Hamburger Helper is a line of packaged food products primarily consisting of boxed pasta bundled with a packet or packets of powdered sauce/seasonings. The contents of each box are combined with browned ground beef, water and milk to create a complete dish. The product line also features products with other starches such as rice or potatoes instead of pasta. It is made by General Mills.
Although the classic boxed Hamburger Helper products only supply the starch item and the sauce packets, some varieties of the product now include ground beef. These include a frozen food line, which features some of the brand's classic varieties in a complete meal kit form, with frozen ground beef and frozen sauce packaged separately from the noodles in the same bag. There is also an "instant" version of Hamburger Helper containing dehydrated meat, noodles and seasonings in a small pouch, requiring only water to be added.
The Hamburger Helper mascot is the "Helping Hand", an anthropomorphic animated, four fingered left-hand glove, which appears in the product's television commercials and on the packages.
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