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Hamburger Mac & Cheese

Who says you can't have macaroni and cheese on a carnivore diet?? In fact, this is a great, quick way to make ground beef a lot more interesting!

This is made just a like a traditional stove-top macaroni and cheese sauce recipe, except all of the thickness comes simply from the cheese (most macaroni and cheese sauces include flour), and there's no need for noodles- just your inexpensive, easy to cook, superfood- ground beef!



- 1/2 pound of ground beef

- 2 tablespoons butter

- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar/jack cheese

- Salt

- Pepper (optional)

- Garlic powder (optional)


- Cook your ground beef with a little butter or lard, salt, and pepper and garlic powder if you choose, and set aside.

- Melt the two tablespoons of butter on medium-low heat. I use the same pan as I cooked the ground beef in.

- Add the cream and stir to combine. If you are using the same pan that you cooked your ground beef in, make sure you have turned down the heat and let the pan cool off a bit so that the cream doesn't boil as soon as it hits the pan. If you choose to use pepper, add some at this step too.

- Add the shredded cheese and stir until melted and your sauce is thick and creamy. This should only take a minute or two.

- Combine the ground beef and cheese sauce and stir together.


That's it! This is a really quick, easy recipe that can be thrown together within about ten minutes for a quick meal or snack. The proportions do not need to be very exact, so I will make this without measuring out the ingredients sometimes too.

I'm sure many types of cheese would work well for this recipe. For a traditional macaroni and cheese taste, use cheddar or a combination of cheddar and jack cheeses. For the dish photographed here, I used a combination of traditional orange sharp and white cheddar.


Terise D
Terise D
Aug 09, 2023

Yep, my calculations were 70 protein, 127 fat, 1432 calories. For me this would only be an occasional meal as it's so high in fat. But definitely fits a carnivore lifestyle.


Julie Clay
Julie Clay
Aug 03, 2022

Very very tasty!! Thank you for the recipe. It was velvety and hearty and all three of us in my house really liked it.


Oct 13, 2020

Hi. Just found your blog. Recipes look great. Wondering what the nutritional info is for this dish? Or how many it serves? I do count calories and macros and am dying to try this. Thanks for your work. Helps a lot when at a loss of what to cook

Julie Clay
Julie Clay
Aug 03, 2022
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This is probably a one person meal on carnivore (I am not the OP). It's only 1/2lb of ground beef. You could stretch it to two persons keto with the addition of say broccoli or cauliflower rice it with out significantly upping the calories but it would up the carbs. The only thing I helped calculate where the calories 455 for cheese 575 for 80/20 beef 204 for cream and about the same for the butter -- so about 1440 -- you will find carnivores don't count calories very often and usually just go by eat to satisfied and sometimes only do one meal a day no snacks or 2 a day and no snacks --- so this wouldn't be…

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