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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.

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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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Saturday 21st of January 2023

If you don't drain the the meat wouldn't be super greasy?

Monday 23rd of January 2023

Hi Alan! It would be if you use a high fat content ground beef, however the potatoes absorb all that flavor (remember...fat is flavor). Obviously you don't want a ton of it, but I generally use a 90/10 ground beef and I've never had an issue with this dish. You can drain your beef, but you'll have to add butter or oil for the potatoes. Just keep that in mind.



Wednesday 18th of January 2023

Overall 4/5.

The onions never stood a chance in the pan and burned like crazy. I will probably do chunks rather than sliced thin. I also did 10-12 minutes rather 15 as stated. Otherwise yum!


Saturday 7th of January 2023

You showed to saute the onions with the ground beef in the video, which I should have watched first.... but said to toss the potatoes and onions in together before I putting the lid on. Hope it doesn't make too much of a difference.....

Saturday 7th of January 2023

Hi Holly! Honestly it won't make that much of a difference but I do appreciate you sharing with me. I'll go fix it so it is more clear. Thanks. Hope you enjoyed this favorite. Norine

MG West

Saturday 17th of December 2022

Oh, please, Yukon Gold potatoes are NOT "buttery." Their pale-yellow hue does not equal the flavor, texture, or richness of actual butter. That is foolish pretense. Russets have better flavor and smoother texture AND they are less expensive than Golds. If you serve your guests on smaller plates, are you hoping they "think" you gave them a lot of food? That's the same delusion as pretending the yellow in Yukon Gold potatoes comes from butter. FALSE!

Monday 19th of December 2022

MG West! Let me guess...Russet Potato Grower? We are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Russets have a higher starch content than a Yukon Gold. This is a FACT! Russets produce a lighter fluffier "mashed potato" whereas a Yukon Gold, because it is denser, produces a creamier mashed potato due to it's lower content of starch. I probably don't have to tell you this, as you are the "expert" on all things potato! Yukons do have a creamier texture and...buttery flavor to me. You are entitled to think that a Russet does. I do not think a Yukon tastes buttery because of it's color! That is never even mentioned in my post so I'm not sure why you would make that comparison. To quote you...that is "FALSE!". Nor did I say the color comes from "butter"! Have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS with your Russets and I'll have one with my BUTTERY CREAMY Yukons! Say "Hi" to the Trolls for me! Norine


Wednesday 17th of August 2022

I've had this recipe saved to my dinner pins for a couple years and we decided it's time to try this. Can't wait. Now, it says to let everything cook with lid on for 15 minutes. During that time we don't stir at all, correct?

Friday 19th of August 2022

Hi Matthew! Sorry I didn't see this until now! We've been busy moving our son back home and my head has been on moving boxes all over my house! lol You can stir it if it smells like it is burning. I like to keep the lid on so that everything cooks. This is really such a simple recipe and everyone loves to tweak it to their own liking, which I love, the point's hard to ruin this one and whatever you do, or did, I'm sure was fine. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you loved this dish! Have a GREAT weekend. Norine

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