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Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper

This Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper is a classic comfort food, but homemade and tastes way better. Forget the boxed version and make your own with just a few ingredients and ready in only 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 746kcal


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef extra lean
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp oregano dried
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 12 oz macaroni or any other pasta such as shells
  • 3 cups chicken broth low sodium or beef broth
  • 2 cup milk
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh, chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until the onion softens and becomes translucent. 
  • Add the ground beef and brown for 3 minutes, or until it's no longer pink.
  • Sprinkle the cornstarch all over then the rest of the seasonings and stir.
  • Add macaroni or pasta of your choice, chicken broth and milk. Stir everything together. 
  • Continue to cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the macaroni is cooked through. Make sure to stir occasionally to avoid sticking. Most of the liquid should be absorbed after 10 or 12 minutes and the pasta cooked al dente. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper. 
  • Stir in half the cheddar cheese and top with remaining cheese. Cover with lid and cook for 1 minute over low heat until the cheese melts.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


Leftovers: Leftovers heat up great the next day. Make sure the hamburger helper has come to room temperature completely before proceeding. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
Freezing: Hamburger helper is a great food to freeze for future meals. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 to 4 months.


Calories: 746kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 695mg | Potassium: 716mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1280IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 548mg | Iron: 3.3mg