Hamburger Potato Casserole is a delicious ground beef recipe that’s so simple to make. An easy dinner idea that’s so rich, creamy & filling! If you need a tasty casserole dish that’s perfect for those busy weeknights, this should definitely hit the spot.
We’re always eager to make up casseroles- or a good hotdish, as some of you folks might call them. This along with our Chicken Pot Pie Casserole and our Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole are comforting and easy to make.
Casserole recipes are usually pretty easy to make: pitch the ingredients into a casserole dish, maybe throw on some sort of topping, and let it bake. It’s usually less a case of “how to make a casserole” and more of “how am I going to make this casserole?” Hamburger Casserole is a popular casserole you can find on the internet, but this Hamburger Potato Casserole we’ve made up is a good upgrade.
The mixture of browned ground beef, some sliced potato rounds, and a creamy casserole filling made from cream of mushroom soup scratches that itch for good comfort food. Creamy, beefy, and a little cheesy- it’s the perfect combo of flavors for a tasty, filling weeknight dinner recipe. What’s even better is that this combination of ingredients makes for an incredibly easy recipe! Tasty comfort food cooked up quick? What’s not to love?
Why you’ll love this easy Hamburger Potato Casserole recipe
- This easy casserole recipe checks off all the boxes: it’s simple to make, it’s tasty and comforting, and all the ingredients are cheap and easy to find. A quick run to the grocery and you’ve got an easy weeknight dinner all sorted out!
- Hamburger Casserole is a great dish for the picky eaters in your family. We use garlic and onion powders instead of whole veggies and ground beef and potatoes are very kid-friendly ingredients.
- Any leftovers you have will keep for a good couple days. They reheat real well too- which means you can enjoy this comforting casserole dish for quite a bit after you’ve made it!
Potato Hamburger Casserole Ingredients
This is a great inexpensive recipe: all the ingredients you’ll need are easy on the wallet and always seem to be in stock at the grocery. To make this delicious Hamburger Potato Casserole, here’s all the ingredients you’ll need:
- Potatoes – Most potatoes should work in this recipe- maybe not sweet potatoes. We went with these small ones because we wanted to cut them into these thin-sliced rounds. You can just dice them into big chunks if that’s what you prefer.
- Ground Beef – We’ll be browning and draining this off, so don’t worry about it being too fatty. This is a great recipe for using any frozen ground beef you’ve been stocking up on!
- Cream of Mushroom Soup – Campbell’s soup- especially these creamy condensed soups- make for such great kitchen hacks! We’ll add a couple cans of cream of mushroom to our casserole to amp up the flavor and the creaminess.
- Garlic and Onion Powder
- Cheddar Cheese – You might be wondering why we’re not calling this a Potato Cheeseburger Casserole if we’re adding cheese. Don’t think about this as putting cheese on a cheeseburger and more like adding cheese to something like a cream sauce. Just know that it’s going to make our Hamburger Casserole taste even better!
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How to make a Hamburger Casserole with Potatoes
We love easy casserole recipes and this Potato Hamburger Casserole is definitely one of the easier ones we’ve seen. Here’s all you have to do:
- Brown ground beef, drain, and set aside. Peel potatoes before slicing to preference and setting aside. Combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, and garlic and onion powders in a medium bowl. Stir and set aside.
- Layer half of potatoes in bottom of greased 9×13 baking dish. Top with half of beef, half of soup mix, and half of shredded cheese. Add another layer of remaining potatoes, another of remaining beef, and another of remaining soup mix.
- Cover casserole with foil and set in 350 degree oven and let bake 90 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil, top with remaining shredded cheese, and bake another 15 minutes. Let sit for 8-12 minutes to firm up and cool off before serving.
If you’ve got a few ingredients missing for the Hamburger Potato Casserole, don’t get worried! Here’s some substitutions you can give a try:
- Potatoes – If you don’t have any fresh potatoes on hand, double-check your freezer. If you have any frozen hash browns or frozen Potatoes O’Brien, they’ll probably work okay in our recipe.
- Milk – Since we’re using this milk to cut our cream of mushroom soup a bit, it’s not too important what kind of milk you’re using. 2% milk, skim milk, and maybe even non-fat milk will work out- your finished Hamburger Casserole might not be as creamy though.
- Garlic and Onion – This is less of a substitution and more of a suggestion. We used onion and garlic powder to make this dish a bit more kid-friendly and workable for picky eaters. If that’s not too much of a concern, feel free to use sliced or diced onions and minced garlic.
Want some ways to change our Hamburger Potato Casserole recipe? Here’s a couple of ideas you can mess around with:
- Using Different Soups – We made our Hamburger Potato Casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Another popular option is to make your Hamburger Potato Casserole with cream of chicken soup instead. Since we use two cans of soup in this recipe, you might even try using one of each.
- Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole – If the idea of something closer to a Cheeserburger Casserole sounds good to you, go right ahead! Add as much extra cheese as you want, maybe a touch of heavy cream or sour cream, and some tomato sauce as well.
Storage / Freezing
Storage: Once you’ve had your fill of Hamburger Potato Casserole, you’ll want to save those leftovers! Transfer the leftover casserole to an airtight container and keep in the fridge. Kept like this, expect it to last 3-4 days.
Freezing: Freezing leftover casserole is also an option. Wrap it up with foil and/or plastic wrap and put in the freezer. If you wrapped it up right, it’ll last around 2-3 months or as many as 6 if you don’t mind some flavor and texture changes.
Baking times will vary for this ground beef casserole. Depending on the thickness and type of potato used and also your oven. Be sure to allow enough baking time for your potatoes to cook. The time could take quite a bit longer.
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Hamburger Potato Casserole
- 6 small Potatoes peeled and thin sliced
- 2 lb Ground Beef browned and drained
- 21 oz Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup 2 cans
- 1 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Brown the ground beef, drain and set aside.
- Peel potatoes, slice and set aside.
- Combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, onion powder and garlic powder in a medium bowl.
- Stir until blended and set aside.
- Grease a 9×13″ baking dish.
- Layer about 1/2 the potatoes on the bottom.
- Top with a layer of about 1/2 the beef.
- Then layer 1/2 the soup and 1/2 the cheese.
- Repeat another set of layers of potatoes, beef and soup.
- Cover with foil and bake for 90 minutes.
- Check to make sure potatoes are tender. If not, re-cover and bake another 15 minutes.
- Remove foil and top with remaining cheese.
- Bake 15 more minutes.
- Allow it to sit for 8-12 minutes to firm and cool slightly.