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Hamburger Helper

This homemade Hamburger Helper comes together really fast in one pot and beats any packed version in no time. It is cheesy, rich, satisfying and you will never believe it is vegan. One thing you can be sure of: it tastes better than the real deal.

Closeup of a spoon with the Hamburger Helper.

Once you’ve tried these hamburger macaroni you will be stunned how good it tastes and with how little effort it comes together.

A keeper that everybody will enjoy. So delicious with all the flavors you know and love from the classic version, but even better.

Grown ups or kids, everyone knows this craving for a good Hamburger Helper. It is a childhood favorite.

Ingredients for this Hamburger Helper collected on a wooden board.

True, I’ve always come back to a good one pot recipe like this Sweet Potato Curry, the Stovetop Mac and Cheese, or my One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese.

Because the thing I have for one pot recipes is that they are not only delicious, they are also great to make ahead.

It saves you a lot of time.

Vegan ground beef is fried in a large frying pan.

Best Hamburger Helper

The secret ingredient for my recipe is the vegan cream cheese which I also used in my Creamy Mac and Cheese. It really makes all the difference, comes out so creamy and rich.

All comes together in one pot, so there is not much cleaning up to do.

It is packed with flavor from seasonings which make this recipe so enjoyable and satisfying.

Best of all, you get step-by-step pictures that show you everything from beginning to the final result.

After taking the fried beef out, macaroni are cooked in the same pan with tomato sauce.

What you need for this Hamburger Helper recipe

  • Macaroni
  • Vegan ground beef
  • Vegetable broth
  • Olive oil
  • Hot sauce
  • Onion powder

 

  • Garlic powder
  • Paprika powder
  • Mustard powder
  • Tomato paste
  • Vegan cheddar
  • Vegan cream cheese

Vegan cheddar and sour cream is mixed with the cooked noodles and combined with the precooked vegan beef.

How to make Hamburger Helper

In a pot or pan, heat olive oil, then add vegan ground beef. Fry for 2 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. 

Give now the uncooked macaroni to the pan, together with vegetable broth, hot sauce, mustard, garlic, onion, paprika powder and tomato paste.

Cook for around 10 minutes.

Top view on a frying pan with the creamy Hamburger Helper.

Add vegan cheddar and cream cheese and keep stirring until it is all melted. 

Finally, transfer the vegan ground beef to back the pan, season with 1/2 tsp pepper and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes more. The Hamburger Helper is ready to serve on plates or in bowls.

I recommend to taste the macaroni noodles. Depending on the brand the cooking time could be a couple of minutes longer. 

Note that I only add pepper here, because the vegetable broth is salty enough.

The macaroni and beef shown in the creamy cheese sauce.

Storage and freezing

You can store leftovers of the Hamburger Helper in an airtight container in the fridge for around 4 days.

Can I freeze this?

Yes, you absolutely can. It will last for 3 months in the freezer using a freezer safe container. Allow to thaw completely before you reheat again.

A large spoon of the Hamburger Helper is lifted from the pan.

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Give this Hamburger Helper a try and tag me on Instagram or Facebook.

I like see all your remakes in no time.

Cheers, Florian.

Closeup of a spoon with the Hamburger Helper.

Hamburger Helper

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This homemade Hamburger Helper comes together really fast in one pot and beats any packed version in no time. It is cheesy, rich, satisfying and you will never believe it is vegan. One thing you can be sure of: it tastes better than the real deal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup macaroni, uncooked (gf, if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 10 oz vegan ground beef
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 7 oz vegan cheddar, chopped
  • 7 oz vegan cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. In a pot or pan, heat olive oil, then add vegan ground beef. Fry for 2 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. 
  2. Give now the uncooked macaroni to the pan, together with vegetable broth, hot sauce, mustard, garlic, onion, paprika powder and tomato paste. Cook for around 10 minutes.
  3. Add vegan cheddar and cream cheese and keep stirring until it is all melted. 
  4. Finally, transfer the vegan ground beef to back the pan, season with 1/2 tsp pepper and cook on medium heat for 4 minutes more. Serve on plates or in bowls.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 480Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 844mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 18g
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