With my in-home day care, I am always looking for some good home-cooked meals to feed the kids. This was a hit and the kids wanted me to make it again the next day!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch square baking dish.

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  • Mix hash brown potatoes, vegetable oil, and black pepper in a bowl; press into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef, garlic powder, and onion powder in the hot skillet until beef is browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.

  • Mix water and gravy mix into the cooked beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover skillet, and simmer until water evaporates, about 5 minutes. Fold in 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese. Spoon beef mixture onto the potato crust.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese and bake until cheese is lightly browned, about 5 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts

590.1 calories; protein 29.6g 59% DV; carbohydrates 31.7g 10% DV; fat 47.4g 73% DV; cholesterol 99.5mg 33% DV; sodium 547mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2014
I decided to make this because i was running out of things in the fridge... It came out AMAZING... but i winged it and substituted some things... WHAT I DID: COOKED @ 375 instead of 350 (based off of previous comments) and placed oiled/seasoned hash browns in oven after it was preheated and cooked them ALONE while i cooked the beef and did all the other steps... (about 20-25 mins, depending on how fast you work). While cooking beef i substituted onion powder for actual onions, cut into TINY little pieces (yellow onion) and also added salt and a tad bit of WORCHESTIRE sauce... I also substituted the gravy mix with ACTUAL gravy, because i didnt have the dry stuff.. so just used some beef broth (1 cup), flour, WORCHESTIRE (just a tad, like 1-2 tsp) and butter was my mixture i poured into beef after draining. after that just made it as usual, except I also put a couple tidbits of butter on top of mixture to melt into it and i cooked 20 MINUTES @ 375 then another 5 mins to melt remaining cheese... MMMMMM DELICIOUSSS... MAKE IT YOUR OWN :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2015
This recipe was a little bland. I used 6 cups frozen hashbrowns, thawed 4 tbs veggie oil 1/4 cup fresh ground pepper Mixed per recipe 1 1/2 lb ground beef 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 1/2 cup finely chopped pickles 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese 1 cup water 1 pack brown gravy mix Preheat oven to 370. Put pan with hashbrown mix into oven on center shelf while preparing beef mix Add 1/2 tsp onion powder and 1/2 tsp garlic powder to beef and then brown and drain beef Add 1 cup water and brown gravy mix. Cook on low until water boils out. Fold in chopped onion, pickles 3/4 cup cheese Remove 9"x9" pan with hashbrown mix from oven. Put hamburger mix on top of hashbrown mix. Bake at 370 on center shelf for 20 minutes. Remove and top with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake at 370 on center shelf for an additional 5 minutes. I used a glass 9x9 in electric oven. Metal pan may require more/less cook times. Once finished cooking and topped with ketchup it tasted like a cheeseburger casserole with substance. Read More
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67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2014
I decided to make this because i was running out of things in the fridge... It came out AMAZING... but i winged it and substituted some things... WHAT I DID: COOKED @ 375 instead of 350 (based off of previous comments) and placed oiled/seasoned hash browns in oven after it was preheated and cooked them ALONE while i cooked the beef and did all the other steps... (about 20-25 mins, depending on how fast you work). While cooking beef i substituted onion powder for actual onions, cut into TINY little pieces (yellow onion) and also added salt and a tad bit of WORCHESTIRE sauce... I also substituted the gravy mix with ACTUAL gravy, because i didnt have the dry stuff.. so just used some beef broth (1 cup), flour, WORCHESTIRE (just a tad, like 1-2 tsp) and butter was my mixture i poured into beef after draining. after that just made it as usual, except I also put a couple tidbits of butter on top of mixture to melt into it and i cooked 20 MINUTES @ 375 then another 5 mins to melt remaining cheese... MMMMMM DELICIOUSSS... MAKE IT YOUR OWN :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/08/2013
Quick meal to throw together. I would add a little extra pepper to the hash browns. I thought the hash browns still tasted uncooked but hubby had seconds. I will do this again adding extra cooking time or maybe cooking the hash brown layer a bit first before topping with the ground beef mixture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2014
I just finished having this for dinner, need I say it's All Gone. I read some of the reviews so, I decided to take care of the hash browns not being Cooked enough. So while my oven was heating up to 350 I placed the prepared pan with the hash brown mixture in it And left it in the Oven while cooking the hamburger mixture. I did add double the seasoning and added salt. It turned out Perfect ! I will be fixing this regularly. I'm going to share with my daughter in law that doesn't cook & my 2 single brothers. It's Easy but good and filling. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/16/2013
This is really easy to make and tasty. I did not have any gravy mix so used beef bouillon powder and flour to make the gravy. Could add veggies or more spices to change it up a bit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2016
I have made this several times, once as written and more recently with several tweaks.. The first time it was pretty bland and the hash browns were undercooked. But with some changes it is one of my favorite weekday meals now. As others mentioned, the cook time is off. I used a whole 2 pound bag of potatoes (that's enough to nearly fill a 9" X 13" baking dish) with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and black pepper, and began cooking it in a 375 degree oven while starting on the hamburger. Finely dice a medium yellow onion and one or 2 jalapenos to add a little kick- or use a bell pepper if you don't want any heat. Cook with a dab of butter or olive oil until onions start to turn translucent, then add hamburger until brown. Drain grease.... Remove hash browns and add a cup of of Colby/monteray cheese before adding meat. Here's where I went way off script. I didn't like the brown gravy/water flavor very much. Instead I used a ranch dip mix packet, 1/3 cup of milk and a cup of sour cream. I combined that with the drained hamburger and spooned over the potatoes and cheese. Bake for another 15 minutes and add a cup (or 2) of Colby/Monterey cheese. Bake that just until melted. I love green onions so some of those chopped up made a great addition sprinkled on top! Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2013
This was a big hit at a church luncheon but I had to time the dish so that it was piping hot when I left for church. However when the timer went off after 15 minutes the hash browns on the bottom were barely even warm. I jacked the oven up to 375 on preheat and baked it for an additional 10 minutes. I will adjust the oven time to 25-30 minutes when I make it again--and again! When asked for the recipe at the luncheon I replied that it would appear in our upcoming church cookbook--so they would have to buy a copy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2014
Very good! However at the top (im using the app) it says cook time 30m and in the directions it says 15m. Go by the 30m! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2015
This was very bland the first time I reviewed it even for my simple palate. I've tweaked the recipe now giving it 4 stars. First I used pre-cooked hash brown patties which eliminates the flavorless results when baking raw hash browns. No oil & I added 1.5 oz. of real bacon bits to the ground beef mixture. I also crumbled the hash browns & microwaved them in a bowl. Doing that helped bring it to temp without overcooking the hamburger & gravy. I added a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce & a tablespoon of minced onions (no onion powder) to the hamburger after it was done. I only had a 2 cup dry brown gravy packet so I poked a few holes in the hash browns & added 1/4 cup or so to use some of the extra. Much more flavorful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2016
I will definetely make this again. The only changes that i made was i added diced onion and season salt to the hamburger. It was even a hit with the hubs. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2015
This recipe was a little bland. I used 6 cups frozen hashbrowns, thawed 4 tbs veggie oil 1/4 cup fresh ground pepper Mixed per recipe 1 1/2 lb ground beef 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 1/2 cup finely chopped pickles 1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese 1 cup water 1 pack brown gravy mix Preheat oven to 370. Put pan with hashbrown mix into oven on center shelf while preparing beef mix Add 1/2 tsp onion powder and 1/2 tsp garlic powder to beef and then brown and drain beef Add 1 cup water and brown gravy mix. Cook on low until water boils out. Fold in chopped onion, pickles 3/4 cup cheese Remove 9"x9" pan with hashbrown mix from oven. Put hamburger mix on top of hashbrown mix. Bake at 370 on center shelf for 20 minutes. Remove and top with 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake at 370 on center shelf for an additional 5 minutes. I used a glass 9x9 in electric oven. Metal pan may require more/less cook times. Once finished cooking and topped with ketchup it tasted like a cheeseburger casserole with substance. Read More
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