Hamburger Potato Casserole

One of my favorite meals growing up was the Hamburger Helper Potato Stroganoff. That may put off some of you gourmet types out there, but this dish had all the meat and potato goodness just coursing through it. I have not had Hamburger Helper in most of my adult life, but have always held a special place in my heart for that one particular variety. 

This Hamburger Potato Casserole is the perfect comfort food and pleases even the pickiest eaters!

Wanting to share the deliciousness (but not the boxed food) with my family, I went looking for a way to duplicate it. I think this Hamburger Potato Casserole comes pretty close. Best of all...it's one of my kids' favorite meals.

Hamburger Potato Casserole ingredients

Here's what you need: ground beef, chopped onions, potatoes, cream of mushroom soup, milk, shredded cheese, salt and pepper.


Here's how you make it: Start by cooking your onions until translucent. Then add your ground beef and cook until done, seasoning to taste.


While the beef is cooking, thinly slice enough cleaned potatoes to measure 3 cups.


In bowl, mix together the cream of mushroom soup, milk, salt and pepper. If you wanted to add any other seasonings like garlic powder, this would be a good time to do it.

layering Hamburger Potato Casserole

Grease a 11 x 7 pan and place make a single layer of potatoes.

layering Hamburger Potato Casserole

Then pour half of the soup mixture over the top.

layering Hamburger Potato Casserole

Sprinkle about half the cheese on the potatoes and soup.

layering Hamburger Potato Casserole

Layer 1/2 of the ground beef on that.

layering Hamburger Potato Casserole

Make another layer of potatoes and soup.

Hamburger Potato Casserole before baked

End with the rest of the ground beef and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. 

Hamburger Potato Casserole baked for 1 to 1 1/2 hours

Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until the potatoes are tender. 

Hamburger Potato Casserole - better than the box kind.

Hamburger Potato Casserole

1 lb. lean ground beef
3 cups thinly sliced potatoes (either peeled or with thin skins)
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease an 11 x 7 (2 quart) glass baking dish. In medium skillet, cook the onions and ground beef until done. Drain the grease. In a medium bowl, mix together the milk, soup, salt and pepper. Layer half of the potatoes, soup, cheese and then the hamburger meat. Repeat with the rest of the potatoes, soup, hamburger meat and then the cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

I love when dishes take you back in time and give you that warm, happy feeling of comfort and love. This is one of those dishes. What's one of your favorite childhood meals that you fix for your family now?
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58 comments:

  1. Hi Nici, I'll be giving this one a try too. It definitely looks like something my kids would gobble up. Will let you know when I do. Have a great week!

    Debbie

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  2. Hamburger Helper Potato Stroganoff....those were the days! Love your casserole!

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    1. Me too. I used to bring that on our sailboat when cruising. Top of stove then. Also their Oriental Rice. I don't care for their pasta mixes.

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  3. Funny because I never had Hamburger Helper growing up but my husband did and he got me addicted to the Philly Cheesesteak one and I can't figure out how to make it from scratch. This sounds wonderful!!! I wish I could change it to fit our favorite :)

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    1. 1 pound ground beef
      1 can of cheddar cheese soup
      1 whole onion
      Wide egg noodles
      Top with French fried onions

      You can add mushrooms or green peppers if you like. I do mine on the stove top

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  4. This looks like a recipe my boys would LOVE! Hey, thank you for trying the Granola Scones recipe! I hope you liked them!

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  5. Looks so Yummy! Can't wait to try it! thank you!

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  6. I have always liked Hamburger Helper! I am an accomplished cook and baker, and can whip up a gourmet meal for thirty people without batting an eye. But that doesn't mean I don't like simple meals, or ones that remind me of growing up!! I love old-fashioned tuna casserole, or just about any kind of casserole, for that matter. This recipe sounds delicious, I will give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. I remember that Hamburger Helper well, too! :-) This looks SO good. I can't wait to try it for my family. Coming over to visit from Wonderful Food Wednesday. Please feel free to stop by and link it up with my "Try a New Recipe Tuesday." It is open all week and I'd love to have you join us! :-)

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  8. Yum! That looks really tasty. Slicing all those potatoes by hand must take some time, for a shortcut I'd recommend using a mandolin (one of my favorite kitchen gadgets), it goes much quicker.
    I'll have to try this soon!

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    1. Pampered Chef also has a product that makes slicing potatoes easy called the Simple Slicer: http://new.pamperedchef.com/pws/kristimarie/product/1099

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  9. Look great! Potatoes and cheese are two of my favorite things!! Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above
    Bethany @ Whistle and Ivy

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  10. Looks good! I need to give this one a try. I think my kids would really like it.

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  11. This looks really good! Pinning, and visiting from Miz Helen's!

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  12. I am going to make this tomorrow night!!! Oh how I love anything potatoes!!

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  13. Good Morning Nici,
    This is pure comfort , we will just love this Hamburger Potato Casserole, it looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. Yum! Easy and I know my whole family would love it!

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  15. Wow this looks great! Seems like perfect comfort food for a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Pinning now!

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  16. What a yummy sounding and easy dinner idea. Pinning! Thanks so much for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. Please stop by tonight and link up again!

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  17. This looked and sounded so good to me that I got all the ingredients and whipped it up for supper the other night and tonight we're having it for supper again....I made enough for two meals so I could have a hurry up, quick fix for another night. I have to tell you .....my husband LOVED IT.....and so did I. This will be one of our favorites from now on especially on a cold winter night....I love casseroles and this one is superb and so easy and inexpensive. Thank you so much for sharing this and now I'm going go see what else you've got cooking here....maybe a new recipe for me to try. Thanks again....

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  18. This looks yummy! Please share this in a new Linky Party --Weekend Kitchen Creations at www.weekendkitchencreations.blogspot.com. Please join us, share your delicious creation, build more traffic for your blog and get other scrumptious ideas.

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  19. i am a first time vistor to ur page-i will definetly stop by again. the recipe i was looking for is spot on. thank you

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  20. Your pics are beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Pinned ~ Paula

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  21. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes. Pinned and you have a new follower. -Savannah @ HammockTracks

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  22. I forgot to put dinner on and googled a recipe to go with the items I had on hand. I came across this and made it. It was a HUGE hit! My only regret is that I didnt double it to accommodate for leftovers! Thanks for sharing!

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  23. Nici, I juts followed your blog, hope you want to follow back. Thanks for the great recipe. when is your party up?
    Did I missed you, as I can see this is a post from last year!
    FABBY

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  24. I just made this with some traditional breakfast sausage because it's all I had, I'll let you know how it turns out! It smells delicious so far :)

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    1. What soup could you use instead of cream of mushroom and have it taste basically the same? Food allergies here so I need a substitution. Thanks!

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    2. You could use cream of chicken or cream of celery. Likewise, there are many "cream of soup" substitute recipes online if you want to make one yourself. Since I'm not sure what the allergies are, I would be hesitant to recommend a particular soup recipe. Hope that helps!

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  25. Oh my yum! I bet this would be amazing with ground venison! I have a ton in my freezer that I'm trying to find new recipes for!

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  26. We don't really do Red Meat, wonder if this would be as good with Grand Pork or Ground Chicken. Maybe mild sausage. Will have to give it a try..

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    1. ham or ham bits work perfect sausage would too

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  27. Love this! It was the first thing I made at home in a long time that disappeared after 10 minutes! Everyone loved it and I'm making it again tonight! The only thing I did different was add a couple more spices other than just salt and pepper.

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  28. This was so easy and everyone in my house tore it up! This will go in our rotation for sure. I substituted ground turkey and cream of potato just because that's what I had on hand, and it was just so easy! Thank you for an awesome and easy dinner!

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  29. This looks so good! I'm curious, though, have you ever made it with almond milk instead of regular milk? It's only 3/4 of a cup, so I'm not sure that it would really alter the taste too much if I were to swap it, but just curious. My husband is lactose intolerant and so far, I usually just avoid dishes with milk, but this looks so delicious and we have a lot of potatoes in the house. Anyway, just curious if you've ever swapped out the milk? Thanks for any advice!

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    1. I've never swapped out the milk, but I don't see why you couldn't try it. Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. I just made it! It's actually for tomorrow night's dinner, but I needed to get it done tonight. I just had a sample of a corner of it, and it tasted fine! I use unsweetened almond milk, so I was fairly confident it wouldn't mess up the taste that much and it totally didn't. My sample corner was SO good, I can't wait to eat a full serving tomorrow. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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  30. I had never had hamburger helper until my health declined, (easy fixins ) and I guess this does resemble one of their meals but homemade, never thought about it and I have been making this for many years, and I am 58 yrs. Old.

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  31. Thanks, Looks great.
    I am going to try it.

    Thanks

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  32. Good evening Nici!I'm sorry, my English is bad. hangi pendir önerirsiz ?

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  33. Made this.... Absolutely a great dish. I added ranch seasoning to the potato layers before adding soup, I also topped it with Ritz crumbles, butter, cheese, and bacon

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  34. Made this for my family. Great recipe, so easy. After it was done I realized I could have added sautéed mushrooms. I will definitely be making this one again!

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  35. What size can of cream of mushroom are you using? Thanks

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  36. This recipe was flavorless. No one in my house enjoyed it. I was looking forward to it and it was a total let down

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  37. Looks so good I am making it right now for dinner. I added garlic of course because what does not taste better without garlic and added a bit of basil because, well...I just love basil...I plan on adding a dollop of sour cream and sprinkling with chopped up chives for garnish. Sounds Delish!!

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  38. This is one if my favorite dishes. Yummy

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    1. So glad you like it! It's one of our favorites also!

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  39. I prepped this today and put it in the fridge for tomorrow. Do you think it will get watery from the potatoes sitting in the fridge until tomorrow? If so, I would go ahead and cook it tonite and just reheat it.... Thanks!!

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    1. I'm not sure if it will get watery or not. I would probably go ahead and cook it, then reheat it later. Hope it's a hit!

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  40. I make something similar. Either no milk or reduce the amount but add cream of celery and green beans. Very yummy!

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  41. Cld I do this with cooked rice instead of potatoes?

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    1. I don't see why not... although, you wouldn't need to baked it nearly as long... just long enough to heat the ingredients through. I would also make sure it is seasoned to your liking first. Let me know if you try it!

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  42. Making this tonight! Was thinking of using cheddar chz soup instead of shredded, ir maybe 1/2 n 1/2. Have anyone tried it with the ched chz soup?

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  43. I just made this last night and oh my goodness was it amazing!! It reminded me of a grownup version of tator tot casserole. I added a chopped green pepper to my onion and sauteed them together in the beef fat, a little olive oil, and a pat of butter. I also used garlic salt instead of regular salt in my soup mixture. After it was done baking, I removed the foil and put it under the broiler for a few minutes just to brown it and crisp up the edges. My husband and I loved it and thought it might be really good to try it with some ground sausage too! I can't wait for leftovers today! Thanks for the great recipe! :)

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  44. Well, as usual, I changed it up a bit, since I am cooking for 2 adults.

    1/3 pound grd beef
    can mushroom soup
    3 medium potatoes
    small onion, chopped
    1 small stalk celery chopped
    garlic powder
    salt, pepper
    dash of red pepper
    Colby Jack shredded cheese
    I added sour cream instead of milk. Was a little thick going in - maybe because I stirred the cooked beef into the soup. Potatoes sliced very thin, did cook the onion and celery with ground beef. I used a small square Corelle casserole dish. It is in the oven NOW!

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    1. Have to report back. this meal was a TOTAL HIT! The sour cream really took it up a notch. Next time, I would add a little more liquid (1/2 & 1/2 or milk), as it stayed a thick. Am going to figure out a LARGER recipe as I am planning to make this at Christmas when there will be 8 adults and 5 kids - quite a bit different from cooking for 2!

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