Bacon Cheeseburger (Stove-Top) Casserole

"Who doesn't like bacon cheeseburgers? This is sooooo good and family friendly. PLUS, it's a whole meal in one pot! All 4 of my kids love it, as do me and my husband. It is kind of like "glorified hamburger helper" but you can tell it is from scratch! It's also quick and easy :) This recipe will serve 8, so you may want to half it for a smaller family...however, you probably will wish you hadn't because you will want leftovers!"
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  • 1 lb uncooked pasta (rotini, rotelle, penne, small "or" medium shells, elbow) or 12 ounces egg noodles
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 small onions, chopped fine or 2 tablespoons minced dried onion
  • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans condensed tomato soup
  • 1 -2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 12 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 8 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese (I don't suggest using a milder cheese) or 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (I don't suggest using a milder cheese)


  • Cook pasta in salted water, drain, rinse and set aside.
  • Cook bacon in microwave or frying pan until crisp and set aside.
  • In a large skillet or deep fryer pan (I use a 12" diam. chicken fryer), brown ground beef and onion over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper (I do this while my bacon is in the microwave and my pasta is cooking).
  • Drain any grease from beef.
  • Crumble bacon into beef and onion mixture.
  • Add tomato soup and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add pasta and stir until coated and combined well.
  • Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top and cover.
  • Simmer for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve right out of the pan.
  • Enjoy!
  • (You may choose to 1/2 this recipe--we have a big family!).

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  1. Karen=^..^=
    Make sure you use the salt generously, at least a teaspoon sprinkled on the meat while frying...also, sharp or extra sharp cheddar is a must, mild does not have a lot of flavor. Another thing that would make this taste bland is not using salted water to cook the pasta. We usually have this a couple times a month and we all LOVE one ever thinks it is bland; that is why I am posting the above suggestions.
  2. ltdsaloon16r
    I modified this recipe for 4 servings and added a few chilli flakes. We loved it, especially my teenage son, and if he cleans his plate then Im happy! Thanks for posting a tasty family meal. =)
  3. DiAnna2
    This recipe has potential, but needed something to add flavor. I even added some Tobasco but that wasn't enough to spice it up. I also reduced the amount of pasta because the full amuont seemed overwhelming for the meat mixture. Maybe adding chili powder, garlic or mustard would help?? Three stars for "potential".
  4. angelfan
    This was great. My family loved it. The bacon bits were just the right touch of flavor. I did add a bit or garlic cause i like garlic, and did make half the recipe; I will for sure make this often. It uses thing i already have in my kitchen and did not take a long time to fix at all.Karen thanks for this, you are right about how good it is!!
  5. jen2806
    Wonderful! Yes it's loaded with the bad stuff. But we are adults and there should be no worries about posting any type of recipe on this site at all. Chef Miki Sue..your comment was totally useless and there was no value in leaving one like that. You aren't the calorie moderator nor our Mother. Your comment added no value to this wonderful recipe.


  1. momfromaz
    Added minced garlic and added Meat Onion bacon and meat all in one pan for less work.
  2. Anirak Z.
    I made this for the first time just yesterday evening. My husband got home from work just as I was putting in the cheese, so it was almost ready. When it was, I gave him a taste to get his opinion. Suffice to say he didn't wait for dinnertime. He grabbed a plate and ate, then went for seconds. Next day he drove all the way home from work at lunchtime so he could have more (silly man, he could have packed some in the morning). My children devoured it. I had to have a serious conversation with myself about moderation and weight loss. :)<br/>It was delicious. We will certainly make it again.<br/><br/>The only change I made was when frying the ground beef, I added a little all purpose seasoning, a dash of cumin, and a bit of worcestershire sauce. Instead of tomato soup I used a small tin of tomato paste and some Ragu sauce. I used marbled cheddar and it didn't turn out bland at all.<br/><br/>Loved it!
  3. Mom2nateeli
    I thought this was really good. I did add garlic and red pepper flakes to the hamburger. I took the advice of some ofthe other foodies and added more salt as well. I think it would be really great with spaghetti sauce instead of the soup too. I will make this again.
  4. KeyLimePi
    This was a super easy/tasty recipe... I write this as I sit here on my lunch break eating the left overs. I cut the recipe in half and used a can of Rotel tomatoes instead of the condensed tomato soup. I also doubled the cheese and just added the whole bag of shredded cheddar. Awesome. Thanks so much for the recipe. Will definitely be making this one again!
  5. BlueHairedFairy
    Was very yummy! I used turkey bacon instead of pork bacon, and we couldn't tell the difference. My hubby found it a bit greasy, but he has a sensitive stomach, so I might try using Meatless Crumbles instead of actual beef.


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