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Meatball Hash Brown Bake

For a seniors potluck at church, I wanted to create a recipe that would incorporate a meat dish and side dish in one. This casserole proved to be a crowd-pleaser, and many people asked for the recipe. —Joann Fritzler, Belen, New Mexico
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 1 hour
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pepper, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 package (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed and patted dry
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup crushed saltines (20-25 crackers)
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean)


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Mix first four ingredients, 1 teaspoon pepper and 1/2 teaspoon salt; stir in potatoes. Spread evenly in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, cracker crumbs, garlic and the remaining pepper and salt. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-in. balls.
  • In large skillet, brown meatballs over medium-high heat. Place over potato mixture, pressing in lightly.
  • Bake, covered, 45 minutes. Uncover; bake until meatballs are cooked through and potatoes are tender, 10-15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 387 calories, 20g fat (9g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 808mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • Katrina
    Feb 17, 2019

    Used the frozen meatballs as well. Family just loved it! Easy and tasty!

  • tjbrooks79
    Oct 29, 2018

    This sounds delicious just as it is, but I changed it up a little by using frozen meatballs (as previously suggested), using cream of mushroom soup (instead of cream of chicken), and adding a small can of mushrooms. YUM!

  • cherylyoung
    Jun 20, 2018

    Whole family enjoyed this dish. Was easy to put together, I too used frozen meatballs. Am going to make this for my church buffet this weekend. A keeper in my book!

  • rlawn46
    May 3, 2018

    Just finished with eating this dinner. Very easy to fix and this particular time I made it even easier by using frozen meatballs. My husband gives this a 9 of 10 stars, so I will be making again.

  • Pookie72
    Nov 30, 2017

    Awesomely easy, awesomely good!!

  • katecrid47
    Oct 1, 2014

    Made this last night, it was great. The family loved it. It was simple and easy. I did however use frozen meatballs to make it even easier. I was pressed for time. It was still great. Thanks for sharing!

  • racebluejay
    Mar 5, 2013

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  • tlbotr
    Jan 25, 2012

    My family loved this no leftovers. Like cheesy potatoes with the addition of meatballs.

  • terralal
    May 16, 2010

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  • Southernmama
    Aug 22, 2008

    I took a pkg. of ground beef out of the freezer this AM and immediately came to the computer to go online with TOH for "HELP". I don't think I could pay my grand kids to eat another bite of spaghetti and a meatloaf just didn't provide the bells and whistles I was looking for. TOH and their miracle workers who provide us with great recipes have never failed me. This is on tonights menu and is safely saved in my recipe box. Thanks TOH and especially JoAnn for sharing!