Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)

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One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni! So easy and delicious, you'll never buy boxed again!

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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Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top). You’ll never buy the boxed kind again!

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


  1. In a small bowl combine cornstarch, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and paprika. Set aside.
  2. Brown ground beef & onion in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted. Serve hot.

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How to Make Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)

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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!

58 comments on “Homemade One Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni (Stove Top)”

  1. why wouldn’t you use beef broth instead of chicken broth, since the meat in the recipe is beef?

  2. How many servings does this make?

  3. Has anyone tried beef broth instead of chicken?

  4. Love it. I usually make my own cheeseburger Macaroni but I always make a cheese sauce separate and add to mixture once every thing is done. Your way is so much easier I can not wait to try.

  5. Oooh, I like this! This will save me from having to buy the package in the store. I swear people in my City give you dirty looks for buying boxed foods. Haha.

  6. Great recipe. It was Most Viewed on last week’s Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and will be featured this week! Yipee!
    Pinning it :)

  7. Four thumbs up! Two from me and two from hubby! Made this tonight and was so happy at the final result.Very easy to follow directions and well written recipe. Will definitely make this again!

  8. I used chili powder instead of paprika to give it a little kick.

  9. What should the finished consistency be? I made this tonight for dinner and it came out soupy. It still was super yummy and loved by the fam. Just curious how it comes out normally.

  10. I used ground turkey because it’s what I had out at the time. I also used a can of Rotel tomatoes and green chiles. The ground turkey made it bland, unfortunately, but kids and hubby were still greatly enthused by it. When I plan ahead for this recipe next time, I will use ground beef. And extra cheese!

  11. Kinda of bland. Any ideas to make it more flavorful?

    • What type of cheese did you use? You could maybe use a sharper cheddar or add in another type of cheese, extra onion or garlic powder or other seasonings that you enjoy. If you used low-sodium chicken broth you might like to try regular.

    • We thought it was a little bland also, so the second time I made it, I added a couple of swirls of mustard and ketchup to the finished dish and I happened to have some crumbled bacon which I added. It turned out really much more flavorful than the first time I made it and we liked it!

  12. Just made this – I added extra macaroni because this dish is feeding my family. That made it sticky (yum) and thick. I added a little more warmed milk to help the cheese melt. I used 1 cup Velveeta and 1 cup sharp cheddar. I season my food in layers, onions get s&p, ground beef gets s&p. I agree with another comment about using chili powder instead of paprika. Overall, great, quick meal – it did need some salt. Thank you for this recipe, my family is inhaling it!

  13. I made this tonight, and it turned out great! I grew up eating the box kind, but when I started cooking I became grossed out by processed and fake foods. Until recently, I used the Annie’s box mix because it was free of artificial ingredients, but they stopped making it! I am so happy to have a go to recipe that I can make from scratch!

  14. I added a drained can of rotel and extra cheese it turned out great !

  15. Hi Holly,
    I’m sure this recipe is much better than the boxed stuff and I’m going to try it.
    I love that the macaroni cooks right in with the other ingredients for a quick and easy one pot meal. I can see myself making this often :)

  16. I don’t have cornstarch…..could I use flour instead?

  17. Would this recipe work if I used left over shredded chicken?

  18. Delicious! 12 minutes was too long to cook. All the liquid evaporated, but it was still full of flavor and the cheese melted and blended well! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Thank you Holly for all the nice recipes. Have a fun weekend.

  20. This is excellent!! Thank you!! :-D
    Sooo much tastier than the box mix . . .

  21. Omg, I pinned this recipe a while ago & finally made it tonight – one word, AMAZING!!!!!! So easy & perfect for the fam (just needed a touch of salt at the end). Thank you so much, will be looking for more of your recipes to make in the future :)

    – Heather

    ps – I love wine & cheese too!

  22. I’ve made this recipe twice in the last week the first time with chicken broth and today with water. Wayyyyy better with chicken broth. Both times it was delicious and the left overs are even better!

  23. What did you garnish it with?

  24. Can I freeze this?

  25. Great recipe! One of my husband’s favorites!

  26. Don’t have anything to compare it to but It was good. It was not enough to feed 2 adults and 2 teenagers so double it if you have a family of 4 or serve it with a side.

  27. Made this tonight and made it pretty much as written! I used ground chicken ( kids do not like ground beef) and noticed people were commenting it needed salt so I added 1/2 tsp seasoning salt. I also used half cheddar cheese , half Valveeta and because I am strange and need veggies in everything I added a whole head of broccoli :) kids asked for thirds! Even my extra picky two year old licked the bowl!!

  28. I made this tonight with Beef Broth and Rice milk. I added mushrooms when cooking the meat and 1/5 packet of beef onion soup mix. Came out kinda like a stroganoff.

  29. I have pretty much the same recipe. Never have made it but mine never calls for any cheese weird because it is CHEESEBURGER skillet macaroni. Right? Now in the directions it says stir in cream cheese and cheddar cheese until melted and creamy sauce has formed. Not sure how much to use of each?

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