Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper – how to make it baby friendly!

A side by side image of homemade hamburger helper suitable for baby and for the whole family

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Hamburger Helper *sigh* how nostalgic? Like, seriously! 

You’re in for a treat today because it’s recipe sharing time! And today, we’re SO EXCITED to share insights on how we recreate our friend Ashley’s recipe for Homemade Hamburger Helper to be a bit more baby friendly. 

If you don’t already know her, Ashley has an amazing blog, The Recipe Rebel and she’s local to where we live and mama to three little ladies, which is extra fun!

As a reminder: You don’t need to make separate food for your baby! Here’s an example of how you can make a one pot hamburger noodle dish for the whole family with a couple adaptations for your baby.

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Step One:

Get the recipe for Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper from Ashley, the Recipe Rebel.

Step Two:

Follow these adaptations to make them baby friendly!

A side by side image of homemade hamburger helper. The bowl on the left is suitable for the family while the bowl on the right is suitable for baby.

Baby Friendly Easy Homemade Hamburger Helper

A high iron pasta dish perfect for an older baby to work on their pincer grasp!
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Ashley Fehr


  • Make the recipe as instructed here but follow these omissions/substitutions:
  • Only use a small pinch of chili flakes and omit the salt.
  • Use frozen chopped spinach and sodium-free beef broth.
  • When choosing a pasta, make sure to look for one that has been iron-fortified. Just look for iron on the Nutrition Facts label!
  • Once the dish has been made, remove some for baby. Then stir in the salt for the older family members!
  • Since this recipe uses smaller macaroni noodles, this will work best for a baby 9 months and older!


ALLERGEN INFO: this recipe contains two top priority allergens: cow’s milk and wheat. For the most up-to-date information on introducing your baby to potential allergens, check out the allergy module in our e-course Start Solids Confidently.

Want to know how to make any recipe baby friendly?

Click here for our 6 point checklist to turn your family’s favourite meals into meals your baby can eat WITH you!

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