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Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper with some flair

Updated on May 6, 2018
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As a mom with three kids Sierra knows of the struggles to make cheap meals that kids not only will eat but will love.

Cheeseburger Macaroni with a Flair

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Hamburger Helper with a flair

Are you feeding a family of 4 or more on a low income budget? I've found several cheap ways to help give hamburger helpers that extra bit of flavor. If you're like me and you use hamburger helpers 4 or more nights a week these simple additions can make all the difference between a bland dinner and delicious dinner.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Family of 4 to each have 2nds.


  • 1 Box of Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • 1 package of Celery
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Box of Elbow Macaroni
  • 1lbs Hamburger (uncooked)
  • McCormicks Cheeseburger Seasoning, Sprinkled
  • 1 Spoonful Butter


  1. 1. Thaw the hamburger.
  2. 2. Cut up 2-3 Stalks of Celery, Depending on amount your making.
  3. 3. Cut up an entire onion, keep separated from the celery.
  4. 4. Begin boiling water for the noodles. I usually use two different pans for the different cooking times of the noodles. One slightly larger pan and one smaller one.
  5. 5. Once the water is at a boil I add a small spoonful of butter to the water and in one pan pour the hamburger helper noodles and in the other pan I measure out 1-2 cups of Elbow Noodles, once again depending on how much I'm making. Stir often.
  6. While the noodles begin cooking, cook the hamburger and onion in a saucepan. Add the spices of your choice. I usually add Seasoned meat tenderizer, and McCormick s hamburger seasoning.
  7. Once the noodles are done drain in a strainer and mix the noodles together. Rinse with cool water and place back in the bigger pan. Add the seasoning packet that comes with the Hamburger helper and a bit of water if needed.
  8. Place the hamburger in the strainer and drain as much grease as possible. Once done add to the noodles.
  9. Lastly add the celery to the noodles and turn the heat on low. Remember to add a little water if/when needed to prevent it from sticking on the bottom. We are just making sure everything is heated up. Once heated serve and enjoy.

The basic information on the box

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cup
Calories 350
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


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