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Hamburger Buddy

September/October 2007, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008)

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (873 votes)

Very finely chopping onion, mushrooms and carrots in the food processor is not only fast—it makes the vegetables hard to detect for picky eaters. They also form the base for the sauce of this ground beef skillet supper. Make it a meal: Serve with a green salad.



READER'S COMMENT:
"Total comfort food! I've made this dish several times now. My partner actually requests it! My modifications were based upon many suggested by other reviewers: Chop and shred your veggies for the texture, splash of red wine added...

153 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

04/27/2012
Anonymous
I used coconut milk instead of sour cream!

In order to make this kosher, I replaced the sour cream with coconut milk I had on hand. It was delicious! You could probably leave it out altogether by adding a little more broth.

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 31 weeks ago

What were the measurements of

What were the measurements of the spices you added?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 34 weeks ago

This is similar to what we

This is similar to what we do, and we liked it

04/24/2012
Stealth Veggies!!

I made this using turkey mince, the pureed veggies seemed to bulk out the meat and create a nice thick sauce. I also added paprika, and tomato paste for a stroganoff style feel. It was very yummy, and the kids LOVED it. I think you could even add some red lentils if you want extra fibre. I didn't add the extra water and therefore didn't need the flour.

Comfort food, great for fussy kids, quick and easy
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04/11/2012
Anonymous
Really Tasty With Modifications

I read all these reviews for this dish. I wanted to make it since it seemed like it should be good, but there were so many bad reviews. I made this last night and made all the modifications that were suggested. I did the following:

-Used all broth, no water
-Added a lot more garlic
-Added just a dash of thyme (I'm not a fan anyway)
-Added some red wine after adding the veggies
-Chopped the veggies, didn't use food processor

With these modifications, it was really tasty and flavorful! I used low-sodium broth and didn't need to even salt the dish before eating.

Flavorful, easy
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04/02/2012
Add additional spices,,,

I put the veggies in a food processor per the recipe because I needed to hide them from my kids. For those that complained they became mushy and virtually unnoticeable, that was the whole point. It will be too bland if you don't add additional spices to the ground beef. In addition to the saeasons it called for, I added tumeric, season salt, dried parsley, some spanish spices. At the very end, I added lots of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 3 teens and 3 per-teens devoured it. None was the wiser that there were veggies included ;)

Better than boxed Hamburger Helper
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

So why did you give it four

So why did you give it four stars?

04/01/2012
Anonymous
Needs Work

I reworked this quite a bit. First off, just chop your veggies; don't try using a food processor. Second, unless you really, really love thyme, only use ONE teaspoon. Otherwise it overpowers everything to the point of ruin. The first time I made this, I nearly threw the whole batch out for this reason. GLUTEN-FREE readers: use brown rice pasta and substitute cornstarch for the flour and you'll be good to go.

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