Hamburger Potato Cheese Casserole
photo by Jonathan Melendez
- Ready In:
- 1hr 55mins
- 5 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
- 2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions
- 1 lb ground beef (really lean is preferable)
- salt and pepper
Cheese sauce (the same one I use for macaroni and cheese)
- 2 cups milk (I use skim)
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ketchup (optional condiment)
- 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).
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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.
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!
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:)
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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. :)
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.
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