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Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner

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Country Hamburger Skillet dinner in a skillet.

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! I had milked the “vacation blues” for as long as humanly possible. I had to cook dinner.

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! I had a whole garden full of potato’s. (I hope I did? I mean 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.

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.

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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Dolores Labelle

Monday 8th of March 2021

Very disappointed, followed your recipe to a T and the ground beef was burnt while waiting for the slice potatoes to cook on top, had the lid on while this was all cooking and this was for the first 15mins only.

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Hi Dolores, I'm sorry I don't understand why this is happened for you. I've never had this happen and I've never had anyone else tell me they had this problem. It could have been the type of pan you use, the stove top temperature, you do have to stir the mixture during cooking time to make sure the ingredients on the bottom don't burn. Sorry this happened. Norine


Monday 8th of March 2021

Wow,đŸ˜³ I used your recipe last night in my new Dutch oven, we eat a lot of deer meat so that’s how I made it and my husband and I both love it!

Thank you!

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Hi Carol! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I bet it was wonderful in your Dutch Oven with deer meat! How fun! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share with us. Hope you have a fantastic week! Come back again soon! Happy Nesting! Norine


Thursday 4th of March 2021

Delicious. Made it for dinner this afternoon and the family loved it!

Ruby DeLaCruz

Monday 22nd of February 2021

OMG!! This is simply one of the most simplest tastiest and hearty one skillet dish. YUM!! I tweaked recipe a bit to make it my own. I doubled recipe cooked ground beef in bacon drippings and added lots more garlic, garlic powder, onion powder cayenne, and added frozen mixed veggies. I also used Knorrs Chicken bouillon granules (my go to seasoning for lots of dishes) I can’t stay out of it!! Lol! It is also good with corn chips. Will definitely make again. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Monday 22nd of February 2021

Hi Ruby! Thanks so much for this glowing review! You made my day! I love your additions to this simple recipe. They all sound AMAZING! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I hope you'll stop back by again soon! Have a Great Week! Norine

Donella Trammell

Sunday 24th of January 2021

So glad I made this tonight, it was great! Perfect directions that made cooking this enjoyable and super easy.

Monday 25th of January 2021

Hi Donella! Thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed this recipe. I really appreciate you stopping by and sharing with me! You made my day. I hope you'll come back and visit again soon. Have a Great Week! Happy Nesting! Norine

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