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    • Homemade Hamburger Help

      Create your own simple Hamburg Help mix to have on hand for fast, last minute dinners. One simple recipe creates 4 delicious, mouth watering meals in minutes.

      Homemade Hamburger Help Basic Mix

      2 cups nonfat dry milk
      1 cup corn starch
      1/4 cup beef bouillon powder
      2 T onion flakes
      1 tsp dried basil
      1 tsp dried thyme
      1 tsp black pepper
      2 T dried parsley
      1 T garlic powder

      Measure all ingredients into a Ziploc Bag. Shake well, transfer to vacuum seal bag, seal and store up to a year. To use, see recipes below, each recipe calls for 1/2 c. of mix - this refers to the Hamburger Help Mix listed Above.

      Here are several meal ideas using the mix

      Chili Mac:
      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      1 C. water
      1/2 C. macaroni noodles (uncooked)
      2 cans chopped tomatoes
      1 T. chili powder
      1/2 C. mix

      Combine all and simmer 20 minutes or until macaroni is cooked.



      Stroganoff:
      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      2 C. water
      1/2 C. mix
      2 C. uncooked egg noodles
      1/2 C. sour cream

      Combine all except sour cream. Simmer 20 minutes or until noodles are tender. Stir in sour cream and serve.

      Potato Beef Casserole:
      1 lb. ground beef pr turkey, browned and drained
      3/4 C. water
      6 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
      1 C. frozen mixed veggies
      1/2 C. mix

      Combine all and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove cover and cook until excess water is evaporated.

      Quick Lasagna:
      1 lb. ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
      1/2 C. mix
      1 onion, chopped
      2 C. water
      16 oz. tomato sauce
      3 C. lasagna noodles, uncooked, broken in bits
      1/4 C. parmesan cheese
      2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded

      Combine all except mozzarella in large skillet. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes or until noodles are cooked. Top with mozzarella. Turn off heat and let cheese melt.
      Comments 13 Comments
      1. yanks4carolyn's Avatar
        yanks4carolyn -
        How much do you use per meal or per lb ?
      1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
        FreebieQueen -
        Carolyn, use 1/2 c. of the mix per pound. thanks for letting us know that the recipes for use weren't linked to the helper, we've fixed them to show!
      1. dct9000's Avatar
        dct9000 -
        Thank you. Made this last night and the family loved it. Hard to tell the different between the MYO and store brought.
      1. rimickie's Avatar
        rimickie -
        Just made the potato beef casserole, very tasty, but I did have to make some adjustments. 1 cup of frozen veggies was not nearly enough, maybe if it was peas and carrotts, it would have been, but I used stir fry mix, and they had big chunks of vegetables, so I used 3 cups, six potatoes would have been way too much, I wound up using only 2, and that was more than enough, and it needed 1 and 1/2 cups of water, starting sticking immediately with just the 3/4 cup.
      1. lynnae's Avatar
        lynnae -
        I noticed the recipe does not add any salt except what is in the bouillon. This is good I think as the regular packaged hamburger helper has way more than a person needs in one meal. Am I right on this?
      1. lynnae's Avatar
        lynnae -
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by lynnae View Post
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
        I think all the mix ingredients are shelf-stable. You could probably store it at room temp, fridge, or freezer. (I keep my spice blends at room temp.) I have kept dry ingredients in the freezer; coffee grounds for over a year & cornmeal breading for a few days.(the cornmeal was only in the freezer because it had come into contact with raw fish, & I wanted to use the leftover cornmeal breading in meatballs a few nights later )

        However you store it, check for freshness & clumping before you use it. it should be fine
      1. IrishMoon's Avatar
        IrishMoon -
        I can't wait to try this!
      1. mkhess's Avatar
        mkhess -
        Can't wait to try this.
      1. BeckyStreet58's Avatar
        BeckyStreet58 -
        Quote Originally Posted by lynnae View Post
        I don't have a vacuum freezer bag thing. could I freeze this mix to keep it fresh? Maybe in serving size bags.
        So could you store the mix in a mason jar?
      1. IrishMoon's Avatar
        IrishMoon -
        Would the basic mix be like the store bought beef pasta flavor? That's our favorite and would love to make it from scratch.
      1. freya1948's Avatar
        freya1948 -
        Awesome! That will help with my picky eater!!!!
      1. mawmaws's Avatar
        mawmaws -
        Quote Originally Posted by yanks4carolyn View Post
        How much do you use per meal or per lb ?
        I took a short cut and and the package of cillie powder

        I tried the mix tonight , was good, but I added a little bit extra I like it spicey


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