Homemade Hamburger Recipe (30 Minutes)

I have incredibly fond memories of my mom making hamburger helpers for dinner on busy weeknights. I'll eat things – something about cheese sauce, noodles and ground beef that hits all the right notes in my kid brain.

If I'm honest, I still crave this stuff, but I rarely buy boxed mixes like this. Also, how many times have you tried food only to be disappointed since your childhood? (I'm looking at you, SpaghettiOs.)

My world was rocked when I found out that it takes about five extra minutes to make. domestic Hamburger macaroni. The homemade version still has an element of nostalgia thanks to beef broth and real cheddar cheese. Now I don't have to miss the good old days – I can relive them in a delicious way.

Easy addition to homemade hamburger helper

  • Spice things up with Creole or Cajun seasoning, hot sauce, or chili flakes.
  • Add a little ketchup for a sweet, tangy flavor.
  • Add some vegetables to increase the nutritional value. Add chopped bell peppers or tomatoes along with the onion, or add a handful of fresh spinach or frozen peas at the end.
  • Garnish with parsley for a little freshness.

Simple Recipes / Photo by Jane Causey / Food Styling by Emily Nabors Hall / Prop Styling by Lindsey Lower

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