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Hamburger Buddy

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

Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (845 votes)

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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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...

151 Reviews for Hamburger Buddy

04/11/2012
Anonymous
Really Tasty With Modifications

I read all these reviews for this dish. I wanted to make it since it seemed like it should be good, but there were so many bad reviews. I made this last night and made all the modifications that were suggested. I did the following:

-Used all broth, no water
-Added a lot more garlic
-Added just a dash of thyme (I'm not a fan anyway)
-Added some red wine after adding the veggies
-Chopped the veggies, didn't use food processor

With these modifications, it was really tasty and flavorful! I used low-sodium broth and didn't need to even salt the dish before eating.

Flavorful, easy
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04/02/2012
Add additional spices,,,

I put the veggies in a food processor per the recipe because I needed to hide them from my kids. For those that complained they became mushy and virtually unnoticeable, that was the whole point. It will be too bland if you don't add additional spices to the ground beef. In addition to the saeasons it called for, I added tumeric, season salt, dried parsley, some spanish spices. At the very end, I added lots of shredded sharp cheddar cheese. 3 teens and 3 per-teens devoured it. None was the wiser that there were veggies included ;)

Better than boxed Hamburger Helper
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Anonymous wrote 2 years 21 weeks ago

So why did you give it four

So why did you give it four stars?

04/01/2012
Anonymous
Needs Work

I reworked this quite a bit. First off, just chop your veggies; don't try using a food processor. Second, unless you really, really love thyme, only use ONE teaspoon. Otherwise it overpowers everything to the point of ruin. The first time I made this, I nearly threw the whole batch out for this reason. GLUTEN-FREE readers: use brown rice pasta and substitute cornstarch for the flour and you'll be good to go.

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03/02/2012
Anonymous
Just Terrible!!!

This was a terrible recipe. First off- the food processor cannot be used for this. Just by pulsing for a second it purees the mushrooms, way too quickly, turning them into paste. Definitely would not use the FP, instead just chop everything yourself.
The taste is very bland too- just terrible.
VERY DISAPPOINTED! :(

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 23 weeks ago

Looks like four stars to

Looks like four stars to me... Are you sure you didn't like it?

Anonymous wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

Lol calm down, a lot of

Lol calm down, a lot of recipes on this site are good and worth trying, I just made this and thought it was a tad bland, I will try again with more seasoning is all

Anonymous wrote 2 years 24 weeks ago

For all of the recipes on

For all of the recipes on this site, this is the one and only one you tried? I did find your review entertaining, but not at all helpful.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 25 weeks ago

Thank you for the great

Thank you for the great laugh. I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. Thanks also for sparing my family of the "turd of a meal." I just hate bear sh-- don't you?

02/15/2012
Anonymous
Not MY buddy

I’m sorry I had to give this recipe even one star in order to enter my review. It deserves no star at all. My entire family and I were totally disgusted and disappointed in this dish. I cannot imagine anyone actually liking this hideous concoction. First of all, putting all those veggies and nice fresh mushrooms in the food processor completely destroyed their textures except for the uneven chopping of the onion, which overpowered everything. The finished product resembled and tasted like (I would imagine) Alpo or a disgusting Hamburger Helper creation. And, the final, ridiculous garnishing of this bear sh_t with chopped chives was like putting a tiara on Golda Meir. I would not have the audacity to recommend this recipe to anyone and feel so ashamed that I had subjected my poor family to this turd of a meal. Do not waste your time, energy and $$ on this crap. I am so repulsed that I will NOT be testing any further recipes from this site and will stick to my usual repertoire and use only recipes from my tried and true sites from now on. THANKS FOR NOTHING!

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 48 weeks ago

Really???? Thats a really

Really???? Thats a really harsh comment for hamburger and noodles....Its not like you bought crab legs and filet!!! Lighten up.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

The bear feces and Golda Meir

The bear feces and Golda Meir comments were really unnecessary.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

Or you could have said you

Or you could have said you weren't into the texture and your family wasn't into it.
A bit an extreme critique, considering it is hamburger and noodles.

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