It Won't Kill You: Top 5 Hamburger Helper Flavors

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It can be overwhelming. Let me guide you.

Before you turn up your nose and think, "God Lord, who eats Hamburger Helper?" consider the fact that General Mills did like a billion in sales last year, and I'm willing to bet at least a percentage of that (re: millions of dollars) was from their boxed-dinner product line. And if flavor proliferation is any indication of brand viability (my guess is "yes" looking at OREO), then Hamburger Helper ain't going anywhere. So, if you, like me, occasionally kick it old-school and indulge in some Hamburger Helper, here are flavors to try:

5. Cheeseburger Macaroni. One of the original flavors of Hamburger Helper, Cheeseburger Macaroni has retained a strong following throughout the years because of its strong cheddar notes and thick, luscious sauce. It's deliciously uncomplicated and good to serve picky children (or adults).

4. Philly Cheesesteak. Additions are the key to maximizing the taste of this variety, which on its own is just fine but a little flat in texture. To create a more realistic cheesesteak experience, throw in some sautéed onions and green peppers. You'll be tempted to scoop it all into a hoagie roll (conveniently forgetting you already have your carbs covered with the pasta).

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Zatarain's Pasta Dinner Mixes kick HH butt. The Jambalaya, Scampi, Four Cheese, and Southern Stroganoff all reward me for being lazy. Worth a try.

Mary Walker
Mary Walker

Crunchy taco is the bomb. I add extra rice, kidney beans, and Morningstar crumbles and slap it on tortillas when the teenager vegetarian has all of his friends over. They think it tastes like Taco Bell!! The man vegetarian wrinkles his nose at it and drinks beer for dinner though. :-/

SirRon topcommenter

Cheeseburger Mac. Add can of corn at last five minutes. Stir in dollop of sour cream as taking off of heat. Serve with Louisiana Hot Sauce and sourdough bread.

CoryGarcia moderator

Not happy about this new trend of not being able to find Hamburger Helper spaghetti in stores.


I have to agree -- Stroganoff is definitely the best Hamburger Helper.

Judi Hurwitt
Judi Hurwitt

Gross. Seriously, I've said this before but it bears repeating: is there just not enough amazingly good food in Houston to report on??

Carlos A. Martinez
Carlos A. Martinez

So much nastiness in a box. A war food. No thanks to a box full of GMOs. I choose to eat real food.

Hanabi-chan topcommenter

The kiddo and I had Cheeseburger Mac for dinner last night.  We are also fond of the Stroganoff. However, I can't get her to partake of Crunchy Taco. :(

Sometimes, you just need quick and easy comfort food....

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