skillet of hamburger and cabbage

Hamburger & Cabbage Skillet Recipe

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Hamburger & Cabbage Skillet Recipe

I never liked cooked cabbage until my friend made me this stick-to-your-ribs hamburger & cabbage skillet recipe.

I used to come home from school when I was a young girl and smell cabbage boiling from the kitchen. My mother really likes boiled cabbage. I just don’t like the smell of it. However, this hamburger and cabbage recipe has changed the way I look at cabbage.

Oh, I still don’t like it boiled. I’m not even going there, but this dish has encouraged me to try another cabbage recipe — bacon and cabbage. My mouth is watering as I’m typing this. I could eat an entire skillet by myself, and have come close. That recipe hasn’t made it here yet, but you can try this one out, Southern Fried Cabbage Recipe,

It’s fairly close to the one I make with one exception, I use bacon grease in place of the vegetable oil. Can’t you just hear my arteries clogging? The deliciousness makes worth it, for now.


skillet of hamburger and cabbage

Hamburger & Cabbage Skillet Recipe



  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 chopped onion or 2 Tbsp. minced
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/4 - 1/2 medium head of cabbage depending on your taste
  • 1/4 tsp. oregano
  • 2 - 3 tsp. celery salt
  • 2 - 3 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. salt
  • generous grinding of pepper or 1/2 tsp.
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 2 c. instant rice
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c. shredded cheese mozzarella or cheddar



  • Brown ground beef with onion and minced garlic, drain off the fat when completely cooked, and add it back to the skillet.
  • Add cabbage, seasonings, broth, and rice.
  • Cover, cook on medium for 10 - 15 minutes or until the rice is done.
  • Remove from heat. Add shredded cheese and replace the lid until the cheese is melty.


You can easily serve this as a one-pot meal or add green beans as a side. My husband likes to eat his with saltine crackers, I prefer cornbread, but crusty French bread would taste wonderful with this dish as well.

Want something sweet to go with this savory dish? This Simple Homemade Cobbler is very versatile and is great any time of year.

Hope you enjoy!

2 thoughts on “Hamburger & Cabbage Skillet Recipe”

  1. Jessie Sparks

    I made this recipe and it was great except way salty. Is the recipe right in calling for 2-3 Tbsp of salt? I only made half of the recipe and less of the salt, but wondered cuz it seems like a lot of salt. Didn’t know if it was a typo. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will make again, but will do maybe tsp.

    1. Melanie

      Hi, Jessie! I’m so glad you liked the recipe. We like it on the salty side. I probably stay more towards 2 Tbsp most of the time for the whole recipe.

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