Monday, February 3, 2020

My Favorite Casserole

 If I had to name my favorite casserole of all time, it would have to be this one!  I have been making this for too many years to remember.  The recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, and it's so simple, with easy ingredients.  In my Better Homes and Gardens Golden Treasury of Cooking cookbook, it states, "Hamburger Pie is the most popular recipe Better Homes and Gardens magazine has ever published." 

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My Favorite Casserole (Hamburger Pie)

My Favorite Casserole (Hamburger Pie)

I can always count on this casserole for pure comfort food, and it's so easy. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.  I've been making this casserole from when my four kids were little.  I know the recipe by heart.  I hope you try it!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (my addition)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper
  • 1 can cut green beans, drained
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 5 medium potatoes, cooked  (See NOTE)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or colby-jack cheese


How to cook My Favorite Casserole (Hamburger Pie)

  1. In large skillet (or use a cast iron skillet), cook the meat and onion until meat is lightly browned and onion is tender.  Add the minced garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.  Add salt and pepper.  Stir in drained green beans and soup.  Pour into a greased 1 and 1/2 quart casserole, or if using a cast  iron skillet, just leave the mixture in it. 
  2. Mash potatoes while hot; add milk and egg.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Spoon in mounds over meat mixture. 
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  During the last 5 minutes, I had the cheese on top of the mashed potatoes to let it melt. 


If you don't feel like making mashed potatoes, make it easy on yourself, and buy a tub of pre-made mashed potatoes, and use those instead.
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  1. That casserole looks like the perfect comfort food to be enjoyed on a chilly winter's day, Kitty. It does look delicious.

  2. Sounds like a great meal to make with leftover mashed potatoes too Kitty! I've added it to my list of things to try-thanks:@)

  3. Old family favorite recipes are the best comfort food for the delicious memories too Kitty! I love your addition of the cheese and garlic. I hope you're well, Happy February ♥

  4. We like these types of dinners in my house Kitty. This reminds me of shepards pie. Hope you are feeling better and have a nice week.

  5. Kitty, I like easy recipes and I will be sure to make this one. Shepherd's pie is a favourite here as well and this reminds me of that dish. Hamburger, potatoes, and cheese; comfort food for sure! Thank you for the recipe and Happy February! Hugs...Sandi

  6. There is nothing better than simple casserole for dinner in my opinion, and this sounds perfect! I recently made something similar with macaroni instead of potatoes and was amazed at how wonderfully the tomato soup worked! Thanks for sharing this version Kitty~

  7. Looks great Kitty. I love easy casserole dishes to make. I always make more than we need too but Marty loves leftovers so I can't go wrong there. And what is awesome about your hamburger pie is that it can frozen if needed for a later date. You always have the best recipes Kitty. Hope you are feeling much better dear friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. And it doesn’t even have a noodle! Interesting... I’m leaving out the green beans for sure. 🙃

  9. Definitely comfort food and perfect for a winter night. Thanks for the recipe Kitty, looks delicious ........Happy Week

  10. Yum oh yum! Comfort food for certain. Thanks much for sharing this tasty dish.

  11. This looks great, Kitty! Is it similar to shepherd's pie?

  12. Hi Kitty,

    This looks delish! It reminds me a little bit of the Hungry Jack casserole that I like to make, and it also reminds me of Shepherd's Pie. I'm with Vee on this; I think I'd have to leave out the green beans. :D They are a good way to sneak in some veggies for everyone, though.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Kitty. Comfort foods, especially casseroles, are just the best! Hope you have a good week, my friend. <3


    Denise at Forest Manor

  13. What a warm and comforting casserole for these wintry days. It looks delicious! Have a wonderful week, Kitty.

  14. Kitty, this sounds tasty! I'm going to suggest this for dinner soon! Happy February!

  15. Oh, my! This sounds so good! I am pinning it to try sometime! God bless you, sweet friend. :)

  16. I am going to try this! It reminds me of a hamburger pie that my great-aunt Helen used to make, but hers had a double pastry crust and no mashed potatoes. It did have the green beans and the tomato soup and was very good. But this sounds even better, Kitty. Thanks for sharing!

  17. This looks so comforting and SUPER delicious! I have all of the ingredients except the milk, but I'm thinking that half-n-half would work fine. Trying this!

  18. Who knew, I must have missed this recipe along the way. Thanks for sharing this tasty dish Kitty. Comfort food at it's best.

  19. My husband's grandmother used to make a very similar casserole when we were there for dinner. It was delicious! What comfort food for this lonnnng winter, Kitty.

  20. This looks like the perfect comfort casserole for these bitter cold days we are having!

  21. This is so good. It's one of my favorites to make. We called it Shepherd's Pie but it exactly the same recipe. Thanks for linking up to Keep In Touch.

  22. It looks delicious and you could use mashed swede (rutabaga) instead of potatoes.

    All the best Jan

  23. Oh this looks so good and so easy to make. I'll be trying this one! Thank you for sharing! HUGS!

  24. Congratulations Kitty, I just pinned your featured post to our Full Plate Thursday Feature Board. Thanks so much for sharing you awesome post with us and hope you will come back real soon!
    Miz Helen


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