Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)

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skillet of One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ok, if there is one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I could literally eat macaroni and cheese 3 times/day…  7 days a week.  Oh, every single day.. forever.

And..  I LOVE the boxed kind and I love Hamburger Helper.  All the macaroni, homemade, baked, boiled, slow cooked, boxed, frozen.. every single one of them I love.

Well, this is in my top two.  Yes, I just said that!  It’s in my TOP 2 (along with my Ultra Creamy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese)!!  That means wow, it’s super awesome!  To me, it’s a super close match to the boxed Hamburger Helper but you know each and every ingredient in this recipe!

The best part, it’s 20 minutes start to finish!  

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skillet of One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni
4.62 from 39 votes
Review Recipe

Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Author Holly Nilsson
You will never buy the boxed kind again after trying this start to finish 30 minute recipe!


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ cups uncooked macaroni noodles
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon each garlic powder, sugar and paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese

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  • In a small bowl combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  • Brown ground beef & onion in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add milk, broth and macaroni to beef. Stir in cornstarch and spices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 9-12 minutes or until noodles are cooked.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 424, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 85mg, Sodium: 405mg, Potassium: 485mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 435IU, Vitamin C: 4.1mg, Calcium: 325mg, Iron: 2.2mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword cheeseburger macaroni
Course Dinner
Cuisine American


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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. Just as easy as the stuff in the box and so delicious! I added a little chile powder and some Better than Boullion chicken base. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

  2. It was easy and my husband loved it ! I changed it up a little by adding onion soup mix instead of chopped onions just not a fan of onions. And used penne it was all i had for pasta so i had to add a little extra broth and cook time. But it was super easy and delicious thanks!5 stars

  3. Thank you for a great recipe! I like that it is so simple and easily adjusted to add other things. I had one small issue, however.

    I find it odd/mildly frustrating that this recipe is for 1 1/2 cups of pasta instead of just a whole box (2 cups). Measuring the pasta adds an extra step and leaves me with a 3/4 empty box of pasta that I have to throw in somewhere else or if I add the extra pasta I have to do math (my nemesis)

    Did you test this with 2 cups of pasta? Are the ratios for liquid to pasta the same when you add the extra 1/2 lb of pasta – 2:1 liquid to pasta?


    1. If you click the Print button on the recipe card, you can adjust the number of servings on the recipe. Hope that helps!

    1. I’m sorry to hear that your family didn’t love this macaroni as much as mine does Tina. Thanks for trying it.

  4. This is the best comfort food and none of the guilt of the boxed stuff. Just homemade goodness here. :) Delish!5 stars

  5. I have made this several times. I make it for my daughter but my whole family loves it. Simple and tasty.5 stars

  6. Pinned! Delish! Couldn’t find my older recipe that had the roux mix. Found this and made as written. So much more simple than my old recipe! Only difference was I added a pinch of red pepper for my taste!5 stars

    1. Sorry to hear that Karen, we have always found this recipe nice and creamy every time we make it.

  7. This was easy when you prep all your ingredients ahead of time. I added American cheese (1 1/2 cups) along with the 2 cups of Sharp Cheddar cheese. Plus, because I used 2 lbs of ground beef, I doubled the dry ingredients of spices. It was delicious!

  8. Holly I came across your website recently and have tried several of your delicious recipes. Simple, recipes with whole, healthy ingredients Yum! My family has loved each one and this Cheeseburger macaroni casserole is no exception. Thank you so much for sharing! You are awesome!!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad you found my site and have enjoyed the recipes!

    1. Delicious! I’m a hamburger helper fan. I often make this as stated, and times I add an extra ingredient or two. A little dab of sour cream, fresh diced tomatoes are my favorites. Thank you!5 stars

  9. We had this for dinner tonight and quickly decided it will be added to our regular rotation. I made it exactly as written and it was so delicious. My picky kids, ages 3 and 7, ate their entire helping without looking up from their bowls. Yum!

    PS – this is the fourth recipe from Holly I have made, all of which have been delicious. Thank you!5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. I a so glad your family liked this recipe! My kids have always loved this one too!

  10. Hey girl!! I’m cooking this tonight for my son and I have chicken stock instead of broth. Should I add a little water to dilute it some?