Oh, so much to say about cheeseburger macaroni and cheese! Starting with the fact that it’s my new favorite in my ever-growing macaroni and cheese repertoire. As far as I am concerned, there will never be enough macaroni and cheese variations in the world, and I owe it to society to keep expanding the macaroni and cheese possibilities. And since the words “cheeseburger” and “macaroni and cheese” just seem to go together so well, I’m not sure what took me so long with this one. But better late then never, so here we go!
I should start by saying the Southern husband was skeptical. And he’s hardly ever skeptical, so that gave me a little bit of pause with my whole scheme, which was to make a creamy mac and cheese with pieces of burger stirred in, and then to top it with stuff that cheeseburgers are topped with. He loves my mac and cheese, and he loves burgers, so I figured I could just dish him up a serving without all the toppings. It would be a little boring, but I could do it.
But no, he valiantly said that he wanted to have the full cheeseburger macaroni and cheese experience, so he had his the same way I had mine – with the burger stirred in, but topped with a little chopped lettuce, some chopped cherry tomato and a dollop of dill pickle relish on top. And not only did he RAVE about it all through dinner….when I went looking in the fridge for the leftovers a few days later they were gone. And there were some significant leftovers. I felt all smug and wonderful. (I think it was the pickle relish that tipped him over the edge into gastronomic happiness.)
However! There were other folks who were with me on the whole idea from the start. I start each day by posting what I am planning to make for dinner that night on my Facebook page (click here if you want to follow along!) and right after I posted about my cheeseburger macaroni and cheese recipe, my friend Margaret asked for the recipe.
I said there wasn’t yet a recipe because I was still testing it out, but I would keep her posted. The next day she asked how it was….when I get follow-up emails on dinner menus, I always KNOW I have a potential winner on my hands. I said we actually loved it, and that I would move it to the head of my line of recipes waiting to go up on the blog, because I knew she was after it for this handsome guy.
Owen is a football player, and if you know any football players, you also know they are ravenous after they come off the field. And sometimes suppers like cheeseburger macaroni and cheese are the only things that will do when you have a ravenous football player in your house.
Now, none of this should be confused with my plans one day to make a macaroni and cheeseburger. Yes. I am relentless.
- 1/2 pound ground beef
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/3 cup flour
- 4 cups whole milk
- 3/4 pound elbow macaroni
- 4 cups shredded cheddar
- Chopped iceburg lettuce for garnish
- Chopped cherry tomatoes for garnish
- Dill pickle relish for garnish
- Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium high heat until browned. Drain and set aside.
- Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and and cook until flour is slightly brown, about 3-5 minutes
- Pour in milk, whisking constantly until mixture is smooth. Stir until boiling and then reduce heat to low. Simmer until mixture thickens a little, about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente, drain and return to pot. Remove sauce from heat, whisk in cheese and stir until cheese is melted. Add pasta and stir to coat.
- Stir in cooked ground beef.
- Divide among plates or bowls and garnish with lettuce, tomato and relish (or anything else you like on your cheeseburgers!) Serve at once.
Hi there! I’m Kate, and I’m a recipe writer, food photographer and devoted bacon lover. I started Framed Cooks in 2009, and my mission is to create and share family-friendly recipes that make cooking both easy and fun…yes, I said FUN! My kitchen is my happy place, and I want yours to be that place too. And if you make this recipe, I would love you to tag @FramedCooks on Instagram so I can see the deliciousness!