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Hamburger Helper: The American Meal! If you’re looking for an easy meal, grab a pound of hamburger, brown it, and add a box of Hamburger Helper, add a little water to it, let it cook and you will have a happy family! Founded in 1971, Hamburger Helper has become a household staple all over the country. In 2005, Hamburger Helper was listed number 3 in the top fads of the 1970’s.

The brand has come a long way since the beginning, with many different varieties. These include:

  • Beef Pasta (formerly called “Beef Noodle”)
  • Beef Stroganoff
  • Potato Stroganoff (includes dehydrated potato slices)
  • Salisbury
  • Sloppy Joe
  • Patty Melt
  • Lasagna
  • Four Cheese Lasagna
  • Spaghetti
  • Cheesy Italian Shells
  • Italian Sausage
  • Tomato Basil Penne (Formerly called “Zesty Italian”)
  • Cheesy Jambalaya
  • Cheesy Favorites
  • Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • Double Cheeseburger Macaroni
  • Three Cheese
  • Chili Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese Melt
  • Philly Cheesesteak
  • Cheesy Hashbrowns
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Cheesy Baked Potato
  • Cheesy Ranch Burger
  • Cheesy Nacho
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Cheesy Enchilada
  • Cheesy Beef Taco
  • Crunchy Taco
  • Double Cheesy Quesadilla (originally “Double Cheese Quesadilla”)

General Mills has even expanded the line to include Tuna Helper, which uses tuna instead of hamburger, and Chicken Helper, which uses chicken instead of hamburger. They have also created Asian Helper, which offers selections of Asian/American dishes using both beef and chicken. There are also different varieties of these too and they include:

Tuna Helper

  • Creamy Broccoli
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Creamy Pasta
  • Creamy Parmesan
  • Cheesy Pasta
  • Tuna Tetrazzini
  • Tuna Melt

Chicken Helper

  • Creamy Chicken & Noodle
  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada
  • Chicken Fried Rice

Asian Helper

  • Mongolian Beef
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Beef Fried Rice

As with any brand, some products are not as popular and must be discontinued. Some of these include:

  • Beef Romanoff (still available in Canada)
  • Beef and Garlic Potatoes
  • Beef Stew
  • Cheddar & Broccoli
  • Hash
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Meatloaf
  • Pizza Bake
  • Rice Oriental (Officially discontinued, but occasionally still available in some stores)
  • Wild Rice & Mushrooms
  • Wagon Wheels (also called “Barbecue”)
  • Zesty Italian

Where to Find Hamburger Helper Promotional Discounts, Deals & Coupons

There are many sites out there that offer coupons and discounts for Hamburger Helper. The first place to check is the Betty Crocker website at They ask you to sign up to receive coupons, but the site is free and will periodically send you recipes and new ideas for meals. You may receive up to $150 in coupons and valuable offers just for signing up. Click on the coupons tab and then click on sign up for free and enter your information. The site also gives you many opportunities to click-thru to other websites such as to collect coupons. You choose the offers and coupons you want and then click on print coupons and you’re on your way. Click on the promotions tab and you will find contests, recipes, online cookbooks and many other great offers and savings.

General Mills is the parent company of Betty Crocker and also offers a reward program for signing up. They also offer recipes and will periodically send emails with tips and valuable offers. Go to and click on recipes and coupons to receive an instant recipe and other valuable offers.

Another opportunity to collect Hamburger Helper coupons is to check your local Sunday paper. Each week there are flyers stuck in papers with many different coupons for several brands and products. Some local libraries offer a coupon exchange where you can take in unwanted coupons and go through what others have brought in for any products used in your home. Try asking any friends and family members for any unwanted coupons and for any other websites they might have come across. Also, check out the local grocery store for any small kiosks near the Hamburger Helper aisle. Many times, you will find coupons like: “Buy 3 Get $1.00 off”. If you have the time and are patient enough, you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Just remember the Hamburger Helper slogan: One Pound, One Pan, One Tasty Meal.