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 love the idea that you can get all of the veggies into this dish to make it so healthy. I didn't, however, like the fact that there was, basically, only the thyme for seasoning. It was so overpowering that it was really the only thing we could taste. It's a wonderful bas recipe, but the seasoning needs to be changed and definitely should be more suited to the dish. Otherwise, it was a great easy meal.


maybe it taste so good. it is also nutritious.


Amazing that I could hide this much healthy stuff in a kid friendly meal! My step-daughter (7 years old) LOVES Hamburger Helper, but I am opposed to serving anything with that much salt and try to make all home made meals (ie. almost no processed foods). Out of all of the healthy meals we have tried over the last couple of months this has been the biggest hit - she got thirds and asked about having it for a snack tomorrow! I was amazed with the quantity and happy that I planned a leftover night this week. I agree with some of the other posters that this recipe is a little on the bland side, but it really does taste super similar to regular Hamburger Helper.

My only adjustments: No thyme (didn't have any on hand so I just left it out), used a full package of enriched macaroni noodles (not whole wheat, 12oz - this seemed to be perfect for the amount of liquid and for a nice noodley dish), used a full 8 oz of low fat sour cream which I think made the consistency really creamy and nice at the end. In addition, my blender broke down and I haven't purchased a new food processor yet, so I prepped by hand - diced mushrooms and garlic, grated then chopped the carrots and onion and mixed them all in a bowl before adding them.

This is a definite winner for a kid friendly meal!


This recipe is a good starting point, but it does need to be kicked up a bit to enhance the flavor. I added two tablespoons tomato paste to the 2 cups water, upped the worchestershire a bit, and threw in a bay leaf during the simmer. Then I stirred in a tablespoon of creamy horseradish instead of sour cream to finish. Great flavor. Definitely make sure your beef is nice and brown and the veggies have started to sweat before adding liquids, or it will come out bland everytime.


Very easy to make, tasted good not great. I will probably doctor it up a little next time. Good starting point.


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