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A close up of a macaroni an ground hamburger in a skillet.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

My whole family gets excited when they see this cheeseburger casserole recipe on the menu for the week! We love this version of homemade hamburger helper with all the flavors of a juicy cheeseburger.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword classic recipes, kid-friendly recipes, weeknight dinner recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 574kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup dry macaroni
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Brown ground beef in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat, crumbling it as it cooks. Drain grease.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients to the skillet with the beef, except for the grated cheese. Stir well.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cover. Cook for 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, stir in the cheddar cheese, and cover for 2 minutes.
  • Stir well and serve.


Calories: 574kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1345IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 3.1mg