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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni.
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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni is an easy recipe the whole family will love. It's cheesy and beefy and it's even better than Hamburger Helper.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, Instant Pot
Servings: 6
Calories: 526kcal
Author: Kelsey Smith


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1-½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1-½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


  • Using the saute setting on the Instant Pot, brown the ground beef. When the ground beef is done cooking, scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot liner to make sure there are no burned bits on the bottom. Drain fat if needed (see notes).
  • Cancel the saute setting. Add the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, salt, and black pepper to the pot, stirring to coat the ground beef.
  • Add the elbow macaroni, beef broth, butter, submerging the macaroni in broth but do not stir (this could cause a burn error).
  • Close the Instant Pot lid and cook on HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes to come to pressure before the cook time begins.
  • When the cooking time is complete, follow by a quick release. Stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and heavy whipping until the cheese is melted.


Recipe adapted from Buns In My Oven Homemade Hamburger Helper.
Nutrition was calculated using MyFitnessPal. 32g fat, 26g carbs, 32g protein 
Drain the ground beef if needed/desired. Lean ground beef and ground turkey will not need to be drained. The butter adds fat back in.
To double the meat, add an extra half cup of water and a little extra seasoning (rounded scoops instead of leveled scoops).


Calories: 526kcal