Homemade Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese





  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 box Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese (or your preferred macaroni and cheese)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika, 1-2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Chili powder to taste
  • Parsley, garlic powder, onion powder to taste
  • Optional: Corn (if desired)
  • Shredded cheese (a few cups, as per preference)


  1. Cook Ground Beef:
    • In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until browned and fully cooked. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, sugar, chili powder, parsley, garlic powder, and onion powder. Adjust seasonings to taste. Drain excess fat if necessary.
  2. Prepare Mac and Cheese:
    • While the ground beef is cooking, prepare the macaroni and cheese according to the package instructions. If using Kraft Deluxe, simply follow the instructions provided.
  3. Combine Beef and Macaroni:
    • Once both the ground beef and macaroni and cheese are cooked, combine them in a large pan or skillet. Add a teaspoon of butter for richness.
  4. Optional: Add Corn:
    • If you enjoy corn, add it to the mixture for a sweet and crunchy element. Adjust the quantity based on your preference.
  5. Mix and Season:
    • Mix everything together thoroughly, ensuring the ground beef and macaroni are well combined. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  6. Add Shredded Cheese:
    • Sprinkle a few cups of shredded cheese into the mixture, stirring until the cheese is melted and the dish is creamy. The amount of cheese can be adjusted based on your preference for richness.
  7. Serve and Garnish:
    • Once the cheese is melted and everything is well combined, serve the Homemade Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese hot.
  8. Customize Toppings:
    • Garnish with additional parsley, shredded cheese, or any other toppings you enjoy.
  9. Enjoy Your Homemade Hamburger Helper:
    • This easy and flavorful dish is a homemade twist on the classic Hamburger Helper. Customize it to your liking and enjoy a budget-friendly, family-friendly meal.

Feel free to experiment with additional seasonings, vegetables, or toppings to make it your own. This recipe is versatile and forgiving, making it a great option for a quick and delicious dinner