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Hamburger Mac and Cheese Instant Pot Recipe

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This homemade mac and cheese with ground beef mixes a variety of ingredients to make a creamy Instant Pot mac and cheese like no other recipe out there.

This will quickly become your favorite homemade mac and cheese recipe.

Cream cheese, shredded cheese, ground beef, and diced peppers and onions make this homemade mac and cheese more flavorful than any other mac and cheese recipe out there.

The creamy texture and blast of cheese flavor with every bite will surely cure your cheese craving today!

mac and cheese with ground beef In bowl

Best Cheese?

The best cheese to use for macaroni and cheese will depend on what flavor your craving. Some people opt to use Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese for their Instant Pot homemade mac and cheese.

I enjoy using the cream cheese and shredded sharp cheddar cheese to provide a creamy texture that gives a delightful cheesy flavor bust with every bite.

How do you make mac and cheese creamier?

When making traditional homemade mac and cheese on the stovetop you can cook your noodles in milk to add a creamier texture. With my Instant Pot mac and cheese with ground beef, I simply opted to use cream cheese.

The way cream cheese breaks down during cook time in your Instant Pot adds the creamier texture without much effort.

If you want to have more of a spicy kick with your homemade mac and cheese you can exchange the 3 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese with your favorite spicier shredded cheese.

A Monterey Jack shredded cheese can ad a little kick of spice to this homemade mac and cheese with ground beef.


Does homemade mac and cheese freeze well?

You can create a larger batch of this Instant Pot mac and cheese and freeze it for later use. This is a wonderful way to start using meal planning to save time during your busy work week.

Simply create a larger batch of this homemade mac and cheese, let cool, and place into various sized freezer-safe containers to reheat and serve during a busy weekday evening.

Your frozen homemade mac and cheese will last approximately 2 months when stored properly in the freezer.

What cheese melts best?

When it comes to homemade mac and cheese, I'm often asked what cheese melts best. You'll find that mozzarella cheese falls among the top of the list for one of the cheese options that melts best, but it also tends to be stringy.

I know that cream cheese can melt pretty easily too and that's why I added this extra ingredient into my homemade mac and cheese recipe.

Do you put eggs in macaroni and cheese?

You don't put eggs in this macaroni and cheese. Many ingredients combine to make this Instant Pot mac and cheese with ground beef, but eggs are not one of them.

I will add that some people will put eggs in a baked macaroni and cheese recipe, but you won't need them for the recipe I'm featuring today.

Add Ins

Many options go good in mac and cheese. I'm featuring homemade mac and cheese, but here are some other flavorful add-ins for your Instant Pot mac and cheese:

  • Bacon pieces.
  • Bread crumbs.
  • Hot sauce.
  • Grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Chopped baked ham.
  • Steamed broccoli.

Instant Pot Rib Tips, Instant Pot Green Beans, Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas, and Wegde Salad are all great choices to make a larger meal.

How To Make

It's easy to make mac and cheese in your Instant Pot. This recipe will take a total of 14 minutes from start to finish, making it the quickest homemade mac and cheese recipe out there.

Combine your ingredients and saute them in the Instant Pot. Follow the instructions to gather the remaining ingredients and place your pasta so that it's covered in liquid.

Set your Instant Pot on cook on high manual pressure for 4 minutes.

Feel free to print the recipe card below for your homemade Instant Pot mac and cheese with ground beef recipe today.

mac and cheese with ground beef In bowl


Yield: 8 Servings

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef

hamburger mac n cheese in blue bowl

Enjoy a delicious homemade favorite, mac and cheese, with extra ingredients to make this mac and cheese your new favorite. It is one of those preparations that nobody gets tired of eating, especially the little ones in the house. Its preparation is extremely simple, so it can be prepared several times a week. A delicious and succulent dish to eat at any time!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes


  1. On saute mode, cook the onions, bell pepper and ground beef until the ground beef has browned. Drain grease. Return to inner pot.
  2. Combine next 6 ingredients in Instant Pot inner pot on top of the ground beef mixture. Make sure noodles are all submerged in liquid.
  3. Close the instant pot lid and turn pressure valve to seal. Cook on manual high pressure for 4 minutes.
  4. Allow for a quick pressure release and then add in the remaining ingredients, stirring in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to melt with the pasta, and then adding in the milk a little at a time.


Suggestions for the perfect Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef:

  • I suggest you make them using extra-lean ground beef.
  • Use 1/2 tsp. of dried basil leaves or sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top for a final touch.


  • Can my dog have Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef? They can, but they shouldn't. Though dogs can eat plain Macarronni and Ground Beef without a problem, too much carbohydrates can harm your dog, but mostly is the species ingredients like onion, pepper, and mustard that could be dangerous to your dog. On top of that, you should check if your dog is allergic to gluten or dairy ingredients before trying to serve any of this to him/her.
  • Can my cat have Mac and Cheese with Ground Beef? Aim to avoid feeding cheese sauces and other forms of cooked cheese to your cat. Mac and cheese are high in fat and carbohydrates. As an obligate carnivore, your cat can get all the nutrients they need from a vet-approved meat-based diet.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 648Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 24gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 151mgSodium 661mgCarbohydrates 20gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 1gSugar 2gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 40g

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    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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