Layered Hamburger Potato Casserole

Layered Hamburger Potato Casserole Recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 1 casserole
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
168 Calories
3g Fat
16g Carbs
19g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 168
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 635mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 59mg 297%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 717mg 15%
*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.)

A perfect choice for a busy weeknight dinner, this easy-to-make layered hamburger casserole is filled with ground beef, potatoes, celery, onions, peppers, and tomatoes, along with seasonings. This casserole is an easy everyday meal after a long day at work or school. Simply assemble it and then pop it in the oven and bake.

This layered casserole with hamburger is very versatile, and you can change it up by adding a layer of corn, green beans, thinly sliced carrots, or your choice of vegetable. Yukon gold or Russet potatoes work well for the potatoes in this dish. If the ground beef is not lean, brown it first and discard the drippings.

Both kids and the adults love this casserole, serve it with a tossed salad topped with your favorite dressing, and add an apple pie for dessert to round out the meal. 


  • 2 cups peeled, thinly sliced potatoes

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped celery

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions

  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped red bell pepper, or mixture of green and red bell pepper

  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper

  • Bell pepper, cut into rings, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 2 1/2-quart baking dish.

  3. Seasoning each layer lightly with salt and pepper, layer the thinly sliced potatoes, celery, ground beef, onions, bell pepper, and diced tomatoes in the baking dish.

  4. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper and top with bell pepper rings.

  5. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until the vegetables are tender.

Glass Bakeware Warning

For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.


Double up the recipe and make two of these layered hamburger potato casseroles, and put one in the freezer for later use.

If you need smaller portions, why not split the recipe up between two 1 1/2 quart baking dishes and then enjoy one now and freeze the other one. When ready to use the frozen one, just thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and heat it up for dinner.

Recipe Variations

Top this casserole off with some shredded Cheddar cheese, if you'd like. When finished baking, uncover the dish, sprinkle some cheese on, and pop it back in the oven until the cheese has melted, approximately 10 minutes.  

Instead of ground beef, you can switch it up and use ground turkey, ground sausage, or a mixture of ground beef and pork.


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