How To Make Your Own Hamburger Helper

When you are busy, one easy option for dinner may be Hamburger Helper.  With a little planning ahead of time, you can make your own kits and know what ingredients are actually in it.

I have been teaching a cooking class for 4-8th graders twice a month for the past few months.  I have been teaching them how to make easy meals on their own such as homemade soup and grilled cheese sandwiches, mac and cheese and DIY Hamburger Helper. I used this recipe making Lasagna Hamburger Helper.  The post has the basic recipe along with a number of variations for different flavors.

You could make up the packets with the dry ingredients, so when you want to make the meal you only need to add the meat and other ingredients as you do when you use the purchased boxes. By making your own, you can control the ingredients and gear it towards your own tastes.  When making your own, you can use either plastic storage bags or mason jars for the dry ingredients and attach instructions, such as the other ingredients needed to finish the meal.

I also made up a couple of jars of this for a “going away” gift for a lady at work.