This hearty and delicious Hamburger Casserole recipe is simple to make and uses common ingredients that you likely already have on hand. It’s sure to be a family favorite!
Everyone is looking for that easy, cheesy, family favorite recipe! Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? Chances are you’ve got all the ingredients on hand to make this really simple and very delicious casserole. All you need is ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, tomato soup, corn, spices, macaroni noodles, and cheese! Throw it all together in your favorite 9 x 13 inch baking dish and in no time flat your family will be completely satisfied with what will be their new favorite dinner!
This is one of those simple dishes that you throw together on nights you don’t really feel like making anything. It’s easy and delicious and can be paired with bread and a salad. I’m not generally into making casserole, but this is one of those recipes you’ll want to make again and again. It’s perfect for the whole family! If you’re looking for other delicious hamburger recipes, stick around and check out my Fiesta Taco Pie, Taco Soup, or The Pampered Chef Taco Ring! All are sure to please the entire family!
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This Hamburger Casserole is one of those recipes that everyone can relate to! It's comforting, it's cozy, and it's made with ingredients that you probably already have on hand!
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1 can tomato soup
- 1 can whole kernel corn drained
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 1/2 c. macaroni noodles cooked and drained
- Grated cheddar cheese enough to cover casserole
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cook macaroni noodles according to directions on package.
Brown ground beef and onion. Add chili powder and salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the cream soups and corn together, add to cooked hamburger. Add macaroni, mix well.
Put in 9x13 baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes. Cover with grated cheese for the last 15 minutes. Enjoy!
It was delicious thank you
Thanks for the recipe. It is in the oven. I made an entire pound of pasta and caught just before adding everything so saved some but used well over the asked amount. Used green beans instead of corn and eyeballed the mushroom soup I added as I only had a large family sized can on hand. This is going to be delicious! I know because I licked the spoon 😂.
No chili powder or onions in the house so I used a little Cayenne, “everything but the eloti” seasoning. Zesty garlic seasoning and onion powder.
Just wanted to share my twist incase people want ideas.
Thank you kindly again.
We love this recipe! We add a little shredded cheddar in the mix and also on top! Best addition though is the French fried onions on top!! Great recipe Yvonne!
This was horrible with no flavor. Waste of time trying something so simple.
Yvonne, thank you so much for this recipe. I didn’t have any corn, so l used green beans. My family really enjoyed it.
Been using an adapted version of this recipe for a few years now. It’s perfect for lazy nights, and so delicious! It’s a great base recipe that can be made with slight changes to match your tastes. Thank you very much for posting :)
I’m wondering if I can make this work with sharp cheddar KD. Also some chunky homefries. I don’t have very much beef on hand .
This was yummy! We tweaked it a bit and it was loved!
My whole family did not like this at all. We had to add a different kind of sauce to this just to tolerate the flavor. We will not be making this one again. Everything was done exactly as the recipe stated. Sorry 🤷♀️
My mom called this goop!!! No chili powder is the only difference!!$
Sounds like you don’t know how to cook.
It’s pretty sad that you had to make a long comment about how much you didn’t like it..you need to maybe take some yoga classes or meditation to lighten your attitude up..if you don’t like it don’t eat it and keep your negativity with your negative family..you had to make a comment that is rude and uncalled for..the part where you said sorry with the shrug emoji..really?? 🤷♀️🤔
It’s too bad you think it’s ok to attack Michelle for stating her honest opinion. Not everyone likes everything. You don’t get to tell people what they can and can’t say. And to suggest that she needs yoga or meditation to correct her negativity? Who do you think you are and what’s wrong with YOU that you find someone else’s opinion so offensive.
The chili powder made it much to spicy… couldn’t eat a spoonful without downing a glass of water! I usually like spicy food…. think the recipe calling for 2 teas. chili powder must be incorrect.
2 teaspoons of chili powder isn’t much too make it that spicy.
did you maybe use cayenne pepper instead of regular chili powder? that’s such a small amount that I can’t imagine anyone thinking it’s too spicy.
Omit cream of mushroom so what other soup can I use?
Cream of onion or cream of celery would probably be good.
I’ve made this twice. I didn’t feel the time in the oven improved the taste the first time, so today we ate right from the stovetop with shredded cheese on top. It’s a great quick meal to make after work.
I made this recipe and kept it as one of my faves. I added a can of black beans which I always have on hand. Gives it a little more of the mexican twist. The taco spices mentioned by others sounds great. I will give that a try next time.
Hi Judi, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! Black beans are a great addition and I love the idea of giving it a Mexican twist. This recipe is so adaptable!
Made this tonight for dinner. We felt we needed some comfort food and this sure fit the bill. I followed the recipe as written. It was easy and yummy. I served a Caesar salad to complete the meal.
What size can should I use?
That’s a great question Mary – I recommend ~10oz cans for the soups and a ~15oz can for the corn!
I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe Crystal! A salad is a great compliment to this recipe for sure!
I made this today and I omitted chili powder because my son can’t have spices. It came out delicious. I also used cheddar cheese for topping, instead of grated cheese.
This is truly 50’s comfort food, good on a chilly rainy evening. But my husband found it to be a little on the sweet side, perhaps because of the tomato soup.
The corn is what makes it sweet 🙂
Try using the frozen corn it’s not that sweet. Just a suggestion. Lol
Very good my husband had seconds.
Made a few changes. Ground turkey, tomato sauce and added a couple cloves garlic.
Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by and letting me know that you and your husband enjoyed it! This recipe is so versatile and adaptable and I love how you made it your own!
How big of a can am I supposed to be using for the soups and the corn?
I used standard (10 oz?) size cans of condensed soup. I don’t care for corn in soups and casseroles, so I left it out.
I tried this with some tweaks. I didn’t have corn. I’m not real fond of tomato soup in casseroles so I left it out. I added a cup of milk. It was mentioned in comment section to add taco seasoning. I did. Also I added garlic. I love onions, green and red peppers in my casserole. You can buy them in the freezer section at our grocery store all cut up. It’s nice because it makes it easier to throw in. Topped it off with cheddar cheese and threw it in oven.
It turned out delicious!
Great question Bee! ~10oz cans for the soups and a ~15oz can for the corn works great!
We double the recipe and ALL my boys love it! Even my picky 4 year old who barely eats anything! I walked my 16 year old who has Autism through making it one time and now when we have it on the menu he prepares it for us. We follow the recipe exactly and think it’s great!
I added onion and garlic and diced raw potato to my hamburger. Cooked and drained. Added mushrooms, corn, cream of mushroom with roasted garlic soup, tomato soup, and Italian seasoning. I topped with mixed cheddar cheese and baked 40 minutes at 350 in a 9×13 pan. I will definitely need to double or triple this next time as my kids plowed through it like they were starving!! This will be a keeper for sure!! Thanks!!
I make this for my kids they love it I also add mushrooms and onions, garlic and other seasoning i omit the chili
Kara, I absolutely love mushrooms and that sounds delicious!
You’re making my mouth water Julie, that sounds delicious!! That’s awesome to hear that your kids love it so much! Thanks for letting me know!
When we try a recipe, we follow it, and then make any adjustments if we make it again. How can you pass judgment on a recipe when you change it so much that it bears no resemblance to the original?
I have made other hamburger/macaroni skillets that just use dry noodles. Cook time is usually in the 20 minute range. Do you think dry noodles will work okay in this casserole with your cook time?
Hi Will, that’s a great question. I haven’t personally tried adding uncooked/dry noodles to the rest of the mixture, but if you want to give it a try I would recommend adding about half a cup of water to the recipe, since the dry noodles will tend to absorb more of the moisture from the recipe than cooked noodles would. Let me know how it turns out if you decide to give it a try!
I was worried if I’d like it with the tomato soup added but was pleasantly surprised. Next time I may add something to make it spicier because that’s how we roll. Ty for recipe.
Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the recipe Patricia! You could even stir a bit of cayenne powder into the dish if you wanted to make it spicy. :)
Very tasty and easy to make. Husband loved it. Added a little garlic powder.
Hi BJ! I’m so happy to hear that you and your husband loved the recipe! Garlic powder is a great addition.
it’s in the oven! Thanks for the recipe :) I’m looking forward to eating it.
Wasn’t sure if it was 1.5 cups cooked noodles or 1.5. cups dry noodles which yields quite a bit more when cooked, so I split the difference! Just made this tonight, I will post when it comes out of the oven! Thanks!
How was the noodle ratio. What amount of dy noodle would you recommend cooking?
Hi Amanda! I recommend using 1.5 cups of uncooked noodles, which will yield about 3 cups of noodles once they are cooked. Hope that helps! Enjoy!
You have to love a straight out of the pantry recipe! This is a keeper and will try different variations. Great for cold weather (which can’t get here soon enough) comfort eating. Thanks Yvonne!
Straight out of the pantry is a great way to describe it, I like that! I agree about the cold weather :) I’m ready to snuggle up with a warm bowl of this Hamburger Casserole!
Yvonne, I’m just loving reading all your positive replies. You made my day. My casserole is in the oven now. I used 2lbs. ground turkey and added some cream cheese in the mixture w/grated some sharp cheddar for the top. It already smells fantastic. THANK YOU for the inspiration. 😊
What do you use if you don’t like cream of mushroom soup?🤔. A can of cheddar cheese soup?
Great question Jenny. Yes, a can of cheddar cheese soup would be a good substitute for cream of mushroom!
How about a can of cream of celery soup.
Absolutely Nancy! Virtually any creamy soup will work just fine as a substitute. This recipe is incredibly versatile!
I made a few changes. Spices while browning meat, garlic salt and pepper. Drained meat added 2 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning. Instead of tomato soup I used a can of rotel. Grated white and yellow cheddar cheese (about 1 cup each) added to meat mixture. Put in 9×13 pan then put more cheese on top covered and baked 30 minutes. Excellent
Hi Beth, thanks for sharing your delicious tweaks to the recipe! One of the things that I most love about this recipe is how versatile and easy to modify it is.
I like your changes because it was a bit bland for us. I added taco seasoning also and the rotel suggestion sounds even better.
Does it freeze well?
Hi Lise! Good question.. this recipe freezes great and holds up well for several months in the freezer. As Kathy recommended in her comment, freezing the recipe in individual serving sizes can be a great way to take the dish straight from the freezer to the microwave or stove top for reheating.
I’m making this for supper tonight and I’m wondering if I should cover while it bakes?
Good question Marina – you don’t need to cover it while it bakes.
Made this tonight with a few adjustments. I added garlic powder, coriander, oregano, crushed red pepper in small amounts and used taco seasoned shredded cheese. My family likes spice and they gobbled this up.
That’s awesome to hear that your family gobbled this dish up Kathleen! Thanks for sharing your tweaks to the recipe, those all sound like good ones.
Delicious, family loved it
Fantastic! Thanks for letting me know your family enjoyed it Niki!
can i use tomato paste instead? i cant go to the store until tomorrow.
Great question! It’s what I would like to know as well, or even tomato sauce. I have a family member that dislikes Tomato Soup.
I have cans of tomato sauce and tomato paste…but no tomato soup
Yes you can. I modified this recipe to be more “mexi” style so I also added velveeta cheese and I add rotel tomatoes too. Once you start putting it together you’ll see how easy it is. I would suggest a lil ketchup with the tomato paste to make it more condensed soup consistency but this is a seriously easy recipe to modify for your resources.
Does it freeze well?
Good question Ally! As Elise mentioned, this recipe is very easy to modify to fit whatever you have on hand, so virtually any tomato based product should work great!
By the way, your “mexi style” tweaks to the recipe sound absolutely delicious Elise! Thanks for sharing.
I just make a box of Mac and cheese and add cooked hamburger when the mac and cheese is done. Easy and good.
That sounds like a great shortcut Kathy!
I tried this recipe last night – it was delicious! I added 1 cup of sour cream to the soups/corn mixture as well as garlic and cayenne pepper. We loved it!
Do you add water to the soup
No. Just the condensed soups mixed together.
Those sound like great tweaks to the recipe Anita, I’m so happy to hear that you loved it!
Elise, thanks for answering Adeline’s question! That’s correct, the condensed soups are added to the recipe straight out of the can, without adding water.
I’m not a cook at all…..my family and friends can attest! This recipe was easy and turned out delicious! Thank you for sharing!
I’m so happy to hear that this recipe turned out so well for you Wendy! It’s great for chefs and non-chefs alike. :)
Why couldn’t you do this on the stove top?
Great question Cheryl! You absolutely could make this recipe using a stove top! It will just require a bit more attention than a crock pot, but you could certainly put all the ingredients in a large stock pot and simmer the recipe on low until it’s fully cooked. Hope that helps!
I have made this twice. I only cook the macaroni to el dente. I find this dish freezes well even with the mac in it. I freeze individual servings and then when I want some I just take it out of the freezer and straight into the microwave till hot. I check after 4 min and stir up then continue heating until completely heated through.
Hi Kathy, thanks for the great tips about freezing and reheating this dish!
Family loved it. It’s a keeper. Trying new recipes while Under quarantine.
Hi Donna, I’m so happy to hear that your family loved it! If there was ever a time for a warm, hearty meal, now is the time!
I never know when making recipes like this, if I’m supposed to add the can of water for each soup, or just use the contents of the cans…
Great question Tiff! In this recipe you are only supposed to add the contents of the can, without extra water.
Just the can of soup, no water unless the recipe tells you.
What if I wanted to do this in the crock pot? What would be the temp and time? I’m hoping to make this asap so hopefully you see this :)
Hi Jill, that’s a great question! ! I haven’t personally tried this recipe in a crockpot before so I can’t speak to how it would turn out, but I have a feeling it would turn out pretty well if you added all of the ingredients to the crock pot (including the ground beef, broken up into smaller peices), stirred everything together well, and cooked it on low for 4-6 hours, or on high for 2-3 hours. I would recommend NOT draining the can of corn, and also adding 1-3 cups of water to the crock pot so that the macaroni noodles have plenty of moisture. Please let me know how it turns out if you decide to give it a try!
I have a similar “Taste of Home” recipe that uses 2c dry macaroni, browned and drained meat, and 2c milk. Cook in a crockpot on LOW for 6 hours. It is all just stirred into the pot. I hope that helps!
Oh… and the soups and other ingredients, of course!
How much does this make? There are 7 of us in the house hold should I double it?
Hi Chloe, this recipe makes 8 servings, but depending on how hungry your family is, you may want to double it to ensure that everyone can go back for seconds!
can you freeze left over’s
Hi Susan, absolutely you can freeze left overs! This recipe freezes great and holds up well for several months in the freezer. :)
Do you put it in oven straight from freezer or thaw first?
Going to make tonite but can I freeze left over’s as will be too much for 1
I was wondering if anyone has tried this with frozen hash browns instead of noodles. If so, I’d love to hear how it turned out. We are trying the noodle version tonight.
Hi Deborah, I haven’t personally tried this recipe with frozen hash browns before, but I imagine that it would probably be pretty tasty! Please let me know how it is if you end up giving it a try.
That’s an excellent idea. I’m going to try it next time!!
You never said to drain hamburger after seasoning
Can you use tomato sauce instead of soup?
Can you use tomato sauce instead of tomato soup?
Want to try your hamburger casserole but I have just one question.
I get really sick if I eat mushrooms what can I use instead of mushroom soup?
I think any cream soup would work. Maybe onion. Cheese might be really good😋
I second Jill’s excellent suggestion! Any cream soup should work great. :)
Easy, fast, and pure comfort food. Thanks
I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe Rus, thanks for taking the time to let me know!
I made this tonight. I followed the recipe but used 2 cups of cooked noodles.
Hubby didn’t think the corn made sense but I enjoyed it!!
Was thinking you could do a Mexican spin and add a half can Rotel peppers ?! I wonder if anyone has ever tried that.
Hi Cindy, I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the recipe along with the corn! I think a Mexican spin on the recipe is a great idea and I’d love to hear about your experience if you end up trying it!
I loved this recipe it was very good
Awesome Debra, I’m so happy to hear that you love this recipe as much as I do!
My 9 year old son hates tomato sauce so I omitted the tomato soup and this dish was super yummy with just the mushroom soup! Such an easy, comfort food recipe. :)
I’m so happy to hear that you and your son loved this dish Lisa! Nice work on making the recipe your own to better jive with your son’s taste preferences. :)