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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

Healthy instant pot hamburger helper is an easy weeknight meal your family will love!  Made with ground turkey, cheese, noodles and spices, this homemade cheeseburger macaroni tastes even better than the box classic and will be a weeknight dinner winner!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 506kcal
Author Lyndsey


  • 2.5 cups of shredded cheddar Monterey Jack or combination
  • 16 ounces sturdy pasta i.e. shells rigatoni or penne
  • 1 pound ground turkey can substitute ground beef also
  • .25 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon each of mustard powder paprika, onion powder and garlic powder


  • Using the saute mode, drizzle olive oil into the Instant Pot.  Add ground beef or turkey, salt and pepper and other seasonings.
  • Cook beef until done, breaking up meat and moving frequently. Once cooked, remove meat to a side bowl.
  • Cancel saute mode and add 16 ounces of sturdy pasta to the pot.  Add four cups of water and cook on manual for 4 minutes.
  • Once the cooking cycle completes, carefully quick release and stir noodles.
  • Add in butter and stir until well incorporated.  Place meat back into pot.
  • Add cheese and stir gently.  Add milk as needed for a smooth, creamy consistency.
  • Season pasta with salt and pepper and additional seasoning if desired.  Serve hot.


  • Make ahead to feed your family for a few days. When you make this cheeseburger mac ahead, add in a bit of milk when you reheat it for leftovers.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • Add a splash of milk and reheat in the microwave until heated through.
  • Use a sturdy noodle. Shells, penne, rigatoni or even small lasagna noodles would work.
  • Add in enough olive oil while sauteeing ground turkey or beef to ensure you do not get the burn warning.
  • Part of this recipe was adapted from Pinch of Yum's Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese recipe.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 44.7g | Protein: 28.5g | Fat: 23.4g