Hamburger, Help Her

The following post was originally published on Hunger and Thirst:

Hamburger is my dad’s all-time favorite food. Not a traditional burger, grilled to perfection on the outside, and still succulent and pink on the inside. No, he prefers his burger to be cooked so long that it resembles a dirt clod in texture and flavor. No wonder I hated hamburger growing up, especially Hamburger Helper. But as an adult, I find this dish oddly comforting. And no matter who is sitting at my dinner table – a grumpy old man, teenagers, or my picky aunt – this dish always gets eaten with gusto. Nothing fancy here, but people like it. This is an adaptation of Roben Ryberg’s recipe.


1/2 lb. hamburger
1 medium onion, diced
1 Tbsp. ancho chile powder
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. uncooked gf pasta elbows (or regular pasta elbows)
1 3/4 c. water
1 tsp. corn or potato starch
1 Tbsp. cold water
1/4 c. sour cream


Sauté the hamburger, onion, and spices until browned. Add pasta and water, cover and simmer 20 minutes, or until pasta is tender. In a small cup, mix together 1 tsp. starch and 1 Tbsp. cold water, and add to the hamburger mixture. Turn off the heat, and stir in sour cream

ButterPoweredBike is the author of Hunger and Thirst. She is a forager, a gardener, a cyclist, and an intuitive cook and eater.

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  1. The Book Lady Online says

    Looks like a great recipe :) I might try it out on the family tonight since I have some hamburger that is thawed and needs to be used today. Thanks :)

  2. says

    Wow! HBH is one of those foods I kind of hate myself for loving. This is a must try…extra credit for using ancho powder!

  3. Jessie at Gluten Free 4 Goofs says

    I might have to make this tonight! I could use some comfort. :) I'm waiting for baby #5 to decide to grace us and I'm watching a blizzard outside my window.

  4. gfe--gluten free easily says

    Great post title and photo, Alea! Homemade Hamburger Helper is where it's at. 😉 My hubby would love this one. :-) I have a homemade Hamburger Helper recipe that I need to share soon, too.


  5. Alea says

    All credit for the phot and title must go to Butter at Hunger and Thirst. I am indebted to her for sharing this wonderful post!

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