  • 30-Minute Meal: A quick, go-to dinner recipe for busy weeknights.
Close-up shot of cheesy macaroni casserole with ground beef, perfect for an easy weeknight dinner idea.

Hamburger Mac and Cheese Ingredients: A Closer Look

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

  • Macaroni Noodles: The base of this hearty casserole, providing texture and substance.
  • Lean Ground Beef: Adds a savory depth that complements the cheesy sauce.
  • Yellow Onions: Infuses a mild sweetness into the beefy goodness.
  • Heavy Cream & Condensed Cheddar Soup: Together, they create the luxurious, cheesy sauce that makes this dish irresistible.
  • Spices: A blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder for that perfectly seasoned bite.
  • Cheese Blend: Shredded mozzarella and cheddar offer a double-whammy of cheesy delight.
Overhead view of Hamburger Mac and Cheese skillet, highlighting the melty mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend.

How to Make Hamburger Mac and Cheese: Step-by-Step Instructions

Preparation:

  • Boil a pot of water and cook 16 oz of macaroni noodles as per package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Brown the Beef:

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 lb of lean ground beef and 1 cup of diced yellow onions.
  • Season with 1 tablespoon of garlic powder and 1 tablespoon of onion powder. Cook until the beef is browned and onions are translucent.

Create the Cheesy Sauce:

  • In the same skillet, add 2 cups of heavy cream, 10.5 oz of condensed cheddar soup, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  • Stir and cook until the sauce thickens.

Combine:

  • Add the cooked macaroni to the skillet and mix well.
  • Sprinkle 3 cups of shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend over the top.
  • Mix and stir until cheese is completely melted.
Close-up of Hamburger Mac and Cheese, showcasing its cheesy sauce and ground beef.

Variations and Customizations

Gluten-Free: Swap out regular macaroni for a gluten-free alternative.

Healthier Version: Use reduced-fat cheese and low-sodium condensed soup.

Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet: Add diced tomatoes and lettuce before serving to give it a cheeseburger twist.

Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet: Want to mix things up? Add some diced pickles and tomatoes.

Individual serving of hamburger mac and cheese in a white bowl.

Storage and Reheating

Storage: Store in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

Freezing: Wrap well and freeze for up to 2 months.

Reheating: Thaw overnight in the fridge, then bake at 350°F until warmed through.

A Few Tips

  • Serve with a side salad, for some healthy contrast.
  • For extra crunch, sprinkle over crumbled bacon or potato chips.
  • This dish is perfect for lunch boxes—just make sure it’s fully cooled before packing away.
  • Leftovers can be used in a burrito or taco wrap for an easy grab and go meal!
Creamy Hamburger Mac and Cheese served in a white casserole dish.

FAQs

Can I add vegetables to this casserole?

Absolutely! Bell peppers or peas would be great additions. You can also add diced tomatoes and lettuce if you want to give it a cheeseburger twist.

Can I substitute the ground beef for something else?

Yes, you can use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef. Alternatively, you can omit the meat entirely and make this dish vegetarian-friendly.

What if I don’t have cheddar soup?

You can use a homemade cheese sauce made with flour, butter, milk, and shredded cheddar.

Can I use a cheese other than mozzarella and cheddar?

Feel free to experiment with gouda or pepper jack for a different flavor profile.

How can I make a healthier version of this casserole?

Replace heavy cream with a lighter cream and choose low-sodium condensed cheddar soup.

Is this recipe suitable for meal prep?

Yes, it’s one of those perfect easy weeknight dinner ideas that also serves well for meal prep.

How do I make hamburger helper creamier?

To make your homemade hamburger helper creamier, you can add extra heavy cream or even a dollop of sour cream. Cream cheese also works well and adds richness. Make sure to stir well to fully incorporate the added creamy ingredients.

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Creamy Hamburger Mac and Cheese served in a white casserole dish.
Yield: 8 servings

Skillet Hamburger Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Hamburger Mac and Cheese is the ultimate in hearty casseroles, blending the comforting richness of cheesy macaroni casserole with the satisfying depth of ground beef.

This easy hamburger casserole recipe perfect for weeknights is kid-friendly and serves as a budget meal that families will adore. It's like homemade hamburger helper but better!

Ingredients

  • 16 oz macaroni noodles
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced yellow onions
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10.5 oz condensed cheddar soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Boil 16 oz macaroni noodles according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, sauté 1 cup diced yellow onions until translucent.
  3. Add 1 lb lean ground beef to the skillet. Season with 1 tablespoon onion powder and 1 tablespoon garlic powder. Cook until browned.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 cups heavy cream, 10.5 oz condensed cheddar soup, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  5. In the same skillet, combine the cooked macaroni, browned beef mixture, and creamy mixture.
  6. Top with 3 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend and cook for few more minutes.
  7. Serve and enjoy your easy weeknight dinner!

Notes

  • Serve with a side salad, for some healthy contrast.
  • For extra crunch, sprinkle over crumbled bacon or potato chips.
  • This dish is perfect for lunch boxes—just make sure it's fully cooled before packing away.
  • Leftovers can be used in a burrito or taco wrap for an easy grab and go meal!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 592Total Fat 39gSaturated Fat 22gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 150mgSodium 611mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 2gSugar 4gProtein 32g

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