Hamburger Pie

When my father in law gave me his mother’s recipe box and vintage cookbooks, this is the recipe he remembers most fondly. We all agreed with him and enjoyed this easy family recipe.

It is a simple meal that tastes like home. Good old fashioned comfort food. Very similar to a Shepard’s Pie. The tomato meat sauce with green beans goes perfect with mashed potatoes. Hamburger Pie is an easy recipe perfect for busy nights! You also could make it ahead to bake the next day. I haven’t tried it but if you could also freeze to make later. Just be sure to use a freezer to oven safe pan.

Need a fun dessert too? You can’t go wrong with this chocolate cake “Wacky Cake” from the depression era.

Plus looks so pretty in my Pyrex bowl! This was my grandma’s and I think it’s especially fun to make old family recipes in it. How many times did Grandma R make this? What all did Grandma D make in this dish? So many stories I’d like to hear!

My only change in this recipe is that I used homemade mashed potatoes and not instant. I wasn’t sure if it called for fresh or canned green beans. I used fresh and steamed them. Next time I would likely use canned. Remember this is an easy recipe! Use instant and canned to save on time!

How pretty is this handwriting? You can tell from the wear that it was much loved and used. I wish I had such beautiful penmanship!

Grandma R's Hamburger Pie

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Rating: ★★★★★
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A hearty and easy family favorite. Classic comfort food.


  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 TBSP A1 steak sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 C green beans or one can
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • Instant mashed potatoes or homemade


Saute onion in butter until tender but not brown. Add ground beef, A1 sauce, and salt. Brown lightly. While the meat is browning make the instant potatoes according to the directions on the package. Stir in beans and tomato soup.
Pour the mixture into 1 1/2 qt casserole. Top with mounds of mashed potatoes.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown.

If you enjoy rib sticking good old fashioned recipes be sure to check out Meatball Stew and Cavatini. Both have that made by Grandma comfort food flavor we all love.

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