Country Hamburger Skillet Dinner

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

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I had one tiny problem. I hadn’t been to the grocery store since we got back from Virginia. Time to put thinking cap on…(this could take a while). 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 Dinner

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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  3. Abbie | 25th Aug 17

    Looks so good, I can’t wait to make this for my family! Have you every tried it with a sausage before?

    • | 25th Aug 17

      Hi Abbie!
      Yes I have. I’ve also tried bacon and ham. All are amazingly delicious. It’s such an easy dish to switch up. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do. My guys gobble it up! 😉 Thanks so much for commenting and visiting with me.
      Happy Nesting!

  4. Peggy S. TAYLOR | 25th Aug 17

    I love dishes like this. I will surely make this.

    • | 25th Aug 17

      Hi Peggy!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out this recipe! I love simple easy skillet dishes like this one too. (Less dishes are always a plus!)
      Have a Fantastic weekend! Thanks for visiting.
      Happy Nesting!

  5. Kathie | 25th Aug 17

    I’m confused. To me, grated cheese generally means Parmesan or Romano. I’m thinking you grated hunks of several kinds of cheese yourself, and I’m guessing shredded cheese that comes in packages might work just as well. Yummy looking recipe – I’m eager to give it a try!

    • | 25th Aug 17

      Hi Kathie,
      I’m SO sorry for any confusion I may have caused. I just used a package of pre grated cheddar and jack cheeses. You could grate your own too. Thank you for pointing out the confusion…I’ll go back and make sure I clarify it a little better. 😉 Thank you for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend.
      Happy Nesting!

  6. Sue | 26th Aug 17

    This sounds delicious!! I have some boneless chicken breasts ready to use. Could I use them in this instead of the ground beef?

    • | 26th Aug 17

      Hi Sue,
      Yes you can! The beauty of this dish is it’s versatility. I think Chicken would be wonderful in this dish. I would chunk up those chicken breasts first. Add a little olive oil to your pan for browning the chicken breast and proceed as the recipe calls for. I’m loving the idea of chicken! Thanks for visiting! Have a GREAT weekend.
      Happy Nesting!

  7. Kathi | 28th Aug 17

    I made this tonight but cut it down for 1 -2 servings. OMG – was it ever good. Thanks so very much for posting it. The only changes I made were: I used Mexican Blend finely shredded cheese. Also – I didn’t have Yukon Gold potatoes so used 1 large Russet Potato instead. It was still fantastic and I had enough to share with my neighbor. Thanks again.

    • | 29th Aug 17

      Hi Kathi!
      I’m so excited to hear that you enjoyed this recipe. It’s very forgiving. I love the addition of the Mexican Blend cheese. I bet you could even top this dish with salsa and it would be amazing. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing! You made my day! 🙂
      Happy Nesting!

  8. Lone Star State Mama | 2nd Sep 17

    I hope to make this sometime soon! Thanks for sharing it!


    • | 2nd Sep 17

      Thank you for stopping by! I’m excited for you to give it a try! Let me know when you do.
      Happy Nesting!

  9. Kat | 7th Sep 17

    Hello. In story portion you mention low heat. In recipe portion at end you list medium heat. Which do I do? Thanks kat

    • | 8th Sep 17

      Hi Kat!
      I am SO sorry for the confusion! I have this funky stove top and I have to watch the flame to gauge the heat. (New oven is coming soon! WoooHooo!) The heat should be a medium-low. Not full medium and not low but right in between. Thank you so much for bringing that to my attention. I’ve fixed it in the story and the recipe. Have a GREAT weekend.
      Happy Nesting!

  10. Julie Mora | 29th Oct 17

    Ohhhh my goodness.. this looks so yummy for a chilly autumn night! I found a lb of bacon hiding in the back of the garage freezer from summer camping so I think I will be adding that! Maybe chop it and brown it up in the pan before the gr. Beef and leaving some of the bacon “drippings” to cook the beef in for some added flavor? I will prob keep the actual bacon bits back and add with the cheese and chives ( which I kept fresh from my lil herb garden :). Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I will definitely be following you for more!! Cheers!

    • | 30th Oct 17

      Hi Julie!
      I L.O.V.E. your idea of cooking the hamburger and potatoes in the bacon “drippings” then sprinkling them on top after the cheese! Oh YUM!!! Chives from your herb garden! You are my kind of nesting friend!!! I think I want to come have dinner at your Nest! 😉

      Don’t you just love when you find things that are “hiding” in your freezer that you forgot about?! It’s like cooking Christmas. lol Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. I truly love to make new friends. Have a GREAT week and I look forward to more visits.
      Happy Nesting!

  11. Kat | 7th Nov 17

    We love one pot meals we love this one we have it often when you don’t know what to make an your in pinch this one hits the spot keep up the awesome work

    • | 7th Nov 17

      Hi Kat!
      This made my day! Thank you so much for sharing with me. It warms my heart to know that your family enjoys this recipe as much as we do. I hope you have a GREAT week. Thanks for stopping by and visiting!
      Happy Nesting!
      ~ Norine

  12. Rachel | 13th Dec 17

    It’s sitting on the stove now waiting for the last 5 minutes and my husband. Haha. I can’t wait to try it! Thus far it’s been easy to make and I had all the things it called for. Thank you for this recipe. It smells out of this world!

    • | 13th Dec 17

      Hi Rachel!
      Thank you so much for sharing with me! I can just picture you sitting there waiting…waiting…so patiently! You are a better lady than I am. I think I would just dig in! I sure hope you enjoyed this dish. I know that the “birds” at this nest sure do! Have a wonderful weekend and a GREAT Christmas!
      Happy Nesting…stop by again soon!

  13. Paula | 11th Jan 18

    Thanks so much for the recipe! I have a pound of ground beef and I was just trying to figure out what to do with it. This sounds like the perfect idea! Thanks again! I can’t wait to try it tonight.

    • | 11th Jan 18

      Hi Paula!
      I’m so glad you found this recipe! It’s one of my very favorite quick dishes and a great meat and potato dish! My guys love it.
      Thanks for sharing with me. I hope you have a GREAT week and I hope you enjoyed the recipe.
      Happy Nesting!

  14. Kareena Poulson | 31st Jan 18

    Sooooo happy I found this being pregnant I have a hard time finding foods to fill me up I was so hungry I googled found this and was like yup although I was sad about the fact I had no chives. I ate almost ALL of it ( so bad.???‍♀️??.) but it was soooo freaking good thanks sooooo much.

    • | 3rd Feb 18

      Hi Kareena!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing with me! You totally made my day. I loved hearing from you. My daughter is pregnant right now…when is your cute bundle due to arrive? We’re looking at around March 10th (I’m secretly cheering for earlier…so is she. lol) This is my husbands FAVORITE new recipe. He loves it and asked me to make it like 3 times last week! There’s something about meat and potatoes and simplicity that just go together. I’m so happy it helped fill ya up and that you loved it. I loved hearing from you. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, beautiful delivery.
      Happy Nesting!

  15. Tonya | 12th Feb 18

    It’s on the stove and almost ready! I feel as if it is really a one bowl meal (yay!) but my hubby likes to have sides to go with his main meal. What do you like to serve alongside it? ?

    • | 12th Feb 18

      Hi Tonya!
      I like to serve it with a nice big garden salad, Sweet CornBbread or Crispy Artisan Bread, Green Beans would go well with this meal too. My husband asks for this meal once a week now! He absolutely loves it! Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing with me. Hope ya have a great day!

  16. Renee Centola | 20th Feb 18

    I have been thinking of different ways to make hamburger. I found your recipe and have everything except the 2 cheeses. I do have cheddar. Hope that will work. I’m making it tomorrow. Looks so good.

    • | 21st Feb 18

      Hi Renee!
      Thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, you can use regular cheddar. It will turn out just fine. I’ve even been toying with the idea of using Pepper Jack to give it a little kick! It’s a simple recipe and my husbands new favorite. I love the simplicity of this dish and I hope you do to. Please let me know how you like it? Thanks again so much for stopping by.
      Happy Nesting!

  17. Sandra Duerst | 5th Mar 18

    This is my second time making this dish, we loved it the first time. Tonight I added some tomato sauce, peas, and Worcestershire sauce. I usually play around with the recipes to change it up a bit. So far it smells and looks delicious, I might even add corn to give it a crunch and a little sour cream.Yum!

    • | 8th Mar 18

      Hi Sandra!
      Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! We had a new little grandbaby born this week and I was sick last week. Crazy week! I LOVE your additions! I’m curious how it turned out? Did you like it? Did you add the corn and sour cream. I’ve truthfully been thinking about your comments all week and wondering. I sure appreciate you stopping by and sharing with me. It means a lot to me when readers share with me. Hope you’re having a great week.
      Happy Nesting!

  18. Hillary | 27th Mar 18

    I just made this tonight for dinner. I used my electric skillet to cook it. Setting the temp at 300, it took about an hour and a half from start to finish. I added two cans of cream of mushroom soup and a half cup of beef broth. It was divine! Even my 8 yr old came back for second. I will definitely be making this again and may add a pound of crispy crumbled bacon to the top. Thank you.

    • | 27th Mar 18

      Hi Hillary!
      I love your additions! I have to admit…I’m loving the idea of the bacon on top! I’m so glad your family enjoyed this dish. It is my husbands favorite! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!
      Happy Nesting!

  19. Cheri Miller | 15th Apr 18

    It’s Sunday and I really dont feel like cooking a huge meal for only me so….. This looks wonderful! This is my fantasticSunday dinner. Thank you so much. I have to taste every so often and so far it’s so good. Can’t wait until it’s done!
    Again, Thank You, Norine

    • | 17th Apr 18

      Hi Cheri!
      I feel the same way on Sundays! I’m so happy to hear this was your Sunday Dinner. It’s a quick easy meal. My husband LOVES this recipe. I think he’d be happy if I made it every week.
      Hope you have a GREAT week!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me.
      Happy Nesting!

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  21. Amy | 20th May 18

    This dish looks soooo good. Don’t you just hate it when vacation is over. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  22. Lisa | 30th May 18

    This is so easy and versatile….the boys in the house love it!! Did a salad and corn on the cob with mine!! Thank you so much for the idea!!

    • | 4th Jun 18

      Hi Lisa!
      Loving your dinner menu! Everything sounds so good! The “boys” in this house love this recipe too! Big Fans of it…I think they’d ask me to make it every week. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing!

      Happy Nesting!

  23. Susan | 19th Jun 18

    Hi Lisa,
    Staring at the hamburger I defrosted last night😳…I wanted something different to make for dinner but something that wouldn’t take me forever to prepare. Just bought a bag of creamy yellow Yukon golds yesterday (someday I hope to dig up my own!) and happened upon your recipe! Made it this morning before sunrise…stuck it in the ‘fridge for dinner…reheated and added some shredded cheddar from the freezer and voila, a new family favorite! 😃
    My guys devoured it!!! Thanks so much for sharing this simple and delicious recipe!!!👏👏👏

    • | 19th Jun 18

      Hi Susan!
      Oh my goodness! I love that you made this ahead of time and reheated it. What a fantastic idea! My guys LOVE this recipe too. It’s a true meat and potatoes kind of meal for them…and super easy for us. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing this with me. I love when I hear back from readers who have made my recipes. It makes my day! So Thank You!
      Have a GREAT week!
      Happy Nesting!

  24. Allyson | 19th Jun 18

    I just made this tonight. My family LOVED it. Even my picky 6 year old. I added tomato sauce, as mentioned by previous commenter. I will double the recipe the next time. Such a wonderful, quick, easy, cook itself recipe. Thank you so much for sharing! This made my super long day so much easier and happier! I look forward to more of your ideas! ☺

    • | 20th Jun 18

      Hi Allyson!
      Best compliment when a picky 6 year old will eat it! I know about those cute little picky eaters! 😉 I’m so happy that this recipe made a long day easier and happier! That is truly the BEST compliment EVER! Thank you for making my day and sharing with me. I know it takes time to sit down and write to me and I sincerely appreciate it! Have a GREAT week!
      Happy Nesting!

  25. Amy | 20th Jun 18

    I just got back from vacation!! I got spoiled being on a cruise!! Now it’s back to the grind!😬

    • | 20th Jun 18

      Hi Amy!
      Getting back into the “grind” is the hardest part of vacation “hang-over” in my humble opinion…well that and laundry! lol Hope you had a wonderful trip! Thanks for stopping by! It was so great to hear from you.
      Welcome Home!

  26. Allison | 19th Jul 18

    Just discovered your website and made this meal. I try new recipes all the time but NEVER leave comments. Just had to tell you we ate our supper in total silence which has never happened! Everyone was just too busy shoveling this simple, wonderful meal into their mouths!! Thank you and I can’t wait to try your other recipes.

    • | 20th Jul 18

      Hi Allison!
      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I know how busy our schedules are this time of year…well…all the time. (Who am I kidding?!) It made my day and had me smiling from ear to ear! This really is one of our family favorites too. Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
      Happy Nesting!

  27. Charlotte Russell | 25th Aug 18

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was AMAZING!!!! 😊

    • | 29th Aug 18

      Hi Charlotte!
      I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe for dinner. It truly is my husband’s favorite dish! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with me. Ya made my day!
      Happy Nesting!

  28. Rachel | 16th Sep 18

    THE BEST! And super easy. I probably make this once a month. The directions are really easy to follow which I really appreciate because I’m no good at just throwing things together. Thank you so much, Norine!

    • | 18th Sep 18

      Hi Rachel!
      You are so welcome! Thank you for sharing! I love hearing from friends who make my recipes. It brightens my day and motivates me to keep going! I’m so glad your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine does. I hope you have a GREAT week and thanks again for stopping by and brightening my day!
      Happy Nesting!

  29. karla smiley | 30th Oct 18

    you are awesome

    • | 30th Oct 18

      Oh my goodness Karla! Thank you so much. You made my day!
      I hope you have a great day too!

  30. Sheri | 11th Dec 18

    Just was looking up something to with ground beef and ran across this. Looks and sounds yummy. Cooking it tonight for dinner. Can’t wait to try it.

    • | 11th Dec 18

      Hi Sheri!
      I hope you love this recipe as much as we do. It’s such a quick easy dish to make this busy time of year. Let me know how you like it. Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting with me. I hope you have a wonderful week.
      Happy Nesting!

  31. Cathy | 30th Jan 19

    Trying this tonight!!

    • | 31st Jan 19

      Hi Cathy!

      Hope you loved this recipe as much as we do at this Nest! Love when friends let me know they are going to try a recipe of mine. Makes my day!

      Happy Nesting!

  32. Candy from Nashville TN | 23rd Apr 19

    I’m definitely making this for dinner tonight! So excited to try, I have everything on hand too,I showed my 11 year old son the pic and he said “oh Mom that looks good!” 😉 And I showed my husband and they are both on board, so this should be awesome! A meal everyone will love I just know it! Thank you!!

    • | 24th Apr 19

      Hi Candy!
      I’m so happy you found this recipe. It’s such a favorite at this Nest! I hope everyone at your dinner table loved it as much as my gang does! My husband requests this dish all the time. I love how easy it is and that it’s a recipe everyone loves. I can’t wait to hear how they liked it! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me. You made my day!
      Happy Nesting!

  33. Rachel | 11th May 19

    Do you ever dice the potatoes, instead of slicing? My husband has something against scalloped potatoes, and I don’t want him to turn his nose up because he thinks that’s what this is.

    • | 13th May 19

      Hi Rachel!
      Sorry it’s taken me a few days to get back to you! My son came down from college for Mother’s Day and we just got busy having too much fun! You can dice the potatoes for this recipe and it will work fine. It may take a little longer cooking because of the density of the potato cubes as opposed to the sliced potatoes, but it will still be delicious!
      Hope this helps. Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a Great week!
      Happy Nesting!

  34. Katie | 4th Jul 19

    When I saw this recipie, I needed an idea for dinner that would use ingredients I had on hand.I used sausage and hash brown potatoes and it was delicious. My husband isn’t always a fan of casseroles but he loved this. Thanks so much for the idea.

    • | 5th Jul 19

      Hi Katie!
      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing with me. The guys at my nest love this recipe too. It’s so simple, yet so satisfying. The eat every last bite! I love using sausage. I have to try that next time. Hope you have a Great Weekend!
      Happy Nesting!

  35. Jennifer | 9th Jul 19

    This was DELICIOUS! I added bell peppers and jalapenos for some spice (because in my family, we like it spicy). Thank you for the recipe!

    • | 9th Jul 19

      Hi Jennifer!
      Ohhhh! I love those additions to this dish! I have to try that! Especially the Jalapenos! My husband would love that! Thanks so much for sharing with me and for taking the time to stop by and share!
      Happy Nesting!

  36. Patti | 14th Sep 19

    Thank you for an easy dish NOT using tomato sauce! Perfect for what I have on hand, and a one skillet meal.

    • | 24th Sep 19

      Hi Patti!
      You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by and sharing with me. I love hearing from foodie friends and I love when one of my original recipes is a hit at another’s Nest. Hope you have a wonderful week.
      Happy Nesting!

  37. Melissa | 30th Sep 19

    Love this dish!! Its my week night go to for my family! i make it at least 2-3 times a month & they love it! Thank You!!

    • | 30th Sep 19

      Hi Melissa!
      Thank you so very much for this sweet compliment and sharing. I’m so glad your family enjoys this dish…my family loves this dish to…in fact I’m making it tonight! My husband is going to be SO happy!
      Hope you have a GREAT week!
      Happy Nesting!

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