I admit that back in my bachelor gotta-make-something-for-dinner-but-I-can’t-cook days I went through my share of boxes of Hamburger Helper. Easy to make and hearty, any flavor of Hamburger Helper would do. That’s why I just had to make this copycat version of the classic cheeseburger mix. Just as easy as the stuff out of the box and darn tasty too!
You can easily modify this recipe and make your own. Add jalapenos or a dash or two of cayenne pepper for a little kick. Swap Monterey Jack cheese for the cheddar. Use ground turkey instead of ground beef and add a pinch or two of dried sage. Your copycat cheeseburger Hamburger Helper doesn’t have to be exactly like the stuff out of the box, but it’s ok if it is!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups milk
- 1 1/2 cup elbow macaroni
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
- Crumble the ground beef into a large skillet over medium high heat and cook until done. Drain off any excess fat.
- Stir in the all but the cheese and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the pasta is tender.
- Stir in the cheese until melted.
- Remove from heat, uncover and let rest 5 minutes before serving topped with additional cheese.