Hamburger Helper Dinner

You don’t need to open a box of Hamburger Helper ever again after you’ve tried this recipe! This quick dinner is ready in twenty minutes and tastes just like it’s packaged cousin.

hamburger helper

When I got married, my husband stock piled a cupboard full of Hamburger Helper. He didn’t want to starve and so he would make it up on the nights that I attempted a dinner that turned out less than wonderful. In fact, most nights dinner turned out less than wonderful. While he could down a boxed easy quick dinner, I couldn’t. I ate it so I wouldn’t starve, but there was always something a little….off about the way that it tasted.

When I learned to finally cook, I made sure that the boxed meals didn’t stay in the house. It costs a lot less to cook from scratch, and boxed is never better than fresh.

This Hamburger Helper beef dinner recipe is sure to be a winner in your house!

Hamburger Helper Dinner

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 5 servings

Hamburger Helper Dinner


  • 1 lb lean ground beef or bison
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 1/2 cups skim milk or soy milk
  • 2 cups whole wheat elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese (I used Cabot)


  1. In a large frying pan, brown the meat over medium heat. Drain and set aside.
  2. While the meat is cooking, add the cornstarch, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, sugar, pepper, water, milk and macaroni.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn to medium heat and allow noodles to cook for approximately 8-10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
  4. Add the browned beef and cheese to the noodle mixture and stir until cheese is melted. Serve.

***For Gluten Free: Substitute gluten free noodles for whole wheat. We used Deboles GF noodles***

Recipe Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

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