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Hamburger Hot Dish with Rice

Got picky kids? I've got a new meal just for you. Hamburger Hot Dish with Rice is an easy casserole that my kids love, and yours will too.  Featuring ground beef, rice, and kidney beans in a base of tomato sauce, you may already have all the ingredients on hand. 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Casserole, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef casserole, ground beef recipe, hamburger casserole, hamburger hot dish, hamburger hot dish with rice, hamburger rice hot dish, hamburger rice tomato hot dish, kid friendly meal
Servings: 10 people
Author: Barbara


  • 1 cup raw rice (not instant)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 15 ounces red kidney bean, drained
  • 1 quart tomato juice (4 cups)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F; spray a 13 x 9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Boil rice in salted water until partially cooked (approximately 5 minutes); drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onions and celery; drain excess grease if needed.
  • Season beef with salt, black pepper, seasoned salt and chili powder. Add drained beans to the mixture and stir.
  • Alternate rice and meat mixture in the prepared baking dish. Pour tomato juice over the casserole.
  • Bake uncovered for 1 hour or until rice is cooked and fluffy.
  • Fluff casserole with a fork before serving.


  • On a budget? Reduce the ground beef to 1 pound instead of 1 1/2 pounds in this hamburger casserole. 
  • If your ground beef is greasy; drain the excess grease before seasoning.
  • Swap out tomato juice for V8 juice, if desired. 
  • Dark red or light red kidney beans can be sure. Be sure to drain them. 
  • Be sure to fluff the entire hamburger rice tomato hot dish with a fork before serving so that all the sauce isn't on top. 
  • My kids also love this version with pork sausage: Savory Sausage Casserole.