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hamburger hash topped with cheddar cheese in a skillet with a wooden spoon
This tasty blend of tender potatoes, ground beef, cheese, and onions is perfect for a mouthwatering family dinner.
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  1. Hamburger Hash Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Hamburger Hash Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This classic hamburger hash meat and potato dish is fast to make and sure to become a family favorite. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a delicious beef dinner idea that will have you craving the rich flavors of this well-seasoned hamburger potato hash with big, chunky potatoes and juicy ground beef smothered in cheddar.

hamburger hash topped with cheddar cheese in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Hamburger Hash Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • 3 medium-sized russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of cracked black pepper
  • 2½ cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

GROUND TURKEY: Swap your beef for turkey. Lean ground turkey is a great source of healthy protein. It’s lower in calories and saturated fat than ground beef while having almost the same amount of protein. Lean ground turkey is also rich in calcium. 

EGG: Add in an egg, either scrambled to mix in, or fried and laid over top. This can help bring out even more flavors in this dish.

VEGETABLES: You can add additional vegetables if you wish to make your hash even more hearty. Green pepper, celery, or mushrooms would be tasty choices.

SPICE: If you want to spice up your hamburger hash a bit more, add chili powder to your seasoning mix.

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How To Make This Hamburger Hash Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Always start your potatoes in cold water. If you add them directly to boiling water, the outsides will cook immediately while the insides will take longer, leaving you with some pieces that are still hard.

STEP ONE: Boil potatoes in water until fork-tender but not too soft or mushy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain water then set potatoes aside. 

PRO TIP:

Use a fork to gently pierce the small chunks of potatoes while they are boiling. When the fork will pierce the potato easily but not break it apart, your potatoes are probably ready.

STEP TWO: In a large nonstick skillet over high heat, brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain off excess grease. Put cooked beef in a separate bowl and set aside. 

ground beef cooked in a skillet

STEP THREE: In the same, now empty, large skillet over medium heat, fry the vegetable oil, onion, potatoes, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat the potatoes and onions in seasoning. Cook, stirring often with a wooden spoon or spatula until the potatoes and onions have started to brown, about 5 minutes.

PRO TIP:

To bring out the flavor of your spices, rub them between your palms to break them up before adding them to your recipe. Just make sure your hands are clean and dry first!

diced potatoes and onion mixture being cooked in a skillet

STEP FOUR: Add ground beef back to the skillet and stir well to mix. Add cheese and stir while you let the cheese melt. Remove from the stovetop and serve hot. 

cooked ground beef and cheese added to the skillet of potatoes mixture

How To Serve

Serve this perfect comfort dish as a complete meal or as a side dish along with a salad or sautéed vegetables. Try our strawberry spinach salad, Caesar salad, or green bean casserole too.

Or, if the melty cheesy goodness is what you’re focusing on, try our cheesy pull-apart bread.

Add a spoonful of sour cream on top of the melted cheese for added creaminess. I guarantee the whole family will be asking for more.

For a few more easy dinner recipes, check out our skillet enchiladas and garlic butter steak and potato skillet.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can easily store leftover potatoes in a sealed food storage container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: This easy beef and potato dish can also be sealed away tightly and stored in the freezer for up to three months. Remember to let it thaw in the fridge before reheating.

a spoonful of hamburger hash topped with cheddar cheese

With a short cook time and an even shorter prep time, our hamburger potato hash will become a staple meal for busy weeknights. From the juicy ground beef, hearty golden brown potatoes, and melty cheese, this dinner recipe has a wide variety of tasty flavors.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I add more vegetables to this dish?

This easy recipe is extremely flexible and you can add whichever vegetables you’d like. Try bell pepper, mushrooms, or chopped celery for great choices.

Can I freeze beef hash?

This simple recipe makes great leftovers and will freeze well in an airtight container for up to three months.

What can I serve with hamburger hash?

Hamburger hash is hearty enough to be served on its own but would also be great with a fresh salad or vegetables on the side.

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Hamburger Hash

5 from 60 votes
This tasty blend of tender potatoes, ground beef, cheese, and onions is perfect for a mouthwatering family dinner.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Instructions
 

  • Boil potatoes in water until tender but not too soft/mushy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain water then set potatoes aside.
  • In a large nonstick skillet over high heat, cook ground beef until browned. Drain off fat. Put cooked beef in a separate bowl and set aside.
  • In the same skillet over medium heat, fry together vegetable oil, onion, potatoes, Italian seasoning, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat potatoes and onions in seasoning. Cook until potatoes and onions have started to brown, about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  • Add ground beef back to the skillet and stir well to mix. Add cheese and stir until melted.
  • Remove from heat. Serve hot.

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Notes

  • Always start your potatoes in cold water. If you add them directly to boiling water, the outsides will cook immediately while the insides will take longer, leaving you with some pieces that are still hard.
  • Use a fork to gently pierce the small chunks of potatoes while they are boiling. When the fork will pierce the potato easily but not break it apart, your potatoes are probably ready.
  • To bring out the flavor of your spices, rub them between your palms to break them up before adding them to your recipe. Just make sure your hands are clean and dry first!

Nutrition

Sodium: 814mg | Calcium: 569mg | Vitamin C: 12mg | Vitamin A: 729IU | Sugar: 3g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 1184mg | Cholesterol: 144mg | Calories: 614kcal | Saturated Fat: 20g | Fat: 33g | Protein: 46g | Carbohydrates: 34g | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Jenny says

    5 stars
    Have you made this with ground chicken or ground turkey?
    I typically use ground turkey or ground chicken in most of my meals. I have found that I might have to add some additional seasoning, just to supplement the flavor while the meat is cooking.

  2. Joann says

    5 stars
    I love this the hamburger hash it was so delicious I even add potatoes, celery mushrooms and bell peppers and I like spicy so I use chilli Soriano .served with rice

  3. kathy Johansen says

    5 stars
    i have been eating this hash for years my grandmother made it she had 3 boys to feed during WW1 and WW2 it made Hamberger go a long way she added what ever veggie was available . and served with bread and use what spices she had ,always onions .

  4. Christina says

    Adding eggs and sprinkling bacon on top would be super yummy. Maybe with a pinch of cayenne pepper to give it some spice.

  5. Teri Graham says

    5 stars
    I am making this tonight!! I am going to add in some finely chopped spinach and basil from my garden.
    All the recipes I have tried have been delicious and easy to make with the kids.
    Thank you!!!

  6. Sunny says

    5 stars
    Great recipe that you can add your own twists too! I added mushrooms and green beans, served with fresh white bread. Was a huge hit with my kids , will definitely be making again.

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