Cheeseburger Stuffed Shells

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Cheesy Cheeseburger Stuffed Shells

Delicious huge pasta shells called “Cheeseburger Stuffed Shells” are stuffed with ground beef, a ton of cheddar cheese, and your favorite Big Mac toppings. You don’t even need to prepare additional side dishes to go with this hearty supper, which is done in just a few minutes. Even the kids will enjoy it with the family!

Where Stuffed Shells Started

Conchiglioni, as the shells are officially known, are typically served with ricotta cream and marinara sauce. However, rather than being Italian, the recipe for filled shells originated in Sicily. The initial versions contained meat, tomato sauce, and peas. But because we enjoy variety, we load our shells with cheeseburger stuffing.

Savory and delectable comfort food, cheeseburger-stuffed shells are ideal for a chilly winter night. However, this dish can be enjoyed all throughout the year and is so adaptable that you may customize it by adding white sauce, various cheeses, and other meats. Are you looking for additional simple dinner recipes?

The combination of flavors in this delicious supper makes it a family favorite.

Recipe variations:

  • Different cheese: Try these with ricotta cheese. They are deliciously creamy.
  • Seasoned salt: For extra flavor, add a bit of seasoned salt.
  • Other meat: Alternatively, replace ground beef with ground chicken, turkey, or pork.
  • Add more veggies: Feel free to add your own favorite veggies to the meat mixture like bell peppers, zucchini, and celery.
  • Make it spicy: Or, add some chopped jalapenos for spicy cheeseburger stuffed shells. 
  • Whole wheat pasta: For a healthier dish, use whole wheat pasta shells. 
  • Italian shells: Try using Italian sausage with oregano instead of beef for a different twist.

How to serve:

This is an easy dinner recipe that can be served alone or with your favorite foods. Try one of these yummy serving ideas or share some of your own in the comments section below. 

  • Serve with other favorite toppings like sour cream, guacamole, salsa, and whatever else you like. 
  • These shells taste great with some parmesan and romano cheese sprinkled on top. 
  • Bake some breadsticks or rolls to dip in the sauce for a heartier meal. 
  • Crumble some crispy bacon on top for bacon cheeseburger stuffed shells. 
  • This meal would go great with a side salad.
  • Use leftovers to make a casserole for tomorrow’s dinner. 

Try with our Strawberry Crisp dessert.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes.
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 554kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


  • 10 oz jumbo shells (dry)
  • 1/2-pound ground beef (or sausage)
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce.
  • 1/4 cup beef broth (low sodium)


  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped fresh tomatoes.
  • Diced pickle.
  • Thousand island dressing



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the large shells according to the package direction. Drain and set aside.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the beef, cook, and crumble it using a wooden spoon.
  • Add in the onion and garlic and cook together until the beef is cooked through and the onions are translucent and soft. Drain grease.
  • Next, add the diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and paprika, and stir.
  • Then add in the shredded cheddar cheese. Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a bowl or measuring cup. whisk together the tomato sauce and broth. Add the mixture to the bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish.
  • Spoon the beef mixture into the cooked shells and arrange them tightly in a single layer in the casserole dish.
  • Top with the remaining 1 cup of cheese.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and drizzle with thousand islands dressing before serving.


Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 856mg | Potassium: 746mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 476IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 187mg | Iron: 4mg
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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