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...

159 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

Kids and husband loved it!

After making some changes of my own this is in our weeknight dinner rotation. My three boys (ages 4 and under gobble it up!)

I changed:
-all beef broth - no water
-extra noodles
-I add a couple stalks of celery and sometimes a bell pepper to the food processor along with the carrots and onion
-portabello mushrooms instead of regular mushrooms
-less thyme + some parsley
-1 cup of frozen peas cook at the end 2-3 min (very important! Otherwise it ends up just being a pile of mush!)

we put sour cream and sharp cheddar cheese on at the table - that way everyone is happy with as little or as much as they want.

quick, healthy, lots of veggies

I made mine exactly the way the recipe calls for it, I added lots of kosher salt and pepper. I also added shredded cheese at the end. The onions and vegetables came out really nice and crisp so I don't understand how some people claimed it came out mushy and bland when I also tasted the garlic. I enjoyed it better than the boxed version and my son who's a picky eater devoured this!

easy alternative to boxed hamburger helper
Great weeknight meal

My husband loves comfort food like hamburger helper, however i don't like meals out of a box so this was the perfect solution. It tasted fresh and simple and satisfied his craving. We will definitely be making this again.

healthy alternative to processed food, easy to make, usually have all ingredients on hand
Pretty good

So I read a lot of the reviews and decided to adapt the recipe per the other comments. I didn't have mushrooms so I just left them out. Sauted the carrots and onions then removed them from the pan. Browned the meat and added back in the veggies. Used basil instead of the thyme and added 1/2 cup red wine. When it was done cooking I topped it with Parmesan cheese. The husband had 2 helpings so that is always a good sign. Will make again but I might leave out or reduce the Worcestershire.


Not good at all. Too saturated, no taste.

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