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Cheeseburger Bread Pudding

If you love a delicious burger but you’ve got a feed a crowd, this recipe is a delicious and simple alternative. Once you’re tried this yummy Cheeseburger casserole, you’ll make it again and again! 

Cheeseburger. . .in Breading Pudding Form? 

Yes! This simple recipe is a new way to serve up a pound of ground beef, and it’s perfect when you’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed.

The idea for this dish came as I stared at a loaf of French bread that needed to be used. I already had a pound of ground beef thawing, so the idea hit me: merge the two. Make a casserole (similar to my Breakfast sausage casserole) but switch out the meat and add a can of cream of mushroom soup. 

Cheeseburger for the Win!

I happened to have cheddar cheese on hand, so it just made sense to turn this into a cheeseburger-themed casserole. But, without the addition of pasta, which you often find in cheeseburger-style casserole dishes. 

I wasn’t interested in a pasta component. I wanted something more like my other bread puddings, but savory. 

So, (as is often the case), I came up with a new dish, and I wasn’t sure if it would work out or not! 

Spoiler Alert

It worked! This dish came together beautifully. I’ll share more about the outcome below but let’s go ahead and look at the ingredients you’re going to need to make this. 

Cheeseburger Casserole Ingredients

These are such simple ingredients. . .and versatile, too! You might already have everything you need on hand in your pantry and refrigerator. 

You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. 

  • 1 loaf French bread (cubed and dried)
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained)
  • 1 small onion (chopped and sautéed with beef)
  • 1 small can cream of mushroom soup 
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 whole eggs (large eggs)
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

How to Make Cheeseburger Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Cube the bread and allow it to dry out overnight. Alternatively, you can toast it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 – 12 minutes. Allow to cool. 

If you haven’t already done so, fry the ground beef and onion together and place on paper towel to drain and cool. 

In a large bowl combine cream of mushroom soup and half a cup of the milk. Whisk together until combined. 

Add the four eggs and mix well. (Whisk eggs until they’re completely incorporated or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs instead of an egg-milk mixture.)

Add the salt, pepper, and the rest of the milk, slowly whisking it all together. 

Place the dried bread cubes in a large mixing bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the bread and stir well. Set aside to soak for 10 – 15 minutes. 

Add 8 ounces of cheese to the soaked bread. 

Add all of the cooked ground beef and onion, stirring well. 

Pour bread mixture into prepared baking dish and press down. 

Add remaining grated cheese on top. 

Cover with foil and place in preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 45 minutes. 

Remove foil and bake for an additional half hour or until golden brown. 

Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. 

Serve and enjoy! 

Store leftovers in refrigerator in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap. They will stay good for 3 – 4 days. You can freeze this dish for later use. 

What to Expect from this Recipe

This is such a simple and delicious way to feed a crew! And I love that it really does have the flavor profiles of a cheeseburger. (Hey, who doesn’t love a great burger?) It’s not exactly your grandma’s old-fashioned bread pudding, but it’s got all of those lovely textures, with a savory flavor for well-developed palates.

This one is really going to come in handy on game day when your living room is filled with guests. You can serve it with chips and dips. I have other suggestions for variations on this recipe below. 

Variations on this Recipe

Bacon: Make this a bacon cheeseburger bread pudding by adding a pound of bacon, cookies and crumbled. 

Hamburger buns: No French bread? No problem. Just use a package of hamburger buns. Follow the recipe exactly, making sure the cubed bus are dried or toasted before use. 

Mushrooms: If you like a good mushroom burger, you can have that same flavor profile here by adding a cup of finely chopped mushrooms. 

Chopped tomatoes: Add a cup of chopped tomatoes to the recipe, if you like. 

Green onion: Add about half a cup of finely chopped green onion for more color and flavor.

Ground sausage: Don’t have any leftover hamburger on hand? No worries! Substituted ground sausage or even turkey.

Cheese bread: You can easily use a cheese bread to make a lovely cheese bread pudding. Yum!

Sweet Bread Puddings

If you like this savory bread pudding casserole, you’ll love my sweet ones, as well. Here are a few of my personal favorites: 

Lemon Coconut Bread Pudding: If you’re looking for a warm, comforting bread pudding with a tropical twist, this is the recipe for you! In this post I’m going to show you how I make my dreamy Lemon-Coconut Bread Pudding! 

Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding: If you love a rich, luscious bread pudding loaded with the flavors of citrus and berry, you’re going to flip over this amazing bread pudding. Keep reading to discover the simple recipe for this tasty treat. 

Apple Pie Bread pudding: If you love a rich, sweet bread pudding but you’re also a fan of apple pie, have I got a treat for you! This delicious bread pudding is packed full of flavor and it’s super easy to make! 

Orange Cranberry Bread Pudding: If you love a luscious bread pudding but you’re also crazy about the mergence of orange and cranberry, have I got a treat for you! This delicious bread pudding is a breeze to make and so tasty you’ll make it again and again. 


That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoyed this delicious recipe. 

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About the Author

Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 165 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page. 

Cheeseburger Bread Pudding

Cheeseburger Bread Pudding

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

If you love a delicious burger but you’ve got a feed a crowd, this recipe is a delicious and simple alternative. Once you’re tried this yummy Cheeseburger casserole, you’ll make it again and again!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread (cubed and dried)
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained)
  • 1 small onion (chopped and sautéed with beef)
  • 1 small can cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9x13-inch casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cube the bread and allow it to dry out overnight. Alternatively, you can toast it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 - 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
  4. If you haven’t already done so, fry the ground beef and onion together and place on paper towel to drain and cool.
  5. In a medium bowl combine cream of mushroom soup and half a cup of the milk. Whisk together until combined.
  6. Add the four eggs and mix well.
  7. Add the salt, pepper, and the rest of the milk, slowly whisking it all together.
  8. Place the dried bread cutes in a large mixing bowl. Pour the soup mixture over the bread and stir well. Set aside to soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
  9. Add 8 ounces of cheese to the soaked bread.
  10. Add all of the cooked ground beef and onion, stirring well.
  11. Pour bread mixture into prepared casserole dish and press down.
  12. Add remaining grated cheese on top.
  13. Cover with foil and place in preheated oven. Bake for 45 minutes.
  14. Remove foil and bake for an additional half hour or until golden brown.
  15. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
  16. Serve and enjoy!
  17. Store leftovers in refrigerator in an airtight container or covered in plastic wrap. They will stay good for 3 - 4 days. You can freeze this dish for later use.

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