Hamburger Potato Cheese Casserole

"The name just about says it all. If you are looking for something exotic, interesting or spicy, you would be happier moving on to the next recipe. If you need something that will be ready quickly, or is low fat, this is not the dish for you. You also usually have to soak the pan afterward to clean up. BUT, if sometimes you or your family members just want some hamburger and cheesy potatoes, and you have a couple of hours before you need to have dinner ready, you might enjoy this. After all of the fun and interesting things I make for my family - which they enjoy - this is what they ask for. This is a recipe my mother asked for; this is what my son wants to eat so he feels like he's been home during school holidays; my picky 7 year old eats an adult-sized portion of this. My husband is always happy to eat it. Adapted from the More with Less cookbook - can also be made with other meats/cheeses."
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Ready In:
1hr 55mins




  • I use a 2 1/2 quart covered casserole dish for this. This will stick unless you have a great non-stick baking dish - I never grease the pan though because of all the fat that's already in this.
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Brown hamburger and onion.
  • Place a layer of sliced potatoes in casserole dish, top with half of hamburger/onion mixture. Salt and pepper to taste (kind of depends on how salty your cheese sauce is - you can always salt it later if it needs it).
  • Repeat layering of potato slices and hamburger mixture (and salt and pepper if desired).
  • Make Cheese sauce:

  • Melt 3 T butter in saucepan over med-high heat.
  • Add 3 T flour, and the salt and pepper. Stir quickly to blend.
  • Add 2 cups milk; stir with whisk to incorporate butter/flour mixture.
  • Reduce heat, stir till thickened and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and add shredded cheddar. Stir until cheese melts.
  • Pour cheese sauce over hamburger and potatoes in baking dish. Push potatoes around to let cheese sauce into all of the crevices so it's well coated.
  • Cover and place in oven. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, till potatoes are tender and top is browned. I like to take off the lid for the last 20 minutes or so to brown the top a bit.
  • Even with the leanest ground beef, this can get little pools of grease on top - I just spoon these off. It doesn't mean the whole thing is greasy - just cheesy.
  • My family members consider generous amounts of ketchup a necessary addition to this dish. I like it fine by itself (ok, maybe a spot of ketchup on the side).

Questions & Replies

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  1. Faith D.
    Dont i cook the hamburger before i layer it wirh potatoes and place in oven?
  2. Teresa B.
    Can u use hashbrowns instead
  3. Andrea S.
    For the cheddar cheese, is the 8 of weight or measurement?
  4. Shari P.
    What's better, should I put potatoes first on bottom then hamburger then Mac n cheese? Or how
  5. KEVIN C.
    do potatoes go on top of hambuger or under? all pictures have them on top


  1. amberoseinjune
    This is a great jumping off point recipe for me! I used frozen hash browns to help speed things along, mixed in salt and dried onion. Then I poured the sauce over the potatoes, then the hamburger/onion mixture, and then a bag of green beans on top- it looks so scrumptious! I'm going to top it with cheese at the end and let it melt over the green beans. I can tell it's going to be a killer casserole.
  2. cookwithjess
    I loved it!!!! I used red potatoes, I seasoned the hamburger with season all, and I added season salt and shredded cheese the last 5 minutes of baking.
  3. Andrea B.
    Yum!! I found this recipe this morning when I was feeling super motivated. By this evening, I was feeling a bit lazier. I made a few changes (sorry). I diced a white onion and sautéed it a couple minutes, then added garlic and ground turkey to the pan until cooked through. I added it to a baking dish with a 28oz bag of frozen shredded hash browns. I made the sauce as instructed. I baked it for an hour. It’s delicious! Very little grease at the top since I used ground turkey. The flavor is wonderful. The best part is, my children ate it up and asked for more. I served it with a side salad and green beans. I’ll definitely be making this again!
    • Review photo by Andrea B.
  4. Kittencalrecipezazz
    gosh this was delicious, really the only change I made was I used Italian sausage meat in place of ground beef and used red potatoes as that is all I had, I used whole milk and sauteed a small onion, fresh garlic and red chili flakes in the butter before adding in the other ingredients, this is a keeper, thanks for sharing pattikay!...Kitten:)
  5. Shelly D.
    Easy to make, not a lot of flavour. It definitely needs ketchup or hot sauce or something. I think if I make it again I will add some fresh herbs or a can of rotel just to give it some umph.


  1. Faith D.
    I used red potatoes and mixed in real chopped bacon bits in with sauce for topping and i also added bacon ranch in my dish after it was prepared :) SO GOOD. AND WHEN i took out my cassorole i added more real chopped bacon bits on the top with panko crisp bits.. and put it in oven a lottle more then took it out. :)
  2. Andrea B.
    Ground turkey instead of ground beef, frozen shredded hash browns instead of sliced potatoes, added a whole white onion, baked for 1 hour.
  3. MHudson07
    The only "tweak" I foresee in making this dish would be adding a tsp or so of ground mustard powder to the cheese sauce (that's what I do for my mac and cheese recipe). Otherwise, I plan on following exactly and then "tweaking" as needed with seasoning. Looks yummy... thanks for posting!
  4. The Daycare Lady
    This is a comforting, home-style dish. I used 1 whole small onion and Velveeta cheese in place of the shredded cheese. I didn't really notice any pools of grease in this dish, probably because I used Velveeta. They're right when they say this dish has a tendency to stick to the pan. I sprayed the pan with cooking spray, but it still stuck a bit, due to the cheese sauce overcooking a bit. I will make this recipe again. It's cheap eating at its best.
  5. Starcry
    I liked it the first time I tried it but I REALLY loved this recipe with ham instead of hamburger. Next time I think I will add green beans to it too. Thanks.


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