Hamburger Hash

Take out eggs, cheese, and wheat, and what can you make for breakfast?

Not. Much.

For us, just beef and potatos, basically!  That can get really boring, really fast, so I’m always looking for new ways to shake things up a bit.

Here’s my latest breakfast creation: Hamburger Hash!

It’s so simple, it’s ridiculous.  As in, “I almost don’t want to write the recipe down and include pictures for you because it feels like I’m being insulting by doing so” simple.

But, I’ll do it anyway, just in case there is a seriously  kitchen-challenged person out there who would like to try this yummy dish!

So, here’s what you do:

The night before, get out some ground beef to thaw.  About 1/4 pound per person is enough.

In the morning, get out one small to medium sized potato for each person you’re feeding, a grater, and a bowl.   Wash the potatos, then grate them into the bowl.

Get ready to grate!

Fill the bowl with water, until just covering the potatos.

Grated potatos ready for the microwave

Throw the bowl in the microwave for 4-5 minutes to pre-cook the potatos a bit.

Browning the ground beef

Meanwhile, start browning your ground beef.  If you have a delicious grass-fed cow in your freezer, you’ll need to add a little oil to the pan first.  Otherwise, just brown away!

Drained potatos ready for the frying pan

When the potatos are done in the microwave, drain them and be ready to add them to the frying pan when the ground beef is mostly browned off.

Mixed and starting to cook

Toss everything together in the pan until it is mixed well.  Let it cook for a while like that without stirring.

Every few minutes, give the pan a good stir.  You’re shooting for browns,  here, so you have to let the potatos brown a bit and get that yummy crispiness to it in spots.

Starting to brown…

When it’s brown enough to suit you, serve it up!

Good start to the day!

Throw a little salt and pepper at it, and enjoy a delicious breakfast!

The first few times I made it, I tossed onion and garlic in the pan to soften before adding the ground beef, and that really makes a nice addition to this recipe.  I strongly recommend you do so, if you can.  Since I’m suspicious Mr. Charm has a fructose issue, I’m experimenting with reducing the fructose in his diet right now.  This means no onion and garlic in his meals, and since it seems pointless to make two dishes for our meals (one with and one without onion and garlic) I’m going without, too.  Bummmm-er.

One day, when we have more foods in our diet, this recipe is ideal for the addition of some veggies: bell peppers, chopped carrots, some spinach leaves, etc.  Get creative!  You really can’t go wrong; and for the dairy tolerant out there, cheese would probably rock this breakfast!



-1 small/medium potato per person
-1/4 pound ground beef per person
-onion (optional)
-garlic (optional)
-additional veggies (optional)

  1. Thaw the ground beef.
  2. If using onion and garlic, start it softening in a frying pan with a little oil.
  3. Grate the potatos into a bowl; cover with water and microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Brown the ground beef almost completely in a frying pan.
  5. At this point, you could add any other veggies you would like to add.  (Spinach, carrots, bell peppers, etc.)
  6. Drain the potatos and add to the ground beef.  Stir well.
  7. Stir every few minutes to let the potatos brown, but not burn.
  8. When it looks brown enough for you, serve it up!
  9. Enjoy your breakfast!


What additions would you make to shake this up a bit?

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11 Responses to Hamburger Hash

  1. Tim says:

    I Love this stuff! I add a bit of chili powder to brighten it up. And for me a couple of poached eggs on top is perfect.

  2. Anthea says:

    In terms of onion and garlic, it’s the flesh that has the fructose in it. So if you soften big chunks in the pan first with some olive oil then remove them before adding anything else you don’t have to sacrifice flavour. There is also a powder called “Asafoetida” or “hing” powder, try an Asian supermarket or Indian spice places will have it. It’s like onion and garlic together, I use it in most things, less mess and I’m lazy! Lol

    • Carrie says:

      You know, I had a previous commenter tell me about asafetida ages ago but have been lazy about going and finding it. I’m going to HAVE to do that! I can totally support the two phrases “Less Mess” and “I’m Lazy”!! LOL Thanks for the reminder!

  3. Diane says:

    It sounds like you are dealing with a gluten issue among other things. For a change of pace have you ever made protein shakes? Arbonne has vegan, gluten free variety and I have one every morning with our fiber boost and digestive plus for 20 gms of protein. Let me know if interested in trying a sample pack.

    • Carrie says:

      Hi Diane! Thanks for the offer! Actually, gluten hasn’t become a problem for us, just wheat specifically for my older son. The rest of our restrictions are for my youngest son and it is SO restrictive I’m unwilling to change anything about it at this point. Maybe in the future, after he’s weaned, I can look into supplements like this. I’ll check it out when that day comes! Thanks again. 🙂

      • Diane says:

        I can’t imagine how hard it must be for you to see your own child have issues. It’s just amazing how many of our problems these days have so much to do with preservatives, GMO’s and so many hidden additives that most people don’t even know exist. Good luck with it all

        • Carrie says:

          I agree about the GMO’s and additives! Thanks, Diane. We deal with it as well as we can, but it does stink to watch them suffer. I’d take it on myself if I could.

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