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Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole with Sour Cream

This hamburger hashbrown casserole with sour cream recipe is the perfect brunch or Christmas morning breakfast idea! A creamy hearty meal using homemade or frozen meatballs and potatoes we love year round.


I could eat breakfast for dinner most nights. This cheesy hamburger hashbrown casserole with sour cream is one of our favorites! Perfect year round but also great if you’re serving brunch and a great addition to our Christmas morning spread. This is definitely one of our favorite quick and easy casseroles. (originally published 11/17, affiliate links present)

Hash Brown Casserole

Casseroles to me are great, and the perfect way to use leftovers of any kind really. I always have cups of shredded cheese and cream of mushroom in the house.

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We have had this for dinner too a few times and the kids love it. It’s a complete meal all by itself and the perfect comfort food for all ages.

You can make it with any kind of meat really but we used frozen meatballs this time. It is a great leftover ham casserole too. You can stuff it full of whatever meat you have left over really. 

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Hashbrown Casserole with Sour Cream

Now if you didn’t want or have sour cream on hand there is an alternative, Greek yogurt. Choose plain instead of flavored just be aware that the flavor will be different than with this original ingredient.

  1. Bag of frozen hashbrowns potatoes – I typically use whatever brand of frozen hashbrowns are on sale
  2. 1 Bag of frozen meatballs – precook your own, (we use whatever brand is on sale)
    1. or use diced leftover ham or leftover turkey 
    2. could use browned ground beef too
  3. Onion
  4. Cheddar cheese

If you need a dairy free option I have found Daiya brand to offer great shredded lactose free cheddar that tastes pretty close to the same.

shredded cheese

Hashbrown Casserole with Frozen Meatballs

Now let’s make it creamy…..

  1. Cream of mushroom soup
  2. Sour Cream
  3. Butter
  4. Salt and pepper and any other seasoning you love
  5. Casserole dish or baking dish 9×13″

This time you can see I kept the ground beef meatballs whole, but cutting them into quarters works really well especially if kids are going to be eating it so they are bite sized!

  • It is really wonderful after Easter using our leftover ham as well, we make this and our little turnover leftover ham recipe then as well to use it ALL up.
Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole with Sour Cream

Recipe with Hash Browns and Ground Beef

It is a great breakfast, or occasionally we make breakfast for dinner and it’s super easy to throw together. If you love easy dishes like this one we have used these same frozen meatballs to make these Instant Pot barbecue meatballs.

Agreat appetizer or quick meal if you’re heading out the door really fast. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Leave meatballs or hamburger and hash brown potatoes on the counter so they become room temperature.
    1. If using ground hamburger, brown and set aside.
    2. In a rush you can microwave meatballs and frozen hashbrowns on 50% power until they’re defrosted.

In a bowl mix together all ingredients EXCEPT meatballs, 1 cup of your cheese and chives.

  1. Once well incorporated, fold in your thawed meatballs.
    1. For easier eating you can cut them into fourths so they’re bite sized.
  2. Dump everything into a greased casserole dish and bake for 30 minutes to 40 minutes until warmed in the center.
  3. Pull out, sprinkle remaining cheese and chives on top, bake for 10 – 15 minutes so it melts.
  4. Serve!

Easy breakfast casserole

Our cheesy potato casserole recipe always gets raving reviews using diced russet potatoes and of course lots of cheese.

cracker barrel potato casserole recipe

How to save a leftover casserole

You certainly won’t have room for the entire dish in your fridge, nor would you want to save it in the same pan you cooked it in. There will be too much room around it to cause it to dry out. You want the least amount of air around it possible, that is the key.

Instead, when it is at room temperature transfer it into a freezer bag, my personal choice. Suck all the air out of it and leave in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you reheat put it on a plate with a Tbsp of milk on the top to make it moist again and heat in the microwave for about 1 minute until warmed to your liking.

Hamburger hashbrown casserole recipe

Crock pot breakfast casserole has similar ingredients in it but is made in a slow cooker which is nice during the holidays for sure.

Give it a whirl and let us know what you think. Did you add some other type of meat that turned out great? Let us know, I’d love to try your version too.

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Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole with Sour Cream

This hamburger hashbrown casserole with sour cream recipe is the perfect brunch or Christmas morning breakfast idea! Hearty meal we love year round.
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, casserole, cheese, easy, ground beef, hashbrown, potato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 518kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Leave meatballs and hashbrowns on the counter for 1-2 hrs. or until they are mostly defrosted (or use microwave at half power for 1 minute at a time, stirring in between until they are mostly defrosted).
  • Empty hashbrowns and all other ingredients except 1 c. of your cheddar cheese, chives, and your meatballs. Stir well.
  • Fold in meatballs (can cut them into fourths or leave them whole…or use leftover ham instead).
  • Dump mixture into a baking dish and put it into the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until bubbly and warm.
  • Sprinkle the last cup of shredded cheese on the top and put back into the oven for 10 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve!


Nutrition Facts
Hamburger Hashbrown Casserole with Sour Cream
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 518 Calories from Fat 369
% Daily Value*
Fat 41g63%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 122mg41%
Sodium 644mg28%
Potassium 526mg15%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 840IU17%
Vitamin C 7.8mg9%
Calcium 236mg24%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Hashbrown Casserole with Frozen Meatballs
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