Poor Man’s Steak and Potato Casserole

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Do you have a meat and potato lover in your house? I sure do. That’s why I love this recipe for poor man’s steak and potato casserole, fondly named The Man Meal for that special meat-loving man in my life. It’s on our list of favorite main dish casserole recipes.

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Ground Beef Broccoli Potato Casserole

This hamburger recipe goes by so many names! Whatever you call it, just know, it is an affordable way to get that “steak and potatoes” feel without actually buying steak. 

This hamburger casserole will satisfy that yearning for meat and potatoes in a big way. It’s meaty, it’s filling AND it’s cheesy. I top this casserole with broccoli because it’s my husband’s favorite vegetable. He would happily eat steamed broccoli with every dinner. Or this yummy broccoli cheese soup.

My husband and I were first introduced to this ground beef recipe back in our dating days when my sister had us over for dinner with her very young family. I think her kids were 1 and 3 – about the age of my youngsters. This hamburger meat recipe sticks out to me because she topped it with potato chips.

Now, I’ve had a recent conversation with her and she doesn’t remember the potato chips in this potato casserole bake. She said it was shredded carrots and cheese. I am sure there were potato chips on top – it’s just not something I can forget. My hubby remembers it the same way, so I set out to recreate it myself.

Here is how you make Poor Man’s Steak and Potato Casserole

1.Start with red potatoes. Sliced up and spread out over the bottom of the very large (3 quart) casserole dish. I love using red potatoes because they bake up tender and don’t need to be pealed.

The Man Meal (Meat and Potato Casserole)

2.Cover the potatoes in ground beef that has been browned with onion.

The Man Meal (Meat and Potato Casserole)

3.You follow that with a layer of chopped broccoli and a creamy sauce.

The Man Meal (Meat and Potato Casserole)

4.Lastly, top with a generous amount of grated cheddar cheese (this step is important!).

The Man Meal (Meat and Potato Casserole)

5.Cover and bake. Enjoy the man meal with the special man in your life. You may also want to check out our tutorial on how to freeze casseroles.

The Man Meal (Poor man's steak and Potato Casserole) on Aileen Cooks

The Man Meal (Poor Man’s Steak and Potato Casserole)

Aileen Clark
The man meal is a baked casserole with red potatoes, hamburger meat, and broccoli. It’s topped with melted cheese and potato chips. Playfully named “the man meal” because it includes the basic food groups – meat and potatoes. 
4.55 from 40 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 425 kcal


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 lbs. red potatoes
  • 3 cups broccoli florets chopped
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag lays potato chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 3 quart casserole dish and set aside.
  • Cook the onion and ground beef over medium-high heat until the onion is soft and the meat is no longer pink.
  • Slice the potatoes into 1/4 inch rounds and arrange on the bottom of the casserole dish. Once the ground beef is cooked, layer it over the potatoes and top with chopped broccoli.
  • Whisk together the cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Pour it evenly over the casserole.
  • Sprinkle the cheese on top. Loosely cover the casserole dish with foil, ensuring the foil does not touch the cheese.
  • Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve with chips.


Calories: 425kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    This was really good! I added a little garlic powder, used a little less cheese, and used Panko bread crumbs instead of the chips. My husband, son and I loved it. I will be making it again!