What To Do With Leftover Hamburger Helper?

what to do with leftover hamburger helper

No one wants to waste food, but sometimes there’s just too much of it.

If you have a leftover Hamburger Helper, here are some easy solutions on what to do with it.

From breakfast to dinner to dessert, there’s sure to be a recipe that fits the bill.

So get creative and start cooking.

Use your leftover Hamburger Helper as a topping on pizza

Using your leftover Hamburger Helper as a topping on pizza is an easy fix for dinner.

Your kids will love it, and you can get creative with different flavors of sauces (make sure they’re kid-friendly).

If you want to keep the dish healthier, go for less cheese or use fat-free mozzarella cheese instead of regular cheddar.

One thing I like about this dish is how you can get really creative with it.

Want to add pepperoni?

Go right ahead.

Don’t like mushrooms?

Just omit them.

Your kids will love it and think they’re having a special treat when really they’re eating Hamburger Helper.

Use your leftover hamburger helper as a tortilla casserole

One of my favorite ways to use up the leftover is by making a tortilla casserole.

This dish is great for dinner and will definitely satisfy your entire family.

And did I mention it’s super easy and quick?

All you need to do is brown some ground beef, add in your Hamburger Helper and some cheese (if desired), and pour it into a casserole dish.

Bake for 20 minutes, sprinkle more cheese on top if you want, and dinner is ready.

Make Hamburger Helper Cheesy Bites

Fish sticks are one of my favorite go-to dishes when I’m really busy or don’t have a lot of time to cook.

They’re quick and easy, which means you can get a healthy meal on the table quickly.

Plus, they’re good for everyone since they’re bite-size pieces that are easy to eat.

One thing I love about making fish sticks is how fun it is, especially if your family likes to get involved in the cooking process.

Make taco shells with the leftovers and top it off with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream

Making taco shells from your leftover Hamburger Helper is a great way to use up the rest of that ground beef.

Simply cut out circles from your Hamburger Helper and fry them in a pan with some oil and bake in the oven for 5 minutes on each side.

Let it cool and top it off with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomato, and sour cream.

Use your favorite seasonings to make it taste like tacos.

Turn leftover Hamburger Helper into pizza burgers

I love turning leftovers into something different, and this recipe is definitely a winner in my book.

All you’ve got to do is cook up some hamburgers (season however you like), and then top them off with leftover Hamburger Helper, mozzarella cheese, and some seasoning.

Grill it on low heat until the cheese melts and you’re ready to eat.

Create a pasta dish

By combining the leftover with spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese, you can create a quick pasta dish.

I love this because it’s unbelievably easy to make and also because, if you’re making it for yourself, it comes in individual servings.

Your friends will think you spent hours slaving over the stove when really all you did was combine three simple ingredients.

And to make things even easier on yourself, buy pre-made spaghetti sauce in a jar and save yourself the trouble.

Add it to scrambled eggs

Add your leftover to some scrambled eggs for an instant breakfast or lunch meal.

If you’ve got picky eaters at home, try to make the eggs look interesting by adding some cheese and seasonings.

You can also mix in other ingredients like cooked ham or bacon.

This is a great dish to make if you’re on the run or if you have little time in the morning before work.

Try using it as breading for fried chicken or fish fillets

This is another one of my favorite uses.

I love fried chicken and fish, but if you’re trying to keep your diet in check it can be a bit difficult because most restaurants use frying oil that’s been used a million times before, which means all the healthy polyunsaturated fats in the oil have been oxidized.

So what do you do?

You take your leftover Hamburger Helper and turn it into bread.

All you’ve got to do is combine the Hamburger Helper with some spices like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper (the seasoning varies depending on what kind of food you’re making).

The end result is a delicious breading that can be used for frying chicken or fish.

Whip up some banana bread muffins with it

what to do with leftover hamburger helper

I’ve got another great recipe that combines the delicious taste of banana bread with your favorite Hamburger Helper flavors.

All you have to do is mix together all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, eggs, milk, brown sugar, and butter in a bowl.

Mix it well until everything is moistened.

Then mix in your favorite Hamburger Helper flavors.

Pour the batter into greased muffin tins and bake them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Make cheesy breadsticks

I’ve got another great idea for you here.

This time all you need is some flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, oregano, milk, and butter.

Simply mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and add milk and butter.

Then take small pieces of dough and roll them out on a greased pan before placing cheese on top.

Bake for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden brown.

Turn it into a taco salad

This is another great idea for those times when you have some leftovers.

You can do this by mixing together your desired amount of hamburger meat, the leftover Hamburger Helper, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, chopped onion, canned corn, drained black beans, sour cream, and diced green chilies.

Serve with tortilla chips and you’re ready to eat.

What is the best way to store leftover Hamburger Helper?

All you have to do is place your leftover in a sealed container and pop it into the freezer for a quick, easy, and delicious meal later on.

It’s as simple as that.

It will last for up to three months in the freezer.

Where can I buy Hamburger Helper?

Hamburger Helper is readily available at all major grocery stores.

You can find it in the pasta aisle with all the other dry pasta.

It’s usually packed in an orange box with a blue banner background.

You can also buy Hamburger Helper on Amazon.

How long will the leftover Hamburger Helper last in the fridge?

As long as you refrigerate it properly, your leftover should last for up to three days.

What’s the best way to reheat Hamburger Helper?

The best way to reheat Hamburger Helper is by frying it in a pan with a small amount of oil.

You can also microwave it or bake it in the oven after you’ve combined it with some cheddar cheese and milk.

Can I make a gluten-free version of Hamburger Helper?


You can make a gluten-free version of Hamburger Helper by using wheat-free pasta.


There are many different ways to use leftover Hamburger Helper.

You can turn it into a pasta dish, scrambled eggs, breading for fried chicken or fish fillets, banana bread muffins, cheesy breadsticks, or taco salad.

So the next time you have some, don’t fret – there’s definitely a way to make it delicious and easy.

Tamara Pierce

Tamara Pierce is a food writer at Elapasony, passionate about exploring diverse cuisines and sharing recipes and food experiences. From trendy restaurants to local hotspots, she's always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors.

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