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The Perfect Hamburger Helper Recipe

Today on the blog we're going to learn how to make the perfect Hamburger Helper. I've perfected this recipe over the years through trial and error, a willingness to experiment, and a little bit of the American can-do attitude. You may have tried to make this hearty dish in the past and struggled to find just the right blend of ingredients or couldn't get the texture of the pasta just right. Well, this recipe solves that. Following these steps guarantees you a skillet of amazing cheesy, hamburgery goodness. Sometimes when life is crazy and I am fed up trying to understand why people say the things they do on social media, I turn to this comfort food and my personal favorite is Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni. This staple of processed food never ceases to bring my contentment to my weary soul. My Perfect Hamburger Helper Recipe will do the same for you.

But, first, a history lesson.

Hamburger Helper was introduced in 1971 by Better Crocker after some lab interns got stoned and started experimenting with different chemical combinations because they had the munchies. I might be fuzzy on the details. Anyway, originally featured dried pasta and seasoned powder in a packet. A protein, usually ground beef, is added along with water and sometimes milk. Later iterations included chicken and tuna. Also, other starches such as potatoes.

My favorite flavor for many years was lasagna. When my wife and I first moved in together, a barbecue chicken flavor was produced that you baked in the oven with scalloped potatoes. Oh, those salad days when we had on our quaint two room apartment treating ourselves to an evening of Chicken Helper and VHS rentals. I miss those days. And I miss Chicken Helper BBQ with Scalloped Potatoes because they don't make it anymore and that's a shame.

My wife long ago stopped enjoying Hamburger Helper and I should probably give it up altogether. I only had the one helping tonight and it's sitting on my stomach like an anvil and I feel nothing but shame. My back hurts. There's still some left on the stove and I'm trying to decide if I should pitch it or put it away for lunch tomorrow so I can sit at my desk and have leftovers that will surely cause me to spend an entire afternoon staring off into the distance wondering why I didn't just have an apple.

Seriously, I think I need to lie down. Why did I do this? What was I thinking? I'm 52 years old, for crying out loud. I can't keep eating like this. There has to be something I can do to make me feel better. Maybe a bowl of Corn Pops or Cocoa Puffs.

Anyway, if you'll need a few items for your Perfect Hamburger Helper. Some ground beef, milk, a skillet, a stove. A spatula or large spoon. And that American can-do spirit.

So, gather your ingredients and follow my steps to an experience that will sure leave you wishing you had made a nice salad or grilled some fish.


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