Hamburger Rice Casserole

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This looks like something my kids would actually eat. I like that it uses common ingredients, too. It would be perfect for a weeknight dinner.

It’s a regular weeknight. You’re craving comfort food. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but you really want something that’s stick-to-your-ribs good. Something that reminds you of your childhood. It would also be nice if there was no complaining about dinner and the kids actually loved it.

Such a meal does exist!

I’ve been making this simple, tummy-pleasing Hamburger Rice Casserole for about 20 years now. Sometimes I make 2 casseroles at once and freeze one for later. It reheats great as leftovers, too!

Hamburger Rice Casserole

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The list of ingredients are simple. You probably have most of these already! Ground beef, onion, olive oil, cream of mushroom soup, chicken noodle soup, rice, salt, pepper, and crushed potato chips.

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Sauté chopped onion with olive oil in a deep pan skillet for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

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Add ground beef and cook until meat is browned. Remove pan from heat and drain.

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Here’s where it gets a little strange. The cream of mushroom soup seems like a logical choice, but chicken noodle soup? Really? Yes, really! Add cream of mushroom soup, chicken noodle soup, salt and pepper into the pan.

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Stir until combined. Those noodles add an unexpected texture and another level of flavor to this dish.

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Next, add the cooked rice.

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Stir the rice into the ground beef and soup mixture.

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Pour rice mixture into a 2 quart casserole dish that has been coated with nonstick spray.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

NOTE: This recipe can be prepared ahead of time or frozen. Place rice mixture into an aluminum pan and cover with aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator to cook later, or you can freeze it.

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Carefully remove from oven and top with crushed potato chips.
Bake uncovered another 5 minutes.

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This looks like something my kids would actually eat. I like that it uses common ingredients, too. It would be perfect for a weeknight dinner.

My kids love this Hamburger Rice Casserole! There are literally cheers in my house when they see this is what’s for dinner. I hope your family loves it, too.
Leave a comment below and let me know what your family thinks.

Hamburger Rice Casserole

Finding Time To Fly
Simple comfort food made with common ingredients your entire family will love. Great for a weeknight dinner.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Casseroles, Pasta &amp
Cuisine Main Dish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 297 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 pounds Ground Beef cooked and drained
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 4 cups Rice cooked
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 10-12 Regular Potato Chips crushed

Instructions
 

  • Sauté chopped onion with olive oil in a deep pan skillet for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef and cook until meat is browned. Remove pan from heat and drain.
  • Add cream of mushroom soup, chicken noodle soup, salt and pepper into the pan. Stir until combined.
  • Add cooked rice and stir well.
  • Pour rice mixture into a prepared 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from oven and top with crushed potato chips.
  • Bake uncovered another 5 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 16gFat: 10gSodium: 462mgSugar: 2g
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24 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I am now a fan of adding the chips and I have teriyaki sauce at the table for a really tasty meal. Such a fan of this meal I make it a lot

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last nite 7/17/19 forgot to add the chips but it was delicious just the right comfort food I needed
    May I ask why use the chips? Does it add
    More flavor because like I said it’s a tasty dish without a keeper I tweeted about it under StJaneen

    1. The chips just add a little crunch and saltiness. It’s fine to omit them if you prefer! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      1. Please clarify…”4 cups rice, cooked” is that 4 cups of raw rice cooked (to make 8 cups cooked”) or 2 cups of raw rice to make 4 cups cooked?

  3. Hi, this recipe looks great. Thanks for sharing. Do you drain the liquid from the chicken noodle soup before adding?

    1. Hi, Tammy!
      If you use the condensed Chicken Noodle Soup you don’t need to drain the liquid. It adds extra flavor. Yum!
      Thanks for commenting, and I hope you enjoy the dish!
      ~Melisha

  4. Sounds like a recipe my mom made. Hers has instant rice so you add water after browning the beef. Top with sliced almonds. Eat with Soy Sauce and sour cream. She calls it Chinese Beef Rice. So yummy. And if you’re short on time you can eat it from the pan instead of baking it. Delish!

    1. Becky, that sounds like a delicious variation! We eat a lot of Chinese food, so I’m sure my family would love it. Thanks!
      ~Melisha

  5. 5 stars
    Instead of potato chips I used French’s Fried onion. Family loved and husband said it was just like an original Hamburger Helper dish. Defiantly putting this one in my box of keepers!

    1. Kari,

      I am so glad your family loved it! Nice suggestion with the French Fried Onions. I use them on other casseroles, too.

      Thanks for your comment!
      ~Melisha

  6. I make a similar Lebanese dish, but add shredded chicken to the rice along with the beef. It ups the protein for my football player son. I also add about 1/2 cup pine nuts toasted. The texture and nuttiness are great.

    1. Tina,
      Oooo…those sound like delicious additions to this recipe! I don’t think I’ve ever had any Lebanese food. Sounds like something I’d love to try, though.
      Thanks so much for the suggestion!
      ~Melisha

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