• 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 11 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.


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