Homemade Hamburger Helper

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This is the best homemade Hamburger Helper recipe there is! You will never buy it from the store again once you try this family favorite made from scratch at home.

Why not learn what Worcestershire Sauce is? Or try making a Campfire Cheater Chili Mac Skillet instead?

Table of Contents
  1. Homemade Hamburger Helper
  2. Homemade Hamburger Helper Ingredients
  3. How To Make Homemade Hamburger Helper
  4. How To Make Homemade Hamburger Helper Your Own
  5. How To Make A Vegan Homemade Hamburger Helper
  6. Pin this recipe to your DINNER RECIPES Board and Remember to FOLLOW ME ON PINTEREST!
  7. Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe
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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Everyone has that one box meal that, despite being an adult, will always hold a special place in their heart, bringing back childhood memories.

Hamburger Helper is one of those meals, and if you are someone who ate it frequently as a child, it is probably one of your main comfort foods even to this day.

There will always be something special about sitting down to an authentic plate of Hamburger Helper straight out of the box. However, why not learn how to make your own Hamburger Helper from scratch.

Try adding your own twists to the popular dish and creating a whole new special meal that you can enjoy with just a few ingredients that can be found in almost any grocery store.

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Homemade Hamburger Helper Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

• Lean ground beef

• Onion

• Minced garlic

Sauce

• Ketchup

• Worcestershire sauce

• Mustard

• Dried oregano

• Ground cumin

• Paprika

• Beef broth

Pasta

• Uncooked macaroni

Toppings

• Sour cream or Greek yogurt

• Cheddar cheese

• Salt & pepper

• Fresh parsley

hamburger helper with cheese on top

How To Make Homemade Hamburger Helper

• Cook the ground beef and onion in a large lidded skillet over medium-high heat, or until no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent

• Drain the grease, and then fry the garlic until browned and fragrant

• Reduce the heat to medium and add in the sauce ingredients, stirring well to combine

• Bring to a low simmer, and then add the macaroni or whatever pasta you want

• Cover the skillet and turn the heat to low

• Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through to your desired tenderness

• If needed, add more broth to the sauce when cooking the pasta, until it reaches your desired thickness

• Stir in the sour cream until well combined, and then add in the cheese

• Season to your liking, and then serve garnished with the parsley

hamburger helper on white plate

How To Make Homemade Hamburger Helper Your Own

One of the best things about learning how to make your favorite box meals from scratch is that you can swap out ingredients and really get creative.

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to alter your Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe is by trying out different types of cheeses. Why not try a combination of cheeses such as gruyere, cheddar, and parmesan. Or Swap half of your cheddar for Monterey Jack cheese. The great thing about this recipe is that the cheese combinations are endless, so why not have some fun with it.

When using different cheeses, just remember to keep the total amount of cheese going into the dish the same as the recipe in order to keep the consistency of the sauce the same.

You can also try using other types of ground meat in place of the beef. Ground chicken or turkey mince works great for anyone looking to maximize protein while minimizing calories. This recipe is also the perfect way to use up any leftover meats that you have in the fridge from previous meals.

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How To Make A Vegan Homemade Hamburger Helper

If you loved Hamburger Helper as a child but have since decided to switch to a vegan diet, childhood favorites are probably some of the foods that you miss the most. The good news is that with a few very simple adaptations, you can make a vegan Homemade Hamburger Helper that will be sure to bring back all of those memories.

The most obvious ingredient in Hamburger Helper that will need swapping out is the ground beef mince. There are tons of vegan alternatives to ground mince, so why not pick up a few different options and try them out in this dish. Soya and pea protein are two of the most common vegan ground meats.

The next things to consider are the cheddar cheese and the sour cream or yogurt. Finding vegan alternatives for both of these items should be easy, and you might even find that you already have them in your fridge. Almost every grocery store sells vegan cheese, and a lot of them taste just like real cheese.

Vegan sour cream is not something that is as widely available, but if you have a vegan superstore in your area, you might find a few good options. Alternatively, try using vegan yogurt, which is now almost as common as dairy yogurt and is typically sold side by side in stores.

Once you have all of your vegan alternative ingredients, simply follow the recipe steps just as you would with the meat version of this dish. You now have a delicious, vegan version of one of your favorite childhood meals!

Looking for more homemade Pasta recipes? Try these out:

Homemade Cheesy Chili Mac Skillet

Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese Skillet

Homemade Mac and Cheese with Tomatoes

Happy Cooking

Love,

Karlynn

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Homemade Hamburger Helper

The best homemade Hamburger Helper recipe! You will never buy it from the store again once you try this family favorite made from scratch at home!
5 from 7 votes
hamburger helper on white plate
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Course
Main Course
Cuisine
American
Servings
4
Calories
673
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic

Sauce

  • 2 Tablespoons Ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth 4 cups if necessary

Pasta

  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni

Toppings

  • ½ cup Sour Cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Cook the ground beef and onion in a large lidded skillet over medium high heat until no longer pink and the onions are soft and translucent. Drain the grease. Fry the garlic until browned and fragrant, around 2 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add the sauce ingredients, stirring well to combine.
  • Bring to a low simmer, then add the macaroni or pasta of choice.
  • Cover the skillet and turn the heat to low. Simmer on low heat heat for 10-15 minutes until the pasta macaroni is cooked to your desired tenderness. If needed, add more broth to the sauce when cooking the pasta until the sauce is your desired thickness.
  • Stir in the sour cream until well combined, then add in the cheese, a handful at a time until melted throughout.
  • Season to your liking with the salt and pepper, then serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Recipe Notes

You can use rotini pasta if desired.
Do not salt until the end, and taste test since you are using salty beef broth.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 673kcal, Carbohydrates: 46g, Protein: 49g, Fat: 32g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 1346mg, Potassium: 819mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 918IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 493mg, Iron: 5mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Nicole says

    yummy, easy to make. I used cream cheese instead of sour cream and added a tablespoon of butter. I would add some spice ( chili flakes) next time but it was still good5 stars

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