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Easy Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Cakes

Easy cheesy ground beef and rice cakes in 15 minutes

If you’ve been reading our site for a while now you’ll know that Cade and I love to chat about our family and the recipes we grew up eating. You’ll also know that our most popular recipe year after year is my mom’s cheesy ground beef and rice casserole. But even though the actual name is, Busy Day Casserole I have always thought it’s actually something that takes forever. I mean, the baking time is so long!! I guess you can get other things done while it’s baking but I wanted something even easier so easy cheesy ground beef and rice cakes were born.

Easy cheesy ground beef and rice cakes in 15 minutes

What I like about this version is, well actually there are a few things. First, it uses leftovers. I CANNOT seem to get rice right for our family. I always make too little, or most often too much so I’m stuck with leftovers. In fact, we often have a little rice, a few carrots and a small chunk of cheese in our fridge. Just randoms that need to be used up before they are wasted.

So it’s easy to throw it all in a bowl, mix and then just turn on a pan with a little oil and fry up some little rice cakes. Which brings us to my next favorite part. I love texture and a nice crisp crust on the outside and cheesy rice in the middle is totally my thing. Ya know when cheese bubbles up the side of a casserole dish and gets all crispified? Yeah buddy! I love that! These are seriously so good and it’s like 15 minutes to dinner if you just make a little extra rice and meat the day before.

You can grab this recipe over at She Knows as well and we are already working another version with a yummy sauce! Stay tuned!

Can You Eat Ground Beef That is Pink in the Center?

Ground beef should be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees.

If your hamburger has reached this temperature, but is still pink, it is safe to eat.

How Long Will Ground Beef Last in the Freezer?

Ground beef is safe indefinitely if kept frozen, but will lose quality over time.

It is best if used within 4 months.

Can Quinoa Be Substituted for Rice?

Quinoa is a popular substitute for pasta and rice.

Quinoa is high in protein and has a sweet nutty flavor.

Easy Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Cakes

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Easy cheesy ground beef and rice cakes in 15 minutes

Easy Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Cakes

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 -6


  • 2 Cups Cooked Texmati Rice
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 lb Ground Beef Cooked
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Bread Crumbs *optional but helps to hold things together a little more
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Carrots steamed
  • 1/2 Cup Peas defrosted
  • 1 1/2-2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to evenly combine.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  • Once hot, use a large spoon to scoop the rice mixture into the hot pan and press the tops gently to create a flattened circle.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden and flip over to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.  Do no worry about the rice not sticking together at first, the cooking will do that for you just like hashbrowns.
  • Place on a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheesy Ground Beef and Rice Cakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 508
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 113.8mg38%
Carbohydrates 56.7g19%
Fiber 1.1g5%
Sugar 1.5g2%
Protein 21.6g43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I love finding different recipes with rice! My boyfriend is a bit of a picky eater, but this looks like something he might enjoy!

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    • Oh this is perfect for him then. Picky eater approved! haha

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  • This is the ultimate comfort food — and I love Texmati rice!

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    • Right? We love Texmati too!

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  • One of my favorite parts about cold weather is the fact that I get to eat casseroles! I am all about anything with cheese and carbs, so this looks perfect!

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  • Love this! So easy, but I bet it’s packed with flavor and sure to be a kid favorite!

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