Deer Cheeseburger Macaroni

Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni

Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni Recipe… A Homemade One-pot Meal

This easy homemade venison cheeseburger macaroni recipe will quickly become one of your regular meals that your whole family will love. It tastes a lot better than the boxed version, and doesn’t have all of the preservatives found in a box of Hamburger Helper. This homemade copycat version is still a one-pot meal, and the easy cleanup makes my favorite dinners even better.

Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni Ingredients

  • ground venison
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic
  • onion
  • cilantro (or oregano)
  • paprika
  • red pepper flakes
  • tomatoes (you can use Rotel if you like a little spice)
  • beef broth
  • elbow macaroni
  • cheese
  • milk
  • flour
  • butter

Equipment Needed for Cheeseburger Macaroni

You’ll need a large skillet (I use my cast iron dutch oven, Amazon affiliate link). Cast iron is healthier than toxic nonstick pans, and gives the recipe a better flavor.

Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni

There are some benefits to making this recipe with ground game meat, and we use deer meat since my family is blessed with the opportunity to hunt deer every year. Elk meat would also work well, and you could add beef broth to the ground venison while it cooks if it tastes a bit too gamey (or has been sitting in your freezer for over a year). You can read more about the health benefits of wild game meat in this article. We have the locker add 30% ground beef to our ground deer meat, just to give it some versatility for venison burgers (straight deer burgers don’t have enough fat, and are very dry).

Nutrient-packed Beef Broth

Adding a couple of cups of beef broth will also help increase your daily value of nutritional intake. The grocery store sells a variety of beef stock and broth, however I prefer to make my own homemade beef broth (this is one of my pantry staples). I would make venison broth, however we take our deer to the locker and do not have the bones to make the nutritious broth. So, for now I make the homemade version of Cheeseburger Macaroni Hamburger Helper using beef broth.

Deer Cheeseburger Macaroni

Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni

A homemade version of this copycat Hamburger Helper favorite, made with ground wild game meat like deer meat or elk meat. A great way for hunting families to enjoy their harvest!
4.75 from 4 votes (Your rating helps the site, and is greatly appreciated!)
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 542.5 kcal

Equipment

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1 Dutch Oven or large cast iron skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground venison
  • 10 oz can tomatoes
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • cups elbow macaroni

Taco Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon onion powder
  • teaspoon dried cilantro
  • teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Cheese Sauce

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions
 

  • Brown ground venison
    1 pound ground venison
  • Add taco seasoning, and stir into the cooked ground venison
    2 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Add tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni, boil covered until noodles are cooked
    10 oz can tomatoes, 3 cups beef broth, 1½ cups elbow macaroni
  • While macaroni is cooking, make the cheese sauce:
  • Melt butter in a separate pan (I use a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup)
    2 Tbsp butter
  • Stir in flour, making a paste
    2 Tbsp flour
  • Slowly add milk while stirring, thinning the paste
    ¾ cup milk
  • Once macaroni is cooked, add milk and flour mixture and cheese to the pan
    1 cup shredded cheese
  • Cook an additional few minutes, until cheese melts, and the cheese sauce thickens.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni
Serving Size
 
2 cups
Amount per Serving
Calories
542.5
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
23.94
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
13.4
g
84
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1.18
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5.88
g
Cholesterol
 
143.06
mg
48
%
Sodium
 
1746.06
mg
76
%
Potassium
 
858.11
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
38.75
g
13
%
Fiber
 
2.46
g
10
%
Sugar
 
8.22
g
9
%
Protein
 
41.02
g
82
%
Vitamin A
 
244.16
IU
5
%
Vitamin B1
 
0.74
mg
49
%
Vitamin B2
 
0.58
mg
34
%
Vitamin B3
 
9.38
mg
47
%
Vitamin B6
 
0.75
mg
38
%
Vitamin B12
 
2.94
µg
49
%
Vitamin C
 
6.52
mg
8
%
Vitamin D
 
0.65
µg
4
%
Vitamin E
 
1.68
mg
11
%
Vitamin K
 
6.43
µg
6
%
Calcium
 
310.07
mg
31
%
Iron
 
5.06
mg
28
%
Magnesium
 
72.96
mg
18
%
Phosphorus
 
539.73
mg
54
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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4 thoughts on “Venison Cheeseburger Macaroni”

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is really simple, and tastes great! I make this in my 12” cast iron for lunch meal prep because of the versatility and protein.
    I recommend sautéing diced mushrooms and garlic right after the meat is browned to give it some extra depth. I also used a can of fire roasted tomatoes which turned out well. And you can never go wrong with more cheese!

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe on my son’s birthday. He turned 18.

    He chose this as his birthday meal.
    He loves it.!!!

    Thank you for this simple and easy meal recipe. I appreciate you.