Cheesy Burger Mac

Having pre-cooked ground beef in the freezer is one of the tricks I use to get dinner done in a hurry.  Each month I cook a huge batch of ground beef with a few basic seasonings and a little onion.  Then I freeze it into meal size portions.   Having this (along with my shredded chicken and meatballs) in the freezer gives me so many easy options.  Plus unlike traditional Once-A-Month Cooking, you don’t have the entire dish premade so you don’t need to worry about mush or freezer burn.  Everything tastes fresh and delish.

This is one that we keep in the regular dinner rotation – all my kids go nuts for it.  Even the picky ones.  With the beef precooked, it’s just a matter of boiling the noodles and throwing the ingredients together. Gotta love that.  I recommend a crusty slice of bread and salad to round out the meal.

Cheesy Burger Mac
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Serves: 6
  • 1½ - 2 lbs Ground Beef, cooked and drained
  • 16 oz. Macaroni
  • 25 oz. Pasta Sauce
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. Hot Sauce (for a little kick!)
  • 1 c. Medium Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 c. Mozzerella Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Cook macaroni al dente and drain.
  3. In a skillet, add pasta sauce, garlic, hot sauce, diced onion and cooked ground beef. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Combine meat mixture with cooked pasta.
  5. Pour half into 13 x 9" pan.
  6. Top with ½ c. mozzerella and ½ c. cheddar.
  7. Add remaining macaroni mixture.
  8. Top with remaining cheeses.
  9. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
  10. Remove aluminum foil and bake for another 10 minutes.



  1. This sounds great! How do you freeze your cooked beef, do you have a foodsaver or something similar?

  2. pasta sauce? like spaghetti sauce?

  3. Melissa Plumlee says:

    Hi there. I was confused with the directions. In step 3 it says to add the macaroni then in step 4 it says add to cooked pasta. Do we add the Mac on step 3 or 4?

  4. Do you mean 16 oz of macaroni as in weight or volume?

  5. Love your blog. Just stumbled on it but will be back frequently. One trick I use for my picky 2 yr old is for any casserole with a cheezy sauce I add 1 cup pureed chickpeas (drained and pureed straight from the can and mixed in). You’ll never know it’s in there but it makes me feel better as a mom knowing she had some veggies with her meal. :)

  6. Just found your blog while searching for ground beef recipes. This one came to my rescue! Four kids to feed and less than an hour to go. I substituted some chopped Velveeta squares instead of the cheddar and mixed it right in with the spaghetti sauce since that was all I had on hand. And let me tell you, it tastes amazing! thanks so much for your recipe to kickstart this dinner :D

  7. On the ingredients it says “tomato sauce”, on the directions it says “pasta sauce” which one is correct?