Homemade Hamburger Helper: A Flavor-Packed, Kid-Friendly Delight

Are you tired of the same old dinner routine? Look no further than my homemade Hamburger Helper recipe! In just 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious, homemade meal that will satisfy the whole family. Say goodbye to boxed versions filled with mysterious ingredients and hello to a fresh, flavorful dish made with love.

Why This Recipe Works

Let me tell you why this recreated one-pot Hamburger Helper recipe is everything the store-bought version isn’t. It’s creamy, bursting with flavor, and made using fresh ingredients. No more settling for flat and bland meals. With this recipe, you know exactly what you’re putting into the dish, giving you peace of mind.

Not only is this recipe a winner in terms of taste, but it’s also a winner for busy parents. When you have little ones running around, dinner needs to be quick, easy, and enjoyable for the kids. This homemade Hamburger Helper ticks all those boxes. Plus, it’s all prepared in just one pot, minimizing the number of dirty dishes — a big win for any parent!


To make this homemade Hamburger Helper, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Ingredients used to make homemade hamburger helper.

  • Ground Beef: Opt for lean ground beef, or you can use ground turkey or chicken as a healthier alternative.
  • Tomato Paste: This adds depth and richness to the recipe.
  • Beef Broth: It is best to use low-sodium beef broth for optimal flavor. If you don’t have beef broth, water can be substituted, though the dish may lack some taste.
  • Elbow Macaroni Pasta: Feel free to use any pasta you have on hand, but regular macaroni or large macaroni noodles work best.
  • Cheese: Choose from sharp cheddar, mild cheddar, Colby Jack, or Monterey Jack cheese to add that irresistible cheesy goodness.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow these simple steps to create your homemade Hamburger Helper:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dry seasonings.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink. Break up the meat into small pieces using a wooden spoon. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over the meat and add the tomato paste. Stir everything together.
  4. Stir in the beef broth, milk, and pasta. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pan with a lid, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
  5. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the pasta and stir until it becomes melty. Remove from heat.
  6. Let the pasta stand for a minute or two to thicken slightly. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve warm.

Recipe Tips

Here are some tips to enhance your homemade Hamburger Helper experience:

  • For a healthier option, substitute ground turkey or chicken for the ground beef.
  • If you prefer a lower-calorie meal, reduce the amount of cheese to 1 cup. However, keep in mind that the pasta won’t be as cheesy. If you want to up the cheese game, add more cheese on top and broil the pan for a minute.
  • Use low-sodium beef broth. If you only have regular beef broth, eliminate the salt in the recipe.
  • Regular or whole grain pasta can be used. Elbow macaroni or shell pasta are recommended for this recipe.
  • Sneak in some extra vegetables for your kids by adding chopped zucchini, carrots, or peas to the dish.
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What to Serve with Homemade Hamburger Helper

Complete your homemade Hamburger Helper meal with these delightful side dishes:

  • Roasted Frozen Cauliflower
  • Mexican Street Corn
  • Grape Salad
  • Homemade Rolls
  • Cabbage Salad


If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. When reheating, add a splash of broth or milk to maintain the creamy texture.


Q: What are some other easy dinner recipes?

A: Expand your repertoire with these tasty options:

  • Easy Baked Ziti
  • Mexican Lasagna
  • Italian Grilled Chicken
  • Slow Cooker Lasagna

Final Thoughts

Now that you have the recipe for homemade Hamburger Helper, it’s time to gather the ingredients and get cooking! Treat your family to a mouthwatering meal that they won’t get enough of. Remember, easy, flavorful dinners are just a few steps away. Enjoy!

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This recipe was originally published on Aug. 20, 2020. It was republished on Aug. 19, 2021, to include additional information and photos.