Does your family like Hamburger Helper??

@dfinster (3537)
United States
April 13, 2007 11:08am CST
My family wants me to make some kind of amburger Helper for dinner tonight. I don't have any idea why, but they go crazy over that stuff. The problem is, I hate the stuff. I think it's totally gross and starchy tasting. It doesn't matter what flavor I try it all tastes the same to me. Do you make it for you family and do you like it?
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32 responses
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
My family wants to have it once in a while. We do not do it too often because there is a tendency for people to want it like twice a month only. It tastes good along with some cheese, hamburger, and macaroni. The taste is just fine and good for us.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I guess the only one I can really eat and not think it's too bad is the cheesy tuna stuff. Problem is my family doesn't like tuna.
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@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Theres one of them that I dont mind and I forget the name of it. But yes I agree its starchy and I dont like it either. It so fake. Id rather make something homemaid rather then use that. But sometimes I dont the time and I will break out the hamburgger helper.
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Before my partner moved in with me he lived on the stuff.My children will eat some of them but not that many. Since I don't like it they only have it on nights that I can get my partner to cook. Normally if the kids want hamburger helper on the nights I am cooking then I will make homemade macaroni & cheese add hamburger. I don't mind eating it that way.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I think I'll try to pass off the homemade stuff like you said you use.
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• United States
14 Apr 07
If you want to pass it off as real Hamburger Helper and they have more discerning palettes than most kids, try adding just a little bit of ketchup, and a handful of shredded cheddar cheese to the macaroni. Ties it all together so it tastes like the boxed stuff, but fresher. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of it, even homemade. But my partner and her family are. So the trick is to make it as edible as possible.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I make it for my family. They love it also. I don't really understand what they see in it, but it is easy and they like it so I make it. I like to make my own homemade goulash, but they would rather have hamburger helper~ what's up with that?
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Some people just don't appreciate fine food.LOL!
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@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Nope-- I tried it once for my daughter and she was like- Mom I'm not eating this again! lol... I actually don't mind it once in a while- And my sig. other will eat anything! I like the cheeseburger macaroni one. So we never have it when my daughter is home- She does like the tuna helper- She likes brocolli, and creamy noodle- I prefer home made tuna noodle casserole-- but on quick, busy nights this works. I feel for you! How about you make it for them and make yourself a sandwich!
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Looks like I'll be eating a lot of sandwiches.LOL!
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• United States
13 Apr 07
I grew up eating hamburger helper. I bought it recently - Stroganoff and made it with soy crumbles instead of hamburger. It was so gross. I can't believe I ever ate that so much. It's so salty. If it was less salty it might not be so bad. But it left me feeling so sick from all the salt in it. We gave away the other boxes that we bought.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
The saltiness gets to me too and I'm a huge saltaholic.LOL!
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• United States
13 Apr 07
I buy a few different kinds every now and then and just add to it to make it better. You can add ranch style beans ,corn mushrooms just about anything. Or just make it homemade. It is something that you can cook on busy night and is easy cleanup!!
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm gonna try the homemade version next time they ask for it.
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@Polly1 (12650)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I don't like it either. Make up your own hamburger helpers. Its quick and easy and taste so much better. I like to put fried potatoes with hamburg, I also like to add baked beans. Get creative and I am sure the kids will like it much better.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
The fried tater's sound good. My family really likes those. Thanks.
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@lightningMD (5933)
• United States
13 Apr 07
My step-daughter loves hamburger helper too. Her favorite is the Tomato basil penne. She also likes the cheeseburger macaroni one and the lasagna. I dont mind them once in awhile but not every night. I might make it once every 2 weeks when my husband is on the night shift. Then its something easy i can make just for the two of us.
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I'll have to look for that tomato basil and see if that one is ok for me.
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
13 Apr 07
There are a couple of the flavors that aren't too bad. We like the Cheeseburger Macaroni and the Stroganoff. The Mexican ones aren't so good. I tried to make a box of Macaroni and then add hamburger but it was missing some zing. There are a few of the tuna ones that are pretty good too. Tetrazini is one.
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
13 Apr 07
I don't mind the cheesy tuna.
@my2luvs (158)
• United States
13 Apr 07
We do not eat it. I try not to buy any food that has msg in it. I can make the same thing at home without all the additives.
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@stormygrl (763)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Occasionally I'll make it for my family but I personally don't like it. They love the cheeseburger macaroni. It's an easy meal if you're in a rush. We usually don't eat together unless it's the weekend.
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@seamonkey (1981)
• Ireland
13 Apr 07
It isn't available here in Ireland but it is something I used to make when I was first learning to cook as it didn't seem as thought it could go too horribly wrong. It isn't great, but it is quick and easy and the kids like that sort of thing now and again.
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• United States
13 Apr 07
I'm not a huge fan of hamburger helper either. On occassion I do not mind it. If I do eat it, I usually use the cheesebuger macaroni one. What about making a "goulash" dish instead. Boil some macaroni. While letting the macaraoi cook brown some ground beef (seasoned with a bit of garlic pepper salt) with some chopped onions (or if they do not like the onions you can skip them). Once the macaroni is cooked drain it and return it to the pan. Add the ground beef and onions to it. Then add some tomato/pasta sauce that you like and mix it together. Return it to heat for about 10-15 minutes. It's kind of similar to some of the hamburger helpers but not so starchy and gross.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Thanks for the recipe. That sounds like something we'd all eat.
• United States
14 Apr 07
No problem at all. It's quick, easy, cheap and tastes good. And you can throw in other things you like as well. Maybe some mushrooms or some italian sausage even small meatballs.
@villageanne (8555)
• United States
20 Apr 07
We do not purchase Hamburger helper as it is filled with MSG and other preservatives that we dont want in our body. I have posted many recipes for homemade hamburger helper. You should look them up and try them. They are wonderful. They taste good, with no artificial additives and No MSG. They are even cheaper to make than buying the commercial Hamburger helper.
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Hi Villageanne! I love the recipes that you post here. I'm definately going to check these out. Thanks.~D
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
15 Apr 07
We have it every once in a while. My husband likes the chili mac and my daughter likes the chiken helper and for me I like the cheesyhashbrowns.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I didn't even know they had chessy hashbrowns.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I like the stroganoff but the rest of them I can generally take or leave. It's just something I keep in the house for convenience because there's always ground beef, milk and water on hand and if you're in a hurry for supper, it's there in a pinch. I always end up feeling gassy and bloated after eating it though. I was always a little apprehensive about putting the milk in to boil with the hamburger because I figured it would curdle and then go bad, and it almost seems to. Anyone else have an issue with feeling poorly after eating it?
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I think it's just the taste that makes me feel icky.
@mtdewgurl74 (18121)
• United States
14 Apr 07
Well it went on sale and I boght abot five boxes infive different flavors and some we liked others we didn't. I like the hamburger helper dinners that offer the rice instead of thepasta oes I really enjoyed those more. My hubby doesn't really like hem except for the cheesy mac and beeef one. Have you tred the chicken ones? some of them are okay as well.
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@dfinster (3537)
• United States
15 Apr 07
No, I haven't tried the chicken ones, but I'll keep that in mind.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
14 Apr 07
What is Hambuger Helper? Could you write out the recipe here please?
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
15 Apr 07
Hamburger Helper comes in a box that you buy at the store and you just add hamburger to what's in the box. Some people who left responses left some homemade recipes. I wuld recommend using those instead of the box stuff.
@arkaf61 (10884)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
MY kids used to love hamburger helper when they were younger. I"m glad they are past that because it really wasn't my favorite:) I agree with you, the taste doesn't seem to be the best but if we try to make it from scratch with natural ingredients then kids wouldn't like it LOL They still ask me for it very occasionally, but I"m glad they don't ask me for it everyday like they used to :)
@dfinster (3537)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I hope the day comes that they don't ask for it much too.LOL!