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Hamburger Casserole


  • 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


  • 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 until potatoes are tender, 45-50 minutes. If desired garnish with parsley.

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.


Average Rating:
  • 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 haven't made this yet however I'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
  • Kari
    Jul 28, 2018
    Thought I'd try this for my family. I made a few changes but basically kept it the same. Turned out absolutely awesome. Everyone liked it. **Note** I have 3 mentally handicapped adults and a picky husband that I cook for.
  • Jack
    Jul 24, 2018
    Just tried this hot out of the oven. Served with shredded cheddar on top. Delicious! Thanks. Followed other reviewers' suggestions. Will make this again for sure. Used 93% lean burger. Diced and fried the onion in 2 Tbs olive oil with 3 cloves diced garlic in 6-qt Dutch oven. After onion got soft, added burger, black pepper, plus 1 Tbs dried basil. Let meat brown then drained out the juice; in strainer lined wit paper towels. Cubed instead of sliced the potatoes. Added 2 sliced carrots, 3 stalks celery sliced, one red bell pepper diced, 8 oz sliced raw mushrooms. On top, I spread 10 oz of condensed cream of mushroom soup, then the diced tomatoes (drained). Pan was filled to the brim! Baked at 350F for 2 hours. Came out perfect.
  • emorgan1971
    Dec 31, 1969

    My husbands family has been making this since I meet them over 30 years ago, just slight variations. no Parsley add garlic powder, no Beef Bouillon but add farm grown canned tomato's. Its always a hit.

  • Cheryl19
    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
    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
    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.

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