Why you’ll love Hamburger Hash
Breakfast for dinner… What’s not to love here, right? Plus, one skillet recipe means minimal clean-up! A quick and easy comfort dish for the win!!
Change things up with this 30-minute meal to break up the same ol’ ground beef recipes.
Ingredients for Beef and Potatoes Hash
- Potatoes – You can use any type of potato for hash. Russets, Yukon gold, red or purple, fingerlings, and even sweet potatoes, if you’d like. Learn more about different potato varieties and their best uses.
- Beef broth – I like to use beef broth as it adds additional flavor to the dish. But you can use water instead.
- Seasoning is such a crucial part to a great hash. Use my recommendations as a starting point and add more or less based on your taste.
- Ground beef – I like to use lean ground beef. But you can choose whichever ground beef type you prefer. The difference between the different types of ground beef is the fat content and where the meat comes from.
- 70/30 ground beef means 70% lean meat and 30% fat. Typically, this ground beef is made of brisket or shank. It’s ideal for juicy burger and meatballs!
- 80/20 ground beef consists of 80% lean meat and 20% fat. It’s best for leaner burgers, meatloaves and chili!
- 85/15 ground beef is made of 85% lean meat and 15% fat, which is considered as lean ground beef. It’s perfect for lasagna and spaghetti.
- 90/10 ground beef is extra lean ground beef made of 90% lean meat and 10% fat. It’s perfect for stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls and tacos.
How to make Ground Beef and Potatoes
1. Brown the meat:
Brown the ground beef with seasonings in a skillet over medium high heat. Break down the meat into fine pieces as you don’t want any chunks. Cook until the beef is no longer red and transfer it onto a clean plate or bowl.
2. Cook the potatoes:
Add diced potatoes into the now empty skillet and cook for about 4 minutes. Don’t stir the potatoes too much as you want to develop a nice golden-brown crust.
3. Combine and cook
Add the ground beef back into the skillet, then add broth or water. Cook until the potatoes are cooked through, about 8 minutes.
4. Add eggs (optional):
If you want, you can also add in eggs! Make wells in the mixture depending on how many eggs you wish to add. Add the eggs into the wells, cover with a lid and cook the eggs to your liking.
I like to serve this hash oven a bed of lettuce to lighten it up!
- Dice the potatoes the night before and store it in water covered with plastic wrap. However, it’s not recommended to leave them for longer than 24 hours in water in the fridge. Or buy pre-cut potatoes.
- You can cook the ground beef in advance. Store it in the fridge for up to 3 days, or freeze it up to 3 months, in an airtight container. Remember, cool it and place it in the fridge within 2 hours of cooking.
Serving Ground Beef with Potatoes
- Ground Beef with Potatoes Hash is a main dish.
- It’s ideal to serve this dish with chopped lettuce. Garnish with fresh parsley, sliced scallions.
- Hot sauce is great for those who love some extra kick!
How to store Potatoes and Ground Beef
Refrigerate leftover hash in airtight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.
Ground Beef and Potatoes Recipe FAQ
You can use any type of potato for hash. Russets, Yukon gold, red or purple, fingerlings, and even sweet potatoes, if you’d like.
TIP: To cut down the cooking time, you can also use leftover Instant Pot baked potatoes. Since the potatoes are already cooked, you’ll just need to dice and brown them in the skillet for about 4 minutes!
Oh why, yes, of course!! Sausage is also a great alternative to ground beef. And since it’s already seasoned, you don’t need to worry about adding any salt and seasonings.
While you can totally microwave leftovers, it’s best to reheat leftover potato hash in a skillet on stovetop to bring back the addicting crispiness!
You can change the meet from ground beef to ground turkey, ground chicken or ground sausage. Add diverse types of cheese for a nice topping. A variety of vegetables and spices can be added too.
Resist the urge to cook ground beef over high heat. It’s best to cook it over medium high heat, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon and stirring frequently. And over-cook the meat.
A dish that is made of chopped meat and potatoes is considered as a hash. The word hash is originated from a French word “to chop”.
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Ground Beef and Potatoes Hash
- 1 lb lean ground beef Note 1
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt coarse kosher
- 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 3 medium potatoes Note 2
- ½ cup beef broth or water
- 4-6 eggs optional
- Chopped fresh parsley or sliced green onion optional
- Hot sauce if desired
- Lettuce optional
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef with seasonings, breaking it down with a wooden spoon, 8-10 minutes. Once meat is no longer pink, transfer into a clean bowl.
- Meanwhile, dice potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.
- In now empty skillet, add potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. (TIP: don’t stir too much, because you want a nice golden brown skin develop on the outside.)
- Add beef back into the potatoes and pour in water/broth. Stir well and cook for about 8 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through.
- If adding eggs, make 4-6 shallow wells in the meat and potato mixture. Break eggs into the wells, cover and cook for about 3 minutes, or until eggs are cooked till desired doneness.
- Sprinkle some fresh parsley or sliced green onions. And serve over lettuce and with hot sauce, if desired.
Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for no longer than 3 days. You can also freeze this meal for up to 3 months.
* Disclaimer: All nutrition information are estimates only. Read full nutrition disclosure.
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LG Williams says
Love, love, loved this recipe!!! I did notice onion was omitted from ingredients and recipe. I added some and some diced red bell pepper. Topped with eggs at the end. This is a definate keeper recipe. Thanks!
Quick and easy.
So happy you tried and loved the recipe. Thanks for your feedback, Trisha!
Jason DeLuca says
“til” is short for until. “Till” means to plow or prepare the soil among other things. I suggest if you’re going to publish your works, you get a professional editor.
Loved the recipe, turned out great. Can’t wait “til” I make it again!
“Til” next time ..
Thank you for your comment. I enjoyed it immensely.
Forgot to give the FIVE stars!!
Wow! This was so good! We’ll be making this often.
Patsy Permenter says
If you don’t add onions, you are missing out on the best part. I finely chop a medium to large onion and sauté it along with the ground beef mixture, then add the partially cooked potatoes. There’s no comparison. I love this stuff.
Agreed, onion is great addition! Thanks for your feedback, Patsy!
Nathan Sant says
Wonderful recipe. I added red pepper onion and green pepper and the whole family devoured it. Over easy eggs on top! Boooom!
Yay, so happy you tried and loved the recipe, Nathan! Thank you for your feedback and rating!
This was really good. I left out the Paprika and added grilled onions-delicious!
So glad you tried and loved the recipe, DC. And I appreciate your comment!
I just made this recipe and my husband and I loved it. We didn’t have eggs, but had a salad in the side. I made it in a cast iron pan with a half pound of organic, grass-fed ground beef, a little crushed red pepper and green onions and Italian flat leaf parsley as a garnish. I will be making it again! Thanks for sharing!!