Cheesy Ground Beef Hashbrown Casserole

A classic hot dish loaded with cheddar this Cheesy Ground Beef Hashbrown Casserole recipe is delicious.

Melted cheese coating tender sticks of hashbrowns with creamy mixture in the casserole and lots of crumbled ground beef nestled in the potatoes on a white plate with a fork.

Creamy Ground Beef and Hash Brown Recipe

This Hamburger Hashbrown recipe might be the most All-American casserole we’ve ever made. Mix potatoes, beef and cheese with a few other ingredients for a warm meal that people crave.

Take our popular Cheesy Potatoes side dish to a main dish casserole with beefy flavors in every bite. Adding protein makes this dish more filling and satisfying.

Just like our comforting combination of Beef and Noodles in a Skillet Meal and Alfredo Spaghetti Casserole this ground beef recipe is a regular in our meal rotation.

This Creamy Ground Beef and Hash Brown Casserole Recipe has a bag of frozen hashbrowns mixed with sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, cheddar cheese and hamburger.

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Fork in a delicious serving of ground beef hashbrown casserole on a white plate with the full casserole dish in the background.

We also love how similar and delicious this Loaded Potato Casserole is when ground beef is added.

Why This Hamburger Hash Brown Recipe Works

  • The family always cleans their plates and compliments the meal when this hamburger and hash brown combination is served.
  • Leftovers reheat and freeze really well.
  • Familiar ingredients make a delicious comfort food that is popular at potlucks.
  • People gravitate towards meat and potatoes, so this Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole is enjoyable.
Large silver serving spoon lifting a heaping serving of cheese covered hamburger hash brown casserole over top of the full dish.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Shredded Hash Browns – A bag of country style shredded potatoes works well. Size of bags vary and we try to use a 30 ounce bag.
  • Ground Beef – Use one to two pounds of lean beef to vary how meaty this meal is.
  • Sour Cream – Helps blend all of the ingredients together and makes the meal richer.
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup – Adds a nice mushroom undertone. Cream of onion, celery or chicken also work fine.
  • Cheddar Cheese – Mix most in the casserole, but sprinkle some on top for more flavor and extra eye appeal.
  • Garlic Powder, Salt & Pepper – Add a nice seasoning to the meat and in turn the casserole.
Ingredients to make hamburger hashbrown casserole are country style shredded hash brown potatoes, ground beef, sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, salt, pepper, garlic powder and shredded cheddar cheese on a white counter top.

This is a similar combination of ingredients that we use in our Smoked Sausage and Cheesy Potato Casserole.

How To Make Ground Beef Hashbrown Casserole

Cook the ground beef. Crumble while browning.

Season with garlic powder, salt and pepper while cooking.

Drain if necessary and set aside on a large plate lined with paper towels to help absorb any remaining fat.

Cooked and crumbled ground beef in a black non-stick skillet.

I try to set out bag of hashbrowns for 30 – 35 minutes and massage the bag with my fingers to separate any clumps. Then pour into a large mixing bowl.

Measure 2 cups of cheese out into the bowl. Add sour cream and use a mini silicone spatula to clean out the can of cream of mushroom soup.

Shredded cheddar cheese, can of cream of mushroom soup and sour cream measured into a mixing bowl on top of hash browns.

Use a wooden spoon and mix everything together well.

Sour cream and cream of mushroom soup stirred into a large white mixing bowl full of hash browns and cheddar cheese.

Pour in the cooked ground beef and stir it all up.

Cooked ground beef stirred into hash brown mixture in a large white mixing bowl.

Pour into a lightly greased 9 x 13″ glass baking dish.

Use your fingers to flatten out and press down in the pan.

Bake uncovered in a preheated 350℉ oven for 35 minutes.

Partially baked hashbrown casserole filled with ground beef in a 9 x 13" baking dish.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Shredded cheddar cheese sprinkled over top of a partially baked potato and ground beef casserole dish.

This will help prevent the top layer of cheese from burning.

Bake an additional 10 minutes until the casserole is heated through and all cheese is melted.

Thick layer of cheddar cheese melted on top of a hashbrown casserole with hamburger.

Serve this Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole with Cream of Mushroom Soup warm and enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Pre-shredded cheese will not melt as evenly as freshly shredded cheese on top of the casserole.
  • A chopped onion can be browned with the meat if desired.
  • Draining the beef well and patting with paper towels will help cut down on grease in the baked casserole.
  • Using frozen hash browns works fine in this casserole as long as you can get the chunks seperated and stirred into the other ingredients.
Stack of white plates filled with warm ground beef hash brown casserole with a fork resting on the back and the entire dish in the background on a blue and white napkin.

Can This Casserole Be Frozen For Meal Prep?

The casserole can be assembled and frozen before or after baking. We prefer to mix up all of the ingredients wrap with a layer of plastic wrap and then a layer of heavy duty foil.

Freeze tightly wrapped for up to three months. For best results allow the casserole to defrost in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours and then set out on the counter for 30 – 45 minutes to come to room temperature.

Close up of a spoon in a shredded hash brown casserole with ground beef.

More Easy Family Meal Ideas

Chicken Parmesan Casserole – Another classic recipe with common ingredients that tastes great!

Hamburger Cabbage Casserole – Mixes in cabbage to create another meaty and delicious casserole.

Sauerkraut Casserole – Use Kielbasa, tomato sauce, and rice to fill you up on a cold day.

Stir Fry & Beef Broccoli – Creates a wonder meat and vegetable combination!

Close up cheese covered hash brown and beef casserole with a fork full on a white plate.

Cheesy Ground Beef Hashbrown Casserole

Servings 10 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
A classic hot dish loaded with cheddar this Cheesy Ground Beef Hashbrown Casserole recipe is delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour

Ingredients
  

  • 26 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese divided

Instructions
 

  • Brown ground beef, season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Drain if necessary and rest on paper towels.
    1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Separate hash browns with fingers while in the bag and pour into a large mixing bowl.
    26 ounces frozen shredded hash browns
  • Add 2 cups of cheese, sour cream and can of soup. Mix well.
    1 cup sour cream, 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup, 3 cups cheddar cheese
  • Add ground beef and mix well. Pour int a greased 9 x 13" baking pan.
  • Bake uncovered for 35 minutes. Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese across the top and bake an additional 10 minutes until the casserole is heated through an cheese is melted.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 26gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 734mgPotassium: 543mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 484IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 279mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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