Best Hamburger Recipe- Skillet Cheeseburger Helper

best hamburger recipe (9 of 12)You asked for my best hamburger recipe, and this is it! It’s lightening fast, can be on the table in minutes, and pleases even the pickiest palettes. Think of it as a homemade Hamburger Helper recipe, except it’s even yummier. I hope you love it! My family sure does.

It goes on the table in less than 30 minutes, start to finish. I double the recipe, since we’re a family of 6 with teens and big appetites, and it makes a HUGE pan and leaves me some lunch leftovers.

I like to serve it with a side salad, or raw veggies with ranch dip for a well rounded hamburger recipe (3 of 12)

Trim Healthy Mama Tipsbest hamburger recipe (11 of 12)

Another reason this is the best hamburger recipe, is that it can easily be made low carb, so it works on plan with the Trim Healthy Mama plan as an S recipe if you use Dreamfields pasta. Or you can make it with gluten free pasta if necessary- most gluten free pastas are not Trim Healthy Mama friendly, but you can use (Amazon affiliate links) black bean pasta or quinoa pastas to keep it on plan as a crossover.

This is also really easy to crossover for kids or people who don’t need to lose weight. Simply add some fruit or some garlic toast for those who need to gain or maintain.

Best Hamburger Recipe- EVEN Faster!best hamburger recipe (1 of 12)

Some of you have asked for SUPER fast, easy recipes. For those busy nights where you’re running to soccer practice, or coming home late from work. Here are my best tips for making this recipe even faster.

  1. Pre-mix 4-5 extra batches of spices into little snack sized baggies when you make this the first time. Label the bags, and stash them in the pantry for the future.
  2. Pre-brown and drain ground beef, and spread out on a cookie sheet and freeze. Crumble frozen ground beef and freeze in a bag- this can be used in any type of recipe calling for ground beef: tacos, chili, hamburger beef soup, cheeseburger quesadillas, and even this delicious Cheeseburger Helper recipe. You can brown up several pounds of ground beef on a slower day, and freeze several pounds at once to use for later.
  3. Menu plan (like this!) So you know exactly what to take out to thaw ahead for every meal.

Following these quick steps can get this on the table in less than 15 minutes!best hamburger recipe (5 of 12)

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Best Hamburger Recipe- Skillet Cheeseburger Helper
This is my favorite "get it to the table fast" best hamburger recipe. My whole family loves it! To make it even quicker, premix extra batches of the spices, and keep them on hand for the future.
Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • spice packet (see below)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup plain, unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup half & half (or sub with additional almond milk- but this is creamier)
  • 4 oz. or 1½ cups pasta- Dreamfields keeps you low carb or THM compiant, but any pasta may be used in this recipe
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, plus more cheese for topping (topping is optional)
Hamburger Helper Spice Packet
  • 2½ teaspoons paprika
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1½ teaspoons onion powder
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon glucomannan thickener or xanthan gum
  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet or dutch oven that has a lid.
  2. While beef is browning, mix together your spices. (This is a great time to go ahead and measure out a few extra snack sized baggies for the future!)
  3. When the beef is starting to get a deep brown and smell amazing, add in the spices, hot water, almond milk, and half & half.
  4. Stir, and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add pasta to the pot and stir. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Remove lid & add cheese. Check pasta for doneness. If it's done, simply allow the cheese to melt into the sauce. If your pasta has a few more minutes, return the lid and simmer until the pasta is tender.
  7. Allow to cool for a few minutes, and serve.
Trim Healthy Mama Notes:
Use Dreamfields Pasta to keep this in an S setting, and avoid reheating, as this breaks down the pasta and makes it higher carb.
If you're gluten free, you can use the black bean or quinoa pastas if you're comfortable with those, and consider it a crossover recipe.


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    • says

      Hi Gwen! I’d recommend only using 3/4 to 1 cup of almond milk & 3/4 cups of half & half, and simmering until a nice consistency. Then add your troodles last and let them flash cook in the sauce so they don’t get too mushy. Let me know how it turns out!

  1. Karen says

    Hi! I want to make this today but my son is allergic to nuts and I only have heavy cream on hand. How could I adjust to accommodate? Thanks!

  2. Noelle says

    Just double checking…you put the noodles in raw and the liquids cook them, or do you cook them before hand? Thanks!

  3. Deanna Paine says

    This was soooo wonderfully delicious! I have total hip replacement surgery coming up in September. I think this would be an easy meal to prepare ahead of time and put in baggies. I could pre-fry the hamburger then add in the rest (or my husband could) :)

  4. Emily Scheid says

    I have been making something very similar for a few years now… the only thing different is I add just a very tiny hint of sweetness (stevia)…. most “box” mixes have sugar, so it gives it that same flavor. :)

  5. Jenna says

    Where you call for half and half, could I use heavy whipping cream instead? For instance, 1 and 1/2 cups almond milk and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream? Would it still be an S meal? Was there a particular reason you called for half and half?

    • says

      You could definitely sub heavy cream. It would for sure be an S. I just had half and half on hand, and it’s less expensive than heavy cream and a little lighter.

  6. Anna says

    Hey Briana!
    I know this has nothing to do with the recipe, but I have a question. We have these Organic Tortilla Chips that I THINK are on plan, but I want to double check with you. The ingredients are: Organic Whole Corn, Organic Sunflower oil, Sea Salt, and Lime/Calcium Hydroxide (For processing aid). There is 18 carbs and 7 grams of fat in eleven chips…so it would be a crossover if it is on plan. Your thoughts?

  7. Rachel says

    Have you ever made this without any thickener? Don’t have any on hand and there are no stores around here that would sell xanthan gum. How soupy would this be without it?

  8. Dawn says

    Hi! What do you think of using cauliflower pieces instead of pasta? I tried a stroganoff recipe like that and didn’t miss the pasta at all….

  9. Mindy says

    I want to make this tonight but I don’t have any plain yogurt on hand (only peach). IS there something I could use in place of the yogurt?