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ONE PAN: Leftover Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese and Cheeseburgers. These are the two meals my son is CONSTANTLY asking me for! So I HAD to combine the two and make a cheeseburger mac and cheese recipe.

The other night I grabbed leftover cheeseburger from the fridge, and incorporated them into an easy one pan mac and cheese recipe that makes the perfect weeknight meal!

I’ve based this one pan mac and cheese from two of my favorite recipes.

My One Pan Mac and Cheese with Broccoli, along with my burger recipe. But this will work with any burger. Just as long as its leftover!

One Pan Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese is SO MUCH better than the boxed version. Easy clean up, and easy to make and best of all - Made with leftovers!

What you need to make Leftover Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

While this is simple mac and cheese, with leftover burger, feel free to experiment with this!

But here’s what you absolutely need:

  • Milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Onion and Garlic Powder
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Leftover Burger meat (it can have cheese on it)

But don’t stop there. Add a little bacon, if you have grilled onion leftover, that would be a good option too.

One Pan Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese is SO MUCH better than the boxed version. Easy clean up, and easy to make and best of all - Made with leftovers!

Where’s the Roux?

Normally when I make a cheese sauce, starting with a roux is a must. But why not this recipe?

Here’s my thoughts on this.

When making spaghetti what do you do to thicken up the sauce? You add starchy pasta water.

What aren’t we doing in this recipe? cooking the pasta.

So by not cooking the pasta, the starch has no where else to go but into the dish. And because of that, it will give you a nice thick cheese sauce result.

One Pan Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese is SO MUCH better than the boxed version. Easy clean up, and easy to make and best of all - Made with leftovers!

Like most of my one pan recipes, this leftover cheeseburger mac and cheese one is a great way to get helps involved into the kitchen. We’re all dumping things into the pan and just watching it all melt together.

And I’ve found the best way to get my kids to eat dinner, is by having them help cook it.

Well it at least gets them to try the first bite..

ONE PAN: Leftover Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 530kcal
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups shell pasta
  • 3 cups whole milk 1 cup separated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 cups cheese
  • 3 patties leftover cheeseburger chopped into 1 inch pieces

Instructions

  • In a pan over medium heat bring elbow macaroni, 2 cups milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to a boil, stirring occasionally; about 7-10 minutes until almost all of the milk is gone
  • Stir in cheese and another cup of milk, bringing to a boil, stirring occasionally. Lower to a simmer after 5 minutes.
  • Stir in leftover cheeseburger and let simmer for 2-3 minutes, until the burger is heated up, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 530kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 1015mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 863IU | Calcium: 625mg | Iron: 1mg
Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!

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