Hamburger Helper Budget Stretch

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

Is one box of Hamburger Helper not enough for your family? It's not enough for my family of boys so I created this easy 'stretch' in order to double the servings. My family likes the Salisbury flavor so that's what this recipe is based upon - but it'd go well with other flavors, too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Follow the cooking directions on the Hamburger Helper box, using the enclosed seasonings and noodles and adding my list of ingredients (except sour cream); be sure to use the amount of water I've listed and not the amount listed on the box; you can sauté the onions with the hamburger if you'd like.
  2. Mix in sour cream just before serving.
  3. *You could substitute any thin or small noodles you have in the pantry and use corn or other veggies in place of the carrots.
  4. *We aren't salt lovers, if you are - double the salt.


Most Helpful

Very good recipe that makes Hamburger Helper stretch and taste homemade. I used Kluski egg noodles and omitted the sugar as I didnt want a sweet flavor added. Warmed this up for supper tonight and it was even better than the first night. Thank you 4Susan for posting this great recipe! Made and reviewed for My 3 Chefs.

lauralie41 November 25, 2008

Yes susan this is a very good budget stretch. I have done the same. I wanted to rate this idea for other budget lookers. My kids don't eat tomatoes I use the italian sauce that is very much like crushed canned tomatoes.

domesticatedmom November 28, 2007

We used the Philly Cheese Steak flavor Hamburger Helper for this (and saved the fried onion topping for another time). Since that flavor calls for milk, I used the specified amount then made up the remaining 5 1/2 c. with water. I used sliced carrots because I couldn't find diced, but I think I would still prefer the diced if I can get them next time. I used a combination of elbow macaroni and whole wheat penne, so I had to cook it a little longer. It was really good and made plenty of food. I thought it was a bit too sweet, but everyone else liked that flavor. I think next time I will just use 1 tsp. salt instead of 1/2 tsp., which might improve the balance.

evewitch December 04, 2010

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