Hamburger Potato Casserole Recipe has everything you need for a great meal. Lots of creamy potatoes, hearty beef and more make this a crowd favorite.
Hamburger potato casserole recipe
I’m excited today to show you how to make this hamburger casserole. My kids devoured this easy dinner idea. It is the best beef casserole we have made and I think you will agree.
Hamburger potato casserole recipe is the best comfort food and everyone will love the potatoes, the beef, the cheese…oh my!
This is the best hamburger meat casserole… I promise!
Plus, we have a Gluten Free Hamburger Casserole Recipe for those that are gluten free!
Check out this video to learn how to make easy hamburger casserole.
Let’s get started!
Make sure you have a 9×13 pan.
You also will need a nice 9×13 casserole dish to bake the casserole in. Amazon has some on sale right now!
This is a great meal to take to someone recovering from surgery or that just had a baby. You can use one of these foil pans and clean up is a breeze.
Sometimes we even use these pans on crazy busy nights. Less clean up!
We also like to make 2 of these and put one in the freezer. Talk about a life saver on busy nights.
I can’t tell you the times I have been temped to head toward a drive thru but remembered I had one of these casserole dishes in the freezer. It is a win all around for sure!
Not only will you save money but everyone gets to enjoy a delicious meal. It is a win for everyone!
Ingredients for easy hamburger potato casserole:
- 5 small potatoes
- 2 lbs of ground beef, browned
- 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
- 1 ½ cups of milk
- 1 ½ cups of shredded cheese (we used a colby jack mix, but cheddar would be great too)
How to make hamburger casserole:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown your ground beef and set aside
Peel and slice potatoes and set aside. We use this easy mandoline slicer to cut our potatoes quickly.
In a mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Set aside.
Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray.
Layer in the pan, potatoes, beef, soup, and cheese. Then repeat. Top with remaining cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour
Remover foil and bake another 30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.
This hamburger potato casserole is easy to make and tastes great. You can easily assemble this ahead of time and then place in the oven when you are ready to eat.
What to serve with hamburger meat casserole:
I personally like to serve it with a side salad because that makes dinner done with no extra work. However, steamed broccoli (see how to steam broccoli in the microwave easily) would also be amazing without any extra work.
Green beans also taste great and make a simple side dish as well. This meal is also good with asparagus.
This oven roasted asparagus is a family favorite and it is very simple and quick to make.
Just keep it simple.
How to freeze this hamburger potato casserole:
Now this is an easy freezer meal. However, raw potatoes don’t freeze that great, so I suggest you replace the potatoes with a package of frozen hash browns.
Layer just like you would with the hash browns. Cover with foil and freeze.
Then allow it to thaw in your refrigerator overnight and cook according to directions above. If it is still frozen in the middle cook with it covered for 1 ½ hours and then 30 minutes uncovered.
I do recommend you freeze it in one of these 9×13 foil pans. Then cover with foil. Add one of these freezer labels and place in side a 2 gallon freezer bag to keep it fresh.
Try this delicious hamburger potato casserole today.
This is the best comfort food and really easy to make. The sliced potatoes blend with cream of mushroom soup, cheese and more for a great meal.
You can also use cream of celery in this casserole dish. We often use what we have or can get on sale.
Print the hamburger potato casserole recipe below:
How to make Hamburger Casserole
- 5 small potatoes
- 2 lbs of ground beef browned
- 2 Cans cream of mushroom soup
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese we used a colby jack mix, but cheddar would be great too
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown your ground beef and set aside
- Peel and slice potatoes and set aside. We use this easy mandoline slicer to cut our potatoes quickly.
- In a mixing bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, milk, salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Set aside.
- Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non stick spray.
- Layer in the pan, potatoes, beef, soup, and cheese. Then repeat. Top with remaining cheese.
- Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour
- Remover foil and bake another 30 minutes until potatoes are fork tender.
- Allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then cut and serve.
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We are going to show you how easy it is to make homemade cream of mushroom soup.
Try these other easy casserole recipes:
- Delicious Chicken Nugget Casserole
- Hamburger Hash Recipe
- Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole
- Easy Taco Casserole Recipe (It freezes great!)
- Easy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Bacon Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
What else would you alter if you only had 1lb of beef? Would you go ahead and half everything?
Yes, I would Casey.
With 1 lb. I would fill it up with red peppers, diced carrots, more potatoes, some sauteed .
That sounds delicious – or you could even add in beans for a whole new flavor.
If you didn’t have cream of mushroom, what would you use?
cream of celery would work well too.
What seasoning did you use for the hamburger potato casserole?
Just salt and pepper
I would substitute for the cream of mushroom, cream of chicken because I don’t like mushrooms
Have you ever boiled the potatoes first to cut down on cook time?
Anyway to get this in a printer friendly format?? Thanks 🙂
This was so yummy thank you! I needed some comfort food and this good old fashioned casserole did the trick. I used cream of potato cause I’m not a fan of mushrooms but otherwise followed your recipe and I wouldn’t change a thing. The hubs loved it too and he can be picky!
I cooked the hamburger with a little onion and used cheddar cheese soup instead of cream of mushroom. It was delicious!
I made this and liked it very much . Then today I made it again and I added onion and green bell pepper. . It’s in the oven now ,so I can’t tell you how it taste…thank you for sharing your recipe .
This looks delicious, but my husband doesn’t like cheese. Could I leave it out?
I tried this tonight and it was delicious! Thank you for the recipe! My husband doesn’t like cream of mushroom soup, so I used cream of potato soup and it seemed to work great.
I make this same casserole with ground beef or any leftover meat I have but I do add onions. I have also added frozen sweet peas with carrots which my family likes. This is even good meatless.
Could I substitute the beef with chicken? My kids, all boys, do not like beef, but love chicken.
I used 1 lb pork sausage 1 lb beef. It gave it a little spice that was nice in it.
Can you use cream of chicken soup?
Cream of chicken would work or they have a creamy onion.. might try sour cream too
I made this today yummmmy
I’m so glad you liked it!
Can I use cream of chicken soup instead of mushroom?
Have you ever tried hash Browns instead of peeled potatoes?
Carrie, rather than using sliced potatoes can you sub frozen hash brown potatoes?
Yes you definitely can.
This is in the oven as we speak. I’m so excited. It looks awesome. I can’t wait until it’s done.
I just put this in the oven. I did substitute 1/2 pound of hamburger with pork, only because I had it in the freezer and needed to use up the pork. I also added 1/2 a large onion to the meat while it was cooking. And, substituted cream of chicken – again, because I had it in the pantry. I am anxious for it to finish cooking. Thanks for the recipe.
First time making this meal!! It looks delicious!!
Looking forward to try this tonight It’s a weeknight I don’t want much of a mess in my kitchen after dinner. I think I’m going to add some frozen mixed vegetables with that however Thanks for the recipe.
About how many will this serve?
Cook then freeze, if making ahead, or freeze then cook?
Can I use chicken broth instead of cream of chicken?
Andi, yes you can, or you can use my homemade cream of chicken soup recipe – https://www.eatingonadime.com/gluten-free-cream-chicken-soup-recipe/
Freeze then cook. Thanks Sylvia!
Can i use cream ofcheddar ,soup no cheese on top n a can od peas n cartots?
Yes, I think that might taste great!
This hamburger casserole is a great dish! I’ve made it several times over the winter, my teenage son loves it, and I’ve served it to company. So far, everyone who’s tried it loves it. Thank you!
My family loved this recipe. This will be a family favorite. Thank you for sharing
There are no seasonings in this recipe. Does it still have some flavor? I think I would definitely add finely chopped onion. My grandkids won’t see the onion amidst other ingredients, but that would add some flavor.
Is it possible to make this in a crockpot? Its way too hot to use the oven in the summer here. If so, would you happen to know settings/time? Thanks
Great idea, Hide and seek works well in my family.
I mix the cream of celery soup with cheddar cheese soup since I didn’t have much shredded cheese.
I had some green onions, chopped. I also make a brown gravy. My husband doesn’t like cream of Mushroom soup. Side salad, he said it’s a keeper. Thank you, for a e-z dinner. ?
What side dishes would you recommend?
Added onion & garlic to the hamburger while cooking, and added 2 cans of sweet corn in the layering. I also topped it with sliced green onions. Very tasty!
I’ve made pretty much the same casserole for years except I’ve always used spicy pork sausage. It IS easy, few ingredients, and family LOVES!
Would it work to buy the boxes of scalloped potatoes instead of slicing up potatoes?? I dont have anything to slice a potato that fine
Melissa – I have not tried this before but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how it turns out! Thank you!
Made this awesome dish, highly recommend!! to try it. So delish with flavor. We used fresh grated potatoes like hash browns. On my like list to make ???
If I cut the recipe in half, do cut the time in half too?
Has anyone tried this in a crockpot?
Julie – I haven’t tried this one in the crockpot before but I think it might work. I would try layering the ingredients the same and cook on low for 6-8 hours until the potatoes are done. Let me know how it turns out!
Patrice – If you still use a 9X13 pan than I would cut the time in half as well. If you are using a smaller pan, than I would keep the time the same since the casserole will be thicker.
Great make ahead meal on the cheep. Can feed a large family. I did tweek it by adding my choice of peppers. Will become a go to Recipe
This is a great & easy recipe! I add about 1/4 c. Sour cream, grated onion and maybe 1/8 half & half. Do slice potatoes thin! Next time I will try frozen hash browns.
Awesome – Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for sharing Erin!
Could you put this in the crockpot and cook on low while I’m at work
Could you put this in the crockpot and cook it on low while I’m at work
I have made this several times and family loves it! The only thing I do differently is add a small finely chopped onion & 1 clove of minced garlic. I also use frozen shredded hash browns instead of sliced potatoes. I do not recommend putting it in a crockpot. I tried it today since I live in southeast Alabama & didn’t want to heat up the house more using the oven. I layered everything & cooked on low for 5 hours. It turned out mushy & was not good at all. I thought I’d share the experience since some wondered about using a crockpot. Definitely stick with using the oven & it’ll turn out delicious every time.
Thanks for the tips and for sharing Rachel!
Amanda – I have not tried this is the crock pot but I think it would work. I would still layer the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours and put the top cheese on during the last 15-20 minutes of the cook time. Let us know how it turns out. Thank you!
Yes, you can. Still layer the ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Thank you!
What is the calorie count
Beth – The calories are at the bottom of the recipe card. This recipe is 331 calories per serving. Thank you!
Rachel, if you had used sliced potatoes in the crockpot you wouldn’t have had that problem, the frozen hash browns arent meant to cook that long!
I have made this for years but instead of potatoes I have always used wide noodles, never heard of potatoes in it but bet it would be just as good! Thanks for the heads up.
I hope you try it – Thanks!
Loved it! I spiced it up a little with some garlic powder, but that’s it. I can see where it can be very versatile. So simple and economical!
Great to hear – thank you!
This was really good! I put some Steak and Chop seasoning on my Hamburg when browning and used Cream of Onion soup and Cheddar cheese soup with lots of cheese? Also was very good re-heated in the microwave the next day?. This is a keeper recipe.
Thank you Linda!
I made this recipe for supper tonight. The only thing I changed was that I used cream of mushroom soup with roasted garlic instead of traditional. I also added some garlic salt into the hamburger as it was browning. It’s quite tasty. Thank you for the recipe!
What else can you use If you don’t have that kind of soup
my family don’t like mushrooms. what else can I use?
You can use cream of chicken or cream of celery soup instead. Let us know how you like it!
Delicious and now one of our favorite meals. I used ground Turkey as this was what I had on hand and added diced onion and green bell pepper and tsp minced garlic to the meat while browning. I also added diced carrots and celery that I boiled in chicken broth to soften. Followed the rest of recipe. Turned out great!!
What a delicious casserole! I used 1 can mushroom soup and 1 can mushroom with roasted garlic soup. I made a beef casserole and a vegetarian casserole (with morning star griller crumbles). Both were delicious. This recipe is a must-try!
I added 1/2 c. diced onion to the ground beef as it was cooking. I used my Madelyn to slice 2 carrots at the same thickness as the potatoes and omitted 1 potato. Followed the original recipe but substituted original Almondmilk for the regular milk and used shredded vegan cheese for the cheddar. I didn’t read the instructions too well and only had about an hour to get my meal on the table, SO, I placed my casserole with a glass lid in the microwave for 7 minutes, then transfer it covered with aluminum foil to my oven preheated to 375 degrees. Cooked it for 45 minutes, removed the foil and baked for 10 minutes. Let it set for 10 minutes before serving. Love casseroles that taste like you had worked on it for hours. YUMMY!!!
Would frozen cubed/diced potatoes work well? How would the cooking time need to be adjusted?
I am going to try it with macaroni instead of the potatoes and add a can of stewed tomatoes. Should still be good.
I love this but always add a small can of cut green beans. Makes a whole of difference.
Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
In the oven now and drooling! So hungry. Only thing I added was garlic powder and sugar to the soup mixture, also used cheddar cheese.
Yummy! Your additions to the recipe sound great!
I add a can of French’s onions to the top of my casserole the last 10 minutes of baking. Adds a nice crunch.
I love that idea! It sounds delicious – thank you for sharing!
I added green beans towards the end of the bake time. This is very good. Will make this again. No leftovers. Yay!
I’d like to do this in a crock pot. what would be the cooking times on low and hi
We have a crock pot version of this recipe that can be found here – https://www.eatingonadime.com/crock-pot-hamburger-potato-casserole-recipe/
I don’t use canned foods, could I just add flour and cover with milk instead of the cream of mushroom?
I recommend using the homemade cream of mushroom soup recipe instead. It’s easy to make and you get the added flavors of the mushrooms which adds a lot of flavor to this recipe.
Love this recipie but Iam on a GLUTEN FREE diet so I use the gf soup available at Walmart in the gf section. They have cream of mushroom and a cream of chicken. I do like to half the milk with heavy cream for a thicker sauce. This is an easy recipie and left overs are great
Crumbled bacon is also a nice topper! Thanks for this recipie. I
make it every other month!
Thanks for sharing – I’m so glad you enjoy it and the bacon on top sounds delicious!
I added half of a red onion while browning the meat, 2 T Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 c ketchup, and 4 oz cream cheese. It was delicious! Thank you for the recipe.
That sounds great! Thank you for sharing!
Could you boil your potatoes so it wouldn’t take so long to bake?
I haven’t done that yet but I think it would work great and would definitely cut down on the baking time.
Making this tonight.
I hope you enjoyed it!
I made this two night’s ago. We baked it for two hours and the potatoes were still crunchy. What did I do wrong? Can I slice the potatoes and then boil them separately before adding them to the casserole?
Family approved! Perfect base you can add veggies in it too. Supper yummy!
Great recipe! I used 1lb of hamburger meat, 1 can of gluten free cream of chicken and everything else was as written! This was excellent and very filling!
This was very tasty ! The entire family approved. Will absolutely be making this again. It’s easy to prepare and delicious to boot and that’s a win in my book . Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Can you use shredded potatoes instead of sliced?
Yes, you can use shredded potatoes.
I don’t like cream of mushroom soup..can I substitute cream of broccoli?
I would use cream of chicken or cream of celery instead.
Husband and I enjoyed it easy too make without SPECIAL ingredients.
I made this in my Aurora Insta pot and it was awesome. I shared some with my neighbors and she wanted the recipe too.
Thank you so much for this recipe, it’s now 1 of my family’s favorites.
Was looking for a quick and easy hamburger casserole for my guys. This recipe is a perfect canvas to kick it up with your own seasonings too! I love the idea that you can make one up to give to a new Mom or someone going through bereavement etc. and they can bake it as needed. Thanks for sharing!
I have made a similar casserole for 20ys. This is a quick satisfying meal I use hash browns, sour cream, cheese,cream soup & French onions for the topping No recipe needed
I have been making hamburger casseroles for years
I like to add to the flavor by adding things like potatoes, mushrooms and sometimes green peppers. I have also tried noodles and rice.
This is easy and so delicious. The only change I added : French’s fried onion rings in the layer under the cheese. This is a very tasty, easy to make, easy o the budget dish. You have to try it.
Has anyone added some Rotel, or chunky salsa to the mushroom soup mix to spice it up a bit? That’s what I’m thinking of doing.
I haven’t but I think it would be great.
I added a chopped onion to the hamburger. I’m considering a sm can of chopped mushrooms next time. Thank you for the idea and the recipe
Can i use sweet potatoes instead?
Yes you can. Come back and let us know how it turns out.
That sounds great! I love that you are making it your own!
How thick do you slice the potatoes?
I sliced mine pretty thin.
I want to know can you peel and dice the potatoes, and preboil them, until almost done add everything in casserole and bake 30 minutes or so instead of icing potatoes. I don’t have that slicer thing and my slices aren’t thin and even to cook well
I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m sure you could.
Was good but needed something extra and can’t figure out what.
I made the recipe as is and my family loved it!
I made this last night. Thank you for the idea. I added cottage cheese to the layers and made my own soup base (allergies to the ingredients in cream of mushroom soup).
Just made this for my family and they loved it!! I added onions in with the beef and then subbed one can of cream of mushroom for tomato paste. It gave it the perfect “cheeseburger with ketchup” flavor!!