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: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.


  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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Cheryl19 User ID: 7131012 258558
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2016

"I make something similar called Six Layer dinner. 1-lb hamburger, 8 medium red potatoes cut into slices, 4 large carrots cleaned and sliced, 2 large onions cut into slices, 2 (16oz) cans whole tomatoes untrained and sliced or chopped, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil.

1) cook beef in a pan, drain
2) in a large casserole dish layer meat, potatoes, carrots, onion and tomatoes over top. Sprinkle with pepper and basil. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours or till potatoes and carrots are done. Serve hot.
Can add any other veg you my like and you could make more layers if you like just may take longer to cook. Just try different things. I got this recipe many years ago so don't remember where. Hope you enjoy."

kermit0504 User ID: 1598534 242579
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"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 233762
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."

TheDix User ID: 607421 232962
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!"

ShirleyGe User ID: 8511037 231825
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."

susanF-VT User ID: 7278959 231822
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."

asnunez User ID: 2408742 18267
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2014

"Growing up, we used to call this "Shipwreck Mix-Up". Such fond memories eating this. I'll be making this REALLY soon!"

vonoepen User ID: 4967300 71921
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2014

"I found this casserole very bland and a bit watery. Next time I will try to do as suggested and use scallop potatoes plus onion soup mix. I did brown the meat and onions, but still had no flavor. Sukie"

LStJean User ID: 7270514 18266
Reviewed May. 20, 2014

"I have to agree with some, it was a little bland and seemed like it was lacking something. I even added garlic which helped. Maybe a little sauce would thicken it and hold the ingredients. The idea was good but I would not make again as is. By the way, I used smaller red potatoes and did not peel. quick and easy."

terricat1 User ID: 6695234 18261
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"First off, the prep time is totally inaccurate. Pealing and slicing 4 pounds of potatoes takes 30 minutes. In fact, that was way too many potatoes.. So the actual prep time is about 45 minutes if you are using fresh ingredients. This dish is very bland, requires a lot of salt and pepper, and that amount of salt is just not healthy. Also very runny. And the answer to the constant question here, brown the hamburger first with the onion."

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