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Hamburger Buddy

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

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (872 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

02/05/2013
Just Not Comforting

I had high hopes for this dish. It looked and sounded scrumptious but the result was just sub-par. The taste was just not really held on together with the meat and the veggies. I can't describe it well but my husband said it was the result of trying to make a meal too healthy. It sure looked wonderful as I took it out of the oven...

looks good, healthy
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01/13/2013
Yummy - Hit the spot with goodness

This was a great meal however I made a few additions... I added finely pureed fresh spinach and pureed fresh tomatoes - no mushrooms! I also substituted the noodles for quinoa noodles...this dish came out awesome however it was low on flavor - next time I may add crushed red pepper and extra fresh pepper, maybe even some jalapeño juice to give it a little kick but overall it was delicious and a big hit with the hubby! Get creative and enjoy...

Veggies and more veggies!
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12/04/2012
Anonymous
great basic recipe, just needs a few little tweaks

I followed many of the other reviewers suggestions to tweak this recipe. I omitted the thyme (i don't enjoy the flavor) and added a cajun season we use in the family. I used all low sodium beef stock instead of water, I chopped my veggies instead of using the food processor and I used greek yogurt instead of sour cream. The recipe turned out thick and flavorful. I wish i would have remember to throw in some frozen peas as some of the other reviewer had suggested. I will definitely make this again.

simple, fast and healthy
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11/19/2012
Anonymous
Even my kids liked it

Neither my kids nor I are huge fans of carrots or onions, but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. The finely chopped veggies was a good way to disguise them. I made a few substitutions- ground turkey instead of beef and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.
The thyme flavor is strong, but it was fine for us. My 2 year old finished her bowl and my 4 year old asked for seconds. I'd say that was a success.

Easy, great flavor
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10/24/2012
Anonymous

I thought that this recipe was quite tasteless. I added Cavenders and Shiracha sauce, which helped.Adding mushrooms would be a plus.

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