Easy cheesy ground beef and rice cakes get dinner on the table in minutes

I wish I could tell you that as a wife, mother and food blogger that I’ve got this whole dinner thing in the bag; but the truth is, I’m a tired mom — and I don’t feel bad about it.

We grew up on a super simple dish my family called Busy Day Casserole or cheesy ground beef and rice casserole. It takes over an hour to cook, so I don’t really get the busy day part, but it was my favorite as a kid and the #1 recipe on our site year after year.

Cheesy Beef and rice fried cakes
Image: Carrian Cheney/SheKnows

Dinner seems to easily get away from me if I don’t have a plan. And although I’ve been cooking for years, I still tend to make too much for our little family of myself, my husband and our two girls, who eat like birds unless it’s cookies or brownies. Leftovers are my arch nemesis and will be forever.

I just don’t want to eat the same thing day after day, but I don’t want to waste either. Lately I’ve gotten much better about how much my family will eat but leftover rice and veggies still hang out in my fridge all too often. And then I discovered that I could easily turn our number one recipe into an even easier dinner that comes together with the leftovers in the fridge. I just mix up the old rice, ground beef (or any meat really) and the leftover peas and carrots (but again, you can use anything!) with a little cheese, seasonings and eggs as a binding ingredient and bam! I’ve got dinner ready in 15 minutes.

I just scoop some of the rice into a hot, oiled pan, press down a little so it looks flat and fry on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes. We serve these up with fresh salad or fruit and everyone loves them!

Cheesy Beef and rice fried cakes
Image: Carrian Cheney/SheKnows

Cheesy ground beef and rice fried cakes recipe


  • 2 cups cooked Texmati® Rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 pound 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 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Cheesy Beef and rice fried cakes
Image: Carrian Cheney/SheKnows


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix to evenly combine.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil.
  3. 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.
  4. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden and flip over to cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Do no worry about the rice not sticking together at first, the cooking will do that for you just like hash browns.
  5. Place on a paper towel lined plate and serve immediately.

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