Edith's Beefburger Pie is a dish that I grew up eating. It's one of my favorites. I chose it as my birthday dinner several times! This is a filling casserole made by mixing hamburger sauce and corn then topping with biscuit dough and baking. Delicious! It warms up nicely, if you have leftovers.
Edith was my maternal Grandmother. My mother altered the recipe. Grandma's recipe used green beans and carrots. Mom changed the recipe to use corn instead of green beans and carrots. Mom's siblings and their children make the dish with green beans and carrots. I guess Mom was a rebel! lol 😉 I have tried the dish with green beans and carrots, but I prefer corn. It could be that I grew up eating the dish with corn and changing a dish that is so yummy with corn just won't do! 🙂
Mom used Bisquick biscuit mix most of the time when making this dish. For most other recipes, Mom would make biscuits from scratch. Biscuits from scratch or from a mix makes a delicious casserole.
When Mom told me how to make this recipe, she told me to make a spaghetti meat sauce, add some corn then top with biscuits and bake. I never saw my Grandmother's recipe until after Mom passed away. We always called this dish the Hamburger and Corn Casserole. I didn't know it was called Beefburger Pie until after I saw the recipe in Mom's recipe file!
This recipe has been altered slightly so that it is dairy-free. I use soy milk instead of milk. If you are not concerned about making a dairy-free dish, you can use milk in the dish.
My Grandmother's recipe included grated cheese in the biscuits. Mom never put cheese in the biscuits, so I never did until after I found the recipe. Cheese makes just about anything better! So, I now use a shredded Mexican Cheese Blend. I have found that a Mexican Cheese Blend is ok for my husband. Mexican Cheese Blend is made from hard cheeses, which can be tolerated by some people with lactose intolerance. If you are making a dairy-free dish, leave out the cheese or use a dairy-free cheese.
My Aunt Jane's version of this recipe uses Parmesan cheese. Parmesan cheese is also a hard cheese, so it can be tolerated by some people with lactose intolerance. I tried this dish with Parmesan cheese but it seems a little sharp to me. You can use the cheese of your preference, or omit the cheese. The dish is good either way. Please do what is best for your dietary needs.
The original recipe called for using dry mustard in biscuits. I omit the dry mustard because it seems to make the biscuits a little sharp. I've included it in the recipe as an optional ingredient. I have tried the biscuits with Parmesan Cheese and dry mustard and the biscuits were very sharp. I've also tried the biscuits with Parmesan Cheese and no dry mustard as well as with dry mustard and no Parmesan cheese. Parmesan Cheese and dry mustard add a sharpness that is not to my liking. You might like a little sharpness, so I've included it in case it is appealing.
I hope you enjoy!
Edith's Beefburger Pie
- 3/4 pound ground beef
- 1 dash salt
- 1 dash pepper
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce optional, I omit
- 2 cups corn or 1 cup green beans and 1 cup cooked carrot slices
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard optional (Will add a sharp flavor to the biscuits), I omit
- 2 tablespoons shortening
- 1/4 cup Mexican Cheese Blend, shredded optional (Can be omitted or a different cheese can be used)
- 1/2 cup soy milk
Prepare Casserole Dish and Oven
- Spray a 9x9 casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
Prepare Hamburger Mixture
- Put ground beef in a skillet and cook until done. Break up the ground beef so that it is small pieces.
- Drain grease off of meat. I usually rinse the meat in a colander to remove the grease.
- Add salt, pepper and flour to the ground beef and mix well.
- Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and corn.
- Put ground beef mixture in a greased casserole dish.
- Mix the biscuit ingredients together.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons on top of the hot hamburger mixture.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool 5-10 minutes.
- Serve by scooping out a biscuit or two and the hamburger mixture that is underneath the biscuits,