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Hamburger Casserole

This hamburger casserole 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


  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven, layer half each of the meat, potatoes and onion. Sprinkle with half each of the salt and pepper. Repeat layers. Dissolve bouillon in water; pour over all. Top with tomatoes. Cover and cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, 45-50 minutes. If desired, garnish with parsley.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To keep parsley fresh for up to a month, trim the stems and place the bunch in a tumbler with an inch of water. Be sure no leaves are in the water. Tie a produce bag around the tumbler to trap humidity; store in the refrigerator. Each time you use the parsley, change the water and turn the produce bag inside out so any moisture that has built up inside the bag can escape.
  • Using lean ground beef instead of beef that’s 80% lean saves 45 calories per 4-ounce serving of beef. Lean ground beef is also 29% lower in saturated fat.
  • Check out 100 of our best ground beef recipes.
  • Nutrition 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.


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    • Rõsa
      Sep 3, 2020

      The trick is you need to boil potatoes to their aldente first.. then take out of pot drain them and season them with garlic and onion powder, and bagel can add chicken to this dish too..Use cheese sauce from box of scalloped potatoes but not potatoes unless you wanna cook it quickly..Or make your own cheese sauce..There is lots you can do with this meal..I omit tomatoes and tomato sauce.. Make sure to brown your ground beef .. Add fresh parsley to it over top once done..Experiment til you get what you like...

    • Debbie
      Jun 2, 2020

      This is way to bland it needs to be flavorful I added garlic.browned the meat and used beef broth without tomatoes as I can't eat them, then I thickened it with cornstarch

    • SUSAN
      May 17, 2020

      If you love bland no flavor recipes this is it. I see the glowing reviews but just don't get it or agree. Also not browning the beef makes it extra yucky. No one liked it and it ended up in the trash.

    • jetluvs2cook
      Mar 15, 2020

      Very delicious recipe! It is not bland at all! Just add salt and pepper to taste!

    • Bev
      Nov 12, 2019

      Bland, bland, bland!! Good night I don't see how some of these recipes get featured. Where's the flavor? The fond? The spices?

    • hugakid
      Oct 17, 2019

      Make a version of this that my family calls 7 layer dinner , because it has 7 layers. Potato,carrots, onions, rice, tomato sauce,hamburger and then covered with another layer of tomato sauce. We like it , add spices as your family likes.

    • MarineMom_texas
      Dec 3, 2018

      We had this delicious dish tonight. I halved it for the two of us and made a couple of changes per other reviewers. I used boxed scalloped potatoes and dry onion soup mix in place of the bouillon. Next time I will use fresh potatoes. I also added a can of peas, undrained. Delicious! Be sure to read all the reviews in case you wish to make any changes. Many of the reviewers mentioned that it was bland. Volunteer Field Editor

    • Nadine
      Nov 15, 2018

      I havenand#039;t made this yet however Iand#039;m so pleased to find this recipe online! My family has made this meal for over 70 years (minus the worchestire sauce (spelling)) and we call it Hungarian Goulash! We layer just as you do but add a lot more onions. I have nevet been able to find anything close to ours. Now I have! Thank you...!!!

    • Dan
      Oct 22, 2018

      Hi! I make mine with beef, pickles, ketchup, and mustard because beef and potatoes are way too bland for me. That recipe has been passed down for years in my family and I really enjoy making it!

    • Dorita
      Oct 1, 2018

      I have made this recipe for years but also add cooked ground beef and layer sliced onions, canned peas, carrots sliced, and potatoes sliced. I also add tomato sauce