Turkey Hamburger Helper

Cheesy Turkey Hamburger Helper is a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Just a few ingredients and you have a family friendly dish that the kids are sure to love.  What’s great about this recipe is that it is a one pot dish – everything cooks in the same pot.  Ground turkey is seasoned with delicious spices then simmer in a chicken broth and milk which gives it some richness.  The pasta is then added and cooked to perfection while sucking up all the yummy flavors of the dish.  Cheddar cheese is then stirred in to make this Turkey Hamburger Helper on delicious meal.

Turkey Hamburger Helper


Weeknights can be chaotic and that’s why it’s important to have easy meals like this. The pasta is cooked the same pot with the seasoned ground turkey, spices and broths which gives it a ton of flavor and makes this dish super easy.  Turkey Hamburger Helper uses ingredients that most of us have on hand.  It’s made with ground turkey because turkey is easier to digest but it can also be made using ground beef.  

Turkey Hamburger Helper


Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 lb ground turkey or beef
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • ½ onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup macaroni pasta
  • 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • In a pot over high heat, add oil and ground turkey.  If using ground beef do not add any oil.  Brown turkey while breaking up into small pieces. 
  • When turkey has browned, add onion, garlic, salt, black
    pepper, paprika and dried basil and stir to combine.  Cook for about 3 minutes until the onion
    softens then add tomato paste and mix then cook for an addition 2-3 mins.
  • Add chicken broth and milk and then bring to a boil before
    adding macaroni pasta.  Cover and reduce
    to medium heat and cook until the pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally to
    prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • When the pasta is cooked, turn off heat and stir in grated
    cheddar cheese.  The sauce will thicken
    as it cools.  Serve warm with a vegetable
    on the side.


Course: Main Dishes
Author: JehanP