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How to make Instant Pot Boxed Hamburger Helper

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If you love the flavor of boxed Hamburger Helper you can cook it in your Instant Pot for an even quicker cook time than the stove top and still get that traditional flavor. I grew up where Hamburger Helper was something we would have regularly with a variety of their flavors. The pasta one was always a favorite along with cheesy hash browns. If you still enjoy serving up boxed Hamburger Helper to your family, try in the Instant Pot and see How to make Instant Pot Hamburger Helper even easier it makes an already simple meal!

One of the biggest reasons why I love my Instant Pot is it cooks quick but also locks in flavor really well. That is why I prefer making the boxed Hamburger Helper in my Instant Pot. It seems to help give you that rich flavor like you cooked it on slow on the stove for an hour to really let the flavors soak in and infuse with each other. I also have a homemade Hamburger Helper recipe that I make as well that taste amazing!


Hamburger Helper in the Instant Pot is so quick and easy. I actually like it better than making it on the stove. If you would like to make Homemade Instant Pot Hamburger Helper I have a recipe for that as well. This is a how to make Boxed Hamburger Helper. I also made Boxed Au Gratin Potatoes in the Instant Pot.

Some people might turn their noses up to Hamburger Helper, I see it as a tool to help provide your family with some protein, carbs, and give them a meal that is affordable. Serve with your favorite side of veggies and dinner is ready. Skip the stovetop method and try this quick Instant Pot version and see how you and your family like it! Clean plates will be your deciding factor! Serve with some bread and butter and I bet there won’t be a drop left as they use the bread to scoop up every last drop of the creamy goodness.

Place the pot on Saute and cook your ground beef until crumbled and brown. I used my ground meat chopper.

Add in 1 1/2 cups Water and pasta

Add in 1 1/2 cups Milk and Season packet. Stir until dissolved. Place your Instant Pot on Manual High Pressure for 5 minutes. Do a quick release. Serve!

Instant Pot Boxed Hamburger Helper

How to make Instant Pot Boxed Hamburger Helper

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

If you still enjoy serving up boxed Hamburger Helper to your family, try in the Instant Pot and see how much easier it makes an already simple meal!


  • Hamburger Helper
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups milk


  1. Place pot on Saute and cook your ground beef until crumbled and brown. I used my ground meat chopper.
  2. Add in Water, pasta, milk and season packet.
  3. Cook on manual high pressure for 5 minutes
  4. Do a quick release.
  5. Serve

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 249mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 12g

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  1. Can I thumbs down ad placement in middle of the recipe? Impossible to screen shot whole recipe. Not Your fault, but tell your sponsors to move off home plate?

      1. I didn’t drain, but wish I had. The first time I try anything new, I have a rule to follow the recipe strictly. I didn’t drain the beef, but wish I had.

        Other than the additional grease, the flavor was great. I agree with your comment about the Instant Pot marrying the flavors more fully. I’m seeing great potential in my new investment! Thanks so much for sharing, and I hope to see more.

  2. Have you ever had a problem with your instant pot saying burn and the noodles are burned to the bottom before it is done?

    1. @Cathy Palacios, put the liquids in first and layer the other ingredients and do not stir the ingredients together and hopefully that should help

  3. We’re on a tight buget and I’ve had a stroke so my ability to cook has gone so my Son does all the cooking and this has been a lifesaver!!! Super Easy and comes out Great Every time!!! Thank You So Much!!

    1. @Debbie McDoniel, I have chronic back pain, so I’m really glad to know that the IP is helping. I’m happy for you that your son is there to help!

  4. Thank you for this! I’m a new Instant Pot user and finding instructions to be able to use it so broadly is making me enjoy it (8 don’t like cooking).

  5. Just looked at three different types of Hamburger Helper that I have. Each one uses a different amount of water and milk. Do you find that using the 1.5/1.5 works for all varieties, or is it better to follow the proportions for the particular variety?

    Gonna try it now so I might have my own answer, but was curious as to what others do.

  6. If someone need to make 2 boxed of hamburger helper in the instant pot would the 5 min cook time go up to 10 mins or still stay at 5? Thank you in advance!

  7. I want to make hamburger helpers stroganoff today for dinner. I need to know should i fellow the box for the liquid amount or just your recipe should work .I was worried cause the box said add 2 1/4 c. of milk plus 3 /4 of water. I also wanted to make two boxes . So i need to know if i double all the liquid.

  8. I did six minutes instead of five. Everything was perfect. Added a teaspoon of sour cream and some fresh cracked pepper to my own bowl… and it satisfied our processed food craving lol. My daughter and I eat healthy most of the time, but sometimes we just want HH

  9. It was good but the past was under cooked. I also added in a can of rotel to the chili mac flavor. it was a niced addition so fast

  10. I used this to make double and it was perfect. I put some sharp cheddar cheese in it at the end and it was delicious. If your doing one box I would put 3/4 milk and 3/4 cup water.

  11. I use this all the time. Thank you sooo much. True life saver! 💖

    Has anyone tried the hash brown hamburger helper in the Instant Pot?

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