This hamburger and potato casserole is filled with everything you need for a delicious meal. Creamy potatoes with seasoned ground beef covered in cheese makes an ultimate comfort meal the whole family will love. No can of soup needed!
This Hamburger and Potato Casserole is next level!
What’s for dinner? Have you run out of ideas? Add this scrumptious hamburger potato casserole to your weeknight rotation and with just a little prep, you’ve got dinner solved and enough for left overs.
If you like ground beef and cheesy potatoes, you’re going to love this dish. Flavored with mushrooms and cooked onions, this recipe is next level!
A creamy sauce made with Worcestershire sauce and sour cream coats the potatoes and beef for a casserole that you’ll be making over and over again.
Normally ground beef and potato casseroles are made with canned mushroom soup, and while that is easier, making your own sauce just takes a few minutes and the flavor is so much better than what you can get in a can.
Serve this comfort meal for family dinners, pot lucks, or holiday gatherings and it will be gone before you know it. When you have leftover ham after the holidays, try making a scalloped potato and ham casserole.
If you need a potato casserole for breakfast, then try a cheesy ham and potato casserole or an easy sausage casserole. If you love biscuits, try making a sloppy joe hamburger casserole on a layer of biscuits. Short on time, try a hamburger rice casserole that cooks in one pot.
Why you’ll love this Hamburger Casserole with Potatoes
- Calls for simple ingredients and no soup needed
- The sour cream adds a tangy flavor and a creamy texture you’ll love
- It’s perfect comfort food for any time of year
- An easy meal you can serve with almost any side dish
- Make ahead, refrigerate, and serve when you’re ready
- It makes for easy and fresh tasting leftovers
What do you serve with Hamburger Casserole with Potatoes?
A potato casserole is normally a side dish, but with the addition of ground beef, you have an amazing main course. If you’re looking for a more complete meal, pair it with green beans or broccoli salad. It’s never a bad idea to add some green veggies with a hearty dish like this one.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and bake when needed. Prepping a casserole in advance is such a great way to get dinner on the table during busy weeknights. You can even reheat the next day for a quick and delicious lunch.
Hamburger Casserole Recipe tips
- Drain the meat – Drain your ground beef or soak up excess grease with a paper towel.
- Make now, bake later – Make this casserole ahead of time, refrigerate, and bake when ready. This is not only convenient, but it allows the flavors to absorb for a longer period of time.
- Use a shallow dish – A shallow dish will cook quickly and also allow more surface area for a crispy cheesy topping.
- High quality cheese is a good choice – Using a good quality cheese will melt better and taste better overall. I recommend grating your cheese at home instead of buying shredded cheese.
- Top it off – Feel free to add bacon, green onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, etc. to this casserole. Make it your own!
What you’ll need for this Ground Beef and Potatoes Casserole
- Ground beef – 90% lean ground beef works best for this recipe because of the small amount of grease. If you’re using a fattier cut, make sure you drain the grease. You can also use ground turkey or ground chicken or mix it up and do ½ beef and ½ sausage.
- Vegetables – Mushrooms and onions add so much flavor but feel free to add additional veggies as well.
- Spices – Thyme, salt, and pepper are musts.
- Potatoes – Russet potatoes are best for this casserole
- Sour cream – Full fat sour cream is the best kind! This will add tons of tangy flavors as well as an oh so creamy texture
- Cheese – Freshly grated Colby jack cheese will melt into a golden brown crispy topping on this dish. Add cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese if desired.
- Liquid – Since this recipe does not call for soup, you’ll need equal parts whole milk and chicken broth
- Pantry items – butter and flour
What type of potato should you use
Russet potatoes are the one to choose for casseroles. They are a high starch potato which means it will keep its shape when cooked. Some call them Idaho potatoes, but only potatoes grown in Idaho can use that name. They are often used in casseroles like au gratin potatoes because they will keep their shape.
Yukon Gold on the other hand are a medium starch potato and will get soft and creamy when baked whether in creamy mashed potatoes or scalloped potatoes. They can be used interchangeably with russets, but the texture of your casserole will be different.
How to make Ground Beef Casserole
Step 1: Cook the ground beef
Brown the hamburger with mushrooms and onions and remove from the skillet.
Step 2: Add liquid
Whisk butter and flour together then add your liquids to make a roux. Remove from the heat and add the sour cream.
Step 3: Mix in potatoes
Mix potatoes and ground beef in a large bowl and drench with the liquid mixture.
Add some cheese to the mixture.
Step 4: Bake
Pour into a casserole dish and bake covered until the potatoes have cooked.
Step 5: Get cheesy
Add as much cheese as your heart desires then baked uncovered until the cheese is golden brown.
Pro tip: Don’t overcook the beef on the skillet, it will bake again in the oven. Make sure the beef is just cooked through so it’s not dry in the casserole.
Do you bake casserole covered or uncovered?
This potato casserole needs to be covered with aluminum foil while it bakes to evenly cook the potatoes. You will remove the foil for the last 3 minutes of cooking to allow the cheese on top to melt.
How to Store Ground Beef Casserole
To store a ground beef casserole, first let it cool to room temperature and then cover with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days. To reheat, let it come to room temperature and then reheat in the oven at 350º for 10 minutes or you can reheat in the microwave.
You can also freeze this casserole after it has cooled to room temperature. Let it thaw in the fridge before reheating.
Casserole recipes you’ll love to try
It’s always nice to have a list of easy casserole recipes ready to go for busy nights. Here are a few easy dinner recipes…
- Extra cheesy and flavorful spaghetti casserole is a recipe even picky eaters will like
- When you’re in the mood for tex-mex, try a one pot taco casserole
- A classic southern chicken pot pie covered with biscuits is a family favorite
- You can never go wrong with a tater tot casserole
More fabulous potato recipes to try
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Hamburger and Potato Casserole (Without Canned Soup)
- 1 pound ground beef 90% lean
- ½ cup onion diced
- 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 3 medium russet potatoes 4 cups chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups colby jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 400º, grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, cooking for about 2 minutes until it starts to brown. Then add the onions, mushrooms and thyme and cook until the beef is cooked through and the mushrooms have browned, about 8 minutes. If there is extra grease, drain it. Place in a large bowl.
- In the same skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add flour and cook for a minute. Slowly whisk in chicken broth adding gradually. Next slowly add milk and cook until it is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and add sour cream, Worcestershire sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add chopped potatoes to the bowl with the ground beef and pour the sauce over it, stirring to combine. Add a cup of the cheese and stir. Add to the prepared casserole dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes, until the potatoes are soft but not mushy.
- Remove the foil and cover with remaining cheese. Cook uncovered an additional 3 minutes to allow the cheese to melt. Let it sit for a few minutes before serving.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You can prepare this in advance and store in the fridge for a day.
- You can use cheddar cheese instead of colby jack or almost any cheese that you like.
- Make sure to drain any grease from the hamburger.
- Russet potatoes work great for this casserole, but you can use yukon gold or any variety.