Homemade Hamburger Helper — Damn Delicious

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Homemade Hamburger Helper

Beef stroganoff made completely from scratch in ONE POT in less than 30 min. And it tastes 10000x better than the boxed stuff!

I have to admit that during my college years, Hamburger Helper saved my life.

All I had to do was buy a pound of ground beef. That’s it.

And then I was able to cook a “homemade” meal. From a box of course.

It was cheap, quick and easy.

But guess what? This homemade creamy mushroom stroganoff version is also cheap, quick and easy.

And it’s also made completely, 100% from scratch. In a single pan in 30 minutes or less.

Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot!

It’s a win-win situation.

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Beef stroganoff made completely from scratch in ONE POT in less than 30 min. And it tastes 10000x better than the boxed stuff!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup sour cream*
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Drain excess fat.
  • Stir in mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in tomato paste until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in beef broth and egg noodles. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until noodles are cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Stir in sour cream and Dijon mustard until well combined.
  • Serve immediately, garnished parsley, if desired.

*Plain Greek yogurt can be substituted.

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Love those comfort foods! This looks super delicious. I’m making this today.

My husband gets nostalgic thinking about Hamburger Helper (and stroganoff was his favorite) but I refuse to buy it. This looks like a great weeknight version when I don’t have the time, energy, etc., etc., to cook and clean up. Great job.

Just wanted to say thank-you for all the great recipes , and your pick ,so pretty ,Iam a grandma but love trying new things and old with a twist ,I become a fan lol.

I LOOOVE beef stroganoff. Can’t wait to make this.

This is coincidental — I just made a different one pot beef stroganoff recipe TONIGHT that I didn’t care for… should’ve known to check here first!

This looks yummy! Think I will add some green peas to it.

This looks great! Can’t wait to try it tonight. Thanks!!

I have always made beef stroganoff from scratch; my recipe calls for dill weed – it adds a unique taste and aroma.

When I import this recipe into My Fitness Pal it calculates the recipe as over 1110 calories per serving. In order to make it 540 calories as you state the whole pot would have to be 8 serving sizes instead of only four. .

Never mind my calorie comment. I think I found the issue.

This is some tasty stroganoff, but I really don’t think you ought to be calling it Hamburger Helper. I mean, it’s got cremini mushrooms, for crying out loud. I don’t recall any ‘shrooms in the boxed stuff. And oh, my, the glorious fond in my skillet.

For those itching to try it, do! This is one of those rare easy weeknight comfort food meals that comes together in a snap (yes, under 30 minutes!) without relying on canned ingredients. I loved how it came together in a single skillet (Easy cleanup) and how easy it was to scale for 2 people. It’s so straightforward and simple that it’s incredibly easy to adapt to personal tastes (I’m planning to add onion next time) without worrying about destroying it’s soul.

Hi. What can I use in place of flour? I have tummy issues when I eat flour/gluten. 🙁

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment.

I have used gluten-free flour and it works just fine !

Hey Jenna! Just thought I would let you know I used brown rice noodles I get at trader joes. I didn’t need any flour. 🙂 still delicious!

Maybe a smaller amount of cornstarch.

I have tested this recipe and can honestly say it’s great ! My boyfriend is on the Low FODMAP diet (for IBS) and this dish is great for his unsettled tummy ! It’s super tasty and surprisingly light. I added a big bag of spinach as well towards the end which wilted down. I think this time around I might grate some zucchini through it as well for a bit of extra nutrition 🙂

LOVED this recipe! Super easy and was a huge hit! Will for sure make again

I did make this and it was DAMN DELICIOUS! I am going to make lasagna soup (from Damn delicious, of course) next. I gotta try those cheesy potatoes too. I Love Your Website! Do you have an app?

I actually do not have an app at this time but my website is mobile and table-friendly for your convenience.

Just wondering what side you serve with this? Thanks!

My absolute favorite side dish is the garlic parmesan roasted potatoes. But please feel free to check out all of my side dish recipes here.

This one didn’t turn out like yours at all.
Not sure where it went wrong, maybe because I used beef stock instead of broth. Not completely sure what the difference is to be honest.

It was alrightish… very sticky and brown (too much flour and tomato paste?)

Won’t make it again, but that probably has more to do with my own cooking than your recipe.

I followed the recipe exactly. I ended up with stroganoff soup! Usually the recipes on this site are great, not sure what happened but next time I will use 1 cup beef broth.

I agree with the comment above – it comes out very soupy with 3 cups of broth. I would recommend cutting liquid down to 2 cups and adding later if necessary. Flavors were great!

Quick, super easy, and pretty inexpensive. I used white button mushrooms and only 2 cups of beef broth (I can see where another cup would make it soupy!) because I didnt feel like making a trip to the store. Would add onions and garlic next time for more flavor. Super easy cleanup too.

This turned out perfectly, not soupy at all! I added chopped onion and garlic to the hamburger as it browned and that’s the only change I made…I love the recipes on this site, they are truly damn delicious

I made this the other night hoping my 2 picky toddlers would eat and like it – they loved it! It was fast and simple to make, tastes amazing and is easy on the wallet! It’s a keeper! 🙂

I’m not sure what I did wrong but this came out like a big sticky, gooey, glob. Flavor was good but the texture was all wrong. 🙁

AMAZING! So delicious! Added onions, onion powder and garlic powder

I make this often and we love it! Question, would it be ok to freeze the left overs in portions for quick re-heat meals? Not sure if this is freezer friendly. Thanks!

Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! Please use your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

I halved this for a quick dinner for 2 using button mushrooms, and Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I ended up doubling the amount I used because I wanted more sour flavor, so I probably wouldn’t go out of my way to use the yogurt again. I also did not get a very creamy color, it was pretty brown. But overall it tasted great and my skeptical boyfriend loved it too. I will definitely keep making this one.

I made this recipe last night but, to make it a little healthier I used protein plus bow tie pasta and used turkey meat instead of hamburger.. i then added a little bit of garlic and onion to the turkey meat as it cooked and it came out great.

This is great. Looks, smells and tastes like the real thing but without that annoying HH diarrhea! Seriously though, a fantastic dish that turned out perfectly and brought me right back to my college days. Loved it – junk food without the junk.

Tried this tonight – soooo easy to put together and very tasty. Thanks for the recipe!

Having had the misfortune of Hamburger Helper sort of childhood, seeing this recipe piqued my interest. I made it, and man… it’s good. Like, way better than any Hamburger Helper I would never care to eat again. All ingredients I had in my pantry, this was a cinch to make and extremely tasty! Thank you again for a FAST, delicious and easy meal!

Made this tonight, super easy and 30-min meals are a must have in my life these days with a 14 month old and 4 year old. I added a bit more tomato paste and started with 2 cups of broth and added more as necessary (I always find it best to start with less and add more if required, it’s easier to add than to take away!) Anyway, it turned out perfect, kids loved it, lots of leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Served with a giant green salad.

I made this last week and it was super fast and yummy. I couldn’t believe how quickly this came together and it was a big hit with my husband. It’s going on my make-again list for sure!

This was so easy, but it needs something. Maybe next time I’ll dice onions and carrots and brown those with the beef. Otherwise, this is a super easy, quick meal! Will make again.

My husband has celiac so I substituted gf flour and used gf rotini pasta. Added chopped onion and garlic . Very tasty, will make again. Served with green peas and cucumber salad.

Hi! Love your recipes. 🙂 Can I make this with beef stew meat? How would I prepare the meat differently? Thanks!

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

This looks just what I need to use up a pound of ground beef for supper. Chungah, the recipes on your site sound AWESOME – there are so many I want to try!! I LOVE Asian food, and here there are some WONDERFUL sounding Asian recipes, but there are also Mexican, Italian, etc. – what an exciting array of things to try! I have access to quite a few food bloggers’ sites, and they also have some wonderful sounding recipes, but yours is my favorite. Thanks for sharing your talents and creativity!

This is an absolute delight! I added onions and used pizza sauce instead of tomato paste. I had some pepperoni leftover from pizza earlier this week and threw that into the mix. I will definitely be making this again.

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