How Do You Jazz Up Your Hamburger Helper?

I find it difficult to fit everything I need to do in a day. The things I want to do are usually put on the backburner, or mentally filed away under ‘Maybe in the next lifetime’.

I would love to be able to make nice dinners from scratch every day, but the reality is that daily life gets busy and some days I am thankful that we’ve stocked up on some reliable dinner options that you can just pull out of the pantry or freezer and prepare quickly. For this reason, we always have soup, noodles, frozen vegetables, frozen meat and meal options like Hamburger Helper on hand.

I often buy them when they are on sale and they store well for a long time. And not only are they life savers when you are looking for something quick, but they also help when you find yourself on maternity leave and between paychecks. On weeks when we are a little low on funds, or a big purchase is coming up (like our trip back home for a visit in December), we can add our quick meal options in to save on our weekly grocery budget.

Hamburger Helper has a promotion on right now to help you save money while stocking up on these pantry and freezer must-haves. Keep your eyes open for the Free Green Giant frozen vegetables promotion that can be found on specially marked Hamburger Helper packages starting this month.  You will get a coupon for FREE Green Giant frozen vegetables (750g) with your next purchase of a Hamburger Helper dinner kit.

So, how do you eat your Hamburger Helper? Do you like it as is? Or do you get creative and add your own ingredient(s). I find that peas, broccoli or onions always make great additions.

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  • Michelle P Nov 18, 2011, 1:17 pm

    We usually add vegetables to hamburger helper

  • I would probably add some peas or extra veggies.

  • Candice Kelly Nov 14, 2011, 7:13 pm

    I add lots of extra cheese :D

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  • Huguette English Nov 13, 2011, 8:07 pm

    I sometimes add cheese to my hamburger helper.

  • SueSueper Nov 13, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I add vegetables to my Hamburger Helper!! It’s great to add color and those essential Veggies!

  • Jennifer Nov 13, 2011, 3:06 pm

    I add tiny minced onions to the Hamburger Helper (so the picky eaters won’t see)

  • charlie a Nov 10, 2011, 3:54 pm

    I would add chopped tomatoes and garlic.


  • sarah Nov 10, 2011, 3:54 pm

    sauteed Onions, peppers and zucchini !

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  • Bree Nov 8, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I don’t add anything to it we just have a side with it

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  • Diana Nov 8, 2011, 7:24 pm

    I add peas and macaroni!

  • Adriana Fitzgerald Nov 8, 2011, 7:59 am

    I add some vegetables into it. That is the only way to get them into my kids.

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  • Cheryl Morreale Nov 6, 2011, 6:50 pm

    I like to add mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and green peppers to my Hamburger Helper!

  • Rebby Nov 6, 2011, 5:51 pm

    I love to add green pepper and onion and mushrooms to my Hamburger Helper!

  • belinda m Nov 6, 2011, 8:54 am

    I will add red and green pepper, onions and grated cheese to jazz it up


  • Candace Evanisky Nov 5, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Add corn and peas!!

  • crystal evanisky Nov 5, 2011, 8:16 am

    WE add brown beans and corn to most of them. to the lasagne we add ketchup.
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  • Cindy Hildebrand Nov 4, 2011, 7:40 am

    I like adding lots of veggies.

  • missbobloblaw Nov 4, 2011, 2:19 am

    Cheese! We use cheese!

  • Amy C Nov 4, 2011, 1:48 am

    We add mushrooms and Peppers to our Hamburger Helper

  • Kris Nov 3, 2011, 9:59 am

    I never add anything, my kids want it just as it is, they love it.

  • silvia Nov 3, 2011, 9:52 am

    We like throwing in some frozen veggies to the hamburger helper. One easy meal.

  • Julia K. Nov 2, 2011, 10:21 am

    I add extra cheese to my Hamburger helper. We also serve it with garlic bread.

  • lori Nov 2, 2011, 4:16 am

    We add corn, just frozen corn, my kids can’t get enough of corn, so i add it to the hamburger helper.

  • Holly Nov 1, 2011, 2:06 pm

    I’ll sometimes make the lasagne hamburger and make it into sloppy joes. Put some into and on top of a hamburger bun and maybe top with some shredded cheese…for something a little different.

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  • Katrina Brady Nov 1, 2011, 10:51 am

    I add a pinch of allspice. It really brings out the flavours

  • tennille Nov 1, 2011, 9:21 am

    I would definately add fresh veggies and would use ground turkey-its what we usually have in the freezer!

  • loriag Nov 1, 2011, 12:53 am

    We love Hamburger Helper, we enjoy adding frozen veges and a little extra mayo!

  • SuperMel Oct 31, 2011, 2:59 pm

    My kids could live off of HH when my husband is away. I let them choose the pasta (Cheesy Shells is always a hit), and then make it as per directions but mix in cooked veggies of their choice afterwards (Peas/corn/Broccoli)… I like to add some of the Kraft Mexicana cheese to mine for an extra kick!

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  • pat george Oct 30, 2011, 6:21 pm

    I add anything that I have in my fridge, corn , peas, beans, spinach, great way to use leftover veggies,,,and it different each time

  • Erin Brayshaw Oct 30, 2011, 1:37 pm

    My family loves lazagna hamburger helper and i add fresh chopped tomatoes and mozzarella chesse and sometimes cottage cheese to it. Family loves it!!!

    The Taco Hamburger Helper i add corn and sometimes have sour cream on the side. We eat it in a bowl or sometimes on torilla shells!! AMazing!!

  • maria Oct 30, 2011, 11:29 am

    I make the cheesy enchilada hamburger helper and put it in tacos.

  • 409cope Oct 30, 2011, 10:41 am

    I like to add mushrooms,peppers and onions to mine.

  • andalene Oct 28, 2011, 9:25 pm

    top it with cheese and add vegetables, create a casserole of sort

  • Pamalot Oct 28, 2011, 2:24 pm

    We usually eat Hamburger Helper the way it is but sometimes I add mushrooms to the strogonoff recipe.

  • erin m. Oct 28, 2011, 2:18 pm

    i’m actually a purist and don’t add anything…maybe I should try mixing it up.

  • Josie Oct 28, 2011, 2:12 pm

    I add cheese and mushrooms

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  • Orangeheromama Oct 28, 2011, 11:18 am

    we generally just leave it as-is, or maybe add some grated cheese. maybe a salad on the it!

  • angela m Oct 28, 2011, 8:46 am

    I add cheese ,peppers and onions

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    Cheese & peppers

  • corey Oct 28, 2011, 12:02 am

    We usually add veggies like peppers and mushrooms just to healthy it up a little,

  • Tara E Oct 27, 2011, 5:44 pm

    sometimes mixed veggies or a little extra cheese on top

  • kara sceviour Oct 27, 2011, 5:44 pm

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  • Glogirl Oct 27, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I just add onions to the hamburger as it’s frying. I’ve gotten lots of new ideas though from reading through the comments!

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    We’ve been known to add some red and yellow peppers & snow peas; my grandkids love them!


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    I add extra spices to my hamburger helper including garlic and tumeric.

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    We eat it as it is, some I use ketchup with.

  • Tacey Oct 27, 2011, 11:18 am

    I love to take HH and let each family member choose an ingredient to add. That way it’s a meal we are all a part of.
    We have chosen things from leftover ingredients in the fridge, to mystery cans out of the cupboard that we cover the labels.
    It makes for a fun and interesting family meal.

  • CanadianMama Oct 27, 2011, 7:00 am

    I too don’t add anything to my hamburger helper, it’s so good as it is! but yeah, always a salad or some veg on the side!

  • Karla Sceviour Oct 27, 2011, 5:31 am

    I usually add grated cheese on top and let it melt,,depends on what kind it is..if I dont put cheese on it,,I leave it the way it is..We love Hamburger Helper!
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    I like to add a ton of vegetables and cheese to make the dishes my own!

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    i like to add onions mushrooms and red peppers
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  • Anne-Marie T Oct 26, 2011, 11:59 pm

    I add some sauteed onions and red peppers, cheese, garlic.

  • Tina Oct 26, 2011, 8:41 pm

    I add frozen veggies usually peas and mushrooms.

  • ginette4 Oct 26, 2011, 5:32 pm

    I have to admit that I have never made Hamburger Helper, I ate it as a child my Mother made it often, not sure why I don’t make it, I think it’s time that I introduced it to my family

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    I always use ground turkey or chicken. Also add tons of veggies depending on the kind I’m making.

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    I like to add frozen mixed veggies!

  • Charlene Vidal Oct 26, 2011, 4:16 pm

    I usually don’t add anything to it, but now that you have put the idea in my head I would probably add peas.

  • Leanne m Oct 26, 2011, 4:01 pm

    I’ve never actually added anything into the hambuger helper but I put salad or veggies on the side.