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homemade hamburger helper with turkey
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Cheesy Homemade Hamburger Helper with Turkey

This one pot homemade hamburger helper is made with ground turkey and lots of cheese! It's just like the childhood classic but so much better! It's creamy and meaty and packed full of flavor! It's the perfect easy dinner recipe that's packed with childhood nostalgia! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: dinner, pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, dinner, easy, ground turkey, hamburger, one pot
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp hot sauce such as franks
  • 2 cups macaroni noodles
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup italian cheese blend or parmesan
  • 1 cup of chipotle havarti or pepperjack
  • 5 slices american cheese
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp scallions optional


  • Add turkey to one side of a large skillet then add the chopped onion to the other. Sprinkle everything with salt. Turn the heat to medium medium-high and let it brown for a minute — using a spatula to break it up.
  • Once the turkey is starting to brown, add the chili powder and the garlic powder and stir while toasting the spices for a minute.
  • Now add the fresh garlic and stir. Cook for another two minutes until fragrant and starting to soften.
  • Add the ketchup, the mustard, and the hot sauce and stir; cook it down for another minute.
  • Add the pasta and the stock and stir. Turn the heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, stir in the cheese little by little until everything is melted.
  • Add a splash of heavy cream and stir one last time to finish.
  • If you'd like, you can top with fresh scallions or green onion for a pop of freshness.