Instant Pot Beefy Potato Au Gratin

I love this easy, simple dish that goes from start to fork in only 35 minutes. Flavorful ground beef, tender potatoes and just the right touch of savory cheddar combine for a weeknight dinner that will have everyone asking for seconds. The Instant Pot (get yours here: makes it all possible.

And did we mention this is a one-pot meal? Having a dinner that comes together fast is only half the battle if it dirties every dish in the kitchen. This one-pot wonder is not only fast to prepare, it’s a snap to clean up.

To peel or not to peel? In this recipe, the choice is yours. Although many people choose to peel their potatoes before cooking, leaving the skin on could be a healthier choice. The potato skin not only adds fiber and nutrients, but it also helps the flesh of the potato retain its nutrients.

Pro Tip: For most types of cooking, but especially in the Instant Pot, ingredient thickness is the key to consistent results. To get perfectly sliced potatoes, the tool of choice is a mandolin, and we really like this one: To reduce the chance of a burn notice, allow the pot to cool off before layering the ingredients in step 5.

Flavorful ground beef, tender potatoes and just the right touch of savory cheddar.


Spice Mixture:

  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp rosemary, crushed


  • 1 lb ground beef (preferably 93% lean)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 + 3/4 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 lbs russet potatoes, cut into 1/4” slices
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)


  1. In a small bowl, combine Spice Mixture ingredients.
  2. Add ground beef to the Instant Pot. Using the display panel select the SAUTE function.
  3. Cook and stir until no pink remains, Transfer browned meat to a shallow dish and cover loosely with foil.
  4. Rinse the pot with cold water and coat the inside with nonstick spray.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup broth in the pot, followed by 1/3 of the sliced potatoes, 1/3 of the ground beef, 1/3 of the cheese and 1/3 of the spice mixture.
  6. Repeat layers of potatoes, beef, cheese and spice mixture two additional times.
  7. Pour 3/4 cup broth over the top, then secure the lid, making sure the vent is closed.
  8. Using the display panel select the MANUAL function*. Use the +/- keys and program the Instant Pot for 15 minutes.
  9. When the time is up, quick-release the pressure. Serve hot.

*The MANUAL and PRESSURE COOK buttons are interchangeable.