Liana’s Bacon Mash, Recipe Even Kids Will Love

Liana's Bacon Mash, Recipe Even Kids Will Love

Since readers have asked for it, here is a bacon mash recipe even kids will love. In fact, it’s one of my kids favorite meals. All seven of them will eat it and most really love it. Score for me!


This bacon mash recipe came about when I was trying to throw together something reasonable healthy and filling—and that my picky kids wouldn’t turn their noses up at. That happened too much at my house in the old days (and did until I decided if they didn’t eat what I made, they could make sandwich or whatever themselves).

So one night for dinner, I threw things I had in my freezer together, added a little bacon (because who doesn’t like bacon?), and voilá, they ate it all. I was amazed, and a little bit proud.

No relation to similar name recipes

Even if the name “bacon mash” resembles the name of another recipe, or the ingredients, that is completely accidental. I simply made it up!

Eating bacon mash at camp

Last week I went camping with my fourteen-year-old daughter, Liana, and a bunch of other teen girls. It was fun, except for the fact that I was responsible for the food. I’m a great writer but not much of a cook. Fortunately, they wanted simple things like breakfast burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, spaghetti, and pork salad (the pork we bought from a restaurant). So no one went hungry or was poisoned.

My daughter, of course, wanted bacon mash, so we had if for breakfast one morning after a hike. We usually eat it for dinner, but it’s really good for any meal. All but two of the eight leaders and fourteen girls ate it, and that’s because they’re vegetarians. Some came back for seconds. Score! I was seriously worried because my daughter loves it so much and it means a lot to her that her peers enjoyed it.

Since I took pictures of the bacon mash we made at camp, that’s what I’m including here, but we normally just make it in our kitchen at home on the stove.

Teyla with Liana and friend

Teyla Rachel Branton in the back with daughter Liana on left and friend on the right.

Why the name Bacon Mash?

I called my creation bacon mash because calling it “bacon” makes it more attractive. And because it sounds cooler than “hamburger mixture,” which is what I first called it. Also, the mixture sort of mashes together, especially until my husband stepped in and perfected browning the hash browns in the oven a bit first. But Liana loves it so much, we are now calling it Liana’s Bacon Mash.

Bacon mash recipe even kids will love

1 Pound of hamburger

2 bags of frozen southern style hash browns (24 ounce bags of large diced, see picture)

12 pieces of cooked bacon (I use the pre-cooked from Costco for less mess), chopped to 1/4 – 1/2-inch pieces

1 half onion, diced small

2-3 eggs (I use 3 small or 2 large eggs)

Olive oil

Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

southern style hash browns

Hash browns cooking on the grill at camp. Normally we brown them in the oven.


Spread the hash browns out on two cookie sheets greased with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and put in the oven. You want to brown them slightly but don’t make them too hard.

While those are cooking, place the hamburger in skillet with the diced onion, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. If your meat is very lean like the kind I buy, you’ll need to first put a little olive oil in the skillet. Stir meat as it cooks with a wood spoon, dividing to very small pieces. Don’t let them burn! (Haha, this is reminder for myself, not you!)

When the hamburger is almost finished, add in the pieces of pre-cooked bacon. Cook until the hamburger is done. Then added in the lightly browned hash browns. Mix. Crack eggs into the pot and stir them into the mixture over a low heat until the eggs are cooked. This adds moisture and sort of binds it all together.

Serve immediately. Some people like it plain (like Liana), some people like it with ketchup (my other kids), and I love it with a bit of mustard.


You can easily adjust the amount of any ingredient if you feel there is too much of one thing or the other for you. Fewer potatoes, more eggs, less hamburger, more bacon. You get the idea!

Please comment below to let us know if you plan to give this a try, or if you know of a similar recipe. Thanks!

Teyla Rachel Branton



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11 Responses to “Liana’s Bacon Mash, Recipe Even Kids Will Love”

  1. Bonnie Bloomfield

    When I buy hamburger, I cook it immediately. I’ve been doing this over 25 years. (If I plan to make meatloaf or have hamburgers, which isn’t often, I will remove enough meat before cooking for that purpose and freeze it raw.). As the hamburger cooks, I break it up into small pieces – there is a gizmo I got from Amazon for that purpose that makes it easy. After cooling the cooked meat, I measure it into freezer bags (2 cups cooked is about a pound of hamburger) and freeze. THEN – when I have a recipe calling for hamburger, it’s pre-cooked and ready. I don’t need to clean up the mess every time and it’s a wonderful time-saver for quick meals! In Bacon Mash, you’d simply cook the onion while the potatoes were browning, then add the cooked hamburger (thawed ahead of time or tossed into the microwave to thaw quickly), add the bacon, etc. QUICK AND EASY! Try it…. you’d be amazed how much time you’ll save making dinner with your hamburger pre-cooked and waiting in your freezer!

  2. Charlotte

    Yes, I will definitely be trying it. I also thought that you could substitute sausage add some green, red, yellow or orange peppers and have a great breakfast meal.

  3. Cathy

    Thank you for sharing, this sounds great and so many ways to tweak it too! Peppers, tomatoes, green chilies for a little heat, endless possibilities!

  4. Donamarie Goldsmith

    I eat a very low carb and cannot have potatoes. I am thinking of subbing par-boiled, diced turnips for the potatoes. Other than that change they should work for my Low Carb High-Fat way of eating. Looking forward to trying this.

  5. Maxilyn

    I definitely will be trying this. It seems very adaptable; I may try adding diced tomato and/or topping it with cheese. Thank you for not automatically using bell peppers. Others may add them; I omit them.

    • Teyla Rachel Branton

      The cheese topping sounds lovely! I may try that too, and tomatoes, but only for myself, lol. My husband and a few of the kids aren’t that hip on tomatoes.


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