The whole family will be asking for seconds of this Hamburger Corn Casserole Recipe. It's a simple and hearty weeknight dinner recipe loaded with ground beef, sweet cornbread, and easy ingredients that you likely already have at home. It's one of the best main dish recipes!
I'm all about making hearty meals like this cornbread casserole because it is simple to make and delicious. Our entire family considers it one of our favorite recipes. I like the texture of the cornbread mixture, and everyone else agrees that this ground beef casserole has a really good flavor as well. It's an amazing recipe because it looks like it's harder than it actually was to make!
This recipe works even if you're on a tight budget or if you're looking for an easy casserole dish that works well any night of the week. Just be ready because this will quickly turn into a family favorite!
If you're a fan of casserole dish recipes, be sure to check out this Leftover Pizza Breakfast Casserole. It just might be the perfect way to start the day.
Ground beef - I like to use lean ground beef to cut down on some of the excess grease.
Cornbread mix - Use your favorite type of mix.
Whole kernel corn - This adds a good sweetness to the dish.
Sour cream - Helps to make it not dry out when baking.
Milk - Thins out the cornbread batter.
Eggs - Helps to bind all the ingredients together when baking.
Onion - Dice and add.
Salt - For flavor.
How to Make Hamburger Corn Casserole Recipe
Step One: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Step Two: Cook the ground beef in a skillet until fully browned. Drain the grease.
Step Three: Add the meat to a greased 9X13 casserole dish.
Step Four: Put all the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and stir until smooth.
Step Five: Pour the mixture on top of the ground beef mixture.
Step Six: Put the dish in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Add spice - You can easily kick up the flavor of this dish and turn it into a Mexican cornbread casserole. Add green chiles, a can of Rotel, a bit of tomato sauce, green onions, and even some chili powder for some extra heat. It's a simple Mexican food recipe for busy weeknights.
Add beans - If you don't want to add meat, or want to add more protein and fiber, you can add some black beans or pinto beans to the fluffy cornbread mixture.
Use a different type of meat - Ground chicken is a great idea as well as ground turkey. Just be sure to cook them before adding to the rest of this comfort food. You can also add a varying meat mixture of your preference. (Italian sausage is good, too!)
Add different ingredients - The fun thing about making this perfect weeknight meal is that it's really versatile. You can add spices like garlic powder or a teaspoon pepper to the mix for more flavor. While the main ingredients need to be used from the ingredient list, don't be afraid to add more to suit your taste.
What do I use for the cornbread layer in this hamburger casserole recipe?
Using a Jiffy cornbread mix is a great way to keep the dish simple and delicious. You can also use your own recipe for a homemade version of the corn bread. Any type of cornbread batter will work so you can try different options to see what you prefer.
Can I add toppings to this dish?
You can! That's the best thing about it. Once you serve everyone in their bowl or on a plate, let everyone grab and add any toppings that they want. Adding fresh cilantro or chives on top are great options. You can even add a little bit of salsa or pica de Gallo for fun flavors as well.
How do I store leftovers of this easy recipe?
An easy meal like this is going to have leftovers more than likely which means you'll get to enjoy it again! Be sure to let the leftovers cool in an airtight dish, and then cover them with plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or a lid and keep them stored in the fridge.
For the best results, eat within 2-3 days. Reheat the portion in a microwave or low and slow in the oven before eating.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 8.5 oz cornbread mix
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp finely chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Brown the beef in a skillet. Drain well.
- Add to a greased 9x13 baking dish.
- Stir together all the remaining ingredients until smooth.
- Spread on top of the beef.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown.