Homemade Hamburger Helper Mix

This homemade Hamburger Helper mix is a much healthier and cheaper version of the box mixes, great to have on hand.


  • 2½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup garlic powder
  • ½ cup dry parsley
  • 1 cup onion soup mix
  • 2 ½ Tbs salt
  • 2 ½ cups dry milk
  • ½ cup beef bouillon


Mix and store in sealed container.

Use ½ cup per pound of meat.

Homemade “Hamburger Helper” Recipe

  • 1 pound ground beef (brown & drain)
  • 1/2 cup of mix above
  • 2 cups noodles (I usually use elbow macaroni or egg noodles)
  • 2 cups water

Mix together browned meat and dry mix. Mix in the water and noodles. Stir well, there may be some small lumps, don’t worry, that’s normal. Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat until mixture boils. Let it boil about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower heat, cover and simmer until noodles are cooked, about 15-20 minutes. Depending on how many you are feeding, you can adjust the amount of water & noodles.

Variations to “Hamburger Helper” Recipe

Cheeseburger “Hamburger Helper”

Add 2 cups grated cheese at the end of cooking. I usually use cheddar or Colby. You can also use Velveeta instead of grated cheese.

Chili “Hamburger Helper” Recipe

Add one can diced tomatoes, one can of red kidney beans and 1 Tbs of chili powder.

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