Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

A cheeseburger-inspired pasta dish prepared in a cast-iron skillet. This easy meal is prepared in under 30 minutes and a family-friendly meal.

Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta by Chelsea's Messy Apron

This meal basically sums up my husband’s love for food.

His favorite meal is a cheeseburger and fries are his all-time favorite side.

Meat and potatoes – he’s an all-American guy, that’s for sure.

Cheeseburger Skillet PastaAnd so came along this cheeseburger casserole – just for him. But I have to say – I think I might have liked it more than him!

And that’s coming from a quinoa-obsessed, veggie-loving girl. Oh, and someone that orders chicken burgers if we go to a “burger” place.

I think some of my favorite aspects of this meal – it is done in less than 30 minutes and is super simple with easy ingredients. Plus it genuinely tastes like a cheeseburger, but with pasta. I am totally all over pasta instead of buns!

There are even pickles, tomatoes, and onions tossed in this dish. Along with your typical burger toppings – mustard, ketchup, and mayo. All smothered in lots and lots of cheddar cheese!

Cheesy Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta

The waffle fries on top add the whole component of “fries with a burger.” Which adds a nice crunch to the meal and a fun way to top it off. I bought waffle fries and baked them while the rest of the meal was coming together. You can definitely use a different kind of frozen fry or even make your own!

This meal has a few steps but can comes together quickly. The pasta can be boiled while the fries are cooking and the meat is browning. Everything finishes up around the same time and just gets tossed together in a large skillet. Super simple and absolutely delicious!

Cheeseburger Casserole with Waffle Fries all made in a skillet by Chelsea's Messy Apron-1

5.0 from 4 reviews
Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta
Serves: 4
  • 2 and 1/2 cups rotini pasta
  • 1 pound extra lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 and 1/2 tbsp. mayo
  • 1 tbsp. mustard
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/4 cup bread and butter pickles, or sub dill pickles, chopped
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 15-20 frozen waffle fries
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot of water, boil the noodles all the way through. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, follow package directions to cook about 15-20 waffle fries (or desired amount to top the pasta with).
  3. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef until all the way cooked through. Drain any excess fat and add in the chopped onion and minced garlic.
  4. Stir until fragrant and add in the ketchup, mayo, and mustard.
  5. Stir until completely combined. Add in the drained petite tomatoes, and stir.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour the cooked pasta into the skillet and then top with the cheese.
  8. Stir the cheese around until it's melted.
  9. Top the skillet with the chopped pickles and then the waffle fries and serve immediately.
Highly Adapted from Pillsbury

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  1. says

    I love that you liked this more than your meat and potatoes loving hubby!!! Sometimes, you just need a little cheeseburger in your life. This looks delicious! What a fun idea to put waffle fries on top – so creative and so tasty!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha I totally agree with you! Sometimes only a cheeseburger can do it! Haha. Thanks so much Cate! :)

  2. says

    What a great pasta dish, it looks fantastic lady! Hehe, sounds just like my burger loving husband and I know he would totally love this meal! Love that you served it with waffle fries too :)

  3. says

    I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I saw the waffle fries on top of that bowl of pasta. I consider french fries as one of my favorite foods!! Plus I’m also a pretty big fan of pasta and burgers so this looks amazing. I love that it’s a quickler meal too. Love this, Chelsea! :)

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha! I just saw your caption on the pin for this meal on pinterest and it made me laugh! Fries are the best! Thanks Beth :) Hope you are having a great weekend!

  4. says

    My hubby would have his way with this! Thanks for another great recipe, Chelsea. As I’m sitting here planning our meals for the week, I couldn’t help but add this dish to the list. Love that you used waffle fries, too! Hope you had an amazing weekend, sweet lady!!

  5. says

    Oh my Chelsea! This Skillet Cheeseburger Pasta is sssssoooo speaking my language. You say you made it for your husband, but honestly?…I’m pretty sure you made it for me!!! YUM!!! And, I thank you profusely for it! LOL! Pinned!

  6. says

    Oooh Wow this looks amazing! love the flavor combination of a burger tossed with pasta…genius! Checking this out from chef-in-training link party! Pinned :-)

  7. Sharon says

    This looks amazing! I have to eat gluten free so I will use Quinoa Pasta Spirals instead of a wheat pasta. Everything else is petty much gluten free. I can’t wait to try this dish! Thank you for sharing.

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