Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni

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  • Published May 9th
  • Ready In25m
  • Servings4
  • Calories449
Homemade version of Hamburger Helper® - just as easy and tastes so much better! You will need a large skillet with a tight fitting lid.

Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni for 4 servings:

  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef, or more to taste
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 ounces reduced-fat processed cheese food (such as Velveeta®), cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-fat sour cream, or more to taste

Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni Cooking Instructions

  • Prep10m
  • Cook15m
  • Ready In25m

To cook Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni, you need about 10 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni is about 15 minutes , and you can serve your Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni within 25 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Cheese and Hamburger Macaroni easily:

  1. 1 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef, onion, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and black pepper in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. 2 Return skillet to burner over high heat. Add water; cover skillet and bring to a boil. Stir macaroni into the boiling water-ground beef mixture; cover and lower heat to medium. Cook, keeping covered, for 5 minutes. Stir, cover, and cook until macaroni is tender, about 5 more minutes.
  3. 3 Stir processed cheese food into ground beef-macaroni mixture until melted. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream.


  • Cook's Note:
  • For a Mexican version, add 1 tablespoon cumin and 2 teaspoons chili powder to the hamburger as its cooking. Serve with chopped lettuce, tomato, and salsa. If you're really in a hurry, can use dehydrated onion instead of fresh. Add more onion powder.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 449 calories; 15.4 grams of fat; 47.9 grams of carbohydrates; 28.2 grams of protein; 61 milligrams of cholesterol; 930 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Dec 16th 2016

    I'd rather dirty a skillet and my pasta pot and get it in half the time. Cook your pasta while you are browning your meat and seasonings. Drain the cooked pasta then add it to the meat mi ...

  2. Oct 13th 2016

    i was looking for a homemade hamburger helper and came across this recipe. i used it as a start because i did make some changes but my family loved it. I used 1 lb of ground organic turkey ...

  3. Feb 21st 2016

    Higher mark for quickness and ease. I upped the flavor by using tomato sauce in place of water and a mixture of cheeses, mosteralla, cheddar and pepper jack. Also wheat elbow macaroni. Could ...

  4. Jan 20th 2016

    We loved this. To make it not so dry I added 1/4 cup milk. I also topped it with sliced American cheese and stuck it in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes to brown. GREAT!

  5. Oct 9th 2014

    If you haven't had Velvetta in 20 years - skip this recipe - you won't enjoy being reintroduced. I was looking for an easy comfort food dish, and saw the 5 stars so I thought I would try th ...

  6. Sep 12th 2013

    I gave it 5 stars only because its very good for what it is.. a mac n cheese dish. It is quick, easy and inexpensive and the kids love it. If judged against all foods I'd give it a 3. Onl ...

  7. Aug 20th 2013

    My step son begs for hamburger helper and we don't buy a lot of processed food.... So I made this with whole wheat noodles and "homemade velveeta" ( 8 oz American cheese, 4 oz cheddar and 1 ...

  8. Jun 17th 2013

    This recipe has great potential but needs just a few minor changes. I used V8 juice for most of the water (2 small cans plus the water to make 2 cups). I did not use 8 ounces of cheese - I ...

  9. Jun 3rd 2013

    This turned out amazing! I followed the recipe exactly & my family devoured it! I will definitely make this again!