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Ground Beef and Potatoes Casserole in a shallow white bowl on a concrete counter

Hamburger Potato Casserole

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 - 12 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Easy, one pot, 30 minute hamburger and potato casserole is hearty and delicious.  It feeds a crowd on tight budget and there’s plenty for seconds or leftovers.  Savory, delicious meal!


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
  • 5 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pound carrots, cut into thin rounds
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups hot water
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Start by peeling, and then dicing, the potatoes into 1/2″ cubes.
  2. Slice the carrots into thin rounds and mince the onion.
  3. Place the ground beef into a stock pot or Dutch oven. (I used my 5 quart pot and it was full to the brim.) and begin cooking it over medium high heat. Stir to break it into crumbles as you go.
  4. Season the ground beef with salt to your taste (I use about 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons.) and a teaspoon of black pepper.
  5. Add the diced onions to the pot and continue cooking over high heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking, until the ground beef is cooked and no pink remains.
  6. Drain the grease from the pan. I use paper towels to soak it up and then just toss them. It saves clogging the drain with grease.
  7. Add the diced potatoes and sliced carrots to the pot with the drained and cooked ground beef and onions.
  8. Pour in 1 1/2 cups of water and 1/2  to 1 teaspoon of salt.
  9. Stir to combine the ingredients and continue cooking on medium high heat, stirring to prevent sticking.
  10. Once the ingredients are sufficiently combined, and the water is boiling, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pot with a lid.
  11. Allow the hash / casserole to cook for 5 minutes. Then remove the lid and give it a stir. If most of the liquid seems to have been absorbed, add the last 1/2 cup of water.
  12. Put the lid back on the pan and let the mixture cook another 7 to 10 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  13. Do one final taste test for seasoning and add salt and/or pepper if needed.
  14. Serve.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Category: Main Dish, Beef Recipes, Casseroles
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American