Thank you to Helper for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their Free Ground Beef Rebate! #Helper #freebeef #ad
Weeknights at our house are BUSY! In fact, most nights after finishing up at work and picking up our youngest from daycare, I arrive home and literally run around the kitchen trying to get some food on the table. How is it that only minutes after I walk in the door the kids are asking if dinner is ready? While I wish I had a magic wand to make a meal just appear on the table, I don’t. . .BUT I do have some tricks up my sleeve to stay sane and get the family fed on those crazy, busy nights.
Today I’m sharing this delicious and easy Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Casserole, a hearty and satisfying recipe that’s simple to prepare and guaranteed to please the entire family. I always have a box of Hamburger Helper in the pantry ready to go for hectic weeknights (that seem to happen more often than I would like). 🙂
Alright, that’s not entirely true. The truth is, I have several boxes of Helper at the ready in my pantry. Why? Well, right now if you buy three boxes of Helper you can get your ground beef for FREE!
Yep, you heard me right. Pretty sweet deal, right? Who wouldn’t stock up? Especially when it helps me get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes! So, here’s what I did:
- I went to my local grocer and purchased three Hamburger Helper products and one pound of ground beef. If you would like to try Chicken Helper or Tuna Helper varieties, you can mix and match. Just make sure you have three boxes of Helper and the pound of ground beef in your cart when all is said and done.
- Head on over to grab the rebate, click on the image and print.
- Mail in the rebate form.
Alright, back to the recipe! Preparing Helper is super easy and turning it into a delicious casserole really only takes a few more minutes and a couple extra ingredients.
I prepared the Helper as directed on the box and threw in some personal touches along the way:
- I browned the beef with some chopped onion, and drained it.
- Stirred in the hot water, milk, sauce mix and pasta and some seasonings.
- Added some diced tomatoes and brown sugar.
- Stirred in some cheese and French fried onions.
- Transferred it all to a baking dish.
- Sprinkled on a bit more cheese (we LOVE cheese in Wisconsin) and French fried onions.
- Broiled it uncovered on low for a few minutes until the cheese was melted and the onions were golden and crispy!
I had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes and the casserole looked like I had spent much more time preparing it than that. In fact, once dinner was served, I wish we would have invited the neighbors over.
There was more than enough and it was a satisfying, hearty meal that, like any casserole, will taste just as great if not better the next day. That’s important if you rely on leftovers for your lunch on weekdays like I do! And when you get your ground beef for free?? Come on, it’s kind of a no-brainer! You need to try this recipe!
Get to the store, pick out your three Helper meals and one pound of ground beef, print out the rebate and mail it in! It’s that simple! What Helper flavors will you choose?
Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Casserole
A delicious, hearty casserole that goes together in minutes with the help of Hamburger Helper!
- 1 box Hamburger Helper Double Cheeseburger Macaroni
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, drained
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 6 ounce container French Fried onions
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Brown beef and chopped onion in a skillet; then drain
- Sprinkle the beef with the garlic powder, pepper and Italian seasoning and mix in well
- Stir in the hot water, milk, sauce mix and pasta; heat to boiling
- Reduce heat and add the diced tomatoes and brown sugar; cover and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender.
- Add half of the French fried onions to the mixture and 1/2 cup of the cheese
- Transfer to a 9×11 inch baking dish
- Sprinkle on the remaining cheese and top with the remaining French fried onions
- Broil on low for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and French fried onions are crispy and golden
- You can also substitute Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni in the recipe.
- Serving Size: 5
- Calories: 396
- Sugar: 11
- Sodium: 343
- Fat: 21
- Saturated Fat: 10
- Unsaturated Fat: 8
- Trans Fat: 1
- Carbohydrates: 25
- Protein: 28
- Cholesterol: 88
It’s not even 9am yet and you’ve got my mouth watering! I love the French fried onions on top. I’m going to have to check that deal out.
I’m a French fried onion addict. I use them in so many of my casseroles! And yes, check the rebate out!
Great post, Sara — makes me hungry!
Kacey @ The Cookie Writer says
Your post brings back so many childhood memories! My dad and I always loved the potato hamburger helper, where my brother preferred the lasagna one. Thanks for the great post!
The Cheeseburger Macaroni is a favorite at our house – my mom always loved Tuna Helper!
Sara, you have fancy handwriting 🙂
Beth, you’re so silly. LOL My handwriting is a little loopy, isn’t it?
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
Wow, now I’m hungry. This looks absolutely delicious!
My kids would go crazy for this!
There’s something magical about kids and noodles, isn’t there?
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
I love dinner shortcuts like this, Sara, and that is an awesome deal on the beef rebate! Thanks for telling us about it 🙂
First of all, I’m not a hamburger helper fan. It’s ok but not something I generally eat. Then I saw this recipe – a way to doctor up something I think is kind of bland. I thought I’d give it a try because, frankly, the pictures you took made my stomach growl. I’m so happy I tried this. You may have – dare i say – converted me into a hamburger help fan! This was surprisingly yummy. I think next time I make it I may spice it up with Rotel instead of the plain diced tomatoes though because I always like a little spice. Plus, this recipe is so quick and easy it’s really hard not to love! Thanks! 🙂
Katie, thanks for such a thoughtful and kind comment! I love your idea of adding Rotel! I may just try that, too!