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How to Make Gluten Free Hamburger Helper Recipe

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Fast Gluten Free Dinner

Comfort Food Goes Gluten Free

Last year I found out I was sensitive to gluten. It hasn't been too rough changing the way I eat. But sometimes a girl just wants comfort food, you know?

My son, however, has not taken to our new way of eating. He loves Hamburger Helper. I have to admit, I do, too, but I just can't eat it anymore.

The boxed version is out of the question, but I have come up with a recipe that tastes every bit as good as the original.

Best of all, my son doesn't even know it's gluten free. I used brown rice pasta shells and the taste is so similar to regular pasta in this recipe that you really can't tell the difference.

It's a one pot meal, so it makes clean up easy. Pair it with a salad and you've got a complete dinner.

Don't forget dessert! Be sure to scroll to the end of the article to watch a video that shows you how to make an awesome and easy gluten free apple pie.

Grab your skillet and have dinner on the table tonight!

Buy Gluten Free Pasta Shells

Better Than the Box

This gluten free one skillet meal tastes just like the real thing

This gluten free one skillet meal tastes just like the real thing

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

20 min

35 min

Makes 4-6 Servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 1/2 Cups milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups hot water
  • 2 Cups brown rice pasta shells, macaroni, or other gluten free macaroni
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Let's Put it All Together!

  1. Cook hamburger in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain off the fat. Return hamburger to skillet and keep the burner on high.
  2. Add pasta, milk, water, and herbs and spices and stir to combine. Cook on high until it comes to a boil, then turn down on low to simmer. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is done. *To make the sauce thicker, you can add whatever thickening agent you are able to use.
  3. Remove skillet from heat. Add the sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheddar cheese is melted and the sour cream is completely combined. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Brown Hamburger and Drain the Fat


Place a large skillet over high heat. Add oil to skillet (or spray with cooking spray), then add ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Pour hamburger into a colander and drain off the fat. Return hamburger to skillet. Keep burner on high.

Add All but the Last Two Ingredients


To the hamburger, add the pasta, milk, hot water, herbs and spices. Stir well. Bring to boil, then turn the heat down on low, cover, and simmer 15-20 minutes, or until the pasta is done.

*If you desire a thicker sauce, add your favorite gluten free thickening agent before adding the next ingredients.

Remove From Heat

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Remove skillet from heat. Add sour cream and cheddar cheese. Stir until the cheese completely melted and the sour cream is combined. Serve immediately. Eat and enjoy.

Pair your hamburger helper with a garden salad and you now have a complete gluten free dinner.

But don't forget the dessert! Watch the video below and be sure to make your gluten free apple pie. Your family will thank you.

How to Make Gluten Free Apple Pie

Eating Gluten Free on a Budget

Save money! Gluten free on a budget is not only possible, it's delicious and cheap. This hamburger helper recipe costs the same as making the boxed version, takes the same amount of time to prepare, and tastes as great as the boxed version.

Sometimes kids who are gluten intolerant don't understand why they can't eat the same foods as everyone else. They just know it tastes good and they want it.

Your kids don't have to eat something that tastes funny. Using great recipes such as this one makes gluten free so tasty, even kids will enjoy anything you put in front of them.

Gluten free doesn't mean tasteless or you have to do without. Just because you or your children can't eat gluten, doesn't mean that you have to do without comfort food.

Enjoying your food, or are you just eating to survive?


Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on October 14, 2014:

I hope you like it! Gluten free eating doesn't reallylend itself to quick meals, but this recipe does.

sabbatino4 on October 12, 2014:

I love one pot meals and quick ones at that, so this is a keeper. I have to cook and bake gluten free and we love hamburger helper type meals. Thank you for posting.

Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on April 14, 2013:

Thank you! I didn't think about the GM ingredients, but that's a great point, too.

ologsinquito from USA on April 14, 2013:

Hi Abby,

This recipe is a great idea and it will also help people avoid genetically modified ingredients. I remember my Mom buying Hamburger Helper a lot when I was growing up.

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