Pure comfort food, in a hurry, without any bad stuff! Our Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe is simple to make and tastes great! And it can be made dairy free and gluten free too!

I’m fairly certain if you grew up in North America you’ve probably had Hamburger Helper. If you don’t know what that is or what I’m talking about, let me explain. Hamburger is ground meat – beef, turkey, chicken, pork. It’s inexpensive and quick to cook. Hamburger Helper is a boxed package of spices and dry pasta that you mix into cooked hamburger to make a meal. But if you’re gluten and dairy free (or you want to avoid a laundry list of unpronounceable pseudo-foods) Hamburger Helper is no bueno. So what do you do if you want a bowl of creamy pasta and hamburger goodness without all the gluten and chemicals? You make our homemade hamburger helper recipe, of course!

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Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Homemade Hamburger Helper Recipe (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

Yield: 6 -8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

A bowl full of creamy gluten free hamburger helper goodness - without gluten or dairy!


  • .5 kg / 1 lb ground beef
  • 454 g / 16 oz spiral rice pasta
  • 1 tsp each paprika, oregano, parsley, salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup milk, almond, soy, rice
  • 1/2 cup cheddar flavored Daiya, or other non-dairy grated cheese substitute


  1. On medium heat, brown ground beef in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain off fat.
  2. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions. Strain and set aside.
  3. Add spices, mustard and garlic to cooked meat in skillet. Stir.
  4. Carefully pour broth and milk into skillet. Stir to thoroughly combine with meat and spices.
  5. Add pasta and stir to coat.
  6. Cook until heated through.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 415Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 445mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 27g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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Serve the homemade hamburger helper hot with a Caesar salad or steamed broccoli for a complete meal.

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So have you ever had Hamburger Helper? Did you like it? 

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  1. I am from the US and I know of HH but I personally don’t like it, but as a working Mom, I know it is fast and can be hearty. What kind of pasta did you use?

    1. Sorry, add it in after the broth and milk. 🙂 Thanks for pointing out that I missed that!

  2. Can you believe that I have never made Hamburger Helper? 🙂 Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Lol. The boxed kind was a staple when I was a teenager and my mom went back to work. Now with food allergies in our house we make it from scratch just as easily!

  3. We sure have enjoyed featuring your post on the Top Ten at Full Plate Thursday. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and have a great week!
    Miz Helen

  4. The best thing about HH was that it was a one pot meal. I’m wondering if you added more broth/milk if you could just cook the pasta in with the meat? I have a version of my own (we call it Easy Mac) but I wanted something creamier so looking for options.