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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.
Recipe by Gwen's Nest at https://gwens-nest.com/best-hamburger-recipe-skillet-cheeseburger-helper/