Ah, Hamburger Helper … that box of crap that your busy working mom fed you as a kid. But this y’all, it’s homemade and it doesn’t have the crap. Not exactly true because it has Velveeta, but you control the level of crap. This hamburger helper is made in a pressure cooker. If you don’t have one, you may as well buy the box of crap. You could make this on the stove but it would be quicker to make it from the box.

It pressures for 6 minutes. 6 minutes. Give it a go because it’s super cheesy and whether you like or not, it’ll take you right back to the good old days, where opening a box of crap was considered nutritious.



1 pound ground beef or turkey
3 cups of macaroni or pasta of your choice
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon gourmet burger seasoning, I use Weber brand
3 cups beef broth
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
12 ounces Velveeta, cubed


Brown ground beef in pressure cooker. When half-way browned, add onion and bell pepper. Soften the veggies to your liking.

Add all other ingredients except the Velveeta. Stir and set on high pressure for 4 minutes. Release the pressure manually (don’t let it come down on it’s own). Stir in Velveeta.

That’s it guys! Enjoy!

**Note: If you checked out my video, you saw I used Mexican Velveeta for some heat. The truth is, it didn’t pack that much and I wish I had added some hot sauce or some drained Rotel when I added the broth and other ingredients. If you want it with a kick, keep that in mind. If you’re feeding this to kiddies, maybe just use the regular Velveeta flavor. I didn’t detect heat, but precious mouths might reject even the slightest amount.

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11 thoughts on “Pressure Cooker Homemade Cheesy Hamburger Helper”

      1. This looks amazing can’t wait to try it. My hubbie is scared of Velveeta…do you think shredded cheddar would work??

        1. I will work, but you won’t get the same creamy consistency. But cheddar? It will still certainly be delicious!

  1. I will pass the box and take the homemade from the pressure cooker, my goodness it will be delicious. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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