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Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

Make hamburger hash brown casserole with a handful of ingredients for a simple meal that’s both easy to make and full of warm flavors! Ground beef is perfect for dinner, while breakfast sausage is a great choice for mornings.

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A serving dish of hashbrown hamburger casserole topped with green onions.

Casseroles are great to make for easy meals. They’re full of flavors that everyone loves, they’re not overly time-consuming, and you probably already have the ingredients to make them in your kitchen! Enter this recipe for frozen hash brown casserole. It’s super simple to make, but this hearty dish is both flavorful and filling — perfect for a quick dinner.

The secret to this ground beef hash brown casserole is the cream of mushroom soup! It creates a creamy sauce that seeps into every pocket between the frozen hash browns and ground beef. Add some garlic, salt, and pepper for flavor, and you’re done! 

Even better, you can make this hash brown ground beef casserole for any meal. Beef works great for dinner, but you can swap in breakfast sausage for a cheesy, brunch-appropriate frozen hash brown casserole! 

Ingredients needed to prepare hamburger hash brown casserole.

How to Make Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

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STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking pan. 

Browning ground beef in a skillet.

STEP TWO: Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring and breaking up larger pieces with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. Then, drain the grease and transfer the beef to a large bowl.

Combining ingredients for hamburger hash brown casserole in a mixing bowl.

STEP THREE: Add cream of mushroom soup, half of the hash browns and shredded cheese, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper to the hamburger meat. Stir to combine, then transfer the mixture to your prepared baking pan.

Spreading ingredients for hamburger hash brown casserole in a baking dish.

STEP FOUR: Spread the remaining hash browns over the pan, then cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover the pan and sprinkle on the remaining shredded cheese, then return to the oven without the foil. Bake uncovered for another 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling. 

Adding shredded cheese to the top of hamburger hash brown casserole in a baking dish.

STEP FOUR: Allow hamburger hash brown casserole to cool for 10 minutes. Garnish with green onions and minced parsley, then serve.

Baked hamburger hash brown casserole garnished with green onions in a baking dish.

What to Serve With This Ground Beef Hash Brown Casserole

Variations for Frozen Hash Brown Casserole

  • Try a different flavor. You won’t get the same saucy texture without soup, but you can change up the flavor in your cheeseburger hash brown casserole! Swap cream of mushroom soup with cream of celery or cream of chicken. 
  • Swap the protein. Instead of hash brown ground beef casserole, make it with ground turkey or chicken. You can also make a stellar breakfast casserole by using breakfast sausage. All the same steps still apply!
  • Choose your favorite hash browns. This recipe works best with frozen shredded potatoes — no need to thaw! I typically use the Ore Ida brand, but other brands work just as well.
  • Pick a different cheese. Cheddar tastes great in this frozen hash brown casserole, and I always have it on hand. Colby Jack or Monterey Jack are great substitutes, and Pepper Jack makes it a little spicy. You can even try mixing a few cheese varieties together!
A serving Cheesy Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole in a bowl with a fork.

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Storing and Reheating Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

If kept in an airtight container, leftovers will keep for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave on high for two minutes, adding extra cheese on top if desired. 

You can also reheat hamburger hash brown casserole in a toaster oven set to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

A closeup view of a baking dish containing hamburger hash brown casserole with one serving removed.

Why Is My Hash Brown Ground Beef Casserole Soggy?

This can happen for a variety of reasons, such as using too much soup mixture or not baking for long enough. However, I’ve found that the most likely culprit is that I didn’t strain my meat well enough

Extra grease from the beef can accumulate at the bottom of the pan. To make sure your casserole doesn’t become soggy, use a thin strainer after browning your beef and shake the strainer to fully get rid of extra liquid.

How Do You Keep Ground Beef Hash Brown Casserole From Drying Out?

After you bake your casserole, it’s important to keep the dish tightly covered. This will prevent air from getting into the pan and drying out the top layer of potatoes and cheese. 

If you find that your casserole has dried out, add a tablespoon of water over the top of the dish before reheating in the microwave or cover it with a damp paper towel.

A fork holding a bite of hamburger hash brown casserole over a bowl containing one serving of this tasty dish.

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Yield: 6 to 8 Servings

Hamburger Hash Brown Casserole

Hash brown casserole with a piece taken out and a spoon

This hamburger hashbrown casserole is an easy recipe that the whole family will love! Rich ground beef is combined with shredded hash browns and gooey cheddar cheese for the perfect all-in-one dinner. Swap the ground beef for breakfast sausage to turn this easy dinner into an easy brunch!

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

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 bag (30 ounces) frozen shredded hash browns, divided
  • 3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 9x13” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. 
  2. Add the ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned– about 8 minutes. 
  3. Drain the grease from the beef and then transfer it to a very large bowl. 
  4. Add the cream of mushroom soup, half of the hashbrowns, half of the shredded cheddar cheese, and the salt, garlic powder, and black pepper. Stir to combine and transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. 
  5. Spread the remaining hash browns over the beef mixture. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. 
  6. Then uncover the pan and sprinkle over the remaining cheddar cheese.
  7. Bake for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbling. 
  8. Allow the casserole to cool for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with sliced green onions or minced parsley and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 732Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 1404mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 57g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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    • I apologize for any confusion, the recipe list the specific size which is a 30oz bag of hash browns under the recipe details. I hope that clears things up for you, happy cooking!

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