Cooking Hamburger Patties in the Slow Cooker – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I would never have thought to use hamburger patties in the slow cooker, but I really love this idea from Kim of Makin’ It Mo’ Betta.  She used pre-patted out hamburger patties to make a dish with gravy.  This method would be perfect for easy Swiss Steak or Poor Man’s Steak too.

hamburger patties in the slow cooker


In the photo, you can see she placed the patties on top of each other.  She also used a plastic liner for the crock, but that would be optional.  It’s so helpful though on really busy days or if you’re using your slow cooker on vacation and want to minimize clean up.

Kim even started with frozen patties.  Click over to see her recipe.  She used homemade cream of chicken soup to make her gravy.

I think this would work best with very lean patties.  And the recipe is so versatile.  The gravy and seasoning ideas are endless!

Click here to see the recipe for Hamburger Patties with Gravy in the Slow Cooker.

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This is day 48 in our 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.


10 Ways to Cook Ground Beef – No Recipe Required

It’s been a while since I’ve added a post to this series.  In the past, we’ve covered:

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like dragging out a cookbook or even looking something up on the computer.  For those days, try one of these easy ideas.

I love to have ground beef browned out and stored in the freezer.  It makes it really easy to pull together a meal.  If you’d like to cook it in bulk, try using your crockpot to cook ground beef.

1. Hamburgers

There are a million ways to top a burger.  And you can choose to cook them on the outdoor grill, a George Foreman type grill or in a skillet.  Easy and classic.

2.  Tacos

Season the cooked ground beef with your favorite homemade or store-bought seasoning.  Stuff in your favorite shells.  Top with your favorite toppings.  Chances are, this meal is a staple in your house.

3.  Add to Spaghetti Sauce

This is a quick way to beef up your favorite spaghetti sauce.

4.  Meatloaf

Another classic with a million ways to fix it.  Try this method:

  • 1 egg per pound of meat
  • 1/2 cup tomato product (ketchup, BBQ sauce, chili sauce etc) per pound
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs per pound
  • onions (and peppers and/or celery if you want), diced
  • salt and pepper

5.  BBQ Sandwiches

Stir your favorite barbecue sauce into a pound of cooked ground beef.  Serve it on buns.

6.  Quesadillas

Add cheese, tomatoes, salsa etc.  Fill soft tortillas and toast in a skillet.

7.  Gravy Topped Potatoes

Add a jar of beef gravy to one pound of browned hamburger.  Top baked potatoes for a hearty meal.

8.  Cheeseburger Baked Potatoes

Add your favorite grated cheese or Velveeta to a pound of cooked hamburger.  Top baked potatoes.  Add diced tomatoes and bacon bits too.

9.  Top a Pizza

I usually think of pepperoni or sausage for topping pizza, but ground beef is tasty too.

10.  Poor Man’s Steak

Add 1/2 cup bread or cracker crumbs, salt and pepper to a pound of raw hamburger.  Pat into patties and fry in skillet.  Pour 1 can cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1/3 can of water over the patties.  Heat and serve.

What’s your favorite way to use ground beef?

Tex Mex Shepherd’s Pie – Quick Weeknight Dinner

If you’ve got ground beef already cooked and frozen (one of my favorite quick-cooking tricks), this meal is a cinch to put together.

Hamburger, black beans and chili-ready diced tomatoes form the base layer.  All of that gets topped with Monterey Jack Cheese.  And covering it all is a generous helping of mashed potatoes.

I used plain instant potatoes, but one of the cheesy or garlic varieties would be tasty too.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Cheesy Hamburger Soup

We love soup in our house.  This is a hearty soup, perfect for winter.

The recipe comes from an Amish Cookbook I have called Amish Friends Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter.  The original name for the soup was Cheeseburger Soup, but there’s something a little unappealing about that to me.  So, I changed the name.

If you’ve got someone in your family who likes meat with a meal, this is a good soup to make for them.  It’s full of ground beef and potatoes.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Hamburger Pasta Soup

I created this soup the other day when I needed something fast for dinner.  If you’ve got cooked hamburger in the freezer, this meal really comes together quick.  It’s a combination of Hamburger Vegetable Soup and Pasta Soup.

Feel free to vary the recipe according to what you like and what you have available in your pantry.  It’s a good one for using up small amounts of pasta.  You could also use rice or barley instead of the pasta.  And you might want to add more veggies.

Here’s what I used:  [Read more…]

Hamburger Stroganoff

This is a guest post from Ashley at AP Freewriting 101. If you are interested in guest posting on Eat at Home, contact me with your ideas.

I have a LOT on my plate during any given day:

  • Taking care of my kids: 23mo boy and 3.5yo girl
  • Working on my school work as I attempt to complete a two-year Masters degree program in one-year
  • Homeschooling my advanced preschooler
  • Blogging encouragement to women
  • Attempting to keep my house clean and my husband fed

By the time dinner rolls around, I’m pretty beat. I don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen at the end of a tiring day, and yet I don’t want to pay a hefty price for carry-out food. My solution? Quick, easy, and inexpensive pantry meals. [Read more…]

Cooking Meat to Freeze for Later

I know that picture has nothing to do with meat or cooking, but it does show what freezing looks like 🙂  That was our Mickey head antenna topper last year during the ice storm.

The forecast is for snow here.  I’m writing this post a few days early, so by the time you read this we could have several inches of snow.  My kids have their fingers crossed!

Now, onto cooking.  One of the questions I get asked often is how I cook meat for freezing.  I use a lot of chicken and I like to cook it up and keep it in the freezer for casseroles and soups.  It really speeds things up when I pull fully cooked chicken from the freezer. [Read more…]

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

We had friends over a few weeks ago.  It was very spontaneous and we went back and forth trying to decide whose house we would get together at.  Turns out both my friend and I were thinking of making a spaghetti dish, because that’s what we had ingredients for.  I’ll have to eat her version sometime.  Here’s my Baked Spaghetti recipe (actually a recipe my mom has made for years).

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50s Prime Time Meatloaf


The other day while I was thinking about Disney World, I started looking through recipes on AllEars.Net.  Deb has an excellent collection of recipes for foods that are served in various WDW restaurants.  I made note of several that I want to try, including this meatloaf which is served at the 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The meatloaf was easy to make, flavorful and moist.  As a bonus, it made so much I turned it into two loaves and froze one for another time.

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