Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper — The Instant Pot is one of the most popular kitchen appliances that create a delicious homemade hamburger helper in minutes!. It’s easy to make, and everyone loves it!
The Instant Pot can do so much more than making dinner. It’s the perfect kitchen tool to make your homemade hamburger helper without all of the preservatives and additives that come with store-bought versions.
Growing up, I always loved mac and cheese. But when you make it yourself with one of these Instant Pot cheeseburger helper recipes? It takes the dish to a whole new level! Cheesier than most other brands on the market today (not even kidding), this easy dinner recipe can easily be customized for whatever ingredients your family loves- from chicken broccoli rice noodles or soy turkey bacon spam pasta; everyone will love getting their hands into some creamy, cheesy pasta topped off by juicy beef patty pieces in between two layers of melt-in halves…yummy!
If you are new to using the Ninja or Instant Pot, some of my favorite beginner recipes are INSTANT POT QUINOA, INSTANT POT CARAMELIZED ONIONS, INSTANT POT GROUND BEEF, AND PASTA, and INSTANT POT LOADED POTATO SKINS.
What Is Hamburger Helper?
Hamburger Helper is a boxed meal that is typically made with ground beef, pasta, and cheese. It was first introduced in 1965 by a company called General Mills. The original recipe used elbow macaroni mixed with hamburger meat, onion soup mix (or occasionally salt), and milk to make a quick casserole dish for busy mothers who needed an easy dinner option. The product has evolved, but it remains one of the most popular boxed meals on grocery store shelves today.
Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper
- Ground Beef
- Beef Broth
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Heavy Cream
- Shredded Sharp Cheddar
- Elbow Macaroni
How To Make Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper
In your Instant pot, add the hamburger, press the saute button and saute until it’s browned. Add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, cream, pasta, and seasonings.
Add the lid and make sure it’s sealed, then use manual high pressure and set for 4 minutes when the timer beeps do a quick release. Then mix in the cheese mix until it’s all melted.
Tips For Making Homemade Hamburger Helper In Instant Pot
Cheese: For best results, use freshly shredded cheese. Since the pre-shredded cheese is coated with cellulose, it doesn’t melt very well. Shred your cheese, and it’s well worth the time.
You can also use any cheese you love, from American to Cheddar, to even a specialty blend, like Gouda. The recipe will work the same.
Toppings: Add some great toppings, I usually serve mine with some diced cooked bacon, but you can use anything from fresh herbs, sour cream, scallions, and even a drizzle of freshly grated cheese.
Ground Beef: This recipe will work best if you use lean ground beef. If you want more flavor, try a meatloaf blend (blend of pork and ground meat), or you can even go leaner with a ground chicken or ground turkey.
The key is to make sure that you scrape the bottom of your pan before setting your pressure cooker settings so that nothing burns. You will usually get a burn notice on your Instant Pot Display. Which means something has stuck to your pan.
How To Store Homemade Hamburger Helper
Let the pasta cool to room temperature, and then place the leftovers into an airtight container. Put into the refrigerator. It will last for about 2 to 4 days.
To reheat, transfer the pasta to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave until the hamburger helper is warmed through.
Can You Freeze Homemade Hamburger Helper
I love to make my frozen meals, and I always freeze the leftover pasta. Rather than throwing away that once-cooked goodness, scoop it into individual serving containers or freezer bags for easy use at another time!
Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, and then reheat in the microwave. For best results, add more shredded cheese before reheating it.
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- 1 pound of hamburger
- 2 cups of beef broth
- 1/4 cup of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup of ketchup
- 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of onion powder
- 1/2 cup of heavy cream
- 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 box macaroni elbow noodles
- In your Instant pot, add the hamburger, then press the saute button and saute until it's browned, then add the broth, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, cream, pasta, and seasonings.
- Add the lid and make sure it's sealed, then use manual high pressure and set for 4 minutes when the timer beeps do a quick release.
- Then mix in the cheese mix until it's all melted.
- Plate, serve, and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 805Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 1526mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 40g
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