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

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 beef, 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
  • ½ cup Diced onion
  • 1 clove Garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground black pepper

Casserole

  • 2 lbs Yukon Gold Potatoes (about 6 potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, salted
  • 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 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Toppings (Optional - Not included in Nutrition Facts)

  • ¼ cup Fresh Italian Parsley
  • ½ cup dill pickles, chopped
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha Sauce

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Finely dice 1 small onion to get ½ cup.
  2. Clean the skins of the potatoes and then dice the potatoes into ½ inch cubes. Add the diced potato to a 9x13 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. 

Prep-Ahead Steps for Optional Toppings

  1. Make the Sriracha Mayo by mixing together the mayonnaise, ketchup, and Sriracha sauce.

  2. Chop the parsley. Dice the pickles.

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, garlic, salt, pepper 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. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  1. Can I use ground chicken or turkey in this Hamburger Casserole?  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.
  2. What kind of potatoes should I use in Hamburger Potato Casserole?  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!  They also hold shape without turning to mush.  You can use russet potatoes, but the skin is tough, so you may want to peel it before dicing and adding it to the recipe.
  3. Can this Hamburger Casserole be cooked in a Slow cooker or Crockpot?  Yes, 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.