Hamburger Macaroni and Four Cheeses contains elbow macaroni, ground hamburger (or use ground turkey) and four different types of cheese. A “surprise” ingredient makes it creamy, cheesy and delicious.
Packaged shredded and grated cheeses have a special coating to prevent caking. Although I love grating blocks of cheese (no special coating), I used shredded packaged cheese in this recipe.
This savory and hearty main dish is tasty variation of my popular recipe for Homemade Macaroni and Three Cheeses.
Pairs well with green beans and a variety of salads. Easy to make with simple ingredients.
I did not use an egg (optional ingredient). The cheese sauce thickens when an egg is added. Most mac and cheese recipes do not require an egg. Some do. It’s really a matter of personal preference. Hamburger Macaroni and Four Cheeses is amazing without the extra thickness (my opinion).
The “surprise” ingredient that makes this main dish creamy and cheesy is buttermilk. Ooooh la la, how good it is!
Stir seasonings into the buttermilk. Pour over elbow macaroni, hamburger and three cheeses before baking. Doing it this way will evenly distribute seasonings.
The Buttermilk Story
Several years ago (2006 or 2007), I had a pleasant conversation with a church member while we were in our separate cars parked in the parking lot. We were waiting for traffic to subside after a powerful service.
Our windows were rolled down while we talked to each other. It was during the summer and the weather was pleasant (not too hot).
At the time, our mega church had over 18,000 members. I had never met this sister who provided a delicious nugget of info that forever changed how I make macaroni and cheese.
We talked about Sunday dinner. She asked if I ever used buttermilk to make macaroni and cheese. I said no.
The friendly sister was right when she told me that after I try buttermilk, I’ll never use whole milk again.
I’ve never seen her before or after that day. An angel? I like to think so!
After she told me to try buttermilk, suddenly the traffic lightened up. We said our goodbyes before driving away.