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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

Who needs the box when you can have this homemade Instant Pot Hamburger Helper on your table in less than 25 minutes! Easy, delicious comfort food made entirely in one pot.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hamburger helper, hamburger helper recipe, instant pot hamburger helper
Servings: 6
Calories: 717kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef extra lean
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped


  • Prep Instant Pot: Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. (See your manufacturer’s guide for detailed instructions on how to use your instant pot.)
  • Cook Beef: Add the olive oil to the instant pot and heat. Add the ground beef, onion and garlic and break up the beef with a wooden spoon. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Add Ingredients: Add the oregano, chili powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, broth, milk and elbow macaroni. Stir well, scraping the bottom to remove any stuck bits. Close the lid. Cook on high pressure (Manual setting) for 5 minutes.
  • Finish and Serve: Once the Instant Pot cycle is complete, quick release the pressure and stir well. Stir in the cheese and garnish with parsley. Serve.


  1. Make sure to always check your manufacturer’s guide for detailed instructions on how to use your instant pot.
  2. Just because the boxed version has multiple variations, doesn't mean I don't! Check out my Three Cheese Hamburger Helper, Cheeseburger Hamburger Helper, or One Pot Hamburger Helper Lasagna for some more inspiration.
  3. Make sure when you're adding the ingredients to scrape the brown bits in the bottom of the instant pot, they add delicious flavor!
  4. Play around with cheeses, spices etc to make this dish your own. There are a ton of variations you can make with this base recipe.
  5. This instant pot hamburger helper is just as delicious the next day! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 – 4 days.
  6. If you want to freeze your leftovers, let them cool completely then freeze in an airtight container. Your instant pot hamburger helper will stay fresh for up to 3 months if stored properly.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 717kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 945mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1149IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 502mg | Iron: 4mg