Hamburger Casserole With Mashed Potatoes

Hamburger casserole with mashed potato topping

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Total: 65 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
715 Calories
37g Fat
37g Carbs
56g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 715
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 17g 86%
Cholesterol 381mg 127%
Sodium 581mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 56g
Calcium 491mg 38%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This mashed potato-topped hamburger casserole recipe is easy to prepare and bake, and it makes a great family meal. It's a homey mixture of ground beef, topped with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese. It's a simple one-dish meal you'll make again and again.

The seasoned hamburger layer is similar to a meatloaf mixture. I added about 3/4 cup of cream style corn to the casserole just before adding the mashed potato topping. 

If your family can't get enough mashed potatoes, use about 4 cups. Serve with steamed broccoli, cream-style corn, or your family's favorite sides.


  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, fine and dry
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pound ground beef, at least 85% lean
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons onion, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups prepared mashed potatoes, or more
  • 3/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Optional: paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Heat the oven to 350 F.

  2. In a small bowl, soak the breadcrumbs in milk.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with the bread crumb mixture, along with the salt, pepper, onion, and the beaten egg.

  4. Pat the meat mixture into a 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the ground beef from the oven and carefully pour off the excess fat.

  5. Top the meat with the mashed potatoes; sprinkle with cheese. If desired, sprinkle lightly with paprika.

  6. Return to oven for about 15 minutes longer, or until the cheese is melted and potatoes are thoroughly heated. 

Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.


  • If you don't have leftover mashed potatoes and don't have time to make fresh, use ready-made mashed potatoes. Heat them in the microwave and spread them on the casserole.
  • To add more color to the cheese topping, place the casserole under the broiler for a minute or two. Or turn the oven up to 425 F about 5 minutes before the casserole is ready. 

Recipe Variations

  • Before topping the baked ground beef with the mashed potatoes, top it with about 1 cup of cooked corn kernels or about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of cream corn.
  • Use a combination of cheddar and mozzarella cheese for the topping.
  • For a version with more vegetables, try the Hearty Hamburger and Potato Casserole.