This Ground Beef and Rice Instant Pot Casserole takes only 10 minutes from start to finish! Perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

Easy Instant Pot Casserole Recipe

Growing up, my mom called this “busy day casserole” because it was quick and easy to put together and throw in the oven to be ready at dinner time. With the Instant Pot, you can make this not only on a busy day, but on an ultra crazy insane day, which it seems like we are having more and more of here. Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice Casserole for the win!!!!

Our original hamburger and rice casserole gets hundreds of pins every month. We just knew we had to create a recipe for the Instant Pot to make it an even quick and easier weeknight meal for your family.

Just like the original recipe, we have created two versions for this Instant Pot recipe. One is the super quick version, and one is the from scratch version. We like to make everything from scratch as often as possible, but sometimes life is crazy and you just need to open a can and pour it in to get dinner on the table.

I’ve mentioned several times that I was a picky eater growing up — sorry, Mom! Now my pickiness has come full circle and I have picky eaters of my own. Bless them! They love this Instant Pot casserole just like I did growing up. It is the cure to picky eater syndrome, and it even is getting vegetables in their bodies! Woop woop! I only wish I could find 10 more recipes they all will eat! A girl can dream!

A photo of a serving of cheesy ground beef Instant Pot casserole on a purple plate with a fork and spoon sitting on the side of the plate.

What’s Needed for Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice Casserole?

As I mentioned above, we created two versions of this Instant Pot hamburger casserole recipe — one version uses some ingredient shortcuts, and one version is totally from scratch. For the quick and easy version, you’ll need:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Garlic salt
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Long grain white rice
  • Water
  • Carrots
  • Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese

If making the from scratch version of this Instant Pot casserole recipe with ground beef, you’ll need to swap out the canned cream of mushroom soup for the following:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic
  • Mushrooms
  • All-purpose flour
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

A photo cheesy ground beef and rice Instant Pot casserole in an orange cast iron skillet topped with melted cheesy and chopped fresh parsley.

How to Make the Quick Version of This Instant Pot Casserole

  1. Start by turning your Instant Pot to “more” on the Sauté mode.
  2. Sauté the ground beef until it is mostly cooked through and then add the onion and garlic salt. Cook that for a few minutes and then drain any excess grease.
  3. Then add the cream of mushroom soup, water and carrots and stir everything together well.
  4. Add the rice to the top and push it down slightly so it is just submerged under the liquid.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set the valve to “Seal.”
  6. Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes and then allow a quick release by turning the valve to open it. Give everything a good stir.
  7. You can add the cheese to the top then or we really like to place everything into an oven safe pan and then top with cheese and stick it unto the oven on broil to melt the cheese.

read more: Be sure to check out our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet for all the info you need on cooking with your Instant Pot! 

A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.

How to Make This Instant Pot Casserole From Scratch

  1. For the from scratch version, we are going to make our own cream of mushroom soup. We start with the same steps of sautéing the ground beef and onions and removing it and draining the excess grease.
  2. Then, it is time to make the cream of mushroom soup. With the Instant Pot still on sauté, add the butter, onion, garlic and mushrooms and sauté it until everything is tender.
  3. Whisk everything with the flour for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the cream, chicken broth, and seasonings and whisk until it all comes together and thickens.
  5. Then you can add the rest of the ingredients except the rice (water, garlic salt, carrots, previously cooked ground beef and onions) and stir everything thoroughly.
  6. Add the rice on top and push it down slightly so it is submerged in the liquid.
  7. Place the lid on the Instant Pot, set the valve to “Seal” and set it to high pressure for 6 minutes and then quick release when it has finished cooking.
  8. From there you can follow the instructions given in the quick version for melting the cheese.

A photo cheesy ground beef and rice casserole in an orange cast iron skillet topped with melted cheesy and chopped fresh parsley.

How to Store Leftover Instant Pot Casserole

Store leftover Instant Pot ground beef casserole in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Can I Use Brown Rice Instead of White?

Absolutely! If using brown rice in this ground beef Instant Pot casserole recipe, add an extra 1/2 cup of water. Note that it will need to cook for 20 minutes in the Instant Pot.

Can I Freeze Ground Beef and Rice Casserole?

Yes! Cook the Instant Pot casserole without the cheese, and then allow it to cool completely. Then, freeze it in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag.

When you’re ready to eat the Instant Pot ground beef and rice casserole, put the cheese on it and warm it up in the oven (350 degrees F for about 30 minutes if you’re cooking from frozen). You could also let it thaw in the fridge overnight, then add the cheese and warm it up in the oven.

A photo of a serving of cheesy ground beef Instant Pot casserole on a purple plate with a fork and spoon sitting on the side of the plate.

Tips for Making Instant Pot Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

One of the things I love about casseroles is that you can totally change things up to fit your family’s likes. You can:

  • Add different vegetables (broccoli, green beans, corn, etc)
  • Use cooked, shredded chicken instead of beef
  • Use different cheeses for the top (pepper jack for some heat maybe?).

This ground beef Instant Pot recipe is so versatile!

More Instant Pot Dinner Recipes:

Looking for a few different Instant Pot dinner recipes other than our Ground Beef and Rice Casserole? Here are just a few to get you started:

Ground Beef and Rice Instant Pot Casserole

3.71 from 99 votes
Servings: 5
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Description

This Ground Beef and Rice Instant Pot Casserole takes only 10 minutes from start to finish! Perfect for busy weeknight dinners!

Ingredients 

Quick Version:

  • 1.3 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup Onion, , minced
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Can Soup, (Roasted Garlic Cream of Mushroom or regular cream of mushroom soup)
  • 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice, (uncooked)
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Carrots, , sliced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cheese, , sliced or shredded (Cheddar or Colby Jack)

From Scratch Version:

  • 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 cup Onion, , minced
  • 1 clove Garlic , , minced
  • 1/2 cup White Buttom Mushrooms, , minced
  • 3 tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper, , freshly ground
  • Salt, , to taste
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1.3 lbs Ground Beef, , cooked
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 Cup Carrots, , sliced
  • 1 Cup Long Grain White Rice, (uncooked)
  • Cheese, , sliced or shredded (Cheddar or Colby Jack)

Instructions

Quick Version:

  • Heat the instant pot to "more" on the sauté mode.
  • Add the ground beef and cook until almost cooked through, add the onion and garlic salt and sauté for a total of 3-5 minutes.
  • Drain excess grease.
  • Add the soup, water and carrots and stir well to combine.
  • Add the rice on top and push it down so it is just submerged under the liquid.
  • Add the lid and set the valve to seal.
  • Cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow a quick release by turning the valve, stir everything together and either add the cheese or we like to pop it in a dish and cover with cheese under the broiler.

From Scratch Version:

  • Heat the instant pot to saute and add the ground beef.
  • Remove the meat to a plate and drain off grease.
  • Keep the instant pot on sauté and add the butter, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook until tender and whisk in the flour for 30 seconds.
  • Add the cream, broth and seasoning and continue to cook on saute until bubbling and thick.
  • Quickly add all ingredients into the pot, stir well and add the lid.
  • Set the valve to seal and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Follow remaining instructions above.

Notes

  • You can add any additional seasonings or veggies.
  • You can also use shredded, cooked chicken instead of beef.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 26gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 495mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Over 500 Family Dinner Recipes Ideas
Cuisine: American

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A photo of a scoop of cheesy ground beef and rice casserole being removed from an orange casts iron skillet with a wooden spoon.