Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe – Mom On Timeout

This hearty Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe is so delicious and comes together in under 30 minutes! Exploding with amazing flavor, this easy dinner is perfect for kids and adults alike! So much better than a box mix!

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With two hungry teen and tween boys at home, I honestly feel like I am sometimes running a 24 hour diner. I kid you not, I can spend an hour in the kitchen, make an awesome dinner, and maybe 45 minutes later, Reece will ask me what we’re having for dinner because, ya know, he’s starving and clearly has forgotten that he.just.ate.

There are many dinner recipes that we make on repeat because they are quick, delicious and filling. This Hamburger Helper recipe is one such recipe.

You are going to love the explosion of flavors just as much, if not more, than the easy list of ingredients that you likely have on hand.

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There are a few main ingredients in this recipe and then lots of seasoning. Let’s take a look at what you’ll need. As always, you can find the full printable recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How To Make Homemade Hamburger Helper

Check out these easy steps that will have you enjoying this hamburger helper recipe in no time! As always, you can find the full printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Storage Instructions

Storing leftovers. If you have leftovers, allow them to cool to room temperature before storing in an airtight container. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.  

To reheat. Leftovers may be reheated in the microwave or on the stove top until heated through. If it is not saucy enough, you may add more broth, cream, or milk.

To freeze. If you want to store leftovers longer they should be frozen in an airtight, freezer safe container and will last for up to 3 months.

Homemade Hamburger Helper FAQs

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef?

Yes! Ground turkey works well in this recipe.  Another option would be ground sausage.

Yes! Ground turkey works well in this recipe.  Another option would be ground sausage.

Would other types of pasta work?

Absolutely! Feel free to try rotini, shells, penne, or fusilli, or whole wheat pastas. Just keep in mind that you may need to adjust the amount of liquid and the cook time. Just make sure that the pasta is al dente, and add enough liquid so that it is saucy enough for you.

Absolutely! Feel free to try rotini, shells, penne, or fusilli, or whole wheat pastas. Just keep in mind that you may need to adjust the amount of liquid and the cook time. Just make sure that the pasta is al dente, and add enough liquid so that it is saucy enough for you.

I prefer to use fresh onions and garlic – how much and when would I add these?

That is a great idea. I was trying to keep this recipe simple so that is why I used onion powder and garlic powder. But of course, the real thing will work well. Dice up one onion and add it to the Dutch oven at the same time as you add the ground beef. Once the meat is cooked, add 2 to 3 cloves of minced garlic and cook for one minute before adding the sauce ingredients.

That is a great idea. I was trying to keep this recipe simple so that is why I used onion powder and garlic powder. But of course, the real thing will work well. Dice up one onion and add it to the Dutch oven at the same time as you add the ground beef. Once the meat is cooked, add 2 to 3 cloves of minced garlic and cook for one minute before adding the sauce ingredients.

I would like to add vegetables to this dish – what do you recommend?

Some to try would be: carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms.  Just make sure to dice these up and add them with the beef at the beginning so they can fully cook. Or feel free to stir in roasted vegetables like broccoli, or cauliflower at the end of cooking.

Some to try would be: carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, or mushrooms.  Just make sure to dice these up and add them with the beef at the beginning so they can fully cook. Or feel free to stir in roasted vegetables like broccoli, or cauliflower at the end of cooking.

Can this be made into a vegetarian dish?

Yes! Just use vegetable broth instead of beef broth, leave out the beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, and ground beef. And load it up with vegetables. See above for some ideas.

Yes! Just use vegetable broth instead of beef broth, leave out the beef bouillon, Worcestershire sauce, and ground beef. And load it up with vegetables. See above for some ideas.

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This hearty Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe is so delicious and comes together in under 30 minutes! Exploding with amazing flavor, this easy dinner is perfect for kids and adults alike! So much better than a box mix!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Main Dish
Keyword hamburger helper recipe, homemade hamburger helper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt use your favorite brand
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 5 cups beef broth use low sodium
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder or 1 beef bouillon cube or 1 tablespoon Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon paprika or smoked paprika
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated, divided

Garnish

Place the ground beef, seasoning salt, and black pepper in a large dutch oven or deep skillet over medium high heat. Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until no pink remains. Drain excess fat.
1 pound lean ground beef, ½ teaspoon seasoning salt, ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
Stir in beef broth, cream, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, beef bouillon powder (cube or beef base), dijon mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, and paprika. Bring to a boil.
5 cups beef broth, ½ cup heavy cream, 8 ounces tomato sauce, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 teaspoons beef bouillon powder, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, ½ teaspoon paprika
Add the macaroni, stir to combine, and simmer, uncovered until al dente (about 10 minutes). Do not overcook the pasta.
1 pound elbow macaroni
Stir in 2 cups of cheese and allow this to melt.
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese
Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top for serving. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.
Calories: 711kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1752mg | Potassium: 773mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1112IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 471mg | Iron: 4mg