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What to Do with Hamburger?

My kids are getting sick of chicken breast...it seems to be all I make. But the only few hamburger things we do are tacos, spaghetti and meatloaf...and the parents are sick of those! haha
any ideas?
ps...mom doesn't like pork, and we aren't vegetarian eaters either...

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WOW~!!! you guys are great! a ton of ideas to try! We'll have a new menu for weeks! then I can throw a few chicken dinners in there and the kids won't complain that we "always" have chicken! Thanks so much!!!

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I agree that www.allrecipes.com is a great site that I have used tons of times. But just off the top of my head what about a chili or goulash?

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I LIVE by Kraftfoods.com. There are SO many quick & easy recipes. Even though I love chicken I hate touching raw chicken so I don't cook with it often, therefore I use ground beef all the time. You can search for recipes with ground beef and there are a TON. My recent favorite is called "one pot salsa beef skillet."

How about lasagna? Its a lot like spaghetti in flavor so the kids will like it but its more of a grown up taste. You could also try Spanish rice, stuffed peppers, goulash, or shepards pie. If you need recipes for any of them feel free to email me ____@____.com. I hope I've been of some help.

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I agree that www.allrecipes.com is a great site that I have used tons of times. But just off the top of my head what about a chili or goulash?

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One of our favorite dishes is tatertot casserole.
It's super simple, brown burger and a small onion, put a can of cream of celery soup, a bag of frozen green beans (or your favorite vegi) the meat and onion and shredded chedder cheese in a 9x12 dish. On the top, put a layer of tatertots (I like to use the mini size) and then chedder cheese over that, bake at 450 for about 1/3 an hour (until the tatertots are done) and serve, great dinner, great leftovers!

Hmmmm,,,,I think I'll make this tonight!

Good luck

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There are so many good ideas here! I really like the enchilada flavored Hamburger Helper - make the mix and then fill enchiladas with it using some shredded cheese and a little enchilada sauce (for the adults)inside the tortilla and then cover them with more cheese and sauce (if desired). Bake at 350 until the cheese is melted. The kids love these.

I know you said you were tired of chicken, but here is a crock pot recipe that we just tried and the family loved it!

Creamy Cooker Chicken
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
2 cups sour cream
10 2/3 oz. can cram of mushroom soup
6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Place all in slow cooker cook for 8 hours on low. Serve over rice or noodles

I've been trying to use my slow cooker more often and found this great blog site - A Year of Crock Pot Cooking.

Good luck! This is one of the hardest parts of my day, I think...trying to decide what to make for dinner!

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My picky eaters love tater-tot casserole:

Brown 1 lb. hamburger, season w/ salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray. Layer tater-tots in the pan to cover completely. Mix 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup into the hamburger mixture with about 1/2 can of milk. Pour the hamburger soup mixture over the tater-tots, top with about 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees for around 40 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


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These are two of my kids favorites that My hubby and I can actually tolerate.

We call them "souper" messy burgers.

Brown 1 lb of ground beef with 1/2 c of onion. Drain and add 1 can of Campbell's Cheddar cheese soup. Stir in 2T ketchup and 1/8 t pepper. Heat through and eat on hamburger buns. Serves 6 and basically a cheesy sloppy joe.

The other one is called "deep pizza casserole." Make velveeta shells and cheese according to the box. Put it in the bottom of a casserole dish. Brown gr. beef with onion, drain and stir in one can or jar of pizza sauce. Layer that on top of the shells and cheese. Sprinkle Mozzarella on top of that and any pizza topping you want. My kids only like pepperoni but olives and mushrooms would be good on top. Bake until the cheese melts and call it good. This is one I do off the top of my head so you may want to add seasonings of choice.

The thing I like about these is that they are relatively quick.


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Porcupine Meatballs. My mom made them for us and my kids like them, too. Here's a recipe I found online:

We also buy deli roast beef, crusty rolls and a pkg of Aus Jus gravy for French Dips. I buy the beef very rare and heat it in the prepared sauce for a little final cooking. Doesn't overcook that way. My kids love these.

My kid think pancakes and eggs for dinner is the best treat ever!

Have a crock pot? Beef stew is warm & yummy in winter.

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Hi K.,

I make a little twist on taco's I use the hamburger & taco mix as usual, but then I take Grand's biscuits and flatten them out and put the taco mix with cheese inside and pinch them together and bake. Surprise, my kids loved it.

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A few things you can do with hamburger is make homemade sloppy joes, brown a lb of ground beef, add chopped onion or onion powder, garlic powder, a 10 oz can of tomato soup, a 8 oz can of tomato sauce, a little brown sugar, a good squirt of mustard, and about a 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce. Let simmer in frying pan or mix up and let simmer in crock pot all day. Good served on buns, but sometimes I will make it a little juicier than usual and add cooked pasta and shredded cheddar cheese, either way the kids love it! (its also great made with ground turkey or ground venison and the kids cant tell the difference)

Something else I do is buy hamburger when its on sale, and cook it in my crock pot. When its done I drain it on paper towels and freeze it in freezer bags, so when I want to make something the hardest part of browning the meat is already done.

You can add about 1 lb cooked ground beef to your crock pot and add about 1 cup cubed velveeta (more if you want it cheesier) When cheese is melted and everything is warm- serve on hamburg buns.

Another easy one is take cooked hamburger and prepared gravy, mix together until heated through, and eat over mashed potatoes,or pasta or rice, a little shredded cheese is good in this, and I will sneak in an extra veggie in the meat/gravy mixture too.

One last idea about the meatloaf. Have you ever cooked a meatloaf in your crock-pot? One really great recipe is to thinly slice peeled potatoes into the bottom of your crock pot until it is about half full (add chopped onions and salt) Then place the meatloaf mixture on top of the sliced potatoes and cook on low about 8 hours. Its very good.

Another thing I do with my meatloaf is make them into balls using a cookie dough scoop, place them on a cookie sheet and bake at about 350 degrees for 25-35 min depending on how big the meatballs are and how hot your oven gets. Then you can put whatever sauce you like over them. Its a nice change of pace.

one last idea for meatloaf is make them into patties and fry them like a hambuger, serve on a hamburger bun with cheese.

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Here is a favorite of my kids and an easy one. Brown two pounds of hamburger, drain the fat and keep in the pan. Add enough BBQ sauce(brand of your choosing) to coat the meat but not be runny. Meanwhile, prepare two boxes of Jiffy brand corn meal mix but add a little more milk than the receipe calls for to make the mix a little thinner. Pour meat mixture into a 9 X 13 in. pan. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese (to your liking) on top of the meat, pour the cornmeal mix on top of that and using a spatuala gently spread the cornmeal to cover the entire top. Bake at 350 until the top is browned (about 30 minutes). this is pretty simple, inexpensive dish and kids really like the sweet and savory taste. Try Taste of Homes website or pick up one of their books on e-bay. They really are the best of cookbooks.


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you could make goulash, hamburgers on the grill, or try frying a pound of burger and mixing it with a can of pork n beans and cook until all is heated and mixed well. and if you stick with chicken, you could slice it up and grill or fry it and have fajita night, with the works.


I LIVE by Kraftfoods.com. There are SO many quick & easy recipes. Even though I love chicken I hate touching raw chicken so I don't cook with it often, therefore I use ground beef all the time. You can search for recipes with ground beef and there are a TON. My recent favorite is called "one pot salsa beef skillet."


Check out www.savingdinner.com or Leanne Ely's Saving Dinner books. She has a lot of great chicken recipes that use chicken in many different ways. Her books also taught me how to cook fish - I never knew how and now cheap fish is one of our favorite meals.

Good luck!


I read all the responses so far, and just about every one I thought of has already been posted.

However, there is one quick, easy recipe my Mom used to make...she called it Bar-B-Burgers.

Brown about 1/2 lb. of ground beef (more if you want), drain and mix in any brand of BBQ sauce...whichever kind your family might like. Just enough to moisten the meat and kind of hold it together (about 1/4 cup...more if you use more than 1/2 lb of beef)

Lightly spray a cookie sheet with Pam. Open and unroll a can of crescent rolls onto the pan. Pinch seams together to form a large rectangle. Bake according to tube for a little less than the time listed.

Spread the meat/sauce mixture evenly across the baked crescent rolls. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Put back in oven until cheese melts...only a couple minutes. Cut into squares and eat with your hands...like a pizza.

It is quick and easy and kids love it!


there are all kinds of things...just do recipe searches online

Here are a couple of recipes my family loves....
Bubble Pizza

Brown 1 lb. ground beef with green pepper, onion, salt and pepper.
Drain fat. Put in bowl.

Add: 14 oz. Pizza Sauce
½ tsp. garlic salt
Pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage (browned), 4-8 oz. shaved
ham, (anything you like on pizza)
2 tubes buttermilk biscuits, cut in ¼’s or smaller.
Mix through. (you can line the bottom of the 9x13 with the biscuits instead of mixing them through)

Put into greased 9x13.
Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes. Test doneness of biscuits.
May need to bake longer.

Add 8 oz. Mozzerella Cheese and bake 10 minutes longer.

**Don’t cover

Texas-Style Lasagna

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 package (1-1/4 ounces) taco seasoning mix
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes w/green chilies, undrained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 cups (16 ounces) small-curd cottage cheese
2 eggs, beaten
12 corn tortillas (6 inch), torn
(I use flour tortillas)
3-1/2 to 4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

In a large skillet, brown meat, drain.
Add seasoned salt, taco seasoning mix, tomatoes, and tomato sauce; mix well.
Simmer, uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
Combine cottage cheese and eggs.
In a greased 13x9x2 baking dish, layer half of the meat sauce, half of the tortillas, half the cottage cheese mixture and half of Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat layers. Bake uncovered at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


Shepherds Pie!

Brown hamburger in large skillet, breaking it up into small pieces as it cooks.
Add diced onions (we love onions so I often use 2 onions to 1lb of hamburger)
Garlic and green herbs (oragono, parsley, basil - whatever you like).
When it's all cooked add veggies (as many as you want) - I use frozen corn and peas (sometimes I just use frozen mixed veggies)

Finally - the hard part. You need to buy Bisto gravy granules (available in Meijer English food section or any store that has English food) the container is red and cylindrical.

Make 8-12oz of gravy and add to the skillet, mix it all up and let simmer until you are ready to eat.

Make mash potatoes.

You can put the meat mixture into a casserole dish, place the potatoes on top, sprinkle a little cheese and place in the oven to brown for a few minutes but that just means you have to wash the casserole dish later. I just serve the meat mixture from the skillet and the potatoes from the saucepan (who needs extra dishes!)

This is a good comfort food meal and is also great for leftover and freezing - just make sure you have a big skillet.



My family likes chili. I get the Brooks quick chili mix (the can has a yellow label) and add an extra can of chili beans and diced tomatoes to the meat and onions. I season it to taste with salt and chili powder.

Here is a recipe someone just gave me, I haven't tried it yet:


2 Cans tomato sauce
1 can stewed tomatoes (blended)
1 teaspoon garlic (granulated)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon parsley
3 Cups uncooked macaroni
1 lb of hamburger
1 sm onion chopped
Parmesan to taste

In dutch oven, combine tomato sauce, blended tomatoes and seasonings. Bring to boil and let simmer. Fry hamburger and onions and then drain. Add the meat and onions to the sauce and then continue to simmer. Cook macaroni until done and then add it to the sauce. Sprinkle Parmesan to taste.

Do you all ready do chicken chili? My family also loves that.
Hope this helps!

I know you have had a lot of responses but one of the easiest things I make came from a friends mom when I was in high school.
Moms favorite hot dish
fry one pound of ground beef
cook one package of bowtie noodles
mix with one can cream of mushroom, one can cream of chicken, one can of corn drained, and a little under a 1/4 cup of sour cream. Bake it for 25 minutes at 350

My kids are very picky but this is one thing they will eat.
Good luck....

toasy cheese bake: layer toasted and buttered bread with meat and celery and cheese, top with an egg beaten and some dry mustard. bake
burritos: can of chili beans, chili powder, pound of beef, 1/4 c of mustard and ketchup. cook and roll into tortillas. bake
mini meatloaf: pound of beef, box of stove top, garlic salt, chili powder...mix and put in muffin pans. top with bbq sauce or salsa. bake
check out kraftfoods and also all recipes.

What about sloppy joes or different flavors of hamburgers. You can do pizza burgers, mushroom burgers, big mac clone burgers, etc. I also make a cheesy taco soup with diced tomatoes, corn, blackbeans, onion and velveta cheese with my meat.

stir together cooked hamburger and cream of mushroom soup, pour into baking dish, add french fries or tator tots to the top, sprinkle cheese on top and bake at 350 for 25-30 min. my 2 year old and husband love it. i like it because it's easy!!!

hope it helps,

Roll out refrigerator biscout dough to flatten, push into muffin cups, put taco hamburger or sloppy joe mixed hamburger into cups and bake at 350.

do the same but put into biscuit dough folded in half, with a cheese slice on top and make a hot pocket.

Grill some hamburgers, make the patties thin and put some different cheeses on one patty and put onther patty on top, pinch to seal, then grill.

This is an easy one...kind of a chicken pot pie take on hamburger. Brown the hamburger on the stove, spray pan with non-stick cooking spray then put burger in the pan and add some frozen veggies(I like carrots, peas, broc, caulif). Mix together some soup, I like to mix cream of chicken and cream of mushroom with some garlic powder(depends on your taste how much), and about a soup can of milk. Add this mix to the hamburger/veggie mix. Meanwhile, make a box of mashed potatoes(something with cheese). Spread on the top of the casserole. Bake at 375 for about 35 minutes, or until edges are browned. Make some garlic toast and your meal is done!

Hi K., we do turkey burger (Aldi 2.49) and we make shepherds pie, beef stroganoff, sloppy jos, hamburgers with bbq sauce in them, chili. Have you tried food network.com? They have great recipes. L.

I just made stuffed peppers in the crockpot yesterday. Mix raw hamburger, contents of package of spanish rice, shredded cheese and can of tomatoes. Scoop into green peppers. Pour some tomato or spaghetti sauce over top and cook on low in crockpot 6-8 hours or back until cooked through. Cook any extra that doesn't fit into the peppers along with it and throw in a tortilla for lunch or something the next dasy. This is so easy!

Also, there are some great varities of hamburger helper. I think they have good flavors and are really easy too!

How about chili? You can buy a seasoning packet at the store and it is usually just seasoning, beans and tomatoe sauce or can of tomatoes. Top with shredded cheese and sour cream. Serve with some nice bread and butter or buy some bread bowls for it.

Also, there is Sloppy Joes. Just buy the can of sloppy joe mix and add to the ground beef after cooked. I throw a slice of cheese on the bun with it. And, serve with french fries and tator tots.

I know none of these are real exciting, but they are all so easy and with this cold weather coming, they are hearty and hit the spot for my family!

There is a "taco bake" recipe on the side of Campbell's tomato soup can that we all like here, it is a casserole. Chili is good too. I like Rachel Ray recipes because they are pretty easy and use some short cuts. Also this isn't hamburger but we love chicken pot pie--just get a premade pie curst and fill it with cut up chickn, a bag of veggies, and cream of chicken soup. Really easy.

Hi K., how about sloppy joes or meatballs. You can make meatballs many ways, such as sweet and sour, swedish, or put the meatballs in a pasta with a cream sauce, such as alfredo.

Hi K.,
I have 2 suggestions for using ground beef. We love Porcupine meatballs which is simply a pound of ground beef, a box of Beef flavored Rice-A-Roni and an egg. Mix meat, egg, and just the rice part of the box and make into meatballs. Brown these and mix the seasoning packet with 2 cups of water. Pour this over the meatballs in an electric skillet and cook for about 15 minutes. May need to add more water if it has steamed away. Thicken water to make a gravy. This is great with mashed potatoes.

Another thing we usually make in the summer is 'Hobo's', as it is easy to put on the grill or do over a campfire. Take a foot square of aluminum foil and put in a patty of meat. Then put over that any sliced potatoes, vegetables, onion- whatever you want to throw in and let everyone season it themselves- ketchup, salsa, salt and pepper. You can used canned veggies, as these cook faster. Let the kids make their own and put whatever in. Then twist up foil and cook. It sounds weird but the flavors all blend and it is really good. Kids like it because you can eat right out of the foil, too- and no dishes for Mom- hurrah!


Here is a quick and easy one that I happen to be making tonight.

Fry 1lb of burger with a touch of garlic and onion. (use powder, salts or the real thing)


2 cans of cream of chicken soup (you really don't taste this - HONEST)

1 - 16 oz container of sour cream

8 oz of mushrooms

While this is heating thru, cook up some noodles, or make some mashed potatoes ahead.

Serve the stroganoff over the noodles or potatoes.

Add a roll and some veggies and you are good to go very quickly!!

Good Luck!


"mock" beef stroganoff

Brown the beef with black pepper, garlic, (any other favorite spices)
drain grease
Add a can of cream of broccoli soup and a 1/2 can of milk
extra broccoli crowns if you want
simmer on low till sauce and beef mix and thicken

Spoon over cooked noodles (either spaghetti, bow-tie, or egg noodles... we make it with different shaped pasta or the wackie-mac which are the tri-color in fun shapes)

It's a good diff.

you can make it with cream of mushroom, etc... whatever your family likes

I have found that kraft.com is an awesome site to find recipes for something different. I've even tried some that I just wasn't sure about but turned out to be winners with the family. Good luck!


Besides all the dishes already mentioned (which are all great and we've had those too) like Sloppy Joes, Tacos, Lasagna, Shepard's Pie, Burritos, Beef Enchiladas, ghoulash etc. I like to make Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles. My 11 yr old loves it and the meatballs are terrific. For the 3 of us, I can usually get a double batch of meatballs out of the recipe below. Older kids can help make the meatballs. I got the recipe from the Taste of Home website under the Simple & Delicious section. (I've also gotten some terrific chicken cassarole and chicken bake recipes from this same site).

Swedish Meatballs
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup ketchup
3/4 cup dry bread crumbs
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground pork
1 envelope brown gravy mix
1/2 cup sour cream
Dash each nutmeg and pepper
Hot cooked noodles
In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble meat over mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in. balls (about 6 dozen).
Place meatballs on greased racks in shallow baking pans. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink, turning often; drain. Cool. Place about 35 meatballs each into freezer containers. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
To prepare Swedish meatballs: Completely thaw in the refrigerator. In a large skillet, prepare gravy according to package directions. Add meatballs; cover and cook for 10 minutes or until heated through. Remove from the heat; stir in the sour cream, nutmeg and pepper. Serve over noodles. Yield: 2 batches (35 meatballs per batch).
Servings: 7
Prep time: 20 mins, Bake Time: 20 mins

If your crew likes Mexican food - this is another good one:
1 pound bulk pork sausage
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
4 cups water
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (15 ounces each) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) stewed tomatoes
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained
1 jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
Sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and sliced ripe olives, optional
In a soup kettle, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and mix well. Stir in the water, beans, tomatoes and salsa. Bring to a boil. reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Garnish with sour cream, cheese and olives if desired. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Makes 12-14 servings

Ground Beef Pie
Taste of Home: Simple & Delicious!

From Bucyrus, Ohio, Cleora Campbell sends this recipe for a beefed-up quiche that doesn't require a prepared crust. The entree is easy to assemble and economical, too, at a mere 82¢ a serving.

TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1-1/2 cups milk
3/4 cup biscuit/baking mix
In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Press into an ungreased 9-in. pie plate. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cheese. In a bowl, combine the eggs, milk and biscuit mix just until combined. Pour over cheese. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 4 servings.

In the summer, I like to use Hamburger to make Taco Salad for Dinner, but it's nice to have in the winter months too for something different. Plus, I almost always have at least 1 or 2 boxes of Hamburger helper (I pick it up on sale) on hand in the pantry for those nights I need something really quick.

Mom to Alex (11)
Aaron & Aidan (2)

i'm not sure but would love to hear what you find!

Here's a really easy one that your kids could make. In fact, my mom edited a chuch cookbook and put this one under "For Jr. Cooks Only".

Macaroni Pizza Style

1-7oz. pkg elbow macaroni, 2C uncooked
1 lb ground beef
1 med onion, finely chopped
2-8oz cans tomato sauce or 2 cans condensed tomato soup
1 tsp salt
1/2 t each italian seasoning and oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder (or use fresh chopped with onion)
1/2 C milk
1 egg
1/4 to 1/2 lb. mozzarella or cheddar cheese, grated or thin slice

Prepare macaroni according to package directions. Drain. Brown ground beef and oinion. Drain off fat. Add tomato sauce, 1/2 tsp salt, italian seasoning, oregano, pepper and garlic powder. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Beat milk, egg and 1/2 tsp salt together. Blend into macaroni and spread on a greased 10x15 inch jelly roll pan. (I just put the macaroni in the pan and then pour the egg/milk mixture on top.) Cover with meat mizture. Top with cheese. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. Makes 6 servings.

My kids also like to make their own mini pizzas using english muffins. I brown the meat and put it on pretoasted muffins that have pizza sauce on them. Of course, you could use all kinds of different toppings and even go without meat at all. Be adventurous.

A website of mine for recipes is www.eatingwell.com. I can share lots more but not enough space or time here. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to know more. Enjoy, D.
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Chicken or Beef Strogenauf (spelling may be off)
Hot Dogs in a blanket (think pigs in a blanket)
Shepherds Pie
Chicken Piccata
Chicken Parmasean
Chicken Fried Steak
Country Fried Steak
Pilly Steak Sandwhichs

I am sure you could think of stuff if you just think of what you would get at a restaraunt or eat at a pot luck

Lasagna is always a welcome change around here and some of the Hamburger Helper dishes are pretty good, too, for quick and easy. You could try some ham if you like that, do a breakfast for dinner with omlets or even pancakes and sausage. Another favorite of mine is the hamburger and rice. Brown some ground beef in a skillet (crumble or make meatballs), season as you like, then add it to some cooked rice and mix with beef gravy. With a vegetable as a side you're good to go. Hope this helps a little.

Chili, Lasagne, Hamburgers, nachos, stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls

I have 2 recipes I grew up with and love. One is cook hamb then layer it on bottom of cassarole dish, the layer corn then layer mashed potatoes (instant is fine) then bake in the over about 20 min at 350. You can add cheese if you like too!

I also make what we call Marzetti. It had cooked hamburger, macaroni or any kind of noodles you like, 1 can cream of mushroom soup and one can tomato soup and cheese. Mix together and bake in the oven till cheese is meted. It's great!

How about lasagna? Its a lot like spaghetti in flavor so the kids will like it but its more of a grown up taste. You could also try Spanish rice, stuffed peppers, goulash, or shepards pie. If you need recipes for any of them feel free to email me ____@____.com. I hope I've been of some help.

Well, we do meatballs over rice except that I use ground turkey. You can also do enchiladas, lasagna, hamburger steaks, burritos. If you need any other ideas, feel free to contact me at ____@____.com

You've got some really great ideas here. I also like to go to www.foodnetwork.com to find some good recipes.

Have you ever tried quiche? So much you can do with it. You can add ham or not, any kind of veggies, it's quick and yummy.

This is the recipe I use:

6 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Dry white wine (optional. If not used, increase milk to 2 cups)
1 tbl dijon mustard
1 baked pie shell - cooled
Little salt and pepper

Choice of fillings
My typical is:

Beat the eggs, add the paprika and mustard, milk, and wine beat well. Put cheese, ham, and veggies in the pie crust. Gentle pour the egg mix over the filling. (I find it easiest to put the pie plate on a cookie sheet for easy transfer to the oven.)

Bake at 375 for 45-60 minutes. Knife in center should come out clean. Quiche should not look runny.

Even my 14 month old daughter loves this. It's filling and good.

A couple of other things to do with hamburger is chili, goulosh and shephards pie - all very easy. Some non-hamburger things are bean burritos and chicken/rice casserole.

Hope that helps!

Lasanga. Taco salad with tortillo chips. Zetermans dirty rice or (white rice) with hamburger. Hamburger Helper. Chicken helper instead of hamburger. Fish, salmon or liver is good.

www.allrecipes.com is a wonderful site. You can look up recipes by ingredients. You can also change the serving size and it will change the measurements for you. I have gotten LOTS of wonderful recipes off of here. There are also reviews of almost all of the recipes. I suggest reading the reviews before making a dish. Lots of good ideas in there.

What about an actual hamburger and/or cheeseburger on the grill? Also, there are different kinds of hamburger helpers your family may like.

One idea I had for you is shepherd's pie. It uses ground beef, but it's a delicious change from the overplayed tacos, spaghetti & meatloaf. It's the SAME story in my house!! We also make sloppy joe's kind of a lot.

Also, sometimes when I make spaghetti I use chicken breast instead of beef. I'll bake or boil the chicken until done, then shred with a couple of forks after slightly cooled. Put the shredded chicken into your sauce instead of ground beef. It's great! Also works great in lasagna!

Another variation on the spaghetti sauce is to put in meatballs instead of ground beef (or in addition to, depends on your taste) and make meatball sandwiches. It takes no time if you use frozen italian style meaballs and a jar or two of sauce. I use mini hoagie buns and lots of mozzarella. My family LOVES them! A word of warning though: they're really hard to eat with hands. I prepare them open face and cut with knife and fork.

google tator tot casserole. also, go to kraftfoods.com and subscribe to their food and family magazine if you don't already (it's free!). there are a lot of great recipes in there!

http://www.supercook.com/ add the ingredients you want to use and it comes up with recipes for you.

Try sloppy joes, different kinds of pasta for spagetti, baked spagetti and cheese, turkey, turkey ham with pineapple, fajitas and other things with tortillas. You can do chili with beef or turkey in a crockpot. You can make chop suey with any kind of meat.

Good luck!

Cheeseburger Pie is always quick, easy & popular

Chili is always good: I just cook up 1 lb burger and throw some chopped onion in near the end to soften the onion up a bit, put 2 of the medium cans of the Brooks Chili (either hot or mild depending on your tastes), 2 medium cans of diced tomatoes, about 2 tbsp of chili powder, a tbsp of taco sauce (either ortega or taco bell packets left over!) for flavor all in a big pot and stick it on the stove for 2-3 hours. Serve with oyster crackers or saltines and some shredded cheese. Good stuff and everyone always asks me for my recipe.

Goulash: Ground beef & onions cooked. Throw that and some diced tomatoes in a pot, a bit of parsley, a little garlic, some salt & pepper & let simmer for a couple of hours. Cook up some elbow noodles and wha-la. Goulash. Easy to make and you don't have to be able to pay constant attention to it while it's cooking.

Garbage soup: Okay, the name sounds bad, but basically the idea is to put in whatever you've got. A great way to use up leftovers from a roast or last nights veggies. Usually, this is some ground beef, some potatoes, carrots, celery, all in some beef stock and then just throw in whatever else you've got in the fridge. I've put corn, green beans, rice, noodles, etc. You really can't screw it up. It's just a beef soup/stew after all.

OH! Another thing is once in a while I'll be stuck with something for dinner... those are the nights we have BREAKFAST for dinner! It's fun & easy & I always have eggs, toast & pancake mix around! I try to keep some sausage or some bacon in the freezer for just those nights too but even without it's still good! You can even do biscuits & gravy!

K....It seems the only thing my family cooks is hamburger...lol. I make a thing called Taco Dip. I cook hamburger, drain, put taco seasoning, then layer the meat, refried beans, sour cream, and cheese into a layer each. bake it at about 400 until the cheese on the top melts. then you eat it with corn chips. another thing I make is homemade pizzas with the kids you can buy the crust made already at the store, then get what ever toppings your family likes. It's also really fun for the kids to help make. Hope this helps, and good luck!!

K., hamburger is my best freind, mix a pound of it with macaronit and cheese, make some hamburger gravy and serve it over buscuits, spice it up a bit, and mix it in scrambled eggs for a nice protein breakfast, make sloppy joes out of it all you need is ground burger, ketchup and relish to taste, works great, mix a pound of burger with creme of mushroom and add noodles makes a great dish too, buritos are good too, mix the ground burger with one can of refried beans, wrap in a tortilla shell, add cheese, wa la burritos, enjoy your hamburger, hahahahah we love ours, D. s

Hello K.!

Looks like you have some great ideas that the mom's are supplying you with!

When I am looking for ideas... I go to www.allrecipies.com then in the search window type the main ingrediant that I am looking for ideas for. (In your case I would use "hamburger".)

This website has greatly improved my family enjoying more chicken dishes... as well as other dishes!! I also use it when some certain food is on sale at a great price... but I can't think of what to make with it.

Hope this helps!!

My sister makes stroganoff with hamburger meat or ground turkey.

Stroganoff - Egg noodles, ground beef, and cream of mushroom soup,and some milk with your choice of spices.

Goop(a classic my mom always made.)- It's like shepards pie, simplified. ground beef mixed with cream of mushroom soup and a can of corn. Put mashed potatoes on top of it in a casserole dish. cook in oven at 350 till nice and hot. YUM YUM!

My favorite website to go to is www.allrecipes.com. That should give you a lot of good ideas, probably would give some good chicken recipes too.

T. V

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