Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 17 mins

We like Hamburger Helper but we don't like the MSG or other icky ingredients! You can prepare "sauce packets" ahead of time to save time. Increase/alter seasonings and/or cheese to suit your tastes!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain.
  2. Add hot water, milk, pasta and "sauce packet" ingredients.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  4. In the last few minutes of cook time, add cheese, stir and re-cover.
  5. When pasta is tender and cheese is melted, remove heat and uncover.
  6. Let stand about 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands.
  7. Top with additional cheese if you like.
Most Helpful

This is delicious! It's also just the right consistency. My youngest son is a terribly picky eater, but he asks for this at least once a week. I have only tried it with cheddar, but I think swiss or an Italian blend would also be good :)

DungeonDeb August 11, 2010

Made this tonight and I thought it was pretty good. I used fresh onion instead of powder and left the salt out of the seasoning packet mixture since I used some Lawrys and salted to taste. Also added black pepper. I used whole wheat macaroni, skim milk, and reduced fat cheddar cheese so it wasn't as creamy as normal hamburger helper but it was still pretty good, especially for being really quick and easy and much healthier. I think next time I might add cayenne and some sour cream.

awestevez December 12, 2011

AMAZING!! This has a nice flavor and even my picky eaters LOVED this recipe.
I wanted to give it more of a hamburger essence, so I added these ingredients :
1tbsp. Chopped onion
1tbsp. Ketchup
1tsp. Mustard
substituted regular salt for lawry's seasoning
1tsp. Brewers yeast (optional) * just to add b-vitamins
it was PERFECT

emeryAnn November 05, 2011