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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper is an easy pressure cooker recipe made with creamy pasta, hamburger and cheese. A perfect budget friendly, comfort food dinner that your whole family will love.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni, Instant Pot Hamburger Helper
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people


  • Instant Pot Pressure Cooker


  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 lb /500g ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 4 cups uncooked macaroni pasta (18oz or 500 grams)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream


  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté and add the oil. Fry the onions until they start to brown and caramelize. Add the ground beef and garlic to the onions and cook until browned. Mix in the spices, worcestershire sauce and diced tomatoes and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the uncooked pasta and beef stock. Close the Instant Pot lid and set vent to Sealing. Set the pressure to Manual for 5 minutes. When cooking is done, carefully quick release the steam valve.
  • Stir in grated cheese and sour cream and garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Enjoy!


Although it only takes 5 minutes of cooking in the pressure cooker, it will take about 10 minutes for the pressure to build before it seals to cook. I used White Cheddar, but if you use Orange Cheddar, the color of the pasta will be deeper in color.