3 February 2022
According to the package, a serving of Hamburger Helper has 390 calories. But once you add in the butter, oil and various seasonings listed on the box, that number jumps up dramatically.
Listed ingredients include: enriched macaroni product; water; cooked beef with beef broth; contains less than 2% of the following: salt, modified cornstarch, yeast extract, soy sauce powder (wheat, soybeans, salt), onion powder, dextrose, caramel color, spices, garlic powder, maltodextrin and natural flavor.
Unlisted ingredients include: butter; cooking oil; margarine; salt; monosodium glutamate (MSG); hydrolyzed corn protein and disodium inosinate; yeast extract; autolyzed yeast extract; soy sauce powder (soybeans and wheat); caramel color; garlic powder; maltodextrin; beef flavor (beef fat); natural flavor.
So depending on what method you use to cook your Hamburger Helper (microwave or stovetop) it can have between 600-800 calories.
Hamburger Helper is a popular and nutritious meal that can be ready in minutes. A single serving contains 420 calories, with 28 servings per box. The carbohydrate content is 58 grams, and it packs in 6 grams of protein, which provides a good balance between energy and long-term sustenance.
Taste the sauce, which is made from meat broth and contains a mix of seasonings including onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and mustard powder. The sauce can be served with ground beef or ground turkey. Also add some grated cheddar cheese and chopped tomatoes if desired.
Mix the contents of the box with two cups of cooked noodles, which can either be macaroni or rotini. Add two cups of cooked ground beef or turkey and your choice of vegetables, such as onions, green peppers and mushrooms. Add in some salsa if desired for extra flavor.
Here's the nutrition information for Hamburger Helper Original:
In 1 serving (1 cup dry mix):
210 calories, 4.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 360 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 13 g protein