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


I'm so glad I found this recipe, it's one pot comfort food! It was excellent and my by boyfriend didn't even realize it had whole grain pasta. I used half the mushrooms and added more carrots and was able to "sneak" the mushrooms in that way. I used oregano instead of thyme as well. I'm not one to repeat recipes but this was so good & easy I probably will. I've already thought of a few variations such as subbing cheese and tomato paste for sour cream for cheeseburger macaroni and following the concept using bow tie pasta, chicken and maybe pesto for a one pot chicken pasta.

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yvtte_crtr wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

hey, let us no how it comes out; wit the sour cream. dont 4 get 2 give us the receipe when u thru trying the dish. BUT AFTER U TRY THE DISH!


This dish was quite tasty, though it does not look all that appetizing. Per recommendations from others, I added 2-3 tbsp of tomatoe paste and replaced one tsp of thyme with oregano. It makes heaps of food and is very filling. Good weeknight comfort food.

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Anonymous wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Coconut yogurt (plain).

Coconut yogurt (plain).


My son can't have dairy... any suggestions for a substitute for the sour cream???

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nicole.orner wrote 5 years 28 weeks ago

My son can't have dairy either. I have found vegan recipes to be of great help, there are several vegan versions online. A lot of recipes that call for creamy sauces will use soy creamer with corn starch to thicken it up.

We are not a vegan family, but these recipes have really helped us find dairy free alternatives to our favorite foods.


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. :]


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