Hamburger Casserole Recipe
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Hamburger Casserole Recipe

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This recipe is such a hit it's traveled all over the country! My mother originated the recipe in Pennsylvania, I brought it to Texas when I married, I'm still making it in California, and my daughter treats her friends to this "oldie" in Colorado. It's hearty, yet simple to prepare. —Helen Carmichall, Santee, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 270 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 493mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a Dutch oven, layer half of the meat, potatoes and onion. Sprinkle with half of the salt and pepper. Repeat layers. Dissolve bouillon in water; pour over all. Top with tomatoes. Cover and cook over medium heat for 45-50 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Garnish with parsley if desired. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Hamburger Casserole in Reminisce Extra August 1994, p49

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Reviewed Jan. 26, 2016

"Try layering meat, 2 layers sliced potatoes, dry pkt of onion soup mix,

Can creamed corn,can green beans then a lg can stewed tomatoes cook stove top in Dutch oven. Or you can bake it .1 hr 350"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"This was not very good at all. I even added carrots and minced garlic to it, but I can't imagine making this as written with only the beef and potatoes. It ended up just being a pile of bland ground beef, potatoes and carrots. Also, be sure that you keep the heat at medium as it says and check it every once in a while because mine burned on the bottom, and the heat was maybe at medium-high."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I followed the recipe closely. Yep, it's bland. But it's a good stick-to-your-ribs type casserole and lends itself to variations. I appreciate the comments of other reviewers and will try some of their suggestions. Easy to make, stovetop cooking!"

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"This seems very bland. I was given another version of this receipe. Put hamburger and onion in bottom of dutch oven . Add sliced potatoes and then 1 can of mushroom soup. Add veg you like peas, carrots,then creamed corn. top with can of tomato soup and bake at 350 a couple of hours until potatoes and meat is done."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"This is a very old recipe--I have version (no bullion or parsley) of it in a church ladies handwritten cookbook from about 1930. I add garlic, frozen corn and carrots to mine when I make it."

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