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Hamburger Casserole Recipe

Hamburger Casserole Recipe

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. YIELD:10 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Hamburger Casserole

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MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!"

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This was pretty good. Needed a lot of salt and kept feeling like it was missing something else. My husband had two servings so he liked it. I did brown the ground beef first, before layering. and I questioned it myself whether or not I was supposed to. Glad I did."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"Do you need to cook the meat first to me I would then layer the meat then the potatoes and the rest of the stuff please let me know if I should cook the meat first"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"My mom got this recipe from a neighbor in the '60's. My dad named it Sophie's mess after the neighbor. Mom fixed it often. But to tell you the truth, I always hated it! Just never did anything for me. I usually love TOH recipes, but I had to laugh when this was first published."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"OMG, my Mom made something similar to this in the 50's..what a comfort food this was. i will have to make this but for one person only..my Mom always browned the ground beef first, then drained the fat/grease and put it in the oven. i'm sure this would be a great slow cooker recipe along with a salad and some crusty artisan bread. tomorrow will be a good day for this. thnx for the memories Helen, hagd !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"My mother is from Charleston, SC and has made this casserole for 50 plus years. She doesn't use tomatoes but includes a layer of cooked mushrooms. Still a requested favorite!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"I added garlic for the extra zap of flavor. I liked the idea of only using one pot. It was a convenient and easy meal."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"Very Good and easy to make! Large recipe, next time I will cut it in half."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"I always prepare a recipe as written. this one didn't say to brown the beef first, so I just put it in the pan. since it was cooked on top of the stove I thought that was the way to cook it.. Next time I try it I will precook the beef first. I will also add some more vegetables."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"This is one of my favorite childhood recipes. We called it "Missouri" (aka. "misery" by my dad)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2014

"My mom used to make this for my family in Indiana when we were kids but she used carrots and no water but put the hamburger on top and then slightly diluted a can of mushroom soup and poured over it. And no tomatoes. It was really good and I have made it for my family and now making it for the grandkids."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"The first time I make any recipe, I follow it to the letter in order to give an honest critique. I liked it in its original form just fine but the second time, I used the boxed scalloped potatoes and added the salt, pepper and a bit of granulated garlic to the sauce mix. I sprinkled this over each layer. Then I dissolved a packet of onion soup mix in the water and added the tomatoes and 2 t. brown sugar to the water/soup mixture. I poured that over all and baked at 375 for one hour. I turned out great with the most delicious and perfectly thickened gravy."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"I'm from PA too!! I have made this dish since 1978. My son's school class made recipe books for their Mom's for Mother's Day & this recipe was given by the teacher's aide . We also add carrots to get in more veggies! Yum!! Thanks for the reminder . I will get that recipe out & make it again soon."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This was one of my mother's favorite recipes. Thanks for the reminder. Add some Italian herbs for a flavorful change."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I knew when I read the recipe that this was a very plain dish but with all the 5 star reviews, I was expecting more."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"My husband loved this casserole and he hates anything new."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"My family called it "Ground Beef Stew" since 1955, or earlier. We lived in Philly and South Jersey and made it in a pressure cooker, but a crock pot will do the same. Brown the hamburger first with the onions and don't fudge on the canned tomatoes. Peel and quarter or sixth, but don't slice the potatoes. It's great with crusty Italian bread to sop up the juice and don't forget some raw onions on the side. This is how I learned to enjoy raw onions since the age of 5 and I still do. I'm 63 and make this at least 3 times a year, especially in the winter. Yummy!! BTW.. I don't think this is anything like moussaka. Moussaka is more like a lasagna that is cut into pieces. This is a stew and served with a ladle. Just saying."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"My aunt made a very similar recipe in PA when I was a kid. She would also add slices of green pepper. In order to make the dish a little more healthy, I use ground turkey instead of beef. I have also added a can of stewed tomatoes over the whole 5-layer casserole. Excellent. Everyone loves this dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"This is moussaka. It's a Greek recipe also. I cut the portions in half and add grated cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Do you start with uncooked or cooked ground beef?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"My Mom made this exact casserole my whole life. She called it Hamburger Dish.

We all loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Good dish, I added some grated cheese at the end and left it uncovered to crisp up a bit. You can add or subtract items to this dish to suit your family's taste."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I make a recipe very similar to this but you use tomato sauce i.e. spaghetti sauce, instead of water and tomatoes. it is called Potato Goulash."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Great comfort food for cold days. In answer to bnrudy, you don't need to pre-cook anything, but the result will be tastier if you brown the meat and the onion in a little oil before assembly. We prefer this cooked uncovered (at least for the last part of cooking time) in a conventional oven so that the top layer of potatoes crisps up a bit. A sprinkling of grated cheese in the last half hour is good too. Done this way, total cooking time more like an hour and a half to two hours than 50 mins."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"As a kid growing up in Wisconsin we had casserole dishes like this almost every week. My mom added corn and used tomato soup in place of diced tomatoes. I like the idea of adding cabbage to this recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Would like to make this, but need to know if you per cook the ground beef before assemble this casserole Thanks 3 stars for now will re-rated after I make this"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Simple and hearty. A big hit."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I plan on making this for dinner this evening. my grandmother made it and I had no idea how to make it. I thank you very much. doylescott57@yahoo.com"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I have made a recipe like this in the past. I always add a can of peas with the juice and no water. My kids use to love it when they lived at home."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"My aunt gave my dad this recipe, except she added cabbage - WONDERFUL!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"Great body warmer on a cold day , i added doughballs ie dumplings absolutely scrumcious. Fantastic meal every one enjoyed this one."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2012

"My family enjoyed this meal. It's simple, healthy and quick to prepare. Nine times out of ten, you will have all the items in your kitchen to prepare this one; even if you have to substitue an item or two."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"I was short on time so I used a boxed scalloped potato mix instead of cutting up potatoes. I added the sauce mix to the boiling water . It tasted fantastic."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"I love this recipe, however I always add a layer of peeled, thinly sliced carrots and bake it in a 350 oven for 90 minutes. I usually leave it covered for the first hour and then uncover for the last 30 minutes. I like to serve it with buttered peas and fresh baked bread or rolls. We live on the farm and during harvest this is a favorite standby because you can reduce the oven to warm, cover and hold until the harvest crew comes in."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"I found this recipe a little too plain. I followed the recipe exactly and found it too runny so I thickened the juice because I did not want soup."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2009

"Good, simple comfort food. Easy to make and a great warmer-upper for a cold winter night."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"I have made something very similar to this casserole and I agree, the recipe is a winner."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"Our family recipe for shipwreck is like this but also includes a can of drained and rinsed kidney beans.  Very good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"we make something simular to this called shipwreck! LOL! Its really good though!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2008

"My Mom use to make this alot when I was a kid. Many years ago. It is a very yummy casserole...jaysbahNJ"

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