Hamburger Buddy

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

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (869 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.

"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...

152 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

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
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
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
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

So why did you give it four

So why did you give it four stars?

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.

Just Terrible!!!

This was a terrible recipe. First off- the food processor cannot be used for this. Just by pulsing for a second it purees the mushrooms, way too quickly, turning them into paste. Definitely would not use the FP, instead just chop everything yourself.
The taste is very bland too- just terrible.

Comments (4)


Anonymous wrote 2 years 35 weeks ago

Looks like four stars to

Looks like four stars to me... Are you sure you didn't like it?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

Lol calm down, a lot of

Lol calm down, a lot of recipes on this site are good and worth trying, I just made this and thought it was a tad bland, I will try again with more seasoning is all

Anonymous wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

For all of the recipes on

For all of the recipes on this site, this is the one and only one you tried? I did find your review entertaining, but not at all helpful.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Thank you for the great

Thank you for the great laugh. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Thanks also for sparing my family of the "turd of a meal." I just hate bear sh-- don't you?

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