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Instant Pot Hamburger Helper

Instant Pot Hamburger Helper is sure to become a family favorite! This easy version of Hamburger Helper, or American Goulash, is ready in less than 30 minutes from start to finish and made entirely in the pressure cooker.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Pressure Time15 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 423kcal
Author: Kristen Chidsey



  • 1 pound ground beef or chicken or turkey
  • 3 cups beef stock low sodium
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cups elbow noodles about 8 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce


  • Turn Instant Pot to saute and allow to heat up.  
  • Once instant pot has heated, add in the meat and brown up, breaking up into small pieces. Once meat is cooked, turn off the pressure cooker. And drain off any fat if desired. 
  • Add in beef broth to Instant Pot and scrape up all the browned bits off the bottom of the Instant Pot.  Turn the Instant Pot off.
  • Add in garlic powder, onion powder, salt, paprika, and tomato sauce and stir to combine well. 
  • Add in noodles and gently push down into sauce.  
  • Cook on high pressure for 3 minutes (hit manual and adjust time by using +/_ buttons until timer reads 3). 
  • Once cook time has elapsed, let pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Then do a quick release of any remaining pressure--be sure stand away from vent knob when releasing pressure. 
  • Stir in Worcestershire sauce into the hamburger helper and serve.  



  • Feel free to use any ground meat your like for this recipe. 
  • Both whole wheat and regular elbow noodles work. I find Barilla brand of gluten free noodles works best if making this gluten free. 


Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 719mg | Potassium: 785mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 3.5mg