Hamburger and Potato Casserole

The first time I made Hamburger and Potato Casserole, it was clear this dish would become a staple in our family’s dinner rotation. Its layers of tender potatoes, savory ground beef, and creamy, cheesy topping make it a comforting and satisfying meal that appeals to both adults and children alike. This casserole combines simple ingredients into a deliciously hearty dish that’s perfect for busy weeknights, potlucks, or any time you’re in need of a warm, comforting meal. With its easy preparation and familiar flavors, this casserole is a wonderful way to bring everyone to the table, ready to enjoy a homemade meal that feels like a hug in a dish.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups thinly sliced potatoes
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium heat until fully cooked. Drain off any excess grease.
  3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the beef, sautéing until the onion is translucent and fragrant.
  4. Arrange half of the thinly sliced potatoes in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the cooked ground beef mixture evenly over the layer of potatoes.
  6. Place the remaining potato slices on top of the beef layer.
  7. In a bowl, whisk together the condensed cream of mushroom soup and milk until smooth. Pour this creamy mixture evenly over the entire casserole.
  8. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour.
  9. After an hour, remove the foil, sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese over the top, and return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly golden.
  10. If using, garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Additional Tips

  1. Potato Selection: For the best results, use a type of potato that holds up well during baking, such as Russet or Yukon Gold.
  2. Layering: Ensure the potatoes are sliced evenly to promote uniform cooking.
  3. Customization: Feel free to add other vegetables to the casserole, such as sliced carrots or peas, for added nutrition and flavor.
  4. Cheese Varieties: While cheddar is classic, experimenting with other types of cheese like Monterey Jack or a blend can add interesting flavors.
  5. Storing and Reheating: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until thoroughly warmed.

FAQ Section

  1. Can I make this casserole ahead of time? Yes, you can assemble the casserole ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the cooking time if it goes into the oven cold.
  2. Is it possible to use fresh mushrooms instead of cream of mushroom soup? Absolutely. You can sauté fresh mushrooms with the onions and garlic and use a combination of milk and flour to create a homemade creamy sauce as a substitute.
  3. Can I freeze this casserole? Yes, the casserole can be frozen before or after baking. Wrap it well to prevent freezer burn and thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  4. How can I make this dish lighter? For a lighter version, consider using lean ground beef, low-fat milk, and reduced-fat cheese.
  5. Can I add more spices? Definitely. Feel free to incorporate your favorite herbs and spices to tailor the dish to your taste preferences.

Hamburger and Potato Casserole is more than just a meal; it’s a comforting embrace in the form of a delicious, hearty dish. Whether you’re gathering with family, entertaining friends, or simply looking for a satisfying meal to end the day, this casserole promises to deliver warmth, comfort, and smiles all around the table.