Hamburger Potato Casserole with Cheddar Cheese

Cheesy Hamburger Potato Casserole in a bowl with a spoon. It's an easy, yummy, and cozy weeknight family dinner. 
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Warm, cozy, ooey gooey, cheesy and delicious!  This cheesy, delicious Hamburger Potato Casserole recipe 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!  When it comes to comfort food and ground beef casseroles, this hamburger casserole is a keeper.

THIS RECIPE WORKS BECAUSE IT’S SO EASY!

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 and great for easy dinner recipes.  Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is an all time favorite – it’s like scalloped potatoes on steroids.   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!

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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 or baking dish that’s approximately 10×10, 12×12, 10×11 or similar.

That’s it! No fancy air fryer or multi-cooker needed! See FAQS below for cooking in a slow cooker.

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. 

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COOK THE GROUND BEEF 

In preheated large frying pan or skillet, add the lean ground beef and break it up with a spatula. Cook on high heat for 3 minutes until it starts to brown. Then over medium heat, 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. 

FINISH THE CASSEROLE & BAKE

Prep the sauce

This is a super easy sauce to make, so no soup mix or canned mushroom soup here.  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.

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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.

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Pour the sauce over the potatoes and beef. Add the shredded cheddar 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)!

RECIPE FAQS

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.

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 mushy 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.

Can this be cooked in a Slow cooker or Crockpot?

Yep! Simply follow the instructions as is, up until Cooking step #5.  In Cooking Step 5, instead of putting everything in a casserole dish, add to the slow cooker insert.  Mix and then set cooking to 6-8 hours, depending on your schedule.  

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!   

What are some other ground beef recipes like this?

If you like this recipe, then you will also love my super easy 30-Minute Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls (Bulgogi!) or if you want another beef casserole option, this White Lasagna Recipe with Zucchini and Ground Beef.  This Incredible Ground Beef Taco Quinoa Bowl is another great ground beef recipe.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Hamburger Potato Casserole with Cheddar Cheese

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. 

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Incredible Ground Beef Taco Quinoa Bowl

Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema drizzled on top. Bowl of crema, bowl of cotija cheese, tomatoes and cilantro on the table.
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Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema drizzled on top. Ground beef bowl, avocado half with pit, bowl of crema, tomatoes and cilantro on the table.

Making a Ground Beef Taco Quinoa Bowl is so darn tasty and perfect for busy weeknights!  Everything can me prepped and cooked ahead, so you only need to reheat and enjoy.  The base of these bowls is the Quinoa, which is lightly seasoned and is a perfect fluffy backdrop.  It’s topped with saucy ground beef that’s loaded with savory and smoky Mexican flavors from the chili powder, cumin, garlic, and scallions.  Corn that is slightly seared brings a pop of sweetness.  The Cotija cheese brings tang and creaminess and the tomato a burst of freshness.  The avocado adds rich creaminess and the cool cilantro lime crema brings that final bright finishing touch.

Overall, this is one harmonious dinner filled with bright, creamy, savory, smokey, and delectable flavors and textures!  

DINNER BOWLS = EASY FAMILY DINNERS

Dinner bowls are essentially like an at-home buffet bar where you pick a theme, make the main ingredients, then put out a bunch of toppings and let everyone build their own.  I love that you can create your own mix of ingredients so that everyone can take exactly what they want.  For kids, it’s a great way to give them some independence in creating their own meal and often it encourages them to try new ingredients and flavors.

If you have picky eaters or if you have family members that eat at different times throughout the night, then make-your-own bowls are perfect for you. Here is what you do…

  1. Pick a theme – Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc.
  2. Prepare the ingredients for cooking over the weekend – or just on a less hectic day/night
  3. Cook the hot/cold ingredients and place in glass storage containers
  4. Let everyone make their own bowl at dinnertime
  5. If you or your partner are working late or a child has an afterschool activity and needs to eat earlier or later, then put storage containers in the fridge all together in one spot to pull out

Here are some of my favorite bowl recipes:

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

For this recipe, you will need a small-medium pot with lid for the quinoa.

You also need a large skillet/frying pan for cooking the ground beef. 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. 

PREP-AHEAD STEPS FOR TACO QUINOA BOWL

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) 

Chop the cilantro for the Crema and toppings. Slice the 4 scallions and divide for the ground beef and the toppings.

Cut the tomatoes in half. Quarter the lime.

Measure the seasonings for the ground beef.  I used (going clockwise) Smoked Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, and Salt.

Make the Cilantro Lime Crema by mixing the sour cream, the juice from 1/2 the lime, 1 teaspoon of the cilantro finely chopped, and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Can I replace the Cilantro?

If you are really not a fan of cilantro or just don’t have any on hand, you can swap with scallions.  You want something with flavor.  You can also use parsley for color and then add a 1/2 teaspoon of dried or ground coriander or even cumin in a pinch.  If none of these options work for you, just use the lime and the sour cream and maybe a touch of garlic.

COOKING STEPS FOR YOUR TACO QUINOA BOWL

Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer, then adding it to 2 3/4 cups water in a pot with a fitting lid. Mix in the Chili powder, ground cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn it down to the lowest setting and cover. Cook covered for 20 minutes. You can also do this step ahead 3-4 days.

Fork fluffing cooked quinoa in pot for Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema

Preheat a large frying pan on high heat.  Add the olive oil and the corn kernels. You are just looking to brown them quickly for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the corn to a plate or small serving bowl.

Corn in pan getting seared for Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema

To the same hot pan, add the ground beef and break up the beef with a spatula. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and scallion. Stir to combine and let cook for 4-5 minutes until the beef is cooked through.

Ground beef and seasonings cooking in pan for Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema

Cooked ground beef in pan for Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema

Can I substitute ground chicken or turkey?

Yes, though you will need to add a bit of olive oil to the pan before adding the chicken or turkey, as they have less fat than the beef.  Simply swap with 1 pound of your protein of choice.  Taste as you go to see if you need more seasoning.

ASSEMBLE!

Right before serving, prep the avocado. Using a large sharp knife, cut around the middle of the length. Whack the pit with the sharp side of the knife and then pull out the pit. Gentle peel the outer skin off the avocado flesh. Then lay each half down and slice thin. Gently press to the slices fan out on a plate.

Knife pulling pit from avocado half for Taco Quinoa Bowls with Ground Beef, corn, cotija, tomatoes, and cilantro lime crema.

Hand peeling the skin from avocado half for Taco Quinoa Bowls with Ground Beef, corn, cotija, tomatoes, and cilantro lime crema.

Peeled and sliced avocado fanned out on a plate for Taco Quinoa Bowls with Ground Beef, corn, cotija, tomatoes, and cilantro lime crema.

Fill bowls with the various toppings: crumbled cotija cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, corn, avocado, and cilantro lime crema. Fill individual bowls with a heaping spoonful of quinoa, then the ground beef mixture. Let everyone pick their toppings. 

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

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Taco Quinoa Bowl with Ground Beef, corn, cotija cheese, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and cilantro lime crema drizzled on top. Bowl of crema, bowl of cotija cheese, tomatoes and cilantro on the table.
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Incredible Ground Beef Taco Quinoa Bowl

These incredible Ground Beef Taco Quinoa Bowls are so darn tasty and perfect for busy weeknights!  Everything can me prepped and cooked ahead, so you only need to reheat and enjoy.  The base of these bowls is the Quinoa, which is lightly seasoned and is a perfect fluffy backdrop.  It's topped with saucy ground beef that's loaded with savory and smoky Mexican flavors from the chili powder, cumin, garlic, and scallions.  Corn that is slightly seared brings a pop of sweetness.  The Cotija cheese brings tang and creaminess and the tomato a burst of freshness.  The avocado adds rich creaminess and the cool cilantro lime crema brings that final bright finishing touch.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ground beef, healthy dinner, quinoa, taco bowl, tacos
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Corn and Ground Beef

  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil or spray
  • 1 cup Corn kernels (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 pound Ground Beef, 90% lean
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt

Quinoa

  • 1.5 cups Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Toppings

  • 1 cup Cotija Cheese (or shredded cheddar)
  • 2 Ripe Avocados
  • 2 Tomatoes, medium
  • 2 Scallions
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Chop the cilantro for the Crema and toppings. Slice the 4 scallions and divide for the ground beef and the toppings.

  2. Cut the tomatoes in half (do this step right before you are going to eat). Quarter the lime.

  3. Measure the seasonings for the ground beef – Paprika, Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, and Salt.

  4. Make the Cilantro Lime Crema by mixing the sour cream, the juice from 1/2 the lime, 1 teaspoon of the cilantro finely chopped, and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Cooking Steps

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer, then adding it to 2 3/4 cups water in a pot with a fitting lid. Mix in the Chili powder, ground cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil, then turn it down to the lowest setting and cover. Cook covered for 20 minutes. You can also do this step ahead 3-4 days.

  2. Preheat a large frying pan on high heat. Add the olive oil and the corn kernels. You are just looking to brown them quickly for 1-2 minutes. Transfer the corn to a plate or small serving bowl.

  3. To the same hot pan, add the olive oil and the ground beef and break up the beef with a spatula. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and scallion. Stir to combine and let cook for 4-5 minutes until the beef is cooked through.

Assemble

  1. Right before serving, prep the avocado. Using a large sharp knife, cut around the middle of the length. Whack the pit with the sharp side of the knife and then pull out the pit. Gentle peel the outer skin off the avocado flesh. Then lay each half down and slice thin. Gently press to the slices fan out on a plate.

  2. Fill bowls with the various toppings: crumbled cotija cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, scallions, corn, avocado, and cilantro lime crema. Fill individual bowls with a heaping spoonful of quinoa, then the ground beef mixture. Let everyone pick their toppings. Enjoy!