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Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet Dinner

This cheeseburger macaroni skillet dinner is basically the definition of comfort food. Once you taste it, you’ll want it again … and again.

Cheeseburger macaroni skillet dinner in a bowl on an orange plate

As soon as I tasted this dinner, I knew I had to add the word “cheeseburger” to the name. After all, it tastes a lot like a cheeseburger.

That’s why my husband wanted to add more ingredients—just like he would a regular burger. He was torn about what to add, but he wound up with a spoon of salsa.

You can also add ketchup, mustard, or sriracha. Any of that would be good.

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet Dinner Ingredients

Start out with ground beef. You’ll also need macaroni, diced tomatoes, cheese, onion, garlic, mustard, water, and milk.

Ground beef, minced garlic, macaroni, diced tomatoes, almond milk, diced onions, mustard, and cheddar cheese

I added a little bit of salt and pepper, but that’s optional.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.

How to Make Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet Dinner

This dinner is super easy to make, and it doesn’t take long.

First, put a pound of ground beef in a skillet and brown it on medium-high. Drain it in a colander and return the meat to the skillet.

Ground beef in a skillet with a hamburger chopper

Second, add all of the onion and garlic. Mix it into the meat and cook until the onion is translucent.

Onions and garlic in the skillet with ground beef

Next, stir in the tomatoes, milk, water, and mustard. Mix the ingredients well.

Tomatoes, milk, water, and mustard added to the ground beef in the skillet

Now, add the macaroni pasta. Stir the ingredients again.

Macaroni added to the mixture in the skillet

Finally, add the cheese and stir into the mixture.

Shredded cheese added to the ground beef and macaroni mixture

Finally, simmer the mixture until the pasta is tender. But be careful not to let it cook too long, or the macaroni will get mushy.

Cheeseburger macaroni skillet dinner in a bowl on an orange plate

You can add ingredients if you want. However, I recommend having them available for each person to add what they prefer.

It’s like putting condiments on an actual cheeseburger. You can even add pickle slices if that’s how you like your burgers.

My husband likes more mustard with dill pickle slices, while I prefer ketchup with sweet pickle relish. You can even add onion slices if that’s what makes you happy.

More Recipes

We like to have salads with dinners like this. We typically choose either this nutritious chickpea salad or this flavor-packed Greek olive and feta salad.

If you like recipes with ground beef, you’ll love this ground beef stroganoff. It’s not only delicious, but it’s also easy to make.

Another delicious ground beef recipe is this shepherd’s pie. You might also like this ground beef pot pie from my friend Julie’s blog Back to My Southern Roots.

For dessert, make this super easy cherry chocolate cake or this apple cake—each with only 2 ingredients.

See this recipe shared at Full Plate Thursday, Meal Plan Monday, and Weekend Potluck.

Yield: 6 servings

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet Dinner

Cheeseburger macaroni skillet dinner in a bowl on an orange plate

This is an easy but delicious dinner that can be seasoned however you like.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 cup of macaroni pasta (gluten-free or regular)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (cheddar or Colby)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard (prepared, not powdered)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


    1. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef on medium-high heat. Drain it and return it to the pan.
    2. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
    3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, water, milk, and mustard.
    4. After everything is mixed, stir in the pasta.
    5. Once the liquid boils, turn the heat down to low.
    6. Add the cheese and stir. Simmer until the macaroni is tender.
    7. If you want to add salt and pepper, do it now.
    8. Serve hot.


It’s good as-is. But if you want to jazz up the flavor, add salsa, sriracha, or even ketchup.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 89mgSodium 329mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 28g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Miz Helen

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

No doubt this is pure comfort food at it best! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,473 and hope you are having a great week! Miz Helen

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