Hamburger Buddy

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

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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...

156 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy


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).

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gimmeav wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I totally agree. It really tells you something when a dish is both overpowering AND bland at the same time. Would NEVER makes this slop again.


Perhaps I am not a fan of this flavor pallet...nonetheless, my family ate it. On the other hand, my husband asked me to never make it again; everyone else agreed!

Healthy alternative to Hambuger Helper
Get rid of the Hamburger Helper!

We like Hamburger Helper but don't like the additional sodium and other junk it has in it. So this was a good way to prepare a healthy dish...doubly easy if you have a food processor. We don't love to see mushrooms in our food so I processed them to a pulp. Same thing for the other veggies if you want it to be more like Hamburger Helper. Agree with other reviewers to lessen or omit the thyme since it comes across quite strong.

Also make sure to drain the ground beef after browning before adding other ingredients; especially if it's less than 90% lean like I used. I made half the recipe only to make the other half the next night because it was really good. It's nice to know you're getting your veggies in a one-dish meal.

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yvtte_crtr wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

yes, i agree wit u. u gotta drain the meat; but i found out even wit the draining- it still be greasy. so what i do is get it really hot, then drain. put it back on stove, cover wit water, let boil, drain again. then i put it back on the stove, and add apple cider vinegar (just a little); just 2 like eat up the grease if any that remain. YEA, U GOT 2 SEASON IT 2 YR TASTE, CAUSE IT WONT HAVE ANY TASTE AT ALL, (did i say at all).


Thanks to the beef broth, mushrooms, and sour cream, this tastes very similar to beef stroganoff. Substituted ground turkey for ground beef--didn't miss the ground beef at all!

Comfort food, Stores well in fridge
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yvtte_crtr wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

i dont mess wit ground turkey, its 2 STICKY 2 yr fingers!!! if yall can help me solve that problem, then i will probably go back 2 it. but my main thing, when u getting healthy- its little 4 alot. and im a budget shopper whos on a food stamp budget!

Okay dish if you like Thyme

The dish was fairly easy to make. The vegetables in the food processor definitely pureed them more than "chopped" them. Which was fine. It was a nice way to get the vegetable in the dish without the "picky eaters" knowing about it. Next time I would reduce the thyme seasoning to 1 tsp versus 2 tsp. I thought if was very overwhelming. I like thyme but this had just a little too much for my taste. I would up the salt another 1/4 tsp. Note that 2 cups of small elbows makes a lot! Otherwise, good dish and plenty of leftovers.

Definitely a filling dish and great way to hide the veggies

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