Homemade Hamburger Helper in a bowl ready to serve for dinner

Ditch the Box! Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe


Hamburger Helper was a weeknight staple for many of us growing up. That cheesy, comforting goodness always hit the spot. But why settle for the boxed version when you can make an even tastier, healthier version in your own kitchen? Here’s my simple recipe for homemade Hamburger Helper that’ll become a new family favorite.

Why Homemade Is Better

  • Fresher ingredients: You control the quality and can avoid unnecessary additives.
  • Customizable: Adjust the flavors, add veggies, and make it your own.
  • Surprisingly easy: This dish comes together just as quickly as the boxed stuff!

Recipe: Classic Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

Yields: 4-6 servings Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15-20 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped pickles, diced tomatoes


  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain off any excess grease.
  2. Stir in the cheddar cheese soup, milk, water, macaroni noodles, salt, and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until macaroni is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve immediately with your favorite toppings.


  • Get creative with flavors: Try making a taco version with taco seasoning and salsa, or add Italian spices for a pasta twist.
  • Add veggies: Sneak in some finely chopped bell peppers, corn, or spinach.
  • Make it ahead: Prep this dish earlier in the day and reheat gently when ready to eat.

Let me know how you customize your homemade Hamburger Helper in the comments!

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