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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.

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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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


Friday 8th of January 2021

What type of ground beef did you use? 90/10, 80/20?

Monday 11th of January 2021

Hi Cindy! I've used both, but I generally use 90/10 and if necessary add a little butter during cooking so it doesn't turn out too dry! Hope this helps you out. Enjoy and thanks for stopping by...come back soon! Norine

Kimberly Mixer

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

I made this tonight and it was a big hit with my family! I will definitely cook this again soon!

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Hi Kimberly! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. I love hearing that families are enjoying this recipe. You made my day! Hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and come back to visit soon! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. ~Norine


Thursday 3rd of December 2020

I made this (followed loosely) tonight, and it was fantastic! It’s so simple I never would have come up with it, but I will make it again. Thank you!

Monday 7th of December 2020

Hi Sara, I'm glad you followed this "loosely". I'm truly one of those recipe creators that loves when her followers get creative in the kitchen and put their own spin on one of my recipes. I love the simplicity and ease of this recipe and the fact that you can play around with it and still have a delicious result. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing. Please come back again soon. Have a wonderful holiday season. Happy Nesting, Norine


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

My hamburger is extremely lean so not as much juices. Can broth or water be added? If recommended what kind of broth, chicken or beef?

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi Robin! Yes you can. I add water or beef broth. Either will work. The beef broth will add more flavor and more sodium. Hope this helps. Have a great holiday week.

Happy Nesting, Norine

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