Homemade Hamburger Helper

  • This Homemade Hamburger Helper is easy to make, requires no fancy ingredients, is ready in 30 minutes, and is a meal the whole family will love!

    This is probably one of my kid’s favorite meals. I mean they could eat this for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.

    Along with pancakes, pizza, and pb&j. My kids are normal right??

    This is also a reader favorite! It’s one of the top recipes on Countryside Cravings! Some other reader favorites are these Homemade Chewy Brownies, Crispy Oven Fried Chicken Thighs, and Irish Soda Bread.

    A plate piled high with hamburger helper and garnished with parlsey.

    *Originally published January 2016. Photos and text updated.*

    Quick and Easy Ground Beef Recipe

    I love that this meal is ready in 30 minutes and only requires a few pantry staples. A few other favorites of ours are this Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli, Creamy Sausage Tortellini Soup, and One Pot Pizza Pasta.

    I have never been a fan of the boxed stuff, it’s too salty and it’s full of ingredients I didn’t even know existed.

    I hate buying things that have an ingredient list full of unpronounceables.

    Honestly, this homemade version is just as easy and just as quick.  Sure you may have to open a few extra things or chop a few extra veggies.

    But I’m telling you it’s worth it!

    Ingredients

    Perfect for picky eaters!

    Have picky eaters that need to eat more vegetables?

    Chop some zucchini up really small and add to the hamburger helper.  Or add in some frozen peas, finely chopped carrot, whatever you have on hand that you need to disguise.

    I do this all the time with my kids and they hardly notice, especially if the veggies are the same color as the rest of the dish.

    Complete camouflage and I love it!!

    Pictures of browned ground beef and adding in the pasta.
    Adding shredded cheddar.

    Ingredients for Hamburger Helper:

    • Ground beef: can also substitute with ground turkey
    • Onion
    • Spices: paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne pepper
    • Milk: feel free to use broth if you don’t have milk on hand
    • Beef broth: can also use chicken broth if you prefer
    • Elbow macaroni: or substitute in a similar pasta
    • Tomato sauce
    • Cheddar cheese: it’s best to grate your own cheese. They pre-shredded is coated in anti-caking agents and doesn’t melt as well. I’m a Tillamook cheese fan and it’s perfect for this dish!
    Top down view of Homemade Hamburger Helper in a cast iron skillet.

    What to serve with Homemade Hamburger Helper

    Holding a plate with hamburger helper.

    My husband even loves this homemade hamburger helper!!  I love that I can sneak in some vegetables for him to eat as well.

    Shhhh, don’t tell him! ๐Ÿ˜‰  So, if you are in need of some dinner inspo…. you must give this recipe a try.  It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s a one-pot meal…..it doesn’t get much better than that!!

    Close up of pasta in skillet.

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    4.75 from 106 votes
    A plate piled high with hamburger helper and garnished with parlsey.
    Homemade Hamburger Helper
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins
     

    This Homemade Hamburger Helper is just as easy as the store bought stuff but a whole lot healthier! An easy ground beef recipe that both adults and kids love!

    Course: Main Dish, Pasta
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy hamburger helper, hamburger helper, healthier hamburger helper
    Servings: 6
    Calories: 479 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 pound (500g) lean ground beef
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • pinch to ยฝ teaspoon cayenne powder
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 1ยฝ cups (355ml) milk
    • 1ยฝ cups (355ml) beef broth
    • 2 cups (260g) elbow macaroni, uncooked
    • 1 (8oz) (227g) can tomato sauce
    • 2 cups (225g) shredded cheddar cheese
    Instructions
    1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Brown the ground beef, onion, paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper. If using a ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.
    2. Stir in the milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
    3. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

    Recipe Video

    Recipe Notes
    1. If using a whole wheat elbow pasta you may need to add in more liquid while cooking. ย 
    2. This recipe is for elbow pasta if using another type of pasta you may need to adjust liquids.
    3. Nutrition Facts:ย Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.

    What to serve with this Homemade Hamburger Helper:

    • Steamed vegetable of choice
    • Simple side salad
    • Fresh fruit of choice
    • Or buttered bread
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Hamburger Helper
    Amount Per Serving (1.25 cup (about))
    Calories 479 Calories from Fat 171
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 19g29%
    Saturated Fat 10g63%
    Cholesterol 92mg31%
    Sodium 538mg23%
    Potassium 555mg16%
    Carbohydrates 40g13%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 5g6%
    Protein 34g68%
    Vitamin A 640IU13%
    Vitamin C 1.3mg2%
    Calcium 365mg37%
    Iron 2.9mg16%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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