Cheap and Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

Cheap and Cheesy Hamburger Casserole

This Cheap and Cheesy Hamburger Casserole is a great comforting, home-style dish. I make it over and over again because it really is cheap eating at its best.

The recipe is adapted from the More with Less cookbook and it can also be made with other meats/cheeses.

The cheese sauce is the same one I use for mac and cheese. I use it for other things too but it fits this recipe perfectly.

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Cheap and Cheesy Hamburger Casserole
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 15 mins

A really inexpensive hamburger casserole that will most definitely be a family favorite.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheap and Cheesy Hamburger Casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 405 kcal
  • 5 large russet potatoes peeled and sliced about 1/4-1/2 inch thick
  • 2 -3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1 lb ground beef really lean is preferable
  • salt and pepper
Cheese sauce
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ketchup optional condiment
  1. I use a 2 1/2 quart covered casserole dish for this. This will stick unless you have a great non-stick baking dish - I never grease the pan though because of all the fat that's already in this.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350.
  3. Brown hamburger and onion.
  4. Place a layer of sliced potatoes in the casserole dish, top with half of the hamburger/onion mixture. Salt and pepper to taste (kind of depends on how salty your cheese sauce is - you can always salt it later if it needs it).
  5. Repeat layering of potato slices and hamburger mixture (and salt and pepper if desired).
Make Cheese sauce:
  1. Melt 3 T butter in saucepan over med-high heat. Add 3 T flour, and the salt and pepper. Stir quickly to blend. Add 2 cups milk; stir with whisk to incorporate butter/flour mixture. Reduce heat, stir till thickened and bubbly.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the shredded cheddar. Stir until the cheese melts.
  3. Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger and potatoes in the baking dish. Push the potatoes around to let cheese sauce into all of the crevices so it's well coated.
  4. Cover and place in the oven. Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, till the potatoes are tender and the top is browned. I like to take off the cover for the last 20 minutes or so to brown the top a bit.
  5. Even with the leanest ground beef, this can get little pools of grease on top - I just spoon these off. It doesn't mean the whole thing is greasy - just cheesy.


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Recipe based on one by pattikay in L.A.
Photo by SharonChen