Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

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Cheesy ground beef and rice casserole is filled with cheese, ground beef, carrots, broccoli and rice. A delicious meal great for the whole family.

Rice and ground beef casserole on plate with fork.

Cheesy ground beef and rice casserole is a meal my sister and I would make in the kitchen with our parents growing up. Not only was it a great way for us to spend time as a family but also a wonderful hands-on learning experience. Even the smallest hands are able to help pour or mix together ingredients.

Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

Now that I have young kids of my own, having them in the kitchen with me is very important. It is such a great learning opportunity for them and for me. They are learning about food and measuring while I am learning more about them. Preparing a meal gives the kids such a sense of excitement and accomplishment. They love recounting their role in the meal we are about to eat. Being in the kitchen is one thing we all enjoy and have fun doing as a family.

Kids helping make dinner

One simple meal we like to make is this cheesy ground beef and rice casserole. The kids call it hamburger casserole. This simple ground beef recipe is filled with ground beef, cheese, carrots, broccoli and Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Original. Ava, my oldest daughter, likes to help prepare the rice for the casserole and Uncle Ben’s makes this step as simple as cooking it in the microwave and then dumping into our bowl.  My son, Major, likes to help with the cheese and, of course the most important part of stirring all of the ingredients together.

How to make ground beef and rice casserole:

  • Cook Rice.
  • Brown the ground beef and onion and then stir all of the ingredients together until combined.

Filled with cheese, ground beef, carrots, broccoli and rice, this cheesy ground beef and rice casserole is a simple, delicious meal great for the whole family.

  • Pour in a casserole dish and top with extra cheese and bake for 30 minutes.

Ground Beef and Rice

This casserole is so cheesy and hearty, it makes a great week night meal. Using Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice helps make this meal quick and easy, something that we all need during this busy time of year.

Ground Beef and Rice Casserole in dish

Tips for making Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

  • I typically use white rice for this dish but brown rice will work also. 
  • If you don’t like broccoli, switch it up with diced peppers, diced mushrooms or leave them out. 

I hope you enjoy this Beef and Rice casserole! 

Enjoy! ~ Heather

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Rice and ground beef casserole on plate with fork.
4.08 from 27 votes

Cheesy Ground Beef And Rice Casserole

By Heather
Cheesy ground beef and rice casserole is filled with cheese, ground beef, carrots, broccoli and rice. A delicious meal great for the whole family.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 2 bags Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Original (or 4 cups cooked rice)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion , chopped
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups colby jack shredded cheese
  • 1 cup diced or shredded carrots
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray 9x11 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef until browned. Drain off excess liquid and add chopped onion. Cook additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Season beef with garlic salt and then remove from heat.
  • Cook rice according to package.
  • In a large bowl mix the beef and onion, rice, soup, carrots, broccoli and 1 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Pour mixture into baking dish and top with remaining half cup of cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes and serve immediately.


Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1087mg | Potassium: 463mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3145IU | Vitamin C: 22.3mg | Calcium: 255mg | Iron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent! husband was very dubious because there was onions in it. I also added frozen zucchini from last years garden as my vegetable. A wonderful dish for cold nights. This is a keeper and will be making it again. Thanks for the new casserole recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    One of my families favorite easy night recipes. Mix and match different veggies if you want. Next day left overs are even better. Easy to make ahead and have ready for when you come home to put in oven.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this. BUT……I messed up. The rice said 4 cups and when I mixed it and it didn’t look the same and was dry I knew what I did. I measured 4 cups of uncooked rice, cooked it and used it all instead of measuring 4 cups of cooked rice. Added some extra cheese and some milk so it wouldn’t be too dry. It’s still in the oven so we’ll see. I’m giving it 5 stars cuz it looked soooo good. Will try again and use the right amount of rice. Sometimes…………

  4. One pot dishes are my favorite to make. This looks so delicious and easy to make. I will have to give it a try this weekend.

    1. Yes. I usually just put them in a microwaveable save dish. Add some water. Then cook for 3 minutes or so depending on microwave. Then add to casserole.

    1. Hi Elissa! Yes, it freezes well. Just let it come to room temperature and then I like to cover with plastic wrap and then foil to freeze.

  5. This looks delicious! Do you cook the broccoli and carrots first, or do they just cook in the oven? I want to make this for my 16 month old, so I want the veggies to be soft.

  6. One can never have enough good, tasty ground beef recipes! This one looks SO good, and I know it’s something the whole family will love!