Thursday 22 February 2024

In the Kitchen ~ 1940s Hamburger Pie

A very Happy 91st Birthday to this lovely lady... my dear Mother in Law. Although she decided not to come live with us and stayed up in Washington.. we talk often.  
Shes more tired than she used to be... but shes still as smart as a tack. 
Someone sent us an up to date photo of her taken this morning but she dosnt like it because
"it makes her look old!!"
So these from a couple of years ago will have to do
And Im so very grateful to her for giving me my amazing hubby.
Hopefully we will get to see her again this summer.

Im also grateful that she has gifted me her recipe box. Its full  of recipe clippings stretching back  to the 1930s..A lovely addition to my 1940s collection which includes this one

Hamburger Pie

A very simple dish from Better Homes and Gardens, August 1946. It makes and tastes amost like a Cottage Pie.. but Im not sure why we leave the middle of the mashed potato topping open!

The only changes I made to the original recipe..was to add some chopped carrots that were leftover from another meal... and a few splashes of Worcestshire sauce. 

Not too bad at all!

4 potatoes
1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 (15 ounce) can green beans, drained
Salt and pepper to taste

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
  • Peel and quarter potatoes, and introduce into boiling water; 
  • Cook until tender, about 15 minutes. 
  • Drain and mash. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion until beef is brown. Drain. 
  • Stir in tomato soup and green beans. 
  • Pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. 
  • Top with well seasoned mashed potatoes in a ring around the meat mixture (do not cover meat).
  • Bake in preheated oven 30 minutes, until potatoes are golden
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine
August 1946

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


  1. Congratulations to her! She looks so lovely in the photos. And a huge thank you for that recipe. I'm excited to see if they'll enjoy it here.

  2. Your MIL is a beautiful lady! How special to have her recipes. Those old recipes are often very good.
    I make hamburger pie too, but we cover the whole top with mashed potatoes.

  3. Belated birthday wishes to your Mother-in-law. She looks so good for her age...I wish her many more years 💗
    (Wonderful picture of Mother and Son)

  4. What a lovely mother in law you have! And what a precious gift she gave you! I like using vintage recipes, too, and have quite a collection!