Hamburger Potato Casserole

The next time you’re looking for easy dinner ideas, try making this delicious hamburger potato casserole from the Pioneer Woman. You’re going to fall in love with the creamy sauce, cheesy goodness, and crunchy topping of this hamburger casserole from your first bite.

hamburger potato casserole with wood spoon

Pioneer Woman Hamburger Potato Casserole Recipe 

Your taste buds will be dancing after you make this little twist on a classic dish. Casserole is the best comfort food to make for your family. And this can be a main dish or the perfect side dish when you need to serve a lot of people during the holidays.

I love that I can make this ahead of time, since it has such simple ingredients. The whole dish only takes 20 minutes of prep time.

This is an excellent choice when you want a unique flavor while still making a comforting meal that you know everyone will enjoy.

Get ready for your new favorite comfort food that your whole family will love. Thanks to the Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond!

It’s hearty comfort food that reminds me of my John Wayne Casserole and my Cowboy Casserole with Tater Tots.

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ingredients for hamburger potato casserole in individual bowls on a wood board

Ingredients Needed

  • Ground beef – I prefer a lean ground beef for this recipe, but any pound of ground beef or ground meat will do.
  • Sweet onion – Sweet onions can be substituted for white or yellow.
  • Celery – Green onions can be used in place of celery if you prefer.
  • Corn – Fresh or frozen corn both work.
  • Cream of mushroom soup – If you’re not able to find cream of mushroom, you can double up on cream of celery.
  • Cream of celery soup – Use two cans of cream of mushroom if you don’t have cream of celery.
  • Russet potatoes – Any kind of potatoes can be used for this recipe (including sweet potatoes).
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – If you don’t like cheddar, you can use the cheese of your choice.
  • Corn flakes – In place of corn flakes, substitute with Ritz for a more buttery flavor.
  • Pantry staples – Salt, black pepper, unsalted butter, milk.

How To Make Pioneer Woman Hamburger Potato Casserole

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the ground beef with onion and celery until browned. Drain excess fat if desired. Stir in corn to ground beef mixture and set aside.
  1. In a separate bowl, combine soups and milk, whisking to incorporate fully.
  2. In prepared baking dish, place half of the beef mixture. Add a single layer of potatoes, and season with salt and pepper. Pour half of soup mixture over potatoes, topping with cheese.
  3. Repeat with the rest of meat mixture, potatoes, and soup mix, finishing with a final layer of cheese.
  1. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour. While this bakes, combine melted butter and crushed cornflakes.
  2. After an hour, remove the foil and top with cornflake mixture. Return to the oven and bake for another 5 – 10 minutes or until top is browned, cheese mixture bubbles, and potatoes are fork tender.
  3. Remove and garnish with parsley before serving.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

baked hamburger potato casserole in a white dish

What To Serve with Hamburger Potato Casserole

The 9×13 pan for this casserole is a similar size to a large baking dish. It’s perfect as a main course and served with a ton of different sides.

This dish is close to a shepherd’s pie, so anything normally pairs with it will taste great with this recipe.

I usually do a side salad or green beans roasted in garlic powder or Italian seasoning with mashed potatoes and a nice hearty Italian bread, but the options are endless! 

How To Store

Store this cheeseburger casserole in the fridge for up to 3 days after you make it. As long as you place it in an airtight container or cover your baking dish securely with plastic wrap.

It makes a surprisingly good breakfast casserole as well, so don’t be shy about heating this up in the morning when you’re on the go! 

casserole with cornflake topping

How Should I Reheat My Pioneer Woman Casserole? 

This casserole is warmed in a similar manner to other casseroles. Simply remove it from the fridge and make sure it is in an oven safe dish, before reheating it at the temperature listed in the recipe.

Make sure to warm it all the way through before removing it and serving. 

You can also reheat your casserole in the slow cooker by placing as many servings as you want into it, and turning up the heat. Leave in the slow cooker until thoroughly heated.

plate of hamburger potato casserole with salt and pepper shakers in the background

Best Casserole Tips

  • When reheating your casserole, if you notice that it is a little dry you can add beef broth or beef stock to help rehydrate it. 
  • If you like a thicker, creamy consistency to your casserole, try incorporating heavy cream, cream cheese, or a cup of sour cream into the mix to thicken it. 
  • For a different flavor profile, you can use tomato sauce or tomato paste in place of the cream of mushroom and celery soup. 
  • Add more veggies to your diet by throwing in some bell peppers at the same time that you add your corn. 
  • If you don’t have time to cut up different potatoes for your recipe, you can easily swap them out with tater tots or hash browns to cut down on the prep time! 
  • Experiment with different toppings for this casserole, like green onions and jalapenos or chili powder and a dollop of sour cream. Worcestershire sauce is another common one, because it pairs nicely with the type of potato picked for this recipe!

If you love this recipe as much as I do, pin this to your favorite casserole Pinterest board and share it on your favorite social media channels!

casserole dish with wood spoon and blue banner with white text

Ground beef casserole recipes are a dime a dozen, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that is more suited for the dinner table than this potato casserole. It’s the perfect comfort meal, with a delicious and flavorful combination of ingredients that make it really stand out as a great recipe.

Not only is it a great meal, but it’s simple to make and only requires you to set aside a little bit of time for the prep work. I highly recommend making this high power meal for your family and storing it for those busy weeknights!

Yield: 8 servings

Pioneer Woman Hamburger Potato Casserole

wood spoon scooping out casserole topped with corn flakes

The next time you’re looking for easy dinner ideas, try making this delicious hamburger potato casserole from the Pioneer Woman.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1 large stalk celery, diced
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can of corn, drained
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) can cream of celery soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes (roughly 4 large) peeled, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cornflakes, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
    2. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef along with the onion and celery, over medium-high heat until no longer pink.
    3. Drain excess liquid if desired.
    4. Stir in the corn. Set aside.
    5. In a separate bowl, combine the soups and milk, stirring with a whisk to fully incorporate.
    6. In the prepared baking dish, layer half the ground beef mix. Top with half the sliced potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
    7. Spread half the soup mixture over the potatoes, top with half the cheese.
    8. Repeat with remaining meat mixture, potatoes, soup mixture, and finish with cheese.
    9. Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
    10. While baking, combine the melted butter with the cornflakes.
    11. After the 1 hour, remove the foil and top with cornflake crumbs.
    12. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes or until the top is lightly browned and the potatoes are fork tender.
    13. Remove, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve.

Notes

  • When reheating your casserole, if you notice that it is a little dry you can add beef broth or beef stock to help rehydrate it. 
  • If you like a thicker, creamy consistency to your casserole, try incorporating heavy cream, cream cheese, or a cup of sour cream into the mix to thicken it. 
  • For a different flavor profile, you can use tomato sauce or tomato paste in place of the cream of mushroom and celery soup. 
  • Add more veggies to your diet by throwing in some bell peppers at the same time that you add your corn. 
  • If you don’t have time to cut up different potatoes for your recipe, you can easily swap them out with tater tots or hash browns to cut down on the prep time! 
  • Experiment with different toppings for this casserole, like green onions and jalapenos or chili powder and a dollop of sour cream. Worcestershire sauce is another common one, because it pairs nicely with the type of potato picked for this recipe!
  • Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 911Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 184mgSodium: 1643mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 57g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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