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This tasty blend of tender potatoes, ground beef, cheese and onions is perfect for family dinner. Garlic and seasonings bring out the mouth-watering flavours of this classic comfort food dish.
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This classic meat and potato dish is fast to make and sure to become a family favourite. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a deliciously cheesy meal for the dinner table that you’ll be reaching for time and time again. You’ll crave the rich flavours of this well-seasoned hamburger potato hash with big, chunky potatoes and juicy ground beef smothered in cheddar!

This hamburger hash recipe is great to serve up on its own, but you can pair it with some Simple Sauteed Vegetables. Or if the melty cheesy goodness is what you’re focusing on, try our Cheesy Pull-Apart Bread. For a few more easy dinner recipes, check out our Skillet Enchiladas and Garlic Butter Steak and Potato Skillet.


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Homemade Hamburger Helper | Hamburger Soup


HAMBURGER HASH INGREDIENTS

You will 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
  • 2 ½ 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 flavours 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

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

PRO TIP: 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.

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. 

STEP THREE: In the same, now empty, large 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, stirring often with a wooden spoon or spatula until 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!

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 stove top and serve hot. 

HOW TO SERVE

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

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 thaw in the fridge before reheating.

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 dish has a wide variety of tasty flavours that are great to be enjoyed on their own or prepared as a main dish and complemented by the side of your choice since it pairs so great with almost anything!

FAQ

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 2 votes
This tasty blend of tender potatoes, ground beef, cheese and onions is perfect for family dinner. Garlic and seasonings bring out the mouth-watering flavours of this classic comfort food dish.
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
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cup 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 and 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

TIP: 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.
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.
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!

Nutrition

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