This hamburger potato casserole takes just five ingredients and yields a hearty, beefy, brown gravy, and onion mix flavor. The prep is easy, and the cooking time is minimal, making this an ideal dinner choice for busy weeknights.
As with any crockpot hamburger casserole, you can expect to feed your whole family with ease! Not to mention, this will indeed become a new family favorite.
You will love this meal! Ground beef along with onions, potatoes shaped like steak fries and brown gravy make a unique slow cooker meal.
I found this recipe for Hamburger Potato Casserole from the Just a Pinch Recipes! I adapted their oven version into a slow cooker version. Please look at their recipe if you prefer using an oven.
- Ground Beef: Any cut and grade of beef will do. It is browned beforehand and adds heartiness to the meal.
- Brown Gravy Mix: Mixed per package instructions, the brown gravy will help add a soupy base to the casserole.
- Onion Soup Mix: This soup mix adds a flavorful boost and combines perfectly with the brown gravy.
- Potatoes: A classic comfort food ingredient. Cut the potatoes into steak fries shape.
- Onion: Adds flavor and taste to the overall dish.
Step One – Skin the potatoes.
Step Two – Cut them length-wise, similar to homemade fries.
Step Three – Add the cut potatoes to the crockpot.
Step Four – Add sliced onion on top of the potatoes and sprinkle the entire packet of onion soup mix.
Step Five – Mix brown gravy according to packet direction (but in a measuring cup or bowl).
Step Six – Pour brown gravy into the slow cooker and add browned (and chopped) ground beef. Cook on LOW for 4 hours or until potatoes are soft.
What to serve with this
- Fresh Vegetables: Fresh green beans, carrots, bell peppers, and corn on the cob are perfect side dishes for this hamburger casserole.
- Steamed Vegetables: Easy as can be, just boil water and use a steamer basket.
- Macaroni and Cheese: Make this a super hearty meal by adding a macaroni and cheese side.
- Homemade Cornbread: You can’t go wrong by making a pan of cornbread. If you want to skip the making part, pick up a package of sweet rolls or Italian bread from the bakery. Biscuits are also a perfect bread side for ground beef casserole too.
- Salad: Add a healthy side with a small garden salad.
- Miscellaneous: Want something fresh and cool? Add a dollop of sour cream with sliced tomatoes.
- Add Vegetables: If you want to make this meal even heartier, consider adding your favorite vegetables. Some ideas are mushrooms, peas, corn, and diced tomatoes (in the can).
- Add Cheese: For the cheese lovers, add your favorite shredded cheese on top. Cheddar cheese or even Parmesan cheese would pair perfectly.
- Create a White Gravy: Substitute the brown gravy mix for a 1/2 cup of milk and 2 cans of condensed mushroom soup.
For this hamburger potato casserole recipe, yes. If not, you’ll smash the potatoes when crumbling the beef after cooking in the slow cooker and risk an overabundance of grease leftover from the cooked beef.
Yes. Although Russet potatoes are typically the go-to for meals like this, you can also use Yellow Gold, Baby Red Potatoes (quartered), or even frozen diced hashbrowns. Though we prefer russet, for we can cut the potatoes into long fry shapes.
Absolutely. You can use ground turkey or ground chicken instead of ground beef, depending on your flavor preference.
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Slow Cooker Hamburger Potato Casserole
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 5 small russet potatoes
- 1 yellow onion sliced
- 1 oz. Lipton onion soup mix
- 1.74 oz. brown gravy mix (two .87-oz. packets)
- 2 cups water
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet on the stovetop. Drain off any fat. Set aside.
- Mix together the brown gravy mix and water, until smooth in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Peel the potatoes. Cut them in half lengthwise then cut them into half-inch slices, they will look like steak fries.
- Add the potatoes to the slow cooker.
- Add the sliced onion.
- Sprinkle over the onion soup mix.
- Add the ground beef on top of the potatoes and onion.
- Pour over the gravy mixture.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 4. Check your potatoes for doneness at the 4 hour mark. You can stir the casserole at this point. If your potatoes are not done, cook for one more hour on low.
- Serve and enjoy!
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Recipe Adapted from Just a Pinch Recipes
Delicious, already sent link to my daughter’s, it’s
so easy… Trying the million dollar spaghetti next..
Stephanie y says
Can sweet potatoes be used?
Sarah Olson says
Yes, you won’t need to cook as long.
ritar r green says
Greg Jensen says
My potatoes in the slow cooker are not soft, they are hard but im sure they are cooked, not raw ! Is the cooker not hot enough? I have to boil my spuds until cooked first every time.
Sarah Olson says
You may need to cook a little longer, not every slow cooker cooks exactly the same.
Dorianne Swift says
Wondering if packaged steak fries would also work
Sarah Olson says
I have not tested! I may work.