This Hamburger Potato Casserole is layers of sliced potatoes, and hearty ground beef, in a creamy sauce and topped with gooey cheese. You can't go wrong with this classic comfort food meal on busy weeknights.
❤️ Why You'll Love It
- If you love easy casserole recipes then this recipe is for you.This potato casserole with ground beef is incredibly easy to make and packed with flavor.
- It's a filling, family-friendly easy weeknight meal that doesn't take much effort but yields delicious results.
- Plus, it's budget-friendly and a great way to use up any potatoes you have on hand before they go bad.
I don't know about you, but I love ground beef casserole recipes because all you need to do is assemble them and let the oven do the rest of the work. Plus, they are a great way to feed a crowd without breaking the bank. And, this creamy potato casserole is nothing different.
Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat sauté onion the garlic. Add ground beef and brown breaking it apart until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix in mushroom soup and half and half into the ground beef mixture.
- Layer potato meat and cheese as directed and bake in the center of the oven.
- Take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese over, bake, or place under the broiler until the cheese melts and browned.
👍 Amira's Tips
- Don't forget to grease your casserole dish well. I've found that this ensures the potatoes won't stick to the bottom.
- I've found that it is better to drain excess fat from the ground beff before adding the sauce so the dish won't be too greasy.
- Try to slice your potatoes as thin and even as possible so they cook evenly. Using a very sharp knife or a mandolin works best.
- Making sure to cover the casserole tightly with a double layer of aluminum foil will help keep all the moisture in while it's baking.
- If you like your cheese extra crispy, feel free to turn on the broiler for the last few minutes of cooking time. Just make sure to watch them closely so it doesn't burn.
- I've found that if you shred your own cheese instead of using the pre-shredded kind you will get a better cheese melt.
- This casserole can be stored in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Just make sure that you store the leftovers in an airtight container or covered tightly with foil or plastic wrap.
⌛ Make Ahead
- One great thing about this simple casserole recipe is that you can assemble it ahead of time. Just follow the assembly instructions and then cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- When you are ready to bake it while the oven preheats move the casserole dish to the counter to warm up slightly and put it in the oven once the oven is preheated.
🍽️ Serve With
- Out of cream of mushroom soup? You can use cream of potato, cream of chicken, or even cream of celery soup instead.
- Want to make it a little healthier? Swap out the ground beef for ground turkey or ground chicken to save on a few calories.
- If you like a hint of spice, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes or chili powder to the beef mixture.
- If you're looking for a little crunch, you could also top this casserole with some crushed potato chips before baking. And if you don't have cheese on hand, you can easily leave it out altogether or use vegan cheese instead. The possibilities are endless!🍴 Enjoy
- For an extra flavor punch, try stirring in some of your favorite seasonings (e.g., garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika) into the ground beef mixture.
You can reheat single servings in the microwave on 50% power for 1-2 minutes. Or reheat enough for the whole family in a casserole dish in the oven at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until heated through.
I prefer to use red or yellow potatoes are they are slightly less starchy and turn out creamy in this casserole.
Yes, you can freeze this casserole. To do so, assemble the casserole as instructed then cover it tightly with a double layer of aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
📣 Related Recipes
- This Cowboy Tater Tot Casseorle is another easy recipe that you can make for your family if you enjoy casseroles.
- Are you looking for another hamburger casserole to make for your family? If so, next time give this Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole a try.
- Add a little more flavor to your meal rotation and give this Ground Beef Doritos Casserole a try next time.
- This Baked Beans with Ground Beef dish can stand on its own or complements a variety of meals. An amazing blend of sweet, savory and smoky flavors make this a comfort food for all times.
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Hamburger Potato Casserole
- 2 pounds potatoes yellow or red
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 yellow onion diced
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cans (10.5 ounce each) cream of mushroom soup use a homemade soup
- 1 ½ cup half and half
- 1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F and spray a 13x9 casserole dish with oil spray. Set aside.
- Wash, peel if desired and thinly slice potatoes to about ¼ inch thickness.
Make the ground beef:
- Heat a large skillet on medium-high heat pour in olive oil then sauté onion for about 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds.
- Add ground beef and brown breaking it apart until no longer pink.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Drain excess fat if desired.
- Mix in mushroom soup and half and half into the ground beef mixture.
- Layer ⅓rd of the sliced potatoes at the bottom of the casserole dish, top with ⅓rd of the ground beef then sprinkle ½ cup of cheese on top.
- Top that with another ⅓rd of the potatoes then ⅓rd of the ground beef and another ½ cup of cheese.
- For the final layer place the remaining potatoes over and top with ground beef. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake in the center of the oven for 75- 90 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Take the casserole out of the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese over, bake or place under the broiler until cheese melts and browned.
- It is quicker and easier to use a mandoline slicer to slice potatoes for this recipe.
- You can use milk instead of half and half for a lighter dish.
- Also it is better to use lean ground beef for this recipe, I would suggest 90% if possible.
- Use any condensed cream soup you like and you can always make your own cream of chicken soup substitute here.
- I like using yellow potatoes for this recipe but you can also use red or russet, make sure to peel russet potatoes though.
- Add some vegetables to your dish like peas, green beans, corn, carrots.. etc
Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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