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Turkey Hamburger Helper

Healthier homemade one pot Turkey Hamburger Helper is everyone’s favorite childhood dinner. This comforting meal comes together in under 30 minutes and is loaded with simple ingredients like zucchini, mushroom and tossed in a creamy cottage cheese sauce.

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turkey hamburger helper in a bowl

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Turkey Hamburger Helper comes together in 30 minutes.
  • Start to finish, this recipe is made in one pot making it minimal effort.
  • A great weeknight dinner idea that the whole family will love.
  • Tastes better as time goes on, so it makes a great meal prep.
  • Think of this hamburger helper as the tastier, healthier and creamier version of what you’d eat as a kid. 
  • This (not boxed) hamburger helper is naturally high in protein.
  • If you loved this one, check out my Baked Pumpkin Pasta for another delicious idea.

Ingredients And Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Turkey Hamburger Helper. Scroll down to the recipe card for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

This Turkey Hamburger helper uses ground turkey, I like to use 93% lean, but you can use any that you’d prefer. And of course, you can swap the turkey for ground beef as well.

White onion will add a ton of flavor and depth to this dish.

You can use your favorite beef broth, bone broth or a broth concentrate like I did. I love concentrates because it provides a ton more flavor than your standard broth does.

Mushrooms and zucchini are a must for this recipe, the mushroom is what makes it authentic and the zucchini add a nice crunch favor while also adding in more veggies.

Worcestershire sauce has a punchy umami flavor and a deep savory taste.

Red wine vinegar adds a nice acidic.

Fresh garlic is a must, but if you do not have it on hand you can simply use a garlic powder instead.

Dried thyme is an aromatic herb that delivers a balanced blend of citrus and mint that adds a ton of flavor to this dish.

To keep this dish as authentic as possible, we will use wide egg noodles. However, you can easily swap this for your favorite pasta- i’d recommend shells or macaroni for best results. You may also use a chickpea or quinoa pasta to make this gluten-free.

Cottage cheese is my secret ingredient to not only making this dish higher in protein, but creating a creamy and delicious tasting sauce. You may however use greek yogurt or sour cream instead.

A touch of all purpose flour will allow the sauce to thicken up.

Lastly dijon mustard to add that unique tang.

all the ingredients you need to make this hamburger helper in a bowl

How To Make

ONE: In a large pot, add in the ground turkey and sliced white onion and break apart into small pieces. I like to use my meat masher for this.

TWO: Next add in, water, broth concentrate, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer covered for 5 minutes.

THREE: In the meantime, add cottage cheese, flour, dijon mustard and liquid from the pot to a blender and blend till creamy.

FOUR: When ready, add noodles, zucchini, and sauce to the pot. Mix well and cover once again for another 5-7 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stirring occasionally. Serve with chopped parsley.

Tips And Tricks

Using a meat masher quickly breaks up the ground turkey and combines with the white onion nicely.

Use a large 6qt pot or deep saucepan.

Store leftovers in containers and enjoy all week long.

How To Serve And Store

Serve this Turkey Hamburger Helper warm and topped with freshly chopped parsley. I love to keep fresh herbs in my fridge using an herb keeper.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy up to 4-5 days for best results. Reheat in the microwave in 60 second increments until heated fully. You can also reheat on the stovetop, stirring occasionally.

the healthy hamburger helper in a bowl

Taste And Texture

This healthier hamburger helper is savory and has a nice tang on the backend. It’s creamy and loaded with slight crunch from the zucchini and mushrooms. You can taste the dijon mustard which compliments this dish so nicely.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this dairy free?

Yes, you can! I’d recommend swapping the cottage cheese for a dairy free sour cream instead.

What can I do to make this gluten free?

Use a gluten free pasta like chickpea or quinoa pasta.

Would I be able to add in other veggies?

Totally! Peas would taste great in this as well.

Other Recipes You May Like

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Turkey Hamburger Helper

Healthier homemade one pot Turkey Hamburger Helper is everyone’s favorite childhood dinner. This comforting meal comes together in under 30 minutes and is loaded with simple ingredients like zucchini, mushroom and tossed in a creamy cottage cheese sauce.
Pin Recipe
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
20 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
30 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey, I used 93% lean
  • 1.5 cups sliced white onion, about 1 white onion
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cups water and 1 tbsp broth concentrate, or 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 cups wide egg noodles, sub chickpea pasta to make gluten free
  • 2 cups zucchini, sliced into quarters
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese, I used Good Culture
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour, or 1:1 gluten free flour
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • freshly chopped parsley for serving

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

6 servings

Directions

  1. In a large pot over medium to low heat, add in 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil, ground turkey and sliced white onion. Break apart into small pieces, I like to use my meat masher for this.
  2. Next add in, water, broth concentrate, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir well and bring mixture to a boil. Lower heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, add cottage cheese, flour, dijon mustard and 1/4 cup of liquid from the pot to a blender and blend till creamy. Set aside. 
  4. When ready, add egg noodles and zucchini to the pot. Mix well, cover and allow to simmer for 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  5. Mix in sauce last and let sit for a few minutes to thicken. Mix well and serve with fresh parsley.

Notes

  • Using a meat masher quickly breaks up the ground turkey and combines with the white onion nicely.
  • Use a large 6qt pot or deep saucepan.
  • Store leftovers in containers and enjoy all week long.

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