Cheeseburger Macaroni

Back in the days when we were eating convenience and packaged food, I was guilty of being a huge Hamburger Helper fan. My favorite was the Cheeseburger Macaroni. It took me a few years to duplicate it just right, but now I no longer miss Hamburger Helper at all! This is the recipe I use whenever I’m craving that comfort food.

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time9 minutes
Total Time14 minutes
Course: Main Course
Keyword: Macaroni and Cheese


  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • salt
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cup milk
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, minced, or 1 t. dried parsley flakes, crumbled
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lb cooked elbow macaroni noodles


  • Place ground meat and onions in a large skillet and season with salt, to taste. Brown meat. Do NOT drain fat.
  • Add flour, stir to incorporate, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir in milk, bring to a boil over medium heat, and thicken. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese. Continue stirring until cheese is fully melted.
  • Stir in ketchup, mustard, and salt & pepper to the sauce. Add noodles and combine well. Serve and enjoy!