What is Hamburger Helper?

I read many recipes which mention Hamburger Helper. We don't have it here in Australia, and often there are things mentioned which I have no idea as to what they mean. Could you tell me what this is please? I've had Bisquick answered, so now I'm trying this one.


Thank you in advance,
Leah from Down Under

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Hamburger Helper is a boxed dinner product that usually comes with noodles and a seasoning packet. All you have to add is the cooked hamburger and water. (This is from the Betty Crocker company which also produces Bisquick.) I have posted a link if you wanted a visual reference.


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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

Hamburger Helper
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The Helping Hand in a Hamburger Helper commercial Hamburger Helper is a brand of boxed meal product produced by General Mills and sold under its Betty Crocker brand. It consists of a starch (most often pasta, but also rice or potatoes) and specially measured dried sauce packets separated in a single box. The remaining ingredients must be provided by the consumer. The consumer browns the hamburger meat in a skillet and then adds water, noodles, milk and the seasoning packet(s) to create the complete dish.


General Mills also has a Hamburger Helper frozen food line, which features some of the brand's classic varieties in a complete meal kit form, and includes frozen ground beef and frozen sauce packaged separately from the noodles in the same bag.

There is as well an "instant" version of Hamburger Helper which contains dehydrated meat, noodles and seasonings in a small pouch - instead of adding meat, milk and water, the consumer only needs to add a small amount of water to a bowl containing the helper pouch contents.

Its mascot is the Helping Hand, an anthropomorphic animated, four fingered left-hand glove, which appears in the product's television commercials and on the packages. A left-handed glove is used, oddly enough, to make the Helping Hand right-handed. The thumb of the glove serves as the Helping Hand's "hand".


In 2005 the American-based Food Network listed Hamburger Helper as number three in its list of the top five fad foods of the 1970s [1].

In 2007, General Mills removed the microwave cooking direction from Hamburger and Tuna Helper for unknown reasons. These directions are still listed at the Hamburger Helper FAQ at BettyCrocker.com

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

It is a really gross american short-cut to dinner. Hamburger helper is pretty much a meal in the box you only add the meat. (There's Tuna, Chicken & Hamburger Helper). It comes in such flavors as Beef Stroganof & Cheeseburger Macaroni. It is full of fat, preservatives, artifical flavors and sodium. Based on what your recipe calls for, a can of condensed chicken, mushroom or Tomato soup- or even Macaroni and Cheese with a couple of spices & some noodles will do the same thing a be SO much healthier for you.

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October 13, 20080 found this helpful

I 2nd what Siva38 said, it's gross and BAD for you!

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By Barbara J Snyder (Guest Post)
October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Hi just wanted to let you know that some web site like smuckers can send packages to your house. Now I don't know about betty crockers products but as toolgirl just gave you the address to the web site maybe just maybe you can order some.


However again don't know about down under and if it cost to much for shipping and handling; again you may want to maybe talk to a few friends or family and you can cut the cost and order some together. Hope this helps

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October 14, 20080 found this helpful

Well, ask a question, and you get an answer - in this case several. I have to say that it doesn't sound very nice or good for one. I don't actually buy things in tins and packets, and I don't like to eat things that I haven't cooked from scratch - I REALLY like to know what's going into what I eat. Thank you everyone for your answers, now I know what Bisquik and Hamburger Helper are - I'm getting down the list .
Regards, Leah from Down Under

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By Stingray (Guest Post)
October 15, 20080 found this helpful

Hamburger Helper isn't so bad. It's come in handy when my kids were small and I was working.


Kids love it, but the problem with packaged foods is all the chemicals and preservatives, so packaged foods are really not a good thing to have too often.

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By Susan Miller (Guest Post)
October 22, 20080 found this helpful

Dear Leah,
Best answer(s), "Toolgirl" @ the one noted, "Guest Post" >
It's not bad for you, (Betty Crocker is an old "standby"), you simply don't want to use it ALL the time,(no more so then you would BISQUICK). It's a dish you can make up "in a pinch", as it were, or if your short on meat (as it is with me sometimes),a good way to put together a meal with maybe vegetables or salad.

PS Don't listen to all the "negative" feedback. Betty Crocker products have been on "the market" in America since at least the 1940's (or maybe even before), you might want to look it up on your computer. Take Care

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May 19, 20090 found this helpful

Hamburger helper has been available in coles forever. I used to see it all the time when I was a checkout chick in the early 90's maybe just in WA - I think it was around the "cook in the pot" meal base type area but I think it was mcormacks brand or something similar - never tried it.

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