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Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

Cheeseburger macaroni recipe? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

It’s been a bit hectic here. With the move, the traveling, the wedding planning, and the holidays, we’ve been constantly on the go-go-go.

But even with our super busy schedules, I can still whip up this cozy, comforting cheeseburger mac in a flash.

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

That’s right. You read that right. It’s cheeseburger MAC. AND. CHEESE. Aka, homemade hamburger helper made a million times better thanks to Cabot cheese.

Owned by 800 farm families throughout New York and New England since 1919, Cabot creates the best cheese and dairy. So it’s no wonder that this mac and cheese yields that super creamy, super epic cheese sauce.

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

And my favorite part? You can throw all of it in the Instant Pot®! And I mean, all of it, even the uncooked pasta. You barely have to lift a finger here.

After the quick-release, you can stir in all the cheese, letting it melt right into the pasta. The key here is using a good quality cheese, like Cabot Mild Cheddar Cheese. It will make all of the difference!

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

Instant Pot Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese

Cheeseburger macaroni? YES, PLEASE! Hamburger meat, pasta and an epic cheese sauce. All made in ONE POT. Too easy!

20 minutes20 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces elbow macaroni
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cabot Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Set a 6-qt Instant Pot® to the high saute setting. Heat olive oil; add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  2. Add onion and bell pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in garlic, paprika and oregano until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Stir in beef stock, tomato sauce and pasta; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Select manual setting; adjust pressure to high, and set time for 5 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
  4. Stir in cheese and heavy cream until cheese has melted, about 1-2 minutes; stir in parsley.
  5. Serve immediately.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cabot Creamery. As always, I only partner with brands that I love and truly believe in, allowing me to create more quick and easy recipes to get us through the week without breaking the bank. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! I used a 160z box of pasta & increased the rest of the ingredients by 1/3. I used 20Oz jar of marinara sauce & 3 1/2 cups of beef broth. The whole family loved it! I’m new to the Instant Pot… but use it almost every night since I got it. Can’t wait to try more of your recipes!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing!! My husband and I loved it! So good and seriously so easy!!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing!! My husband and I loved it! So good and seriously so easy!!

  4. This was a hit at our house!  So easy to do in the Instant Pot.  Followed your recipe to the letter.  After some googling found that 12oz of macaroni was roughly 3 cups.  

    Thank you! 

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    Great recipe! You are basically making homemade hamburger helper but for a weeknight easy meal that teens love, you can’t beat it!

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    I’ve made this twice and the second time was better than the first. Still making some tweaks, but overall it’s delicious! And quick! I’m wondering if this is freezable?

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yep! This one is a keeper! I’ve made many variations of this and they were just “okay” but this one is it! So good!

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      I make this on the stove top by following the instructions as written in a Dutch oven and then cooking on medium heat for about 15 minutes (stirring often) instead of pressure cooking. We usually add some chipotle powder along with paprika, etc for a bit of heat but as written it’s an A+ classic hamburger mac.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    I don’t have an instapot, so I had to convert it. I cooked the pasta with boullion and put it in a pan. I cooked the ground beef with the vegetables, stirred in the spices , then added the tomato sauce. I poured it over the noodles. Cooked at 350 for 10 minutes. Added cheese and cooked 5 minutes longer. Perfect!

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this as written except I used gluten-free pasta. I cooked it for 6 minutes and it was perfect, not soupy at all. My whole family enjoyed it but I feel like it’s missing something… maybe a dash or two of hot sauce? I also think the canned tomato flavor was too strong so I might try swapping plain tomato sauce for pizza sauce. Still yummy, but I think those changes would make it a real keeper.

    • Make the changes for you and family… cooking is an art! If your family likes loves hot sauce, spicy, add hot sauce… I hated diced tomatoes growing up, would push them to the side, tomato sauce works… My Mom and Grams called this a “Scrummage”…. Instant Pot just makes it faster and easier….

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was so easy and so yummy! Both my husband and 4-year old son loved it. My son doesn’t often ask for seconds or leftovers and he pounded this. I can’t eat bell peppers, so I left them out and just upped the onion from half to whole. I also don’t keep broth in the house because we just don’t use it up quickly enough, but I do keep Better Than Bouillon. No joke – that stuff is a life saver. This recipe is now on the make again rotation!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just perfect. The Spouse requested cheeseburger mac with tomato, which isn’t a thing I usually make. It’s 4000 degrees out so I certainly didn’t want to put on a pot of water for pasta. Boom, this recipe. No beef broth in the house, but water and some additional salt did the trick. Happy Spouse!

  12. Excellent recipe! Mine looked just like her picture.. That never happens. Tastes as good as it looks too! Very good whole family including picky toddlers lived it. Perfect recipe!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this for my family…we were going to order pizza but I am so glad we didn’t! the whole thing came together very quickly and easily. I love all the Damn Delicious recipes….. every single one is…well…damn delicious! thank you!

  14. Loved this! Didn’t have a bell pepper, so I added a can of diced green chilies. It gave the perfect amount of spice. Also added frozen peas at the same time as the cheese just to add some more veg.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was soooo good! Kids and parents loved it alike. To me, it tastes like lasagna without all the work. Will surely make again. Thanks!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious.  I used ground turkey and stirring in Parmesan adds a nice zing.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for another delicious recipe – family loved it!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Perfect!  A little hot sauce at the end put it over the top.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very tasty! Swapped a couple ingredients to utilize what I had on hand (evaporated milk instead of heavy cream; tomato soup instead of tomato sauce); overall delicious recipe! Sort of like a DIY hamburger helper; reminded me of my childhood. Great comfort food!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      Very easy and tasty! I’ve made it several times and was pleased each time. I’ve used a variety of cheeses – whatever is on hand – and I have also subbed in a can of tomato soup for the tomato sauce and it came out great. Thanks for the recipe. 

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved it! Very easy recipe and flavours are delicious. This is the second recipe I’ve made from the site and I feel like this is the only site I need! Thank you 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    HUGE family hit and sooo easy!!!!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    There isn’t one thing I have made from your blogs or your fantastic meal prep book that my family and I have not loved!!!! Seriously! This is a fave also!! 
    Do you have nutrition value listed anywhere for your recipes? I am using MyFitnessPal for a workout challenge for a month and would like to be as accurate as I can with my entries. 
    Thanks tons for all your hard work, yum recipes and fantastic instagrams with Butters and Cartman!!!

    • Hi Sandy

      If you go into the Meals, Recipes and Food tab on My Fitness Pal you can add her recipe directly from the web 🙂
      I did it, however I changed the servings to 7 because there was heaps!

  23. This was easy & delicious! We ate it with ketchup & mustard and chopped dill pickles on top and it tastes just like a cheeseburger!!

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love how easy this was! Ultimate comfort food! I used a three cheese blend of medium, sharp, and white cheddar.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Eating this right now and as usual-yumm! Next time I will half the broth and increase the marinara bc my guys prefer lots of sauce. I also used ground buffalo cuz I didnt have beef and I used an Italian cheese mix rather than cheddar.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was EXCELLENT.

  27. Hi!  Have made lots of your recipes and my family loves them!  If I was going to double this and use an 8qt Instant Pot- would the instructions stay the same?  Thanks!!

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    very easy and very good.  made exactly as recipe said and it came out perfect.  Except I used colby jack and cheddar cheese.

  29. If I want pasta al dente what would the cooking time be?

  30. Is this supposed to look liquidy until the pasta sits a few minutes and has a chance to absorb more liquid?

    I made it exactly as described above, and after opening the pot it is extremely soupy looking…??

    • I had the same thing happen, I’ll use half the broth next time

      • What I find to work well is to mix for a couple minutes after mixture has had the chance to cool some. The liquid absorbs back into the sauce and the sauce fills the inside of the noodles after some stirring (sort of how boxed mac looks very soupy until it mixes and sets). I actually used more broth than was called for, and when I was finished stirring and served, it set up so nicely I served it on a dinner place and the sauce did not run at all.

    • Yes, it’s a bit liquid..let it sit after adding cheese and cream.

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Oh my!  This was delicious. My husband loved it and deemed it a keeper. We have loved all your recipes I have tried so far… Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta, beef stew, blueberry vanilla muffins, etc.  The only change I made was substituting penne for the macaroni since that’s what I had. I added one minute to cook time and it was perfect. 

  32. I’ve looked for Cabot mild Cheddar cheese, they do not sell it in our area (southern CA).  Do you recommend another brand or just use any mild cheddar cheese? 

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    It would be great if you included your macaroni al dente time in the recipe as a reference point for pasta we are using at home. For example, I have macaroni at home that ranges from 6 min to 13 min depending on the brand. I used a 9 min al dente for this recipe and cooked for 4 minutes with a quick release. The pasta was overcooked just slightly, but the recipe was still delicious. I will be making this again with the same pasta and will try for 2 minutes. Thanks for sharing a quick and simple weeknight meal!

    • I used trader joe’s macaroni, cook time 6 minutes. I cooked for 3 and the pasta was perfectly cooked but my dish was soupy?

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Made this last night and it was perfect for a pregame quick and hearty meal for teens.  I used what I had on hand: .8 lb meat, and halved all other ingredients.  I didn’t have a can of sauce, so used part of a jar of Trader Joe’s pizza sauce.  Despite this, it was really good!  Not something I’d serve to company, but we’ll eat it a lot this winter.  Thank you!

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is so delicious that I wish I had doubled it. All the ingredients are in perfect proportions!

  36. This recipe looks like a keeper. The only issue I have with your site and others is using odd amounts of ingredients. Pasta comes in full pound packages, so why would you print this using 12 oz instead of 8 or 16 oz?

    • Hi Ken! This is a great recipe indeed and we hope you can give it a try! 🙂

      To answer your question, we work very hard to develop and thoroughly test these recipes and they are created in relation to all other ingredients so it is very common that at least one of the ingredients does not turn out to be an even amount.

    • I ran into that too I wound up buying a kitchen scale it makes things so much easier in terms of measuring 

    • Gluten free pastas come in 12oz packages, and are necessary for my Celiac fam, so I’m loving this! Generally it’s easy to eyeball other quantities, though!

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    I would love to make this but I don’t have an instant pot-just a crock pot. I have no room for another appliance. Is it possible that you could show the recipe and translate it into how to make it in a crock pot? It would be most appreciated!