Classic Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Every warm fork full of this creamy old-fashioned Hamburger Noodle casserole is simply irresistible.

This easy ground beef recipe is plain enough for picky eaters to enjoy, but has a depth of flavor that all palates can appreciate.

Fork perched on the edge of a plate of hot and creamy old fashioned hamburger noodle casserole with just 5 ingredients

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our Kielbasa, Cabbage and Noodles meal or the similar Beef Noodle Skillet!

Old-Fashioned Hamburger Noodle Casserole Recipe

Comfort food on the farm looks like this Easy Cheesy Hamburger Noodle Casserole!  This ground beef casserole has egg noodles, onion, cream of chicken soup, and Colby cheese.   

A good family meal doesn’t get any better than a steaming bite of hamburger and noodle casserole on a cold day. Also known as beef and noodle casserole, this recipe comes from an Amish cookbook with so many quick meals for busy days.

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Creamy hamburger noodle casserole is soft and very easy to chew. Even our picky eaters smile because these flavors are so enjoyable when mixed together.

We use egg noodles that are thin, but wide. Width allows them to scoop up and be surrounded by the meaty, cheesy goodness. 

2 quart casserole dish full of easy and creamy hamburger noodle casserole hot dish

Mixed all together this makes a delicious hamburger hot dish. We like to serve our Zucchini Casserole with Stuffing or Air Fryer Broccoli with this meal.

Best Ground Beef Casserole

Ground beef casseroles are so practical.  We will cook several pounds of hamburger at a time and mix up a few casseroles to save time.  Little things like this save a lot of time in the kitchen but still enable us to enjoy home-cooked meals throughout the week.

Hands down the best ground beef casseroles are covered in cheese and possibly bacon.  Our Italian Bacon Cheeseburger Pie is packed with tremendous flavor, but it’s so easy to make. Bacon really keeps our Crock Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf moist!  Another classic ground beef casserole in a pie plate is Easy Taco Pie.

Plate full of creamy Amish style Hamburger Noodle Casserole with a fork next to casserole dish on a red plaid napkin

To save time for meal prep we like to make an extra pound of ground beef and use in Keto Stuffed Pepper Soup later in the week.

Ingredients Needed to Make Amish Hamburger Noodle Casserole:

  • Ground Beef
  • Onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Egg noodles
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Colby cheese

Recipe Tips & Tricks:

  • Cream of chicken soup can be substituted for cream of celery or cream of mushroom soup. Chicken is the most mild and will appeal to the most people.
  • Can substitute a can of cream of corn for a can of soup to make a Hamburger, Corn and Noodle Casserole.
  • Mix up ingredients ahead of time and refrigerate overnight before baking. Allow the dish to warm up a bit before putting in a hot oven.
  • Can easily double hamburger casserole with egg noodles recipe to fit in a 9 x 13” pan.
  • We prefer the thinner noodles in the bags on the shelf to the frozen noodles to allow for the flavors to combine the best.
  • Cook covered with a lid or foil so the edges all stay soft and moist.
  • We always use a basic casserole dish with a lid
  • I love cheese, so I’m always tempted to sprinkle more on top, but it really doesn’t need that.

How to Make Hamburger Casserole with Egg Noodles

Brown the hamburger over medium high heat in a large skillet. Cook until no pink remains in the meat.

Drain and return the burger to the pan. Add chopped onion.

I like to use a large sweet onion and have lots of mild flavor. You can use any amount of your favorite type of onion, white, yellow, red, etc. 

Cooked and drained hamburger in a skillet with softened chopped onions stirred in

Be sure to soften the onion in the skillet before mixing into the casserole.

Once onion is soft and translucent add cream of chicken soup.

The original recipe calls for one to two cans, but I always use two small cans for an extra creamy casserole.

Cooked ground beef with onions in a skillet with cream of chicken soup

Add cooked and drained noodles to the skillet. I like to use a spatula to gently fold the noodles into the creamy ground beef mixture.

Cooked egg noodles being folded into a creamy hamburger mixture in a skillet

Pour into a lightly greased 2 to 2 1/2 quart casserole dish.

Sprinkle with Colby cheese. Other cheeses like cheddar taste fine, I just really love Colby in this recipe.

Freshly shredded Colby cheese spread across the top of an easy hamburger noodle casserole in a white dish

Cover with a lid or foil and bake in a 350°F oven for about 25 minutes.

Colby cheese melted on top of beef and noodle casserole with a serving spoon stirring it all together

Stir the cheesy into the creamy beef noodle casserole. Cover and return to the oven for an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

Slow Cooker Version

This hamburger and noodle recipe can also be heated together in a crock pot.

Pour cooked beef and noodle mixture in the crock and then sprinkle cheese on top.

Cover and cook on high for about an hour or about 2 hours on low.

About 15 minutes before serving stir cheese in and cover. Casserole can be stirred a couple times to help prevent burning along the edges.

Can This Ground Beef Casserole be Frozen?

Yes!  Allow the casserole to cool after being baked and wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil if freezing the entire dish.  I prefer to put individual servings in zip lock bags or in freezer containers so a quick lunch can be taken to work and reheated.  Sometimes I like to freeze family size portions in a larger freezer container.

Close up serving spoon scooping warm and hearty serving of noodles and hamburger casserole

Venison and Noodle Casserole Variation

A reader shared that they substituted venison for the ground beef and it tasted great. They quadrupled this recipe to share at a hunting camp for a crowd.

More Easy Casserole Recipes:

Printable Hamburger and Noodle Casserole Recipe

Close up heaping serving of warm hamburger and noodles mixed together with cream of chicken soup and cheese

Classic Hamburger and Noodle Casserole

Servings 6 people
Author: Jennifer
Every warm fork full of this old fashioned Hamburger Noodle casserole is simply irresistible.
This easy ground beef recipe is plain enough for picky eaters to enjoy, but has a depth of flavor that all palates can appreciate.
4.84 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 10.25 ounce cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup Colby cheese
  • 8 ounces egg noodles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.  Coat a 2 1/2 quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook noodles according to directions on the package.
  • Brown hamburger and season with salt and pepper while browning.  Drain meat and return to the skillet.
  • Add onions to meat and stir until tender.
  • Stir cream of chicken soup into meat. Then stir noodles into this mixture.
  • Pour into baking dish and sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and bake for about 25 minutes and stir. Cover and return to the oven an additional 10 to 15 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 23gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 576mgPotassium: 336mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally published on February 16, 2018 with updates made on October 10, 2022.

9 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I had some leftover noodles, and they were perfect for this recipe. This was easy to make and quite tasty! I will definitely be making this again!

    1. Great! Thanks so much for letting us know!

    2. I’m using cream of mushroom soup and elbow macaroni. it’s what I have on hand.

  2. 5 stars
    Excellent. Thank You for sharing. Will definitely make this again.

  3. Allen Jacobson says:

    4 stars
    good, will save this one. Had only half of a 12 oz noodle bag and 1 can of cream soup. Rather than go shopping used 6ox of noodles and subbed 1/2 cup chicken broth

  4. Charles E Dunfee says:

    5 stars
    Thank you..enjoyed it very much..will definitely have it again

  5. 5 stars
    I quadrupled the amounts. Was quite the hit at our hunting camp. Instead of hamburger, I used venison burger. All I can say, is that it didn’t last.

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      This is great to hear! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Wonderful for a fall day. I have uc, So no onions. Used onion powder for the taste. Thank you

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