Easy Hamburger Rice Casserole with Ground Beef

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Once you make this Hamburger Rice Casserole your family will be asking for it again and again. Made with rice, ground beef, and canned soup, this simple comfort food is an easy dinner perfect for busy weeknights.

Hamburger Rice Casserole

Comfort Food Hamburger Casserole

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 double the recipe and make 2 casseroles at once and freeze one for later. It reheats great as leftovers, too!

What you’ll love about this recipe:

  • CROWD PLEASER: The whole family (even picky eaters) will love this delicious dish.
  • HEARTY MEAL: Packed with savory ground beef, white rice, and noodles this hamburger rice hotdish is a filling meal. 
  • EASY RECIPE: Using basic ingredients you probably already have on hand, this ground beef rice casserole is simple to make.
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Ingredients for Hamburger Rice Casserole

  • rice
  • ground beef
  • onion
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • chicken noodle soup
  • crushed potato chips
  • olive oil, salt, and pepper

The list of ingredients is simple. You probably have most of these already! 

  • Ground Beef: I use 80/20 ground beef for this casserole. The savory goodness of ground beef permeates this dish and is the protein source I use most often. However, you can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken in this recipe for a leaner option. 
  • Onion: I like to add chopped onions to my ground beef mixture, but if you don’t feel like chopping onions one night, just add a little onion powder for flavor. 
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup: This adds moisture and a creamy texture to the dish. If you like it extra creamy, add another can. 
  • Chicken Noodle Soup: Kind of a surprise ingredient, the noodles in Chicken Noodle Soup add another texture to the rice casserole recipe. 
  • Cooked Rice: Most often I use white rice in this casserole, but you can use any type of rice: minute rice, brown rice, or even leftover rice. Just make sure the rice is cooked before adding to the casserole. 
  • Crushed Potato Chips: You could also top this casserole with French-fried onions, but crushed chips are a little unexpected and add another surprising layer of flavor. Vary the topping by using barbecue chips, sour cream and onion, or any of your favorite chip flavors. 
  • Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper: Of course, you’ll need these staple ingredients for just about any meal. 
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How to Make Hamburger Rice Casserole

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Cooking the Perfect Rice

Start by measuring your uncooked rice and water. Generally, you use twice as much water as rice. So, to cook 2 cups of rice you’ll need 4 cups of water. 

Bring the water to a boil and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt. Add the rice, stir, then return to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 20 minutes. Do not lift the lid or stir anymore until the rice is done.

If using instant rice, follow the directions on the box to prepare 4 cups of rice. 

Preparing the Ground Beef Mixture

While the rice cooks, sauté chopped onion with olive oil in a large skillet for 2-3 minutes over medium heat.

Increase to medium-high heat and add the ground beef. Brown ground beef, then remove pan from heat and drain excess grease.

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.

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

Bringing It All Together

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When the rice is done, carefully stir it into the ground beef and soup mixture. At this time you can add in any additional flavorings if desired. (See below for recipe variations and mix-ins.)

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Spray a 2-3 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Spoon the rice mixture into the prepared baking dish. 

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Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until heated through. The cook time may be decreased if your ground beef and rice mixture is hot when you put it into the oven. The cook time may need to be increased if you prepared the casserole ahead of time and it was stored in the refrigerator. 

Carefully remove from oven and top with your favorite flavor of crushed potato chips.
Bake uncovered for another 5 minutes.

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

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Recipe Variations, Mix-Ins, and Toppings

Use this recipe as a base for creating new casserole dishes. Introduce new flavors by mixing ingredients into the ground beef mixture or by adding toppings to the casserole before or after cooking. 

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Variations on the Hamburger Rice Hotdish

  • Cheesy Ground Beef Casserole:  Add 1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese to the ground beef and rice mixture for a Cheesy Ground Beef recipe.
  • Mexican Ground Beef Casserole:  Add taco flavoring to the ground beef mixture. To the cooked rice, add 8 oz tomato sauce and 1 teaspoon of chili powder. 
  • Broccoli Rice Casserole:  Stir some chopped broccoli into the casserole to make it a complete meal.

Optional Mix-In Ingredients

Change up the recipe by adding any of these extra mix-ins:

  • Worcestershire sauce
  • cheddar cheese
  • ​Italian seasoning
  • French Onion Soup
  • ​garlic powder
  • red pepper flakes
  • ​soy sauce
  • tomato paste
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Casserole Toppings

Add another layer of flavor with any of these topping ideas:

  • chopped green onions
  • fresh chopped parsley
  • chow mein noodles
  • ​shredded Monterey jack cheese
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What to serve with Hamburger Rice Casserole

With protein and carbs covered in the casserole, all you need to add is a vegetable for a complete meal. Our favorite sides are a simple salad or green beans. 

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.

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Hamburger Rice Casserole

Finding Time To Fly
Simple comfort food made with common ingredients your entire family will love. Great for a weeknight dinner.
4.50 from 10 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Casseroles, Pasta &amp
Cuisine Main Dish
Servings 8 servings
Calories 297 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 pounds Ground Beef cooked and drained
  • ½ Onion chopped
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Chicken Noodle Soup
  • 4 cups Rice cooked
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ½ 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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30 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I did not have an onion so I used Lipton Beefy Onion soup mix and substituted French fried onions for the chips. It is a new family favorite!!

    1. I haven’t thought about adding Lipton soup mixes to this recipe. I’ll try it next time I make it! I’m so glad your family loved this recipe. It’s one of our favorites, too!

  2. 4 stars
    It’s pretty good. I added cheddar cheese because it seemed to just need a little something more. After I added cheese it was amazing!

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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