Grandma's Ground Beef Casserole


My grandmother's old-fashioned hamburger casserole is comfort food at its best! Featuring ground beef, noodles, and a creamy cheese sauce, this simple recipe dates back to the 1940's. I've tweaked the amount of cheese and sour cream depending on what I've got in the fridge and it always turns out great! My mother has suggested this was made up as a way to use up ingredients in the fridge.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 9x13-inch casserole

Nobody makes casserole like your Grandma. That's why this old-fashioned ground beef casserole with egg noodles is always such a hit! It's made with ingredients you already have on hand (and, of course, a little bit of love).

Ground Beef Casserole Ingredients

Here's what you'll need to make this old-fashioned ground beef casserole:

Ground Beef
Of course, you'll need ground beef for this casserole. The recipe calls for about one pound.

Tomato Sauce
Canned tomato sauce adds flavor and helps bring the casserole together.

White sugar, salt, and garlic salt are used to add flavor to the tomato sauce.

Egg noodles work best for this old-fashioned ground beef casserole, but you can substitute whatever noodles you have on hand.

Sour Cream and Cream Cheese
Sour cream and cream cheese make the casserole extra rich and creamy. Plus, they add a bit of pleasant tang.

A diced white onion kicks the flavor and texture up a notch.

Cheddar Cheese
Shredded Cheddar cheese is sprinkled on top of the casserole to create a decadent finish. You could also use shredded Monterey Jack to turn the heat up a notch.

How to Make Ground Beef Casserole

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when you make this classic ground beef casserole with egg noodles:

Cook and Season the Ground Beef

Cook the beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until it's brown and crumbly. Drain and discard the grease. Mix tomato sauce, sugar, garlic salt, and salt into the ground beef and simmer until the flavors blend. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Cook Egg Noodles

Boil the egg noodles until they're cooked through, but are still quite firm. Drain in a colander and allow to cool slightly.

Mix Sour Cream and Cream Cheese

Mix the sour cream, cream cheese, and diced onion in a medium bowl until well-combined.

Assemble and Bake

Layer half of the egg noodles into a greased casserole dish. Top with half of the sour cream mixture, then half of the beef mixture. Repeat in the same order. Sprinkle the top layer of beef with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and golden, about 25-30 minutes.

How to Store Ground Beef Casserole

Store leftover ground beef casserole in an airtight container in the fridge for up to four days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until heated through.

Can You Freeze Ground Beef Casserole?

Yes, you can freeze ground beef casserole. If you plan to freeze it, it's best to make the casserole in an aluminum casserole pan so you can bake and freeze it in the same dish.

Allow the casserole to cool, then cover tightly. Wrap the entire dish (pan and cover included) in one layer of storage wrap followed by one layer of foil.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Loved It," raves Lisab. "I sauteed the onion with the meat and used only one can of sauce since I did not have a full package of noodles. Will definitely make it again!"

"I've been making this for years, but always add taco seasoning while cooking the ground beef and omit the sugar," says Holly. "Delicious!!"

"This was divine," according to ShebasMom. "I can't wait until dinner time tomorrow when we can eat leftovers. My husband and I will definitely make this again. Thanks for the recipe."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 (8 ounce) package egg noodles

  • 1 cup sour cream

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 large white onion, diced

  • ½ cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, or more to taste


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

    Ground beef cooking until browned and crumbly.

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  2. Mix tomato sauce, sugar, garlic salt, and salt into the ground beef; simmer until flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover the skillet, and cool to room temperature.

    Tomato sauce, garlic salt, sugar and salt mixed together with the ground beef.

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  3. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook egg noodles in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain.

  4. While the egg noodles are cooking, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  5. Mix sour cream, cream cheese, and onion together in a bowl.

    Sour cream, cream cheese and onion mixed together in a bowl.

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  6. Layer 1/2 of the egg noodles into the prepared casserole dish. Top with 1/2 of the sour cream mixture, then 1/2 of the ground beef mixture. Repeat layers once more. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over top.

    All ingredients layered together in prepared baking dish.

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    Cheddar cheese sprinkled over top.

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  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes.

    A high angle looking at grandma's ground beef casserole.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

519 Calories
30g Fat
39g Carbs
25g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 519
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 15g 76%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 1597mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 25g
Vitamin C 12mg 60%
Calcium 167mg 13%
Iron 5mg 25%
Potassium 831mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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