Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
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Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon and casserole in background. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Warm, cozy, ooey gooey, cheesy and delicious!  This Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole is an easy and yummy weeknight family dinner.  Ground beef and onion are cooked and then added to a casserole dish with diced potatoes.  Then an easy-to-make sauce is added on top and mixed into the beef and potatoes with shredded cheese.  You get all of the yummy flavors of Hamburger with cheese and fries in this delicious casserole!

The Nourishing Potato

Potatoes sometimes get a bad rap.  Some people may associate potatoes with french fries.  Yes, a potato that is deep fried in oil is generally not good for you.  Others heard years ago that they contribute to weight gain, but there is new, more accurate data to debunk this.

The potato is nourishing and good for you. Especially when compared to other sides, like processed pastas.  Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  One russet potato has 168 calories, 5g of protein, 4g of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, and manganese.

Potatoes are so versatile.  Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is an all time favorite.  Honey Garlic Beef and Potato Stew and Mouthwatering Potato and Steak Bites are delicious dinners!  And this Chorizo Patatas Bravas Recipe is outrageously yummy!!

How about potato salads?  Red Potato Salad with Edamame is a healthy take on a traditional side.  Or this Loaded Potato Casserole!

Spoon with bite of Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole held over a bowl. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For the ground beef and the onions, you will need a large skillet/frying pan to sear and cook them before adding to the potatoes. I use my absolute favorite 12″ Ceramic Pan, which is great because food really does slide right off with minimal oil and I don’t have to worry about food sticking and burning. 

For the casserole, you need a large casserole dish that’s approximately 10×10, 12×12, 10×11 or similar.

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR HAMBURGER POTATO CASSEROLE

This entire casserole can be made ahead and then reheated later!  Make this on Sunday and then enjoy it on a busy weeknight.

There are a couple steps that you can do a few days ahead.  You can dice the onion and store it in the fridge.  If you want to make the optional toppings in this recipe (parsley, pickles and Sriracha Mayo) then you can also make those a few days in advance.

Prep the Potatoes

Dice the potatoes.  Cut them into 1/2 inch cubes to cook through evenly in the oven.  If using Yukon Gold potatoes, you can leave the skins on, as they are very delicate and and thin.  The skin has so many of the nutrients and vitamins!  If you use russet potatoes, you will likely want to peel them before dicing them as the skins are tougher.

First, slice the potato into 1/2 inch thick slices.  Then lay the slices flat side down and slice again into 1/2 inch slices.  Then turn the slices and cut into diced 1/2 cubes.

Dice all of the potatoes and place them in the casserole dish.  NOTE: if you’re doing this step more than a few minutes before cooking, then cover the potatoes with cold water and store in the fridge until you are ready to cook.  Drain the potatoes before moving on to the next step.

Knife slicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Knife dicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

What kind of potatoes should I use?

As mentioned above, Yukon Gold are my preferred potato for this recipe.  The skins are so thin and delicate that you do not even need to peel them, which is a huge time saver!  These are a more waxy potato than the russet potato, which are what you would see used for baked potatoes.  They cook up very tender, but because of their waxy texture, they hold shape without turning to mush. 

You can use really any potato in this recipe, just be sure to cut it down to a similar size.  Russet, or Baking Potatoes, have the thicker, tougher skin.  Many people find it a turn off to eat even though it does have so many great vitamins and nutrients.  If this is the potato you are using, you may want to peel it before dicing and adding it to the recipe.  Also, the russet tends to be a bit mushier when cooked for long periods of time.  Therefore, if you mix the casserole after it is baked, don’t be surprised if the russet potatoes start to break apart.

COOK THE GROUND BEEF 

In preheated large frying pan or skillet, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Then add the diced onions and stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer the beef and the onions to the casserole dish with the potatoes.

Ground beef and onions cooking in a pan for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Pan pouring cooked ground beef and onions over diced raw potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Can I use ground chicken or turkey instead?

Yes, you can use any ground protein that you prefer.  Just be sure to add enough oil to the pan for chicken and turkey so that it doesn’t stick, as it has less fat than beef.  You will also want to taste for seasoning.  Since beef tends to have more natural flavor, you may want a touch more salt, oregano, or pepper.  Otherwise, the cooking steps will be the same.

FINISH THE CASSEROLE & BAKE

Prep the sauce

To the same pan used for the beef, turn the heat to Medium-LOW. Add the butter and stir to melt. Add Flour and whisk to combine with the butter. Cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids. Turn the heat to Medium and continue to stir and cook until it comes to a light simmer and thickens. Turn off the heat.

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Whisk in the sour cream, oregano, salt, and pepper to the thickened sauce.

for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Pour the sauce over the potatoes and beef. Add the shredded cheese and then mix to combine everything together.

Wood spoon mixing cooked ground beef, sauce, shredded cheese, and cubed potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Bake in the oven center rack for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. LET REST for 10 minutes.

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a casserole dish. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

To serve, scoop on plates and then top with a dollop of the Sriracha Mayo and diced pickles (if desired)!

What to serve on the side?

You do need a veggie with this dish.  Since it’s such a warm and heart dish, a cool and fresh side is a nice compliment.  A simple tomato and cucumber salad with either a Basil Chive Yogurt Dressing or a Honey Mustard Dressing would be perfect!   

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon and casserole in background. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

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Simple Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole

Warm, cozy, ooey gooey, cheesy and delicious!  This Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole is an easy and yummy weeknight family dinner.  Ground beef and onion are cooked and then added to a casserole dish with diced potatoes.  Then an easy-to-make sauce is added on top and mixed into the beef and potatoes with shredded cheese.  You get all of the yummy flavors of Hamburger with cheese and fries in this delicious casserole!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, ground chicken, hamburger, potato recipe, potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 491 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Ground Beef

  • 1 pound Ground Beef 90% lean
  • 1/2 cup Diced onion
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Casserole

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes (about 6 potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Broth vegetable or chicken
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar (or any mix of cheddar, jack, mozzarella)
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Toppings (Optional – Not included in Nutrition Facts)

  • 1/4 cup Fresh Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 cup dill pickles, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Finely dice 1 small onion to get 1/2 cup.
  2. Make the Sriracha Mayo by mixing together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha sauce.

  3. Chop the parsley. Dice the pickles.

  4. Clean the skins of the potatoes and then dice the potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes. Add the diced potato to a 9×13 or similar size casserole dish.
    Knife dicing raw yukon gold potato with skin on for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Cooking Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. In preheated large frying pan or skillet, add the ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Then add the diced onions and stir to combine. Cook for another 5 minutes. Transfer the beef and the onions to the casserole dish with the potatoes.
    Pan pouring cooked ground beef and onions over diced raw potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  3. To the same pan used for the beef, turn the heat to Medium-LOW. Add the butter and stir to melt. Add Flour and whisk to combine with the butter. Cook stirring constantly for about 1 minute, then slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids. Turn the heat to Medium and continue to stir and cook until it comes to a light simmer and thickens. Turn off the heat.

    Whisking broth into the roux for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  4. Whisk in the sour cream, oregano, salt, and pepper to the thickened sauce and then pour the sauce over the potatoes and beef. Add the shredded cheese and then mix to combine everything together.

    Wood spoon mixing cooked ground beef, sauce, shredded cheese, and cubed potatoes for Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  5. Bake in the oven center rack for 40 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Remove the cover and bake for another 10 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender. LET REST for 10 minutes.

    Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a casserole dish. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
  6. To serve, scoop on plates. OPTIONAL: Top with a dollop of the Sriracha Mayo and diced pickles. ENJOY!

    Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon and casserole in background. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 

Easy Avocado Crema Recipe

Easy Avocado Crema Recipe in a bowl on table with a cut open avocado with pit. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!
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Easy Avocado Crema Recipe in a bowl on table with a cut open avocado with pit and blender in back.  It goes on everything!  It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Today I have the perfect finish to any taco, the topper to all hamburgers, the dip for all chips!  This is my Super Easy Avocado Crema Recipe!  

Who doesn’t love a creamy, tangy, rich, and luscious topping?  I know I do!  Give me all the sauces!  My family makes fun of my plate at the end of dinner because it’s always the one that is covered in sauce.  

This easy Avocado Crema Recipe sounds fancy, but it couldn’t be more simple, approachable, and totally easy!  Everything gets tossed into a blender and blended until perfectly smooth and creamy.  Just avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  That’s it!  I mean, I say that’s it, but there is SO MUCH flavor and satisfaction with this baby!

Spoon pouring Avocado Crema Recipe to a bowl on table with blender in back. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Add creaminess and tang to so many foods!

This avocado crema goes on so many foods!  Scroll down and you can see how delicious it is drizzled over Roasted Cumin Carrots or added on top of a Beef Filet with Spiced Cauliflower Rice

Here are some other ways to use it!

  • Add to tacos
  • Top hamburgers or hot dogs
  • Replace mayo on sandwiches
  • Drizzle over salad of greens
  • Mix with chicken, pasta, tuna, or other salads
  • Dip veggies, crackers, or chips into it
  • Top roasted or grilled veggies
  • Drizzle over French Fries
  • Use on toast
Avocado cut in half on table with pit still in for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

You need a sharp knife to cut the avocado and a blender for blending the ingredients into a smooth and creamy sauce.

PREP FOR YOUR AVOCADO CREMA RECIPE

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are steps you can prepare ahead to save time on busy nights! (See the full recipe below)

What is the best way to prep an avocado?

The best way is to take a chef’s knife and cut into the avocado until the knife hits the pit.  Then gently cut around the perimeter of the avocado while keeping the knife on the pit.  To remove the pit, balance the avocado on a flat surface with fingers out of the way and whack the pit with the sharp side of the knife.  Twist the knife and the pit should easily come out attached to the knife.  Discard the pit.

Knife pulling pit from avocado half for Avocado Crema recipe.

To remove the avocado ‘flesh’ you can either peel off the skin or scoop out the avocado using a spoon.

Hand peeling the skin from avocado half for Avocado Crema recipe.

Spoon scooping avocado out of skin into a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Add the avocado to the blender along with the sour cream, lime juice, salt, and pepper.  Then blend until smooth

Whole Avocado pieces in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

Finally, add in the cilantro leaves and pulse until they are chopped up and combined.

Fresh cilantro leaves added on top of blended Avocado in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

How to serve the Avocado Crema

Once the sauce is made, you can either add it to a serving bowl and let everyone serve themselves.  Or you can add it to a plastic baggie, snip the corner off and then squeeze it into a drizzle over food.

Scissors snipping corner off of a baggie filled with Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!

How long will Avocado Crema last?

Once an avocado is opened, it immediately starts the oxidation process which turns the flesh brown.  Therefore, you will want to make this crema immediately prior to serving.  If you absolutely must prep this ahead, store it in an air-tight container with a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent any air from reaching it.  If air does start to oxidize the crema and you have brown spots on the top, simply skim them off before serving and it should be beautiful underneath!  You can store it in the fridge this way for up to 4 days in advance.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Close up of roasted carrots on plate with avocado crema drizzled on top with scallion slices. Roasted Carrots with smoky cumin and scallions, then topped with Avocado Crema are such a delicious and quick side dish for dinner.  Roasting brings out the natural sugar in the carrots, so they get a sweet caramelization with the salty and smoky flavors. The Avocado crema gives creamy and silky balance. 

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Easy Avocado Crema Recipe

This super Easy Avocado Crema Recipe is the perfect finish to any taco, the topper to all hamburgers, the dip for all chips!  Who doesn't love a creamy, tangy, rich, and luscious topping?  This easy Avocado Crema Recipe sounds fancy, but it couldn't be more simple, approachable, and totally easy!  Everything gets tossed into a blender and blended until perfectly smooth and creamy.  Just avocado, sour cream, lime, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  That's it!  #avocado #waystouseavocado #avocadocrema #avocadocream

Course Condiment
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Avocado, avocado crema, mexican recipes, sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 3 Tbls Milk
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. To make the avocado crema, place the avocado, sour cream, juice from half the lime, milk, salt and pepper into a Blender. Pulse and then blend until smooth. Add another tablespoon or so of milk if you want the crema to be thinner.

    Sour cream, lime, salt, pepper, and Avocado pieces in a blender for Avocado Crema Recipe. It goes on everything! It's a creamy, tangy, rich and delicious sauce that's made in just minutes in the blender!
  2. Add in the cilantro leaves and pulse until they are chopped up and combined.

  3. Pour into a sauce dish or jar and serve!