Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot
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Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot

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Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot: A homemade dinner idea that can be quick for a family meal using items that you have or can keep on hand!

Hey there quick meal idea lovers. I’m right there with you, hence the reason I finally took the plunge and bought the Instant Pot.

Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot

After staring at my pantry the other day, I decided I wanted to experiment a little bit with the Instant Pot, and now you’re looking at the result. After we realized how quick and easy it was, I knew I had to share it with you.

For the full recipe ingredients and instructions, you’ll find the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. However, I’d love to walk you through the step-by-step process with images so you can grab more helpful tips along the way!

Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot

Not only is there a ton of flexibility that you can have with this recipe, but the ease of throwing it all together was also my FAVORITE part.

Cheeseburger Macaroni recipe in the Instant Pot

Answering Your Cheeseburger Macaroni Questions:

Can I use Velveeta instead of canned cheddar cheese soup?

I haven’t tried this, but I don’t see why you couldn’t substitute it. I’d just make sure to use about 10 oz. of Velveeta (cut up into cubes) and maybe add a little bit of milk (maybe 1/4 cup??? – guessing here) since the canned cheese is a little more liquified than the block cheese. If you try this, let us know!

How do you defrost ground beef in instant pot?

Want to use frozen beef? You totally can, because I do too! I typically either forget to thaw it out, or I decide at the last minute to make something with it. I made this using frozen ground beef, although provided directions for thawed beef too!
But when I’m totally on my game and remember to thaw ground beef out naturally, you definitely find me making The BEST Cheeseburger recipe, where I use browned butter and basic ingredients/methods to make them the juiciest burgers I’ve ever had! So if you were on your game today, or just snagged some ground beef from the grocery store, you may want to make this cheeseburger recipe too!

These were SO juicy and easy! Love what she uses. The BEST Cheeseburger recipe!
The BEST Cheeseburger Recipe

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When sharing this recipe with you, I’m keeping in mind that a lot of you may desire a different level of seasonings and spices and I want to keep it as easy as possible.

So expect this to be a very basic recipe that could use extras spices and flavors… or cheese. You can NEVER go wrong with adding more cheese!

However, here are a few things I’d suggest doing additionally to really add flavor to it so it doesn’t come out bland.

Items to Add to Cheeseburger Macaroni

  • Garlic Pepper (It’s my absolute favorite, to sprinkle on to the top of each serving, but not for my kids.)
  • Extra shredded cheese on top of each serving is a MUST in my book.
  • Add milk after cooking if you prefer it more creamy.
  • Salt and Pepper as desired, but remember… you can always add more, but you can’t take it out.
  • Sour Cream (Reader Suggested)
  • Hot Sauce – I haven’t tried this yet, but I could definitely go for this on my serving.
  • Can of diced tomatoes and green chilies! (Reader Suggested)
  • Bacon or bacon bits for super easy additions! (Reader Suggested)
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Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot

Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot: A dinner idea that can be quick for a family meal using items that you have or can keep on hand!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cheeseburger macaroni in the instant pot, pasta recipe in the instant pot
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 663kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef drain after cooking if using a fatty beef
  • 16 oz elbow macaroni
  • 10.5 oz can of cheddar cheese soup
  • 3 cups broth chicken or vegetable (Recently updated from 2.5 cups to 3)
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper as desired
  • garlic pepper seasoning optional


  • If ground beef is frozen, pour 1 cup water into the Instant Pot, put on the lid, make sure the valve is on “seal”, and select 25 minutes on “high” manual mode. Ground beef should be fully cooked before moving forward.
  • If starting with thawed ground beef, turn the “saute” setting on and cook the ground beef, garlic powder, and onion powder until beef is no longer pink.
  • Next add in broth, elbow macaroni, can of cheddar cheese soup and salt/pepper if desired.
  • Lock lid and close the valve to “seal” and cook for 4 minutes on manual “high” setting. The pressure cooker will take about 5 minutes to seal, 4 minutes to cook and then quick release the valve to let the pressure out.
  • Add in 2 cups of shredded cheddar and stir until melted.
  • Divide and sprinkle on remaining shredded cheddar on to each serving, for extra cheesy goodness! 
  • Tip: Get creative by sprinkling on seasonings like garlic pepper seasoning, hot sauce, and anything else that you love, to add more flavor!


This recipe is a basic cheeseburger macaroni recipe. You may want to add seasonings and other flavors to kick it up a notch with flavor. I wanted to keep it very basic for kids! If in doubt, add more cheese! You can never go wrong with more cheese! 


Serving: 1serving (about 1-1/2 cups) | Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1136mg | Potassium: 729mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 449mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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Left Over Cheeseburger Macaroni?

If serving this leftover, you may want to add a little milk to it before reheating, just to recreate a creamy texture.

Cheeseburger macaroni recipe in the instant pot

I so hope you love this recipe. We ate on this for a couple of days and I’m already looking forward to making it again because it was so quick.

This recipe is not only a great family dinner idea to meal plan with, but it serves as the perfect dish to deliver to someone in a meal care package to eat on for a few days!
Maybe just send along a little extra milk too, so they can add a bit to enhance the creaminess when reheated!

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40 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Macaroni in the Instant Pot

  1. Laurie says:

    4 stars
    so this was easy and good. I used beef broth and cream of mushroom soup since it was what I had on hand. I think next time, I will use 3 cups broth and increase cook time to 5 minutes. It was a little dry so I added milk when I added the cheese. Thanks for a good basic easy recipe!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Laurie for letting us know what you used, and the kind words! 🙂 I’m so glad you thought to add milk with the cheese. I actually used milk too for the leftovers, as it soaks up with the noodles after it sits more! Thank you again!

  2. Jess says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight, everyone loved it!
    My IP started to “burn” after it got up to pressure but before the timer started. I let it go for 4 minuets anyway then released pressure. I stirred everything and found some of the pasta stared to stick to the bottom, but nothing was burned. The pasta was cooked perfectly so no harm done! Next time I’ll probably add 3c of broth. We ended up having an extra person for dinner so in order to stretch it a bit I stirred in a small bag of frozen corn and a small jar of salsa after it was cooked. Delicious! Quick and easy, and filling, perfect for weeknights!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh wow!! Yes! Trying 3 cups of broth next time may work even better! So glad that you loved it, and the addition of adding salsa and corn sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!
      The addition of the salsa reminds me of the salsa and cheese burritos that I make HERE! If you loved this, then you may love those too! 🙂

  3. Teresa cruz says:

    5 stars
    Made this today for my kids. I used 3 cups of vegetable broth, used more onion and garlic powder, and cooked 5 minutes. They loved it, not to mention my 8 yr old is extremely picky. Also the recipe does not say what hamburger meat to use as far as the percent of fat, and didn’t mention draining the grease either so I used ground round and did not drain since there is not much fat in ground round, and it came out perfect, thank you so much for the recipe 😁

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Teresa! Thank you so much for coming by and giving this a try! I love the additions that you made to this recipe too! Thank you for mentioning that about the beef. My parents provide beef for us each year from their cattle farm and it’s SUPER lean, so I often forget about mentioning that in the recipes. YES! Using a lean beef would be best, but if using a ground beef with a lot of fat, draining may be best. I’ll go add a note to the recipe! Thank you!! XO

  4. Kari says:

    5 stars
    We made this tonight, and it was good, we just wanted to mix it up a bit. Added kidney beans, a chili seasoning packet, and a canned of diced tomatoes and it was perfect!

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmmm!!!! Those additions sound amazing, especially the chili packet! Thank you for sharing your ideas! I may have to try that next time!

  5. Keely says:

    Hey does anyone know if this is a gluten free recipe?

    1. Angela Bryant says:

      Trying this for the first time, and first use of insta pot. We are gluten free as well so made my own gf cond. cheddar soup ( 3T butter melt add 3 T gf flour stir till smooth add 1c milk slowly whisking well til gentle boil and thickening happens add 1 1/2 c shred cheese) I will be using gf barilla elbows so I will update how it turns out!!

  6. Linda says:

    4 stars
    Well, this has become a favorite already. Quick, easy, tasty, and NO CHOPPING! It is even forgiving of mistakes. I accidentally grabbed a can of cream of celery soup instead of the cheddar cheese. When I realized my mistake it was already in the pot, so I just went ahead and added the cheddar cheese soup too. Turned out great. Will make this often as my granddaughter liked it and my son like the fact that there were no onions involved. I didn’t mention the onion powder. Didn’t think he “needed to know”.

    1. Jessica says:

      Mmmm! The addition of cream of celery sounds amazing and extra creamy!!! Haha! Love that you sneaked in the onion powder! Thank you so much for sharing Linda!

  7. Diane Scanlon says:

    5 stars
    Made it tonite for company, super easy and quick and very tasty!! Came out perfect!

    1. Jessica says:

      Awww!!!! I’m so glad that you all loved it! Thank you so much for the review and for letting us know too! XO

  8. Kara says:

    5 stars
    Such a yummy soul food kinda meal! Thank you! I added half a cup of milk as well as the broth and a can of diced tomatoes at the end. It was delicious, we’ll use this recipe a lot.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad that you liked it! Mmmm, diced tomatoes sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Sandy says:

    Got my IP for Christmas trying different recipies. We really liked this one I added the chilli seasoning and can of tomatoes. My question is, can the recipe be doubled?

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!! I’m so glad that you liked it! Mmmm, adding chili seasoning sounds amazing!
      Well, I’m not sure. I’ve heard to be cautious with doubling things in the Instant Pot, and I’ve never tried it myself, so I hate to tell you to go for it. 🙁 May not hurt to try!

  10. Margie says:

    5 stars
    My 15 year old loves it and he’s super picky. I added a can of diced tomatoes with chilies, we like a touch of heat. It was delicious and he has requested it be added to our menu plan.

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad that you, and he liked it!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  11. Heather says:

    5 stars
    We loved this recipe! I added a tablespoon of Franks Red Hot Sauce before the pressure cooking phase and then stirred in a can of petite diced tomatoes with the shredded cheddar. So good!!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh my heavens… the additions sound amazing! Thank you so much for letting me know and for the 5-star rating! XOXO

  12. Steph says:

    5 stars
    My kids love this recipe! It’s so easy to make and the whole pot gets eaten. Can’t ask for a better recipe!

    1. Jessica says:

      Aw, thank you Steph! That means a lot! XO

  13. Jamielyn Nye says:

    5 stars
    Such an easy and family friendly dish! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yes!! So many families are loving this one for sure! 🙂 Thank you!

  14. Emily says:

    5 stars
    My family would totally LOVE this cheeseburger mac and I love that you can do it in the IP!

    1. Jessica says:

      YES! The Instant Pot makes this easy recipe even easier!

  15. Beth Klosterboer says:

    5 stars
    This looks SO good. What a great meal for any occasion!

    1. Jessica says:

      Thank you so much Beth! I totally agree!

  16. Kristina Allori says:

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for easy Instant Pot recipes that my family will love. YUM!

    1. Jessica says:

      Oh good!!! Thank you Kristina!

  17. Becky says:

    Great beginner recipe! This is the 2nd recipe I made in my new pot. I sautéed onion with the beef and then followed the rest of the instructions. I will add a little milk for more creaminess at the end next time. This time, I added a little ketchup to my boil and voila! Cheeseburger in the mouth & very yummy. Hubs asked I add some stewed tomatoes next time. I’m thinking he’s onto something. 🙂

    1. Jessica says:

      Ooooh! I love those additions! I’m so glad you shared them with us. Thank you SO much! 🙂 XO

  18. Adam says:

    Could you cut this recipe in half and use the 3-quart Instant Pot?

    1. Jessica says:

      Hi Adam! I haven’t tried that, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t!

  19. Sallyjojo says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing! Quick, easy and adaptable! Since there’s only 2 of us, used 8 Oz macaroni, 2 cups of water, a can of cream of mushroom, fresh onion, garlic and celery. When done added Rotel with the cheese and topped with a dollop of sour cream. Will be making again!

    1. Jessica says:

      I’m so glad that you made it your own and loved it! Thank you so much for sharing what you did! I’ll have to try that soon, especially the Rotel! Yummo!

  20. 5 stars
    Jessica, we made this on Monday and it was an instant success. I will be adding it to our monthly/weekly meal plan options. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jessica says:

      Yay!!! This is super exciting. Thank you for letting me know and for leaving a review!

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