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Grandma Cash’s Baked Bean Casserole Recipe

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Grandma Cash’s Hamburger Bean Casserole is a must have on our family party menu. This recipe is now in our family’s second and third generation kitchens, as a “have to have” for summer events.  

This is an excellent High-Fiber, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free side dish. I take this recipe along to a party, family picnic. It’s even been to a country style wedding reception.  

Leftovers? They are delicious. But you better make a double batch if you want some.

Hamburger Bean Casserole
Hamburger Bean Casserole is a VERY tasty bean dish your whole family will love!

This baked bean casserole recipe is an excellent grill side. Try it with Grilled Salmon kabobs, Grilled Sausage Zucchini Tomato kabobs or Nathan’s Italian Style Hamburgers for a delicious summer meal.

Hamburger Bean Casserole

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 My Grandma Cash was an excellent woman, full of the wisdom of the ladies of her age. A lot of that wisdom centered around her home and especially her kitchen. She was an amazing cook.

Hamburger Bean Casserole
Grandma Cash’s Hamburger Bean Casserole is an easy grill side or lunch. But it makes a LOT!
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This hearty baked bean casserole is packed with bacon and hamburger. It makes a terrific BBQ side dish, it’s easy to make and delicious to enjoy. #bakedbean #casserole #groundhamburger #bbq #easy

 I learned a lot about canning and cooking from grandma. She was a big help to me when I was a young wife and mother. I came from the big city and decided to live in the country. 

Not just a rural suburb. We went out to seven acres of raw land in a tiny cabin. No electricity, NO running water. No phone.

Cell phones were unheard of and computers were bigger than my cabin at that time. 

Can you say “NO SKILLS” for country living? Add two tiny kids, several hutches of meat rabbits and, of course, a large dog 🙂 

Fortunately grandma was generous with her knowledge of the country life. She knew how to garden, preserve and can food. And she COOKED LIKE HEAVEN: All on a very short budget. Exactly the kind of practical help I needed.

I have made Hamburger Bean Casserole on my old wood cook stove, in an oven, and in my crock pot. I have an instant pot now so I have instructions for that below too. This great recipe is versatile.

Hamburger Bean Casserole
 Cut this recipe in half for a small crowd. Unless you love the leftovers. We can eat this bean dish happily for a week straight!

Grandma’s Hamburger Bean Casserole is a family treasure.

We remember her bringing this rich, thick, bean dish full of hamburgery-bacony, tangy-sweet flavor to our family events.

Hamburger Baked Bean Casserole was always present right next to her Pasta Salad at our summer family parties.

I served it with  glazed Ham and Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad at our Easter Celebration. It’s always a hit.

When I see this dish laid out on a potluck table I remember grandma. Now I’m the Grandma sharing this old classic with my grandchildren. The legacy continues. Hope you love it like we do!

Grandma Cash's Hamburger Bean Casserole
Hamburger Bean Casserole is a generational gift. I’m so blessed by my own granddaughter’s. Our Martin girls gave me these lovely flowers and container as a gift. Love it!
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This hearty baked bean casserole is packed with bacon and hamburger. It makes a terrific BBQ side dish, it’s easy to make and delicious to enjoy. #bakedbean #casserole #groundhamburger #bbq #easy

Baked Bean Casserole Recipe:

This easy recipe is pretty healthy for a potluck dish or grill side. I recommend organic hamburger and natural unprocessed bacon.

Ingredients for Baked Bean Casserole
Ingredients for Baked Bean Casserole.

The kidney beans, Pork and Beans and baked beans are all loaded with fiber. Add the protein and sweet smoky flavor. It’s a winner.

Hamburger Bean Casserole
Hamburger Bean Casserole

Grandma didn’t have these new fangled kitchen tools we do now. Here is the visual quick guide for her oven method.

Please also see our oven method in the video demonstration. We have included instructions for the crockpot and instant pot for you below.

In your slow cooker:

Browning the meat and bacon beforehand is preferred for best flavor and texture. Put it all into a crockpot and set to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

In an Instant pot:

  1. Saute’ the hamburger and bacon until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and give it a stir.
  3. Now set the instant pot on manual for 5 minutes. Natural release and serve!
  4. You can also use the slow cook function on your instant pot if you prefer. Saute’ as instructed and then set the instant pot for whatever number of hours you need and place an instant pot vented lid on top

This delicious Bean and hamburger Casserole is a rich, thick healthy bean dish your family will love.

This is an easy crowd pleaser no matter how you make it. Or where. Seriously, make it on your Coleman stove or campfire. Take this one anywhere!

Hamburger Bean Casserole is gluten free, dairy free, high fiber and delicious!
Hamburger Bean Casserole

Great with Barbecue! Get ready for requests for this recipe! 

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Hamburger Bean Casserole
Yield: 15 servings

Grandma Cashs' Hamburger Bean Casserole

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This delicious hamburger bean casserole is a favorite at potlucks and holidays. Full of wonderful smoky flavors. It vanishes FAST at a party. Main dish or side!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 lb. bacon cut into one inch slices
  • 1/2 C onion, to taste
  • 2 28 ounce cans baked beans
  • 1 28 ounce can pork and beans
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Instructions

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, if using.
  2. In a large skillet Brown and drain the hamburger, bacon and onion.
  3. Add the Baked beans, pork and beans and kidney beans
  4. In a small bowl, Mix together brown sugar, vinegar and dry mustard.
  5. Pour into a 3 quart baking dish and bake for 40 minutes

CROCK POT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Browning the meat and bacon beforehand is preferred for flavor. Put it all into a crockpot and set to high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. On saute' function-Brown the hamburger and bacon until thoroughly cooked.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and give it a stir.
  3. Set the instant pot on manual for 5 minutes. Natural release and serve. Use the keep warm function for a long event.
  4. You can also use the slow cook function on your instant pot if you prefer. Saute' as instructed and then set the instant pot on slow cook function for whatever number of hours you need and place an instant pot vented lid on top.

Notes

This is a gluten free recipe IF you use gluten free baked beans and pork and beans.

Nutrition Information

Yield

15

Serving Size

1 cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 292

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This recipe is a repost with all new pictures and updated instructions to include the Instant pot.

Recipe Source: Grandma Cash’s easy potluck recipe from way way back

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Gary

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

What can you use instead of apple cider vinegar

Diane

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

Hi Gary, Hmm...I found this article with some ideas for you. Honestly I have never tried to substitute apple cider vinegar in THIS recipe. Be careful. The blend of sweet and sour is where you are going with this. Maybe try lemon juice? Best of luck!

Marta

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Made for yrs. But put baking powder biscuits and grated cheese on top and bake til the biscuts are baked and cheese is melted and browned little bit. Can serve as a full meal. Use Pilsbury canned sour dough biscuts

Diane

Wednesday 15th of July 2020

Hi Marta, Thanks so much for the great ideas on this recipe. I will definitely try the biscuits and cheese topping. That sounds like just what my husband would love for dinner. Have a great day!

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I love this casserole! I have made it several times. I use Bush's bold & spicy beans for one of the cans of baked beans.yummy!!

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Thursday 5th of July 2018

Hi Janice, Thanks for the spicy beans Tip! And the great review. So glad you love this recipe and it worked well for you. It goes to all our family gatherings.

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