Amish Hamburger Casserole
If you like buttery bread stuffing, you should try this delicious hamburger stuffing casserole recipe.
This Amish casserole is made with a traditional bread stuffing that's layered with crumbled ground beef and topped with cream of mushroom soup. And it can be served as a side or a dinner entrée.
Amish Ground Beef Casserole = Cheaper Meal Option
We all know that meat is very expensive to buy. And if you serve steak, or even chicken breast, etc., your meal can get expensive, especially with a large family.
But serving casserole dishes is a great way to stretch the meat. When you add noodles, rice, or in this case bread, you can have a filling meal for only a few dollars.
So, if you are on a tight budget and trying to stretch the grocery money, casseroles are a cheaper option.
A lot of the Amish have large families to feed. But many of them raise animals and butcher their own meat. So it helps if they don't have to buy meat at the supermarket.
But they also quite frequently feed large crowds, and sometimes they make casserole dishes to avoid using a lot of meat.
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Amish Recipe with Ground Beef
This ground beef stuffing casserole recipe is very easy to make, and it does not take a lot of time.
You can buy bread cubes or cut your own. It doesn't take long to cut several slices of bread into little cubes. And this is a great way to use up any stale bread that needs to get eaten.
I like to toast my bread cubes for about ten minutes before adding the remaining ingredients. But this is optional.
Fry the hamburger while you're preparing the vegetables for the stuffing.
And I like to brown my butter a bit before adding the vegetables, but this is also optional. Then I use my handy little Ninja chopper to effortlessly chop the celery and onions.
Cook the veggies in the butter for a few minutes until they are softened. Beat the eggs and milk and add to the butter/veggie mixture. Pour all of this over the bread cubes and mix.
Now you can either mix the ground beef into the stuffing or layer it into a casserole dish. (This recipe fits perfectly into my small roaster.)
Ground Beef Stuffing or Filling?
There seems to be an ongoing debate as to whether the Thanksgiving side dish that we all love (that's made with buttery bread cubes) is called stuffing or filling. And some people also call it dressing.
I think typically stuffing is considered to be that which gets stuffed inside the Thanksgiving turkey. Although, whether you call it stuffing, filling, or dressing, they're probably all similar dishes that include chopped veggies and a lot of bread and butter.
But then you also have dishes such as PA Dutch potato filling. It's made with that familiar and delicious bread stuffing/filling. But the main ingredient in the dish is mashed potatoes. Therefore it's not called "Filling" but rather "Potato Filling".
So anyway, in my opinion, filling/stuffing/dressing are all basically the same thing.
Although, there are lots of different recipes. And what you add in, or what you call the dish, may largely depend on where you live.
So this Hamburger Stuffing Casserole can just as well be called Hamburger Filling Casserole. Call it what you want. It's delicious and is made with those tasty, buttery bread cubes that most of us love.
Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup
Since the Amish mostly cook from scratch, you might think that they wouldn't use store-bought canned cream of mushroom soup.
And there might be a few of them that are concerned about health factors and make their own. But the fact is, Amish cooks also use shortcuts, such as buying and using canned goods. And many of them will use store-bought cream of mushroom soup in casseroles.
But, mushroom soup isn't hard to make either. So feel free to use homemade mushroom soup for this hamburger casserole.
And if mushrooms are not your thing, you can substitute the mushroom soup with cream of celery or even cream of chicken if you please.
Can I Use Ground Turkey or Venison for this Stuffing Recipe?
Yes, you can use any kind of cooked ground meat that you desire.
Obviously, your choice of meat will affect the taste a bit. But this casserole would be delicious when made with ground turkey, ground venison, ground chicken, or even ground sausage.
Sausage is already seasoned though, so if you're going to use sausage, you may want to be careful not to oversalt it.
And it's a basic stuffing recipe, so if you don't want to add any meat, feel free to make it without.
What Could I Serve with my Amish Hamburger Stuffing Casserole?
This casserole dish can be served as a side, but it can also easily serve as a main dish.
Serve a simple side salad along with this casserole, and you have a complete meal.
And there are also lots of other sides that could pair well with hamburger stuffing.
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Hamburger Stuffing Casserole Recipe
- 1 lb. ground hamburger, cooked and drained
- 1 1/2 quart diced bread cubes
- 5 - 6 Tbsp. butter
- 3 ribs celery (3 stems of celery), chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt or garlic salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- Cook, crumble, and drain the hamburger.1 lb. ground hamburger, cooked and drained
- Dice bread into small cubes and place onto a baking sheet. Toast the bread cubes in the oven at 350° for about 10 minutes. (This step is optional, so if you're in a hurry you don't have to toast the bread.)1 1/2 quart diced bread cubes
- Melt the butter and continue cooking it until browned (caramel in color). Browning the butter is also optional, but it does add some flavor.5 - 6 Tbsp. butter
- Finely chop the celery and onion and saute in the butter until softened.3 ribs celery (3 stems of celery), chopped, 1 small onion, chopped
- Whisk the eggs, milk, and seasonings. Add this to the butter/veggie mixture.2 eggs, 1/2 c. milk, 1/2 tsp. seasoned salt or garlic salt, 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- Pour the butter/veggie mixture over the bread cubes. Stir to mix.
- Butter a casserole dish and put in a layer of the bread cubes. Add a layer of hamburger. Then repeat with another layer of bread cubes and hamburger.
- Spread the can of mushroom soup over the top.1 can cream of mushroom soup
- Bake the casserole, covered, for 50 minutes at 350°. Remove the cover and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
- Serve immediately.
- Refrigerate any leftovers in an air-tight container for up to five days. Reheat and enjoy.