bacon cheeseburger with broccoli healthy hamburger helper

Bacon Cheeseburger Healthy Hamburger Helper Copycat

A low calorie spin on the classic Hamburger Helper favorite.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy hamburger helper
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 270 kcal
Author Mason Woodruff


Hamburger Helper Core Ingredients

  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef macros with 96/4
  • 2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 16 oz Frozen Broccoli steamable
  • 1 bag (8.5oz) Barilla Ready Pasta elbows
  • 3 slices Cooked Bacon diced

Lower Calorie Cheese Sauce

  • 6 oz Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 3 Tbsp (42g) Light Butter I used Land o Lakes
  • 1/4 C (32g) Cheddar Powder


  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, cook the ground beef with the paprika and black pepper. Reduce heat to low when no pink remains.

  2. While the beef cooks, add the broccoli to the microwave and cook per instructions on the package (about 5-6 minutes). After the broccoli is finished, microwave the Ready Pasta and cooked bacon. Cut the cooked bacon into bite-sized pieces. Set everything aside.

  3. Add the cream cheese and butter to a bowl. Microwave for 20-30 seconds or until both are soft enough to mix evenly. Add the cheddar powder and stir well.

  4. Add the cheese sauce to the beef before adding the pasta and bacon. Stir well before gently folding in the broccoli.

  5. Enjoy! Salt and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Bacon Cheeseburger Healthy Hamburger Helper Copycat
Amount Per Serving (6 servings)
Calories 270 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Fat 8.8g14%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Protein 26.2g52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.