This cheeseburger pasta is a hearty recipe of ground beef, shells and cheese in a savory tomato sauce, topped off with bacon and pickles. All the flavors of a bacon cheeseburger in a comforting pasta dish!

If you love a good bacon cheeseburger, you’ll adore this unique pasta dish! It’s packed with meat, cheese, tender pasta and of course bacon for a satisfying dinner the entire family will go crazy over.

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A pan of pasta with ground beef, onion, pasta shells, cheddar cheese and bacon.

My kids love cheeseburgers, and they also happen to love pasta. I combined their two favorites to make this hearty bacon cheeseburger pasta. Let me just tell you, at first I was a bit skeptical of how this would all come together. But after I had one bite, I could not stop eating it, this pasta is totally addictive!


Begin by boiling your pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, fry up your bacon until crispy. Brown your hamburger in the pan with the bacon grease, adding tomato sauce, ketchup and seasonings after the beef is done. Toss everything together with plenty of cheese and enjoy one of the most delicious and savory dinners you’ve had in a while.

Ground beef, onions and tomato sauce in a skillet

I like using 90% lean ground beef simply because it contains a lot of flavor with less grease. You can use any of your favorite cheeseburger toppings along with the bacon and pickles if you like. Any of them will fit perfectly; if it goes well on a cheeseburger, it goes well with this pasta!

Other toppings that might be good are

  • Diced tomatoes
  • Onion
  • Shredded lettuce
  • More cheese!

Ground beef in tomato sauce with pasta and shredded cheese.

I love using cheddar cheese in my cheeseburger pasta simply because it’s a classic when it comes to meal like this. However, a colby jack cheese or another mild cheese that melts easily would work great as well. This dish is easily customizable so don’t be afraid to mix things up to match your preferences.

Cheeseburger pasta in a skillet topped with pickles and bacon.


If you aren’t partial to shells, any short pasta will work in their place. Other great options are penne, rigatoni or fusilli pasta.


I personally don’t use Velveeta because I don’t think it’s as flavorful as cheddar cheese. That being said, it melts smoothly and gives a creamy texture to this pasta, so if you prefer to use it, you’ll still get great results.

A bowl of cheeseburger pasta topped with bacon and chopped pickles.

We love taking some of our other favorite recipes and turning them into pasta dishes like this incredibly delicious cheeseburger pasta. It’s a quick and easy dinner everyone will be asking for again and again.


5 from 17 votes

Cheeseburger Pasta

AuthorSara Welch
A pan of pasta with ground beef, onion, pasta shells, cheddar cheese and bacon.
This cheeseburger pasta is a hearty recipe of ground beef, shells and cheese in a savory tomato sauce, topped off with bacon and pickles. All the flavors of a bacon cheeseburger in a comforting pasta dish!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course Main
Cuisine American
Serves 4


  • 8 ounces shell pasta
  • 6 slices bacon diced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 16 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup diced pickles
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • Place the bacon in a large pan over medium high heat. Cook for 5 minutes or until bacon is browned and crisp.
  • Remove bacon from pan and set aside. 
  • Drain off most of the fat from the bacon, leaving approximately 2 teaspoons in the pan.
  • Add the ground beef to the pan and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat with a spatula, until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until onion has softened.
  • Add the tomato sauce, ketchup and mustard to the pan. Stir to coat the beef with the sauce.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the beef mixture.
  • Add the cheddar cheese to the pan with the pasta; stir until everything is combined and cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with reserved bacon, pickles and parsley, then serve.


Calories: 632kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 50g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 1073mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 454mg | Iron: 5.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This was a delicious addition to other pasta recipes. It was not difficult and it turned out so good that I’ll be adding it to my regular menu.

  2. So…leave the fat in with the browned beef? I see so many recipes that do not indicate you should drain ground beef after browning. I have to assume you should, since you’d have a big ol greasy mess if you didn’t. Clarification?

    1. I use 90% lean beef which generates very little fat. If you’re using a type of ground beef with a higher fat content then you should drain it!

  3. 5 stars
    Outstanding! Turned out even yummier than I imagined. 🙂 Will definitely keep in my recipe file! The grandkids loved it, too.

  4. This looks delicious!! I love one pot meals and this looks yummy on top of being easy to pull off…

  5. 5 stars
    My goodness, this looks and sounds like heaven in a bowel! I love literally all of the ingredients included here, so would definitely be having second helpings if I made it 😉 x

  6. 5 stars
    What a cool post! I don’t think I’ve ever had cheeseburger pasta. I’d love to try it though. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. My Nana used to make something very similar when I was younger. This totally brought back memories for me.

    1. 5 stars
      We loved this! I didnt have pickles but I did have some homemade relish we used. So good! Thank you! Saving this one!

  8. 5 stars
    We just had dill pickles on a pastrami pizza this weekend and it was so tasty! I’m excited to try this recipe with my family!

  9. this look so yummy. This pregnancy im craving everything cheeseburger so I’m definitely going to have to give this a try!

  10. 5 stars
    I have never thought to add pickles to my baked macaroni, which is a very similar cheeseburger pasta type recipe. That would probably be a nice touch since everyone but me loves pickles in the house. Saving your recipe to make later.