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Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole

Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole is an easy and delicious one-pan meal that’s perfect for the whole family. Made with ground beef, onions, rice, and savory seasonings and topped with ooey, gooey melted cheese. It’s a surefire way to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Don’t forget to try one of our other ground beef recipes! Our Beef Noodle Casserole, Homemade Hamburger Helper, and French Onion Beef Casserole make delicious dinner recipes.

Top down view of ground beef and rice casserole with cheese.

Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

When you’re on the hunt for an easy dinner solution, one-pan meals are your go-to. Not only do they taste fantastic, but clean-up is simpler than ever!

This hamburger rice casserole is exactly that! It starts with onions and ground beef, toss in some beef broth, rice, and seasonings, then sprinkle on the cheddar cheese. Dinner accomplished!

How to Make Ground Beef and Rice Casserole:

Our hamburger and rice casserole dish is incredibly simple. Here are the instructions with the step-by-step photos.

For the full recipe, including ingredient amounts, check out the recipe card further down the page.

  1. Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of cooking oil (your choice), diced onions, and one pound of lean ground beef.
  2. Cook the ground beef until it’s no longer pink. Then drain the excess grease, and return the meat to the pan.
  3. Add the beef broth, long-grain white rice, tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, chili, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and make sure the broth covers the rice.
Top down view of ground beef and onions in a pan.
Top down view of rice, ground beef, and tomato paste.
  1. Bring the beef broth to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, and cover. Continue to cook at a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  2. After the rice reaches the desired consistency, remove the hamburger rice casserole from heat, and top it with shredded cheddar cheese.
  3. Add the lid back to the pan for about 5 minutes to allow the cheese time to melt.
  4. Enjoy warm!
Top down view of seasoned ground beef with rice in a pan.
Top down view of hamburger meat and melted cheese.

Tips for Success:

  • Use long-grain white rice, Jasmine rice, or basmati rice. Minute rice does not work well in this recipe.
  • Depending on what type of rice you use, the cook time may vary slightly.
  • Make sure to completely cook the ground beef before adding the other ingredients.
  • If you want more spice, add more chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes, or your favorite hot sauce!
  • When cooking rice in a casserole, make sure that there is enough liquid to cover all of the ingredients as well as an extra ½ cup to 1 cup of broth – this will ensure that your rice cooks properly without burning or sticking to the pan!
  • Use your favorite flavor of shredded cheese.
  • For a protein variation, try ground chicken, turkey, or pork. The seasonings may need to be adjusted slightly.
  • Know how strong the chili powder is before adding it to the ground beef. Some brands of chili powder have more heat than others, so the amount may need to be adjusted to meet your desired heat level.

How to Store Hamburger Rice Casserole:

Refrigerate: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 3 days.

Freeze: To freeze this casserole, cook it as written then cool completely. Freeze for up to 2 months.

Thaw: Place ground beef and rice casserole in the refrigerator to thaw completely before reheating.

Reheat: To reheat, microwave a single serving on half power until warmed through, or place a larger portion in a skillet over low heat.

Cheesy rice and ground beef in a black pan.

Should the rice be cooked or uncooked in ground beef and rice casserole?

The rice should be uncooked for this cheesy beef casserole. The rice simmers in the beef broth and absorbs the flavors of the other ingredients.

Can you use brown rice in this cheesy hamburger casserole?

Yes, brown rice can be used in this casserole. However, it may require a longer cooking time to ensure that the rice is fully cooked.

Additionally, you may need to add more beef broth and adjust the seasonings slightly.

Top down view of rice, ground beef and cheese in a pan.

Can you use tomato sauce instead of tomato paste in this rice and beef casserole?

Yes, you can use tomato sauce instead of tomato paste in this casserole. However, the flavor will be slightly different and the consistency may be thinner due to the extra liquid that is found in the sauce.

Generally, the rule of thumb is you’d substitute 3 tablespoons of tomato sauce for every 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. However, makes this rice and hamburger casserole liquidy and heavy in tomato flavor.

We recommend starting with less and adding more if needed.

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Top down view of hamburger rice skillet meal.

Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole

4.6 from 148 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 5 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (We used 93/7.)
  • ½ cup white onion finely chopped
  • 2 ¼ cups low-sodium beef broth
  • ½ cup long grain white rice uncooked (long grain, jasmine, or basmati)
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions 

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil, ground beef, and onions. Cook the ground beef until no pinks remain. Drain excess grease, and return to the pan.
    1 tablespoon cooking oil
    1 pound ground beef
    ½ cup white onion
  • Stir in the broth, rice, tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, cumin, oregano, and pepper. Bring the ingredients to a boil, cover, and reduce the heat to simmer. 
    2 ¼ cups low-sodium beef broth
    ½ cup long grain white rice
    ¼ cup tomato paste
    1 teaspoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon garlic powder
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
    ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
    ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Cook at a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender and cooked to the desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat, uncover, and top with shredded cheese. Return the lid and allow the residual heat to melt the cheese.
    1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • Serve warm with your favorite side dish. See the post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cup of casserole. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 420kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 576mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 662IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 3mg
Recipe Rating




TFaz66

Monday 24th of April 2023

My family now calls this “taco surprise.” We love this recipe for tacos and burritos. I double the recipe and use the leftovers for burritos for lunches. I use whatever broth I have, either beef or chicken. If I don’t have enough broth I use water to make up the different and it is still fantastic.

It is so easy for weeknight dinners and I always have the ingredients on hand.

John

Tuesday 25th of April 2023

Thank you for commenting and rating the recipe, we appreciate it! We're thrilled to hear everyone enjoys the casserole. It's awesome you use the leftovers for burritos. Thank you again for commenting and have a lovely day :)

jerilea

Sunday 5th of March 2023

This tasted good. My family enjoyed it. We all decided it would be good in a tortilla with taco toppings. Mine did not look as nice as yours, so my husband said he wasn't sure about at first.

John

Monday 6th of March 2023

Good morning Jerilea, thank you for commenting and rating the recipe card! The taco idea sounds great. Looks can be deceiving. I've tried a few meals that looked delicious, but didn't taste very good. Thanks again for sharing your experience. Have a lovely day :)

Molly

Wednesday 1st of March 2023

This was really good! I love a one-pan type meal that all the kids will gladly eat. We added a can of black beans (drained and rinsed), a can of corn (drained), and topped with crushed doritos. Will definitely be added into our rotation!

John

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Good morning Molly, thank you for commenting and rating the recipe! The beans and corn sound like awesome additions. Have a lovely day :)

Rosie

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Easy one pot meal with things you already have in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing! I added a little sugar and some Parmesan.

Kimberly

Tuesday 3rd of January 2023

Hi Rosie!

I love the addition of Parmesan cheese. Yum! Have a lovely evening! :)

Antonina

Sunday 20th of November 2022

So easy and very, very tasty!! Thank you for including measurements in the instructions...Brilliant!!

John

Monday 21st of November 2022

No problem Antonina, we're glad you enjoyed the casserole. Thank you for commenting and rating the recipe. Have a lovely day!