Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper

Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper is just what you need for a quick and easy meal.  It is often a quick weeknight meal for many families.  What if you could make a more healthy and homemade version of this family favorite?  And what if you could make it even quicker than the store bought version?

We stopped making boxed foods like Hamburger Helper long ago but missed having quick and easy one pot meals.  So we came up with a homemade healthy version.

Luckily, the instant pot makes this weeknight meal so much easier and quicker to make.  You can have a complete meal with the addition of a side vegetable or fruit in less than 10 minutes.  Having a meal that is this quick and easy is a must when you are a working or busy family.  It’s essential to be able to come up with quick healthy meals so that you aren’t tempted to eat something less healthy or grab take out on your way home.

Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper

This creamy and cheesy instant pot hamburger helper is the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword DIY Hamburger Helper, Healthy Hamburger Helper, Homemade Hamburger Helper
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 855 kcal
Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni (2 cups)
  • 8 oz milk or heavy cream (1 cup)


  1. Saute ground beef, onion, and seasonings until meat is cooked through and no longer pink.  
    Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper
  2. Pour in uncooked pasta and broth.  
  3. Place instant pot on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.

    Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper
  4. Do a quick release and add milk and then slowly stir in cheese. 

Recipe Notes

Serve and Enjoy!

We can’t believe how good this instant pot hamburger helper tastes or how quick and easy it is to make. This creamy and cheesy instant pot hamburger helper is sure to be a hit at your family table.  We guarantee it will not disappoint anyone and leave the pot empty. Be sure to try this recipe today.  You can make it your own and make any additions or alternations to this recipe as you see fit.  Below you will find a link to the instant pot we use and the larger instant pot available also.

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In the DIY spirit, we would like to be able to try to recreate some other versions of favorite processed or pre-made foods into our own homemade and healthy versions.  Due to the number of unhealthy preservatives and chemicals found in many processed foods, we prefer to make our own.  Stay tuned for future recipes of homemade, healthy versions of these American family favorites.

We’d love to hear what you think about this recipe and what you are making for quick weeknight meals.  Or if you can think of any recipes you’d like us to recreate.  Let us know in the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!  We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.Instant Pot Homemade Hamburger Helper

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