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This easy One Pot Creamy Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe is one of our favorite dinner recipes with ground beef! The gnocchi is simmered with seasoned ground beef and cheese for a 15-minute, one pot meal that everyone will love!! The perfect quick and easy weeknight meal.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Oh my gosh you guys, you HAVE make this new Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe for dinner tonight!!

What Is Gnocchi?

First of all, let’s talk about gnocchi. Gnocchi are pillowy soft mini potato dumplings. You could brown them in a skillet, toss them with butter and herbs, and they’d make a great meal all on their own.

Gnocchi Pronunciation

Gnocchi is pronounced like Nee-Oh-Kee, although some would argue it’s pronounced Nee-Ahh-Kee.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

For today’s gnocchi recipe, I simmered gnocchi with seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and topped with gooey, melty cheese. It’s like a gooey cheeseburger pasta with a buttery, toasted potato bun. So basically the best thing ever!!!!

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Cheeseburger Gnocchi Recipe Ingredients

Here’s all you’ll need for this gnocchi recipe. Just a few simple ingredients! You can find gnocchi on the pasta aisle. We love the DeLallo brand.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Cheeseburger Gnocchi Recipe — How to Make Gnocchi in 15 Minutes

Start by melting some butter in a large skillet.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

We’re going to start with toasting the gnocchi, because everyone knows the best burgers have toasted buns. For this gnocchi recipe you don’t have to boil the gnocchi first. Toss the gnocchi in the hot skillet for about 5 minutes until golden brown and crispy. See what I mean about these little pillows from heaven?? You could seriously just eat these as a meal!

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Remove the gnocchi to a plate, crank the heat up to high, and when the pan is very hot and smoking, add in the ground beef, onion, garlic and seasonings. I use salt, pepper, cumin, and paprika. Mustard powder would be fabulous here also if you’re into that sort of thing! This is a cheeseburger gnocchi recipe after all!

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned. Drain excess grease if necessary.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Next add the tomatoes and broth. You could definitely use water here instead, the broth just gives it a little extra flavor.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Then add the gnocchi back in and stir to combine.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for 5 minutes until the gnocchi is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

When the gnocchi is tender turn off the heat, then add the cream and cheese and stir to combine.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Top with a little more cheese and chopped scallions. You could also use pickles or capers to give it an extra cheeseburger flavor. :)

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

Broil in the oven until the cheese is golden and bubbly.

Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe

This gnocchi recipe is so, so good. Seasoned beef. Spicy tomatoes. Gooey cheese. Toasted potato dumplings. Does it seriously get any better than this??! Hope you enjoy this Cheeseburger Gnocchi recipe as much as we do!!

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Cheeseburger Gnocchi

  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Ground Beef

Description

Gnocchi recipe simmered with seasoned beef and tomatoes and topped with melted cheese.
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Ingredients

  •  1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (16 oz) package potato gnocchi
  • 1/2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)
  • 2 cups diced onion (about 1 whole onion)
  • 34 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (10-oz) can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
  • 1 cup beef broth (or water)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add gnocchi in a single layer and cook on one side for 2-3 minutes until browned and toasted. Shake the pan to toss the gnocchi and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally, until both sides are toasted. Remove gnocchi to a plate and set aside.
  2. Turn the heat to high and return skillet to stove. When the pan is very hot and smoking, add the beef and season with salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and mustard powder if desired. Add the onion and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and onions are golden. Drain if necessary.
  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, and gnocchi back into the skillet. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 5 minutes until the gnocchi is tender and liquid is mostly absorbed.
  4. Off heat, then add the cream and 1/2 cup cheese and stir to combine. Top with remaining cheese and scallions. Place the skillet under the broiler in the oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!!

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132 Responses
  1. Deana

    My 12 yr. old grandson and I made this last night and it was a big hit for him. I enjoyed it too but felt it was missing something but couldn’t put my finger on it. All in all, it made a 12 yr. old happy so I will cook this again.

  2. Bob

    Made it tonight with mild rotel. I used Rama refrigerated gnocchi. I would add a picture but forgot to take one before dinner and now after dinner all I have is a pan. No leftovers

  3. Mandy

    I have been making this recipe for years, ever since I first found it on this website. My family loves it and requests it often. On a whim, I bought a bag of frozen cauliflower gnocchi. Do you think it would work in this recipe?

  4. Dolores

    I rarely eat beef or hamburgers but when craving one this hits the spot. It is delicious. I couldn’t eat it fast enough. I only made half a recipe because it was just me but I just about doubled the meat and added a small squirt of yellow mustard and a few chopped pickles at the end. It tasted just like a gooey melted cheese burger.

  5. Karen

    My son calls this Hamburger Helper on crack lol. Our family loves this dish, and it’s a wonderful comfort food for cold nights.

  6. Cathy O’Connell

    Made this tonight and it was so easy and way too yummy!
    My husband just had 2 huge helpings of it! The only change was I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of heavy cream.
    I used fresh potato gnocchi from Whole Foods for it. This is a major Keeper!
    Thank you

  7. Linda

    Made this tonight and it was so good.  Used mild Ro-Tel and cut the pepper in half, and it was just the right amount of spice for my husband and me.  Will definitely make this again.  Thanks!

  8. Janelle

    In an attempt to save this recipe, I first pinned a link to the following – I don’t know what language barriers your poor post went through to get there, but it didn’t quite clear the hurdles. Check it out if you need a chuckle!
    https://novatastyrecipes.blogspot.com/2018/10/tasty-cheeseburger-gnocchi.html?m=1&epik=dj0yJnU9VVBGeE5HR29uMnZ3c25vM1JVcmJSMHhERVZLbExQNFombj1seWF2aWVvTWRKUDEzWGhvVEV5RThnJm09MyZ0PUFBQUFBRjFxNTVN#

    My favorite part was the “adhesive cheeseflour”

  9. Lauren st. Sauveur

    I make this a lot but my liquid never gets absorbed no matter how long I simmer for. I always have to dump quite a bit of liquid out (and I assume flavor right along with it!). What am I doing wrong??  I don’t cook, lol. 

    1. C McKeever

      I recommend the next time you make this dish, use half the broth (or water). I made this for the first time today and after reading your question and observing how much liquid was in there with the Rotel, added about 1/2 cup of water and it came out great!

    2. Misty Benton

      Add more cream and liquid & make it a soup and serve with a big hunk of crusty bread. That’s what I’m about to do!

  10. Beth

    Insanely delicious, easy, quick meal, so good. I will make this again when my grandchildren are here, but without the chilies in it, as it will be a bit too spicy for them. We didn’t broil the cheese, just put it on the top of our individual bowls and let it melt.

  11. Cara

    This was wayyyyy to spicy for my 3, 4 and 5 year old. It was yummy, but next time I will use mild ro-tel and half the amount of black pepper. Maybe spicy should be added to the title ?
    P.S. My family loves every dish I make from your collection of recipes. Thank you!

  12. Linda

    Thanks for a great recipe.  Made this for dinner tonight and it was so good with just the right amount of spice.  Will definitely be making this over and over.  

  13. Caryn Foley

    Thanks for sharing! Made this for dinner this evening and it was great. We added pickles to make it a bit more cheeseburgery. Next time I’ll take it off the heat for a couple minutes and stir in some pickle relish as the last step!

  14. Jennifer Pritchett

    This is very delicious. I think it’s much tastier than cheeseburger Mac. Husband LOVED it and had 2nds. ? made it exactly as written only omitted green onion at the end, and used whole milk instead of cream. Thanks for posting this. I’ll be sharing with others who may like it as well.

  15. Michele Webb

    Made this tonight for dinner. It was a HUGE hit!! Even the super picky son’s girlfriend loved it and had seconds!! I didn’t have Ro-Tel tomatoes so subbed in mini diced canned tomatoes and chopped up a frozen jalapeño micro small. It was fabulous!! Will definitely be on our regular rotation! Especially on a busy weeknight!! Used a full 8 ounce package of cheese. 

  16. Patricia

    Thought this sounded good so I tried it and it was delicious. I’m looking forward to trying more of Kevin & Amanda recipes. Thank you.

  17. Bob

    Don’t know anything about Ro-tel tomatoes and chillis so substituted canned tomatoes and some chopped chilli at the spicing stage.  Alongside a cucumber and mange-tout salad, it was very enjoyable (although I will increase the chilli content next time).

  18. Jeanah Cady

    This has quickly become a family fave! My kids request this dish! I use ground turkey and fat free 1/2 & 1/2 or omit it all together. I dont bother putting it in the oven either. I have started doubling the recipe just so there will be leftovers for lunch! You HAVE to try this recipe!

  19. Leanne

    I made this is tonight and it as sooo delicious!! A little spicy for my little one. Any suggestions on how to decrease the spicy heat level on this? I’m a terrible cook but this recipe is divine and super easy! Thaks for sharing

    1. Jeanah Cady

      You can use mild (or I think they even have extra mild now) Rotel or just use canned diced tomatoes

  20. Theresa Bailey

    My husband can’t eat beef so wondering if anyone has used ground chicken or turkey? I would use sausage but this recipe has all the same ingredients as the Spicy Sausage Recipe so it would probably taste the same.

  21. Louisa

    Have you ever made it without putting in under the broiler at the end?

    Sounds great! Will make it tomorrow.

    I never use ground beef so will make it with either ground buffalo or turkey. No doubt it will be just as good!

  22. Shelly

    I made this with gluten free gnocchi and my 6 year old son and I loved it! He ate the whole thing! He said we have to have it again. Thank you for giving us another way to have gnocchi. :)

  23. Sheri

    Gosh! I’m so happy to find a cook who’s not afraid of flavor. It’s always like half a teaspoon of only 1 or 2 seasonings for a whole pound of beef and just 1 clove of garlic. I’m always so excited to find a fellow cook who loves flavor as much as I do. I made this tonight and it was so yummy that I was eating it out of the plastic container as I was trying to put away the leftovers. =) This was the first recipe I’ve made from you so I’ll definitely be trying more. Thanks for this!!! :)

  24. MMOByte

    This recipe looked great until I tried it.

    .. after which I found it AMAZING! Seriously, this is some seriously tasty food! I added in some chili flakes personally as I love that little bit of zing in my food, but that was the only change I made!

    Damn this was good!

    Thank you VERY much for the recipe, Kevin and Amanda! Bookmarked the site for other awesome recipes. :^D

  25. Hannah Colletti

    LOVE this recipe. I add a couple squeezes of condiment mustard instead of mustard powder to the meat, and then instead of cheddar cheese I melt American cheese on the very top and add pickles as suggested. SO GOOD. 

  26. dks64

    Thank you for sharing the recipe! My husband and I are vegetarians, so we used Beyond Beef Zesty Crumbles (they’re spicy) in place of ground beef and vegetarian “beef” stock. It turned out AMAZING. The best part is I keep a decently stocked kitchen and was able to make this without going to the store. I will definitely be making this again.

  27. Julie

    Amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing! I followed your recipe to the tee and you nailed the measurements (in my opinion). We don’t have Ro-tel in Toronto so I subbed in 10 oz of canned diced San Marizano. The finished product looks so fancy! Tastes great too!

  28. Jennifer MKE

    Grown up hamburger helper! This was SO delicious – best warm comfort food for a rainy cold day. I was cooking bacon at the same time for a later meal and used the bacon grease in place of butter when toasting the gnocchi. Your spice combo was perfect – so flavorful! Thank you for our new “go to” dish!!

  29. Chris

    I saw the picture of this meal and I knew I had to try/make it. Let me tell you, my boyfriend and I looooved it. Definetly a new favorite. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  30. Quandora

    I got the link to this recipe in an email from Yummly and it looked so good, I kept the page open on my tablet for more than a month so I wouldn’t lose it. Well, tonight was the night to try it and I’m so glad I did…it was soooooo good!!! It’s definitely a keeper so I’m saving it to make certain I have it whenever I want something quick and tasty. 

  31. Mike

    Wow, made it to the recipe except I doubled the ground beef, can’t buy 1/2 lb of Ground Beef.
    The results will knock your socks off. It is so flavorful and rich, be sure to have an appropriate bread served with it. Awesome.

  32. Philip

    Why would you add seasoning to the ground beef before you drain it? Wouldn’t that just let the seasoning drain out with the grease? I drain, then add seasoning to sauce and bring to a boil.

  33. Robbyn

    I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. I know it mentions being a derivative  of cheeseburger and maybe it technically is but it tastes nothing like a cheeseburger. It is so delicious and a cheeseburger pales in comparison so much that it shouldn’t even be mentioned. I have never eaten gnocchi prior to this but I am so happy that I went out on a limb and tried it. It was a hit with me and my husband!

  34. Amanda @ Amanda's Daily Dish

    Wow, what a great dinner idea. My kiddos love gnocchi and they love cheeseburgers. Thanks for the recipe.

  35. Melanie

    I have made this dish a few times. I do make my own gnocchi (just because it is fun!) and I do boil it first; then follow instructions to brown in skillet, etc… I omit tomato all together and it still is wonderful! So glad to find this recipe, planning to make it again tonight.

  36. Danny Smith

    Hello,I have a question,what’s the difference between heavy whipping cream and heavy cream.Your picture shows heavy whipping cream while the recipe calls for heavy cream.I want to try this and I’m just wondering.

  37. Jessica

    I’m going to try this recipe. If I make my own gnocchi do I skip the boiling part to cook it and just pop the dough right into the skillet to brown it/cook it?

  38. Chelle

    I made this tonight, after pinning it several months ago and subsequent lusting after it til today.

    I gotta say…. I loved it EXCEPT for the Rotel. I like Rotel, but the flavor totally overwhelmed everything else and detracted from the “cheeseburger-ness” of it. In scrolling through the comments, I noticed that many of the positive reviews omitted the Rotel in favor of ketchup or tomato paste, and I’ll definitely do the same next time, or use about 4 oz diced tomato. It’s definitely worth playing around with.

    1. Michelle

      I came here to comment the same thing. It felt much more like a Mexican dish than a cheeseburger dish. Since I had the rotel in already, I used a Mexican cheese. My kids asked for sour cream to be put on it (that helped them with the heat). So really, I accidentally discovered the Mexican version.

      Next time I will make it with just tomatoes (no Rotel) and sharp cheddar. I bet that will hit closer to the mark I was aiming at originally.

      It DOES taste good in the Mexican version but I was really pining for the cheeseburger feel. Great recipe though!

  39. Rachael

    I made this and it is CRAZY delicious!!!! If you are looking to impress, look no further. I did not have Rotel on hand, so subbed with a can of petite diced tomatoes. No mustard powder, subbed with a generous squirt (roughly a Tbsp) of regular mustard. I recommend you make sure to toast those little gnocchis and it is a MUST to broil that cheese on top, such magnificent flavors and textures. I promise, this is a grand slam homerun ?

  40. Stacy

    This can only be described as utterly amazing. Really. I mean, wow! And just when I thought your recipes couldn’t get any better, I make this one.
    I had to use plain diced tomatoes because my children are spicy pansies, but it was still super, duper good!

  41. Dom

    Another incredible recipe! These are amazing. I’m devouring my second helping as I type. Easy, delicious, and perfect on a bitter winter night after a long day at work. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Doreen

    Made this for dinner tonight. Directions were spot-on. Made it as directed and it was delicious and looked just like your pictures. Thanks for a great recipe.

  43. Misty

    I found this yesterday morning and made it last night. I just couldn’t wait. It was soooo good but to me tasted more like a Mexican dish than cheeseburger. Really yummy though.

  44. Bre

    Hi! I’m super excited to try this. I could only find frozen gnocchi though, and I’ve never cooked with it before – should I thaw it before I toast it?

  45. Donna

    Wow, this was delicious! I never, ever leave comments and I was compelled to do so. I forgot to get cream so I used 2 oz. of cream cheese. I was getting so tired of the blandness of family friendly recipes that all taste the same, this was such a pleasant surprise, lots of flavor, a little heat (could use Rotel with habaneros for more excitement) and quick! The only thing I would do differently is less salt. Well done Kevin and Amanda!

  46. Heather

    This was a great change of pace! My husband was dreading it but ended up going back for seconds! I used a whole pound of hamburger and am glad I did. I think next time, though, I will reduce the seasonings – was a bit too salty for me. Thanks for sharing, I LOVE one pot meals!

  47. Jessica

    The first time I made this, I shared it with my coworkers. It was a hit! One of them literally licked the bowl clean :). It didn’t even last an hour! This will definitely become a regular meal at my house! I’ve also made your ham and cheese tortellini, and next on my list is the 15 min lasagna. Thanks for the awesome recipes!

  48. Maebelle18

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! I omitted the heavy cream and used high quality sharp cheddar and left out a cup of onions…oh, I added bacon (I actually cooked the bacon and gnocchi together) and it’s perfect. My husband asked for this dish to stay in our recipe arsenal.

  49. Heather

    I love gnocchi and love cheeseburger type casseroles so I was super excited about this. I must have done something wrong because mine was very runny (any advice is welcome). In hindsight I realized I didn’t drain the can of rotel and that could’ve been the culprit. I ended up draining some of the liquid before adding the cheese and it was still too runny for my taste. MY SIL loved it and my daughter who doesn’t like gnocchi thought it was pretty good. I will make it again but will drain the rotel into a measuring cup and then add beef broth to make maybe a 1/2c to 3/4c of liquid to be added. I did double the hamburg and I was happy I did that, although next time I will use mini-gnocchi, I think they would be better. I did add some red pepper flakes to the meat while browning and added some jalapeno cheddar along with regular cheddar and it gave it a nice little kick. Enough to notice but not enough where the little kids couldn’t eat it. Next time I might add some Velveeta to make it a bit more creamy. Also, I added some bacon bits but not enough because I never tasted them. I may have added them too soon, next time I will sprinkle them on before the top layer of cheese. Thanks for a great recipe – it was SUPER easy and quick to make and a one pot dish which I love even more.

    1. Maebelle18

      I omitted the heavy cream and used a high quality sharp cheddar – I also drained the rotel. Instead of bacon bits, I chopped up some bacon and fried it with my gnocchi and it was delicious.

  50. iamsupermelski

    Wow, just wow! My stomach just growled. I am pinning this recipe and will try it out soon. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  51. Mechille

    Tried this recipe last night….it was delicious!!! I’ve never been one to follow recipes exactly as written, so I made some adjustments. When cooking the gnocchi in the butter, I added more butter about halfway through and seasoned with salt, pepper, and granulated garlic. I added green pepper to the hamburger, along with more granulated garlic, chopped fresh garlic, and seasoned salt (in addition to the other ingredients listed). Great recipe!!!

  52. J.J.

    I noticed that the recipe calls for 1/2 lb of ground beef… but in the photo, it looks more like 1 lb. I was just curious which is correct. Thanks!

  53. Cassie

    I have 2 teenagers (boys, 14 and 18), and a very hungry husband, so I had to double the recipe (could have tripled it, it would have been eaten, it was that good!). I ended up using sour cream instead of the whipping cream (didn’t have any), and I seasoned the dish with Emeril Lagasse’s “essence” (a blend of spices that you can mix yourself and goes with lots of dishes, I use it a lot). This one is a keeper, everyone loved it!

  54. Betsy

    I was VERY surprised my picky eaters went nuts over this. Only disappointing thing about it was there were no seconds! Almost embarrassing how fast the forks were flying. Everyone voted to add this into our dinner rotation.

  55. Renee

    I made this recipe last week for dinner and it was “oh my stars!” good! YUM! Thank you for the great blog and recipes that are always a winner!

  56. Paula F.

    I made this recipe last night. We have never had gnocchi and we fell in love! This recipe falls into the “comfort foods” list. The little pillows of potato blend in so well with the sauce and beef aad garlic. This recipe will be going into our favorites book. Thank you for tempting me to try it!

  57. Jill

    Amanda, I made this tonight and added a ton of bacon. My family went positively bonkers for it. Even my picky teen devoured this dish in no time flat. Oh and since my guys won’t touch Rotel for the life of them, I stirred in a heaping tablespoon of tomato paste and it was divine! Thanks for posting this…I’m torn between the Cheesy Sausage Tortellini or this as my favorite now! …or is it the Ham and Cheese Gnocchi….? Too many choices! <3

    1. rowanvamp0

      Thank you for telling me what you use as a substitute for the rotel and also how much you used. I have a husband that won’t eat anything with tomatoes in it!

  58. Andrea

    This looks delicious and super easy, the perfect combination. Your skillet lasagna recipe has become a staple in our house and I’m sure this one will as well. Thanks for sharing.

  59. Jodie

    I doubled the recipe, and my family decimated it. They won’t eat Ro-Tel, so I used just a bit of organic ketchup. It was delicious!

  60. Dawn

    Getting ready to make this tonight, do you know how much butter you use for the gnocchi? Thanks. Looking forward to giving this a try. :)

  61. Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy

    I love gnocchi and wow, this meal looks amazing! It looks so flavorful and delicious! Putting it on my to-try-recipes list! :)

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