My mother was too cheap to make anything from a box and I grew up to be a food snob, but my trashy partner insisted we try Hamburger Helper, so this dish was the compromise. Next time I'll read the reviews first. I was out of Thyme (seriously) so I used Italian Seasoning instead, added extra garlic, an extra tbsp of Worcestershire and shredded the veggies instead of pureeing. Loved the appearance and texture, but it was way too bland. Next time I'll do as others have suggested by adding tomato paste, salsa and wine or hot sauce... or even buy that stuff in the box.
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.
160 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy
My son hates vegetables, even ones he has never tasted but he loved this and never even detected the vegetables. Hubby loved it too and had seconds. The only modification I made was to add a small amount of Parmesan cheese and I did not have macaroni on hand at the time so I used brown rice spaghetti. Very tasty. I will make it again.
Loved this recipe!! I made some modifications:
-used extra lean ground Turkey
-didn't use thyme or salt, used 1.5 tbsp of Montreal Steak spice (adjust for spicy/salt content - I might use 1 tbsp next time) and 1 tbsp of dried basil
-used 5-6 cloves of garlic, didn't put vegies in food processor. Chopped instead.
-used 1 cup of red wine, 2 cups of low sodium beef stock, 1 cup of water
-used 1.5 tbsp of cornstarch instead of flour
-added 1.5 tbsp of tomato paste
-used greek yogurt instead of sour cream
-added 1 tbsp grated low fat cheddar cheese to my bowl
Very hearty and filling, with lots leftover!! May have to freeze some of it. ;-)
I thought this was a great alternative to Hamburger Helper. I didn't read the comments about the thyme and salt before I made this, but I didn't have a problem since I always just season and taste my food as I go. Was a great recipe to get the kids to eat their veggies. I don't think they even knew there were mushrooms in it.
I made this exactly as the recipe said and wish that I had read the comments first. The thyme was WAY too overpowering and the dish was bland. My boyfriend called it "prison gruel" and threatened to break up with me if I ever made it again.
But...I think I might try it again using full sodium broth, tomato paste, and little to no thyme (I don't like thyme that much anyway).