Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

This Hungry Jack Beef Casserole is the perfect comfort food. Easy to make with common ingredients. You will have to make this over and over.

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

Here’s an old school casserole recipe when you simply don’t know what to make for dinner. No fancy ingredients in this one. I will admit I have absolutely no idea why it’s called Hungry Jack but I will roll with it.

ground beef and onions in skillet

I mean it’s basically a Beef Casserole that mothers across the nation have been making for decades. The only reference I see out there to Hungry Jack is a restaurant chain in Australia. Very similar to our Burger King chain of restaurants.

beef mixture simmering in skillet

The meat mixture actually reminds me of a Sloppy Joe’s meat mixture. Like in my Sloppy Joe Casserole or my Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipes.

casserole ready for the oven

I really wasn’t sure how this recipe would turn out. I’ve experimented with many “old recipes” over the years and most of them are just not up to today’s standards. Well if you are reading this post, it turned out pretty dang good.

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

As you can see in the pictures, this recipe is similar to chili with a crusty top thanks to the biscuits.

What I love about a simple recipe like this is that it provides a foundation to build upon. This is one of those recipes that you can easily modify to your liking. Like maybe adding green chilies. Yum!

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

Think about it. Instead of beef you can use ground turkey or even ground chicken. Substitute the onion for peppers or maybe use a different kind of bean. Change the flavor up with a different type of BBQ sauce. Whatever your heart desires.

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole
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How to Handle Raw Beef

  • Thaw raw ground beef on a plate on the lowest shelf of the refrigerator, to avoid dripping onto other foods.
  • Keep raw and ready-to-eat meats separate.
  • Wash hands thoroughly before and after handling raw ground beef. Wash cutting boards, bowls, and utensils used to prepare raw ground beef with hot soapy water and rinse well.
  • Use separate plates to carry raw ground beef patties to the cooking area and cooked patties to the serving area.
  • Use a Thermometer to ensure Ground Beef Reaches the Safely Cooked Internal Temperature of 160°F.
Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

You will need the following ingredients to make this Hungry Jack Beef Casserole recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Yellow Onion, Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Garlic Cloves, Baked Beans, Diced Tomatoes, BBQ Sauce, Brown Sugar, Buttermilk Biscuits and Cheddar Cheese.

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a skillet, combine ground beef, diced onion, salt & pepper, and cook until onions are soft. Add minced garlic. Mix well.
  3. Add beans, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and heat until bubbly.
  4. Put the mixture into a shallow casserole. Separate biscuits and cut into halves. Put biscuits on top of the beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

Printable Recipe Card

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

Hungry Jack Beef Casserole

This Hungry Jack Beef Casserole is the perfect comfort food. Easy to make with common ingredients. You will have to make this over and over.
4.75 from 12 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 742 kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Baking Dish

Ingredients
 

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 15 oz Baked Beans
  • 15 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • ¾ Cup BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 6 oz Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, Shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a skillet, combine ground beef, diced onion, salt & pepper, and cook until onions are soft. Add minced garlic. Mix well.  
  • Add beans, diced tomatoes, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, and heat until bubbly.
  • Put mixture into a shallow casserole dish. Separate biscuits and cut into halves. Put biscuits on top of the beef mixture and sprinkle with cheese. 
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 742kcalCarbohydrates: 80gProtein: 27gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 2046mgPotassium: 875mgFiber: 6gSugar: 26gVitamin A: 350IUVitamin C: 10.1mgCalcium: 273mgIron: 6.4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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7 Comments

  1. Becky says:

    # 3 is pretty plain to see. Making this as I type!!

  2. Pam Steele says:

    It would have been nice if you told me when to add the diced tomatoes in recipe! So they got left out when I put it all together to bake. 🙁

    1. Thanks for the feedback. The recipe card tells you to add them in step 3. I will however modify the text in the post for clarity.

  3. Kathy says:

    Hungry Jack made a flaky, layered biscuit that was smaller around than the Grands biscuits, which were perfect for this recipe because you just separated the layers instead of having to try to cut the biscuit dough in half. I think they rolled up the Hungry Jack brand into the Grands brand several years ago. I seem to remember seeing some dual-branded cans a good while back when Grands started making a flaky version.

  4. Becky says:

    Hungry Jack was a brand of canned biscuits back in the day. 😊

  5. Brandi says:

    Reminds me of the comfort food I ate growing up. It’s really good.

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