Hamburger Casserole (Video)

Paleo Hamburger Casserole Recipe

Here’s a real food recipe for Hamburger Helper! Sans grains, gluten, dairy, preservatives and anything artificial :-)

Changing your diet is never easy – especially when it means giving up some of your favorite foods. Sure, it helps to know that your efforts will be rewarded as you begin to look and feel better, but temptations and old habits may still threaten to land you right back where you started.

A great strategy to assist with changing your diet is to make wholesome versions of your unhealthy favorites. It’s like training wheels for healthy eating! Love Hamburger Helper night? Well, this Hamburger Casserole is a real-food version of that concept. While traditional Hamburger Helper contains grain-based noodles, artificial ingredient-laden sauce, and dairy-based mix-ins, this wholesome version combines simply shredded sweet potatoes with fresh spices, natural ketchup and mustard, and onions, pickles, and tomatoes. It tastes pretty awesome too!

Hamburger Casserole (Video)
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
5.0 from 1 reviews

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Serves 6

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup minced yellow onion
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup natural ketchup
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup diced sweet pickles
  • ¼ cup diced tomatoes
For the Spice blend:
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Grease a 10” x 15” size glass casserole pan with olive oil.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes, and cut them into pieces small enough to fit through the food processor feed tube. Using the grating attachment, shred the sweet potatoes then set aside.
  3. Combine the ground beef with the onions, salt, pepper, ketchup, and yellow mustard in the casserole pan. Use a spoon or spatula to break up the mixture until it’s well combined.
  4. Mix the spice blend ingredients with the shredded sweet potatoes and spread the mixture over the ground beef. Cover the casserole tightly with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and place the pan under the broiler set on high for a few minutes, until the tops of the sweet potatoes are golden. Sprinkle with the pickles and tomatoes and serve warm.

Calories: 285     Fat: 12g     Carbohydrates: 19g     Sugar: 10g     Sodium: 593mg     Fiber: 3g     Protein: 22g    
Paleo Hamburger Casserole Recipe

This isn’t Hamburger Helper like your mama made…


  • Val August 31, 2016 at 4:19 am

    I made this for dinner tonight…it was a hit! I was a little heavy handed with the pickles on my plate 😉 Very easy to make and all the ingredients are easy to find.

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