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Learn how to make an Old Fashioned Hamburger Casserole that is easy, tasty, and affordable. This recipe makes the perfect weeknight supper and is home and country cooking at its best!

Long before the advent of boxed meals you could purchase from your grocery store and cook up by adding ground beef to their packaged ingredients, home cooks of the 1930s were making their own homemade versions of hamburger casseroles. They would make these casseroles with leftover meat they chopped up, ground beef, or ground pork. So you have a few options when making this casserole in your own kitchen.

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Hamburger Casserole for a Busy Weeknight Supper

If you need to create a dinner in 30 minutes, this delicious Hamburger Casserole recipe is for you! This casserole is also an ideal place to hide lots of veggies.

This recipe includes the basic potatoes and onions for vegetables, but I also add in green bell peppers and tomatoes. Want more or different types of vegetables? The possibilities are endless. This meal can help you clean out the crisper!

You can add any of these vegetables to your casserole:

  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Corn
  • Green onions
  • Sweet red bell peppers or Pimentos
  • And more!

Easy Substitutions for this Hamburger Casserole

The nice thing about this Hamburger Casserole is that you have so many options when it comes to what ingredients to use. As I mentioned earlier, you have a lot of flexibility about what veggies to add in, but you can also customize your:

  • Meat to brown
  • Liquid to add
  • Cheese to top

Meat to Brown

Even though this is called a hamburger casserole, you can use any ground meat to make this recipe, including ground turkey or ground chicken. In my recipe, I used 85%/15% ground beef from my local grocery store.

Just remember, if you use leaner meats, like turkey or chicken, you’ll want to add a bit of extra fat, like butter or olive oil, to your skillet when you brown the meat.

Liquid to Add

When it comes to liquids to add to your casserole, you can use chicken or beef bone broth or just a simple broth. In my video and printable recipe, I use chicken bone broth.

If you don’t have either of those on hand, you can always use water. And if you like a creamy texture to your hamburger casserole, you can even use milk or half-and-half.

Cheese to Top

And when it comes to topping your casserole with cheese, any cheese will do as long as it is a nice melting cheese. I used Monterey Jack, but cheddar, provolone, Colby, or even mozzarella would work great.

As you can see, with so many variations, you will never get tired of this hamburger casserole because you can make it different every time!

A Simply Seasoned Hamburger Casserole

In my recipe for this casserole, I use very simple seasonings:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes for spice (Just a bit!)

But you are not limited to a simple seasoning when making this hamburger casserole. You have so many options to choose from, including all my homemade seasonings. So to let your creative juices fly!

For example, you could make a delicious Italian version of this casserole using Italian seasoning and then top your casserole with mozzarella cheese. If you’d like to go more in the Tex-Mex direction, add some Tex-Mex seasoning, chopped jalapeños, and then top your casserole with some spicy cheese! Yum! 😊

Why I Like the Magic Whisk

Many years ago, I watched an episode of one of Nigella Lawson’s cooking shows where she used a Magic Whisk. While using the whisk, she raved about how much she loved it and couldn’t believe how such a little thing could do a better job at whisking than the larger whisks she had tried.

I decided that I had to try this little device too! And given how reasonably priced they are, I quickly purchased one. How right Nigella was! Whenever I have to whisk something, the first thing I reach for is my Magic Whisk. (Now they even make a silicon version for use with non-stick cookware.)

As I show you in my recipe video, I whisk corn starch into my bone broth before adding the liquid into my hamburger casserole. With the magic whisk, I’ve created my mixture in seconds, and there are no lumps or residue left on the bottom of my glass measuring cup!

Save Your Scraps to Make Bone Broth

Never throw out your vegetable scraps! And this includes onion skins, potato peelings, pepper ribs, carrot peelings, and other bits and bobs of scraps that you may accumulate when cooking.

As I mention in my hamburger casserole video, creating an ongoing scrap bag is easy:

  • Simply throw all your scraps into your scrap bag. (Use your existing scrap bag or create a new one.)
  • Store the scrap bag in your freezer.

The next time you are ready to make broth, stock, or bone broth, add the scraps to your stockpot. Your carefully saved vegetable scraps will add flavor and nutrition to whatever liquid you are making.

Customize the Seasonings for Your Hamburger Casserole

When it comes to making a Hamburger Casserole—or any casserole for that matter—it’s helpful to have an array of different seasoning blends at your disposal. These seasonings will add a variety of flavors to whatever you are making.

In the following videos, I show you how to make 10 different homemade seasoning blends, plus a nutrient-dense seasoning mix that will add a real boost of nutrition to any recipe.

More Home Cooking Recipes

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Old Fashioned Hamburger Casserole

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Learn how to make an Old Fashioned Hamburger Casserole that is easy, tasty, and affordable. This recipe makes the perfect weeknight supper and is home and country cooking at its best!


  • Skillet, preferably oven-proof
  • Oven-proof baking dish, optional
  • Measuring Cup
  • Whisk
  • Spatula or large spoon


  • 1 pound Ground beef, preferably an 85%/15% mix You can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken. If you substitute one of these leaner options, be sure to add a bit of butter or olive oil to your skillet when browning your ground chicken or turkey.
  • 2 medium Onions, any variety, peeled and chopped I used yellow onions. As an option, you could use frozen chopped onions. You will need about 1 cup.
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 2 large Potatoes, any variety, peeled and bite-sized cubed I used 4 small russet potatoes. As an option, you could use canned cubed potatoes.
  • 1 large Green bell pepper, bite-sized cubed As an option, you could use frozen chopped peppers. You would need between 1/2 cup to 1 cup.
  • 1 14.5 ounce Canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 cup Liquid I used chicken bone broth, but you can use beef bone broth or simply broth or water.
  • 1 teaspoon Corn starch You can substitute with flour, arrowroot, or tapioca.
  • 1 cup Cheese, grated I used Monterey Jack, but other options include cheddar, provolone, any cheese that melts well.


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until nicely browned. Approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Add onions to the skillet along with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes, if using. Allow onions to soften. Approximately 1-2 minutes.
  • Add potatoes to the skillet and stir well. Allow to cook so the potatoes begin to soften. Approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Add peppers and drained tomatoes to skillet and stir well.
  • Stir cornstarch into liquid and add liquid to skillet, stir well, and then turn off the heat. If your skillet is not oven-proof, transfer the contents of the skillet to an oven-proof baking dish. (See video.)
  • Top the casserole with cheese and place the skillet (or oven-proof baking dish) on the middle rack of the oven.
  • Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and a golden brown.
  • Remove the skillet (or oven-proof baking dish) to a heat-proof surface and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
  • Well wrapped, the hamburger casserole will stay fresh in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, cover with aluminum foil and place in a 350°F oven for approximately 15 minutes or until heated through.
  • Well wrapped, a hamburger casserole can be frozen for up to 4 months. To reheat, defrost in the refrigerator, cover with aluminum foil, and place in a 350°F oven for approximately 15 minutes or until heated through.



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Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 577mg | Potassium: 858mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 298IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Calories: 358
Keyword: Casserole, Hamburger Casserole
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  1. Gloria says:

    5 stars
    Hi there, in my recipes for most that call for tomato sauce and peppers, onion and spices; I use Great Value Picante Sauce. It has much less sugar than store bought spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce and does not have the can taste of tomato sauces and paste. Just an option!
    Thanks for all you do!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Gloria, Sounds delicious!! Love, Mary

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