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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.

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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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Kathy

Wednesday 29th of December 2021

Made this but I added taco seasoning and a little bit of sour cream. Delicious!

norine@norinesnest.com

Monday 3rd of January 2022

Hi Kathy! Ohhhh! Now that sounds amazing! I have to try that. I bet adding "diced green peppers" would be good too! Love your inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and sharing! Have a wonderful New Year! Norine

Tonya

Tuesday 5th of October 2021

I made this & everyone LOVED it. I kick up the seasonings a little bit more but that's it. LOVE IT 💙

norine@norinesnest.com

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi Tonya! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I'm digging up the garden potatoes tomorrow and can't wait to make this recipe again. Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Hope you have a great week and stop back again! Norine

Alicia

Friday 1st of October 2021

Already made this a bunch of times and we all love it. Curious what % fat of ground beef you suggest with this though? Thanks

norine@norinesnest.com

Wednesday 6th of October 2021

Hi Alicia! First off, Thank you for making this recipe for your family! I'm so glad that they enjoy it. I generally use 90/10...but I have used 85/15. I like too keep the fat content down a bit for us...older folks! lol Hope this helps you out. Stop back by again and have a Great week! Norine

Christine

Monday 27th of September 2021

I absolutely love all of your recipes and your great sense of humor with how you share them!! I just made your country hamburger skillet casserole and YUMMY!! I added a couple things and tweaked it just a bit with a couple of my favorite spices and other ingredients, I added a little Worcestershire sauce and smoked paprika when cooking the hamburger and onions, then added about 4oz of cream cheese and followed the rest of your directions and man oh man!!! So super awesome!! I’ve saved all of your recipes without even reading about them yet!! Lol. Keep ‘em coming!!!

norine@norinesnest.com

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Hi Christine! Oh my goodness...THANK YOU!!! You made my day!! I love your additions to this recipe and can't wait to try them. Thanks for stopping by and visiting and for saving all my recipes! You're the best! Have a Great Week...and I promise new recipes are coming so stay tuned! Norine

Joan

Saturday 25th of September 2021

Limited pantry so used 1/2 lb ground turkey and few slices of bacon. Browned them first, added some chopped celery, otherwise followed recipe and very good

norine@norinesnest.com

Wednesday 29th of September 2021

Hi Joan! Loving your substitutions! Thanks so much for sharing! Have a Great Week and come back again soon! Norine

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