Ground Beef Casserole

Gary’s fondest childhood memories began with a pound of ground beef. There was usually tomato sauce and pasta in the mix, and some sort of cheese, but it’s hard to overstate the importance of ground beef as a staple meat in the Freilich family dinners. And to that end, it’s hard to overstate the importance of ground beef as a dinnertime staple in the kitchens of Americans from coast to coast.

Cheesy Ground Beef and Hashbrown Casserole

Easy Cheesy Ground Beef and Hashbrown Casserole

A while back for a website I was editing, I tweaked a very popular cheese, beef and potato casserole recipe.  It included ground beef, a couple of canned items including canned mushroom soup, frozen hashbrowns and a few other sundry ingredients. I never want to judge, and believe you me my freezer is full of frozen vegetables, and my pantry is filled with cans. But I wanted to step back and tackle the idea of this somewhat classic recipe with fresh eyes.

Hello, comfort food. Hello, casserole. Leftovers of this Cheesy Ground Beef and Hash Brown Casserole will be fought over the next day.

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Cheesy Beef and Hash Brown Casserole

And this is what I came up with, and while I resist the notion of boy food (or boy anything), sometimes it’s hard to fight a buttload of empirical evidence. The boyfolk in my family have long felt as though the One Skillet Cheesy Beefy Macaroni recipe in The Mom 100 is one of the reigning cool weather comfort foods in the house, and this was greeted with similar enthusiasm.

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So, what do we have here: Crispy but tender shredded potatoes top a casserole of juicy ground beef bound together with a creamy cheesy sauce.  A final sprinkle of cheddar cheese melts over all at the end, like a dusting of snow.  It’s the casserole version of a terrific cheeseburger.  Hello, comfort food. Hello, Cheesy Ground Beef and Hash Brown Casserole.  Leftovers will be fought over the next day.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Make Ahead Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

You can make the filling ahead of time, up to a day, then just dump it into the casserole, and finish with the cheesy hash browns potato topping (don’t grate the potatoes until shortly before using or they will discolor, which really isn’t that big a deal).

What the Kids Can Do

The kids can absolute lend a hand in making this dish.  Let them measure the various ingredients. You can also suggest your kids pick an herb or spice other than oregano to change things up (think about thyme, marjoram, basil, or chili powder), maybe add other vegetables that you like, like chopped red peppers (which add nice color, too), spread the potatoes over the casserole, sprinkle on the cheese at the end.

Hamburger Casserole

What to Serve with Cheesy Ground Beef and Hashbrown Casserole:

Make a great big green salad to go with this, so you can feel like you’ve achieved dinnertime balance.

And because the combination of beef and cheese and a starch is just a tough one to beat.

Cheesy Ground Beef and Hashbrown Casserole

Other Cheesy Ground Beef Dinner Recipes:

And to have: 10 Things To Make With Leftover Ground Beef!

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Cheesy Ground Beef and Hashbrown Casserole

Crispy but tender shredded potatoes top a casserole of juicy ground beef bound together with a creamy cheesy sauce.
Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 2 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1 8-ounce package, divided
  • 2 large Idaho all-purpose potatoes (about 3/4 pound), peeled and grated


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a shallow 2-quart baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, stirring frequently, until the beef is completely browned. Drain in a colander. Carefully wipe out the skillet, and return it to medium heat.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the the olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions and garlic and sauté for 4 minutes, until tender. Add the scallions and the browned ground beef and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the oregano and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer then stir in the sour cream, and 1 cup of the shredded cheese. Simmer for 3 minutes, until the cheese is melted and everything is blended.
  • Turn the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Place the shredded potatoes in a clean dishtowel and twist and squeeze over the sink to remove as much water as possible from the potatoes. Shake the potatoes into a medium sized bowl. Toss the shredded potatoes with the remaining tablespoon of oil, and season with salt and pepper.
  • Evenly distribute the potatoes over the ground beef mixture. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until the potatoes are tender and browned on top. Sprinkle the remaining cup of shredded cheese on top of the potatoes and return the casserole to the oven for 5 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 541.37kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.22g | Protein: 28.65g | Fat: 41.4g | Saturated Fat: 18.5g | Cholesterol: 125.13mg | Sodium: 396.71mg | Potassium: 670.55mg | Fiber: 1.63g | Sugar: 2.95g | Vitamin A: 3174.8IU | Vitamin C: 7.98mg | Calcium: 284.48mg | Iron: 3.19mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. Oh I meant go add that the carrots were a surprisingly great touch! I thought about leaving them out because my husband doesn’t like cooked carrots, but even he loved them!

  2. We used dried and rehydrated hashbrowns last time with veggie broth. It was great, but our tatoes seemed a bit undercooked. Cooking tonight with fresh shredded potatoes and chicken broth. Smells amazing and we are excited!

  3. This recipe is listed as a casserole to freeze, but there aren’t any freezing directions. Can it be frozen? If so what are those directions. Thanks

  4. I rated this a 4 just because I have not tried it. I do have a question; Could you use the frozen shredded hash browns? If so, How much? Thanks for any help you can give me. Have a wonderful day.

    1. definitely! about 12 ounces is right. if you defrost them the cooking time stays the same, if you use them frozen, you might need to add 5 to 10 minutes more cooking time.

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