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 thought this was great. It does taste a LOT like store-bought Hamburger Helper. So, if you don't like that, I doubt you will like this even though it uses healthier, fresher ingredients.

I sifted through the many reviews before making this because I didn't want to not like it and waste food. My substitutions were:

-- Lean Beef-style Veggie Protein instead of the beef
--Only one teaspoon of thyme
--vegetable broth instead of beef broth
--an extra teaspoon of salt

Depending on what brand of veggie protein you use, this gets the calories way down and you can have a heartier serving. Remember, eating serving after serving of healthy food isn't a lot better than eating Hamburger Helper for real!! I saw a lot of reviews where people said they ate almost the whole thing and I definitely had to curb that impulse.


What an awesome recipe! Easy to prepare. I used ground turkey, 2 tsp. Italian seasoning, few dashes of hot sauce, and 2 tbs. salsa (didn't have tomato paste). Now that had flavor! Try it, you'll love it. :]


LOVED This. Made a couple of adjustments (just wanted to add my own flair)

1. Used Sausage Morning Star Crumbles (really reduces the fat and adds a nice flavor)
2. Added a dash of Franks' Hot Sauce

Great way to get veggies into my diet as well as hubbys!



I made this tonight for dinner and I thought it was a great dish. Everyone enjoyed it and it was fairly simple to prepare. I would add some more spices next time, but I will make it again for sure.

Ontario, Canada


I have no idea how anyone can say this is slightly bland. I made this last night and did the following based on some of the feedback here:

Instead of 2 tsp Thyme I put one tsp Thyme and one tsp Oregano.
Used one cup of water, the other cup was beef broth.
Used 3 tablespoons of Worchestire Sauce
Used 2 tablespoons of tomatoe paste with italian seasoning.

I didn't add any extra salt due to using the beef broth and just put in a bit more pepper.

It was absolutely delicious! and yes it was enough to feed an army.

Will definitely be making this again.


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