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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

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Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni you will ever try! The hamburger helper gets reinvented, made entirely using the instant pot, in under 30 minutes for a quick and delicious dinner.

Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger MacaroniInstant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni is a delicious, quick and easy meal that you can make in just under 30 minutes. This is one of the creamiest and most luxurious, cheesy hamburger helper that you will ever try. I love making this recipe in my Instant Pot, it allows me to make the meal entirely in one pot and in just a fraction of the time. From browning the beef, to adding all the other ingredients and cooking everything for 4 minutes on high pressure. Yes, you add the uncooked pasta to the pot as well, no need to cook anything separately!

The Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni has two secret ingredients, that well, are not a secret anymore: I used Velveeta Cheese and also Cheeseburger Soup to make this meal extra creamy and cheesy. You will so not regret these two additions, they honestly make a huge difference! You will basically lick your plate clean.

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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

Tips & Tricks on how to make the perfect Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe:

  • I always say this, but a good meat centered meal starts with quality meat, preferably use organic beef for this meal.
  • Look for fresh meat, that has a bright color, and that has a 15-20% fat content to get great flavor and tenderness.
  • Browning the beef is essential, it will lock in the flavors and the beef juices and also elevate the meat flavor.
  • You don’t have to pre-cook the pasta for this recipe, you add the uncooked pasta to the pot and cook for 4 minutes.
  • You can make this dish with any ground meat: chicken, turkey or pork, the cooking time will still be the same if you use the same amount of the other ingredients listed in the recipe.
  • You can add red pepper flakes for the dish to be spicier or even add some hot sauce or diced jalapeños.
  • You can skip the Velveeta Cheese and use only cheddar cheese, in case you prefer to avoid processed stuff. Usually I am not Velveeta’s hugest fan, but in this recipe it works amazing because of its melting properties. It creates a really creamy and cheesy sauce.
  • This meal can be made with other types of pasta, I like to use large shells or fusilli pasta.
  • Instant Pot – I have the 6 quarts one. It makes weeknight meals so much easier.
Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe

What is Velveeta Cheese?

Velveeta is a brand name for a processed cheese product that tastes like an American cheese. It has a softer and smoother texture than cheese and when melted, it keeps a fully integrated and evenly clump-free liquid texture.

Here is a step-by-step video of how to make the Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe:

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe
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Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni

Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni you will ever try! The hamburger helper gets reinvented, made entirely using the instant pot, in under 30 minutes for a quick and delicious dinner.



  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper optional
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz) cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 cup chicken or beef broth
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni uncooked
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 8 oz Velveeta Cheese


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute.
  2. Once the IP is hot, add the oil.
  3. Add the ground beef, to get a nice sear on it. Cook it without breaking it for 1 minute. Break it up using a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  4. Add the diced onion and minced and cook for another 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the beef is no longer pink.
  5. Optional: Turn instant pot off by pushing the cancel button. Drain grease and return pot.
  6. Add one cup of water to deglaze the pot, use the wooden spoon to scrape any bits and pieces that stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  7. Add salt, pepper, mustard powder, cheddar soup and broth. Stir well until fully combined.
  8. Add uncooked macaroni to the pot and gently push them using a spatula or wooden spoon so they are submerged in the liquid.
  9. Cover and seal the lid. Make sure the valve points to Sealed. Change setting to manual and adjust time to 4 minutes on High Pressure.
  10. Once Instant Pot beeps to show that it's done, wait 5 minutes and after that do a quick release, by changing the position of the valve to Vent. Carefully remove cover and stir.
  11. Remove the lid and set IP to saute.
  12. Add your sour cream and stir to combine.
  13. Turn off the Instant Pot.
  14. Add Velveeta cheese and shredded cheese. Place back the lid for 1 minute, to melt the cheese.
  15. Remove lid and stir slowly to fully combine the cheese into the sauce. Based on preference you can add more cheese. If the sauce is too thick, select Saute and add a little chicken or beef broth, simmer and turn off.
  16. Serve topped with chopped parsley.
  17. When reheating of the stove top, either add some milk, cream or broth, to make it creamier.

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Creamy Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni
Creamiest Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni you will ever try! The hamburger helper gets reinvented, made entirely using the instant pot, in under 30 minutes for a quick and delicious dinner.

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11 comments on “Instant Pot Cheeseburger Macaroni”

  1. This is one of my favorite recipes but I hate to make it because it takes so long! This is doable!

  2. I think it’s time to break out the instant pot! I’ve made cheeseburger macaroni in the past, and it seemed time consuming to me. While it tasted good, I felt it could have been better.

  3. That looks so good! I love to make cheeseburger macaroni, and I’m always looking for a new Instant Pot recipe. This is perfect!

  4. This recipe reminds me a lot of one that my Nana used to make when I was growing up. I need to get an Instant Pot. So many fun recipes!

  5. This looks so good! I like that it is so quick and easy to make. We have an instant pot but do not use it a lot. I need to get better with doing that, this looks like a great recipe to try!

  6. What a lovely way to add some more flavor to the classic mac and cheese! This looks really good and it’s definitely going to be a hit with the kids. It’s a comfort dish as well. I just love it.

  7. Never tried to cook this kind of dish but it looks so delicious. I will definitely try to make one of this and I am sure everyone will love it.

  8. Sweet cheesy goodness! This sounds like an instant hit with the family. I love getting meals together quickly so it’s a win for me too.

  9. OMG, my family would absolutely LOVE these. I’m bookmarking this! So cheeeesy.

  10. What a neat idea, I love this twist on Mac N Cheese! And so easy to make. It would make a nice, hearty meal especially when my kids need to get to swim practice.

  11. I make this all the time it’s a favorite in the house

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