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Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole

Hamburger Rice Casserole is an easy, cheesy, one-pan meal that’s made with ground beef, onions, rice, savory seasonings, and topped with plenty of melted cheese.

One pan meals are some of the quickest and easiest when you’re looking for dinner options. Not only are they tasty, but clean up is a breeze.

A couple of our favorites are Mexican Casserole with ground beef, cheese, and tortilla chips, and Taco Pasta which is exactly as it sounds, seasoned ground beef and noodles with taco toppings.

This hamburger rice casserole is similar. It starts with onions and ground beef, add in some beef broth, rice, seasonings, then top with cheddar cheese. It makes a great, easy dinner option.

Hamburger rice casserole in a skillet.
Cheesy hamburger rice casserole is an easy one pan dinner that comes together in about 45 minutes.

How to make hamburger rice casserole:

This ground beef and rice casserole is incredibly simple. Start by heating a large skillet over medium heat.

Add a tablespoon of cooking oil (your choice), some diced onions, and a pound of lean ground beef. Break up the ground beef as it cooks, so it’s in small pieces.

I like to use a meat spatula, because it easily gets along the circular edges of the pan. After the ground beef is completely cooked and no longer pink, drain the excess grease, and return the meat to the pan.

Collage style photo showing how to brown ground beef.
Hamburger rice casserole only takes a few minutes to prepare, then about 20 minutes to simmer.

Add the broth, long grain white rice, tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, chili, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, and ensure the rice is submerged in broth.

Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover. Continue to cook at a simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender.

Once the rice is cooked to the desired consistency, remove the hamburger rice casserole from heat, and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Add the lid back to the pan for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.

Serve the ground beef and rice casserole hot with a side salad or steamed vegetables.

Collage style photo showing how to make hamburger rice casserole.
Make sure not to over the casserole and dry out the rice. There needs to be a tiny bit of liquid left in the bottom of the pan.

Tips and Variations for Hamburger Rice Casserole:

  • For best results, we recommend using long grain white rice, Jasmine, or basmati rice for this recipe. This recipe is not intended for Minute Rice or brown rice.
  • Use your favorite shredded cheese. Monterey jack, pepper jack, or white cheddar would be great options.
  • 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 adjust to meet your desired heat level.
  • We used a gas stove top on low heat to simmer this recipe. The cook time on the lowest setting was about 20 minutes. An electric stove top may yield slightly different results, so keep an eye on the rice beginning at the 15 minute mark.
Cheesy rice and ground beef in a black pan.
Sharp cheddar cheese compliments the flavors of the ground beef and rice in the casserole dish.

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Don’t forget to check out our Ground Beef Rice Casserole web story!

One-pan ground beef casserole with cheese.

Cheesy Hamburger Rice Casserole

Yield: About 5 Cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Hamburger Rice Casserole is an easy, cheesy, one-pan meal that's made with ground beef, onions, rice, savory seasonings, and topped with plenty of melted cheese.


  • 1 Tablespoon Cooking Oil
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef (We used 93/7.)
  • ½ Cup White Onion, finely chopped
  • 2 ¼ Cups Beef Broth
  • ½ Cup Uncooked White Rice (long grain, jasmine, or basmati)
  • ¼ Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt, or to taste
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cumin
  • ¼ Teaspoon Oregano
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 ½ Cups Cheddar Cheese, shredded


  1. Please see information in the post/article for answers to frequently asked questions and tips.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in the rice, broth, 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. 
  4. Continue to cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until the rice is tender and cooked to the desired consistency.
  5. Remove from heat, uncover, and top with shredded cheese. Return the lid and all the residual heat to melt the cheese. Serve hot, and store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


*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.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1 Cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 476Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 939mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 37g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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Nikki Telowitz

Saturday 25th of December 2021

Can this be made without tomato Paste if I don’t have any?


Sunday 26th of December 2021

Hi Nikki!

Yes, it can. Making the casserole without tomato paste will change the flavor and consistency, but if you don't have it just skip it this time around. Happy Holidays! :)


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

Next time I will double up on the spices and rice. Also, I think 1 cup of cheese is more than enough. This recipe would be a great filling for hard or soft tacos. Will definitely make again!


Wednesday 22nd of December 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed the casserole! It would make a good taco filling. Great idea! We'll have to try that sometime. Happy Holidays! :)

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