Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe

Updated July 24, 2023
Hamburger Helper
Hamburger Helper

This homemade hamburger helper recipe is the ultimate weeknight meal. It's so simple to make, affordable, and great for busy afternoons. Plus who doesn't love hamburger helper? When you make this recipe at home, you know you'll have a delicious, hearty, and filling meal that the whole family will love.

This recipe is so simple to make, in fact, that you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already, just waiting to be transformed into this delicious and beefy dish. One bite, and you'll be coming back for seconds. This recipe also makes a great recipe for meal prep. Give it a try, and you'll be saving money in no time!


Cooking Time20 min



  • 1 pound ground beef (I used 96% lean)
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup uncooked wholegrain or regular elbow macaroni
  • 2 tablespoons minced dried onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced dried garlic
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Drain off the fat, and add remaining ingredients to the skillet.

  2. Stir to combine, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for about 15 minutes (or until it reaches your desired thickness). Season with salt and pepper to taste; garnish with cheese and parsley, if desired.

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