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Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner

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Country Hamburger Skillet is a quick easy dinner made with fresh sliced potatoes, ground beef, seasonings, and grated cheese. Sometimes the BEST dishes are the most simple! A true meat and potatoes meal!

This recipe all began because we had been on vacation and I hadn’t gone grocery shopping yet! I knew the time had come! One can only milk the “vacation blues” for as long as humanly possible. I had to cook dinner.

Country Hamburger Skillet dinner in a skillet.

When the pantry is empty what do ya do? Ya put on that thinking cap …(this could take a while). What could I make? Then I remembered! There was a whole garden full of potato’s. (I hope I did? We planted potatoes a few months ago. Surely there were little round orbs out there by now? Please let there be potatoes under those dying plants!)

I marched out the garden with great purpose. Sure I’d strike “gold”. Yukon Gold! (Oh that was a beautiful segue…lol) Lucky for me…I struck gold!!! (Okay so they don’t look super purty in this photo…but there’s a tummy full of yum under that dirt!)

Potatoes covered in dirt from being dug up from the garden

Time to take those dirty little round orbs and turn them into one quick, easy, magically delicious dinner! One that the men at your nest will absolutely LOVE! (I know cause mine each had two servings!)

How To Make Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner

First you gotta do a little food prep….like washing those taters! Give about 8 of them a good scrub and then slice them thin. (This is what I like to call “Kitchen Therapy”…saves a ton on real therapy. Just have at those potatoes! Scrub like you mean business! Whoa…leave a little skin on!)

You’ll also need half of one large onion, sliced thinly.

In a large skillet with a lid, brown one pound of ground beef with 1 tsp. minced garlic. DO NOT DRAIN! We want all those flavored beef drippings for our taters! (Like how I avoided the use of “fat” in that sentence! lol)

Hamburger meat with dried onion flakes in a skillet being browned over high heat.

Potatoes and Seasoning

Add in the sliced onions and potatoes. Add Garlic Salt and Coarse Black Pepper. Mix it all together and cover with lid. Reduce heat to low.

Sliced potatoes with salt and pepper in skillet with hamburger meat

Allow to cook for 15 minutes over medium low heat. After 15 minutes of cook time, check skillet and turn mixture so that the bottom ingredients are now on the top.

Cover and cook for another 15 minutes. Repeat the process again if necessary. Once the potatoes are fork tender, remove the lid and allow the potatoes to brown and all the liquid to evaporate.

Finishing touches and garnish

Turn heat off. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups of grated Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend. Cover for 5 minutes until cheese is melted.

Ground beef, potatoes, and melted cheese in a large skillet on top of the stove.

Garnish with fresh chopped chives.

Close up photo of cooked potatoes and hamburger with melted cheese and diced chives.

How’s that for simple?! That is all there is to this wonderful skillet dinner. I didn’t fancy it all up. This is meant to be a “stick ta yer ribs” ranch dinner! You can add a dollop of sour cream or salsa if your “feelin’ it”.

Those garden fresh Yukon Gold’s were “melt in your mouth” buttery good. The flavor from the beef, onions, garlic and seasonings is sublime!

I served this dinner with my garden fresh Oven Fried Squash, thick slices of sour dough bread, and a simple fresh fruit salad! It’s SO good!

Nothing like too many scrounge nights to make you appreciate a simple country meal!

Dinner plate with Country Hamburger Skillet, sliced bread and oven fried squash.

A quick, simple, yummy dinner that all the birds at your Nest will enjoy! Not to mention a great way to use up some of that delicious garden produce.

If you love this recipe you might enjoy these other tasty One Dish Meals

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Yield: 8 servings

Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner

Country Hamburger Skillet

A quick simple hearty Country Hamburger and Potato Skillet dinner! Ready in minutes using just one pan! Perfect for your Nest!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 a large onion, sliced thinly
  • 6-8 medium Yukon Gold Potato's, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • Garlic Salt
  • Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mixed cheddar and monterey jack cheese
  • Garnish with fresh chopped chives


  1. In a large skillet, with a lid, over medium low heat, brown 1 pound of ground beef with 1 tsp. minced garlic. DO NOT DRAIN.
  2. Add sliced potatoes and onions.
  3. Sprinkle with Garlic Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
  4. Stir and Cover with lid, keep heat at medium low.
  5. Allow to cook for 15 minutes. Remove lid, stir bringing ingredients from bottom of the skillet to the top.
  6. Replace lid. Cook for another 15 minutes. Check and repeat once more if necessary.
  7. When the potatoes are "fork tender", turn off heat. Cover meat and potatoes with grated cheese. Replace the lid for an additional 5 minutes. Until cheese is melted.
  8. Garnish with fresh chopped chives.
  9. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 26g

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Friday 15th of July 2022

Hi there! I was looking for a simple skillet recipe using some grassfed ground beef and potatoes I had on hand and found yours, and it provided the inspiration for this version. I added a big chopped jalapeno, some New Mexico ground red chile, and some cumin to the recipe. I grated some medium cheddar instead, just because it's what I had. It was excellent. I used the leftovers topped with fried eggs for breakfast with my favorite salsa on top of it all. Really a wonderful and versatile recipe. Gotta make more! Thanks!

Thursday 21st of July 2022

Hi DJ! I'm LOVING your additions to this recipe! Thank you for sharing. You have given me ideas...and with my old brain that's always a good thing! Love that you used the leftovers for a yummy breakfast too! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing with us. I know our readers will appreciate your creativity with this simple recipe. I can hardly wait to try your version! Have a Great Weekend! Come back soon! Norine


Wednesday 29th of June 2022


Friday 8th of July 2022

Hi Amy! I love your additions! Thanks for sharing your tips. Have a great weekend. Norine


Sunday 26th of June 2022

Great base recipe, very simple, quick and versatile. I followed the recipe mostly but added a can of cream of mushroom soup with about a 1/4 cup water for a little extra flavour and creaminess and used about 3/4 cup of old cheddar instead of suggested cheeses. It was delicious, filling and also made great leftovers, everyone loved it! Thank-you!❤️

Tuesday 28th of June 2022

Hi Celsea! I love your additions! Thanks so much for sharing. So glad your family enjoyed this recipe with your wonderful changes. Norine


Saturday 12th of March 2022

I think the meat should be removed before cooking the onions and potatoes, keep the drippings in the pan. It would allow the potatoes contact with the pan and crisp better and not over cook the meat

Tuesday 15th of March 2022

Hi Jim! You can certainly do it that way as well. We like "crispy" bits at this nest so this is how I created the recipe. That said, I ALWAYS encourage creativity and putting your own spin on my recipes. I love when someone can take one of my recipes and tweak it to fit their tastes or the needs of their family. Thanks for sharing your tip! I'm sure others will find it helpful. Have a fantastic week and stop by again sometime. Norine


Sunday 6th of February 2022

Has anyone gotten an upset stomach from cooking the meal in the hamburger grease? Sorry, but I cringed when I read that. I always drain the grease after browning ground beef.

Monday 7th of February 2022

Hi Karen! I've never had an issue with this. You can drain the beef, just remember you'll have to add some sort of "fat" back in for the potatoes to fry! You could add vegetable oil. Also you could use a 90/10 percent ground beef, but again I think you'll have to add more fat to fry the potatoes during cooking. It's really about your personal preference. Hope this helps. Norine

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