69 responses to “Hamburger Helper Microwave Directions”

  1. C.

    I’ve never had an issue with using tap water either even though I use cold water. Hot water from the tap tends to have crud in it from your hot water heater. A lot of local water depts. tell you not to use hot tap water for cooking or drinking.

  2. twiztor

    Chili Cheese:
    1. Stir in Sauce Mix, 2 1/4 cups boiling water, 1 cup milk, and uncooked pasta.
    2. Microwave uncovered on High 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes, until pasta is tender (sauce will thicken as it stands). Dish will be hot.

  3. Christina

    Hey thanks for your website! I remember making tuna helper in the microwave and so when I just bought a box to make I was surprised to see the directions on how to make it gone. The betty crocker website didn’t have tuna helper so I really appreciate your website. Just wanteed to say thanks!

  4. Amanda

    I noticed you don’t have “Beef Taco” so here it is…I have several boxes of this in my cupboard!

    Beef Taco:

    1. Crumble 1lb lean ground beef into 2 1/2 quart microwaveable casserole or bowl

    Microwave uncovered on High 3 to 5 minutes, breaking up beef after 3 minutes, until brown. Drain

    2. Stir in sauce mix. 3 1/4 cups boiling water and uncooked pasta

    3. Microwave uncovered on high 8 to 12 minutes, stirring every 4 minutes, until pasta is tender (sauce will thicken as it stands) Dish will be hot (gee…are you sure??)

    Meanwhile, stir 1/4 cup of milk and topping mix in bowl 30 seconds. Set aside

    4. Pour topping over beef mixture

  5. Andrea

    Thanks so much for posting these directions. I couldn’t believe it when the microwave directions were taken off the boxes!

  6. Barton Bissell

    Cheesy Baked Potato

    I have used the Potatoes Stroganoff Recipe several times now, with excellent results.

  7. lynn

    i make cheesy tuna helper following the stovetop method measurements and microwaving 15 minutes stirring every 5. if its not thick enough microwave another 2 minutes uncovered.

  8. cathy

    Thanks for this site. I guess I never noticed until now that the instructions for microwave Hamburger Helper were missing. I usually made it on the stove, but now can’t. I just assumed that the instructions were still there. This is great.

  9. Kat

    Thanks a bunch, this is great. I’ve never tried them but those singles look horrible and I don’t plan on trying them. I recently am living in a hotel and only have a microwave. I thought that the microwave instructions were on the box (because I know I saw them before), but when I went to look today they were gone. My hunch was because of those stupid singles, looks like I’m not the only one who thinks this=) Thanks again!

  10. Kat

    Also if anyone needs any help, I have notice the generic brands sometimes have microwave instructions.

  11. Jarey

    My wife discovered that on the Tuna Helpers, whether stove-top or otherwise, that adding the tuna after the noodles, rice, whatever is cooked keeps it from disintegrating, from stirring it into the mix, and stays somewhat ‘chunky’.

    BTW, the best canned tuna, better than Chick of the Sea, Del Monte, etc, is the cheapest (least expensive) that Fred Meyer/Kroger sells. Really chunky instead of mush in the can.

  12. Kristen

    I live in a dorm and sometimes the cafeteria food is to say the least unappetizing and gets really unhealthy as well.
    Thanks for this! I bought a box of tuna helper not realizing that there were only stove directions… silly me.

  13. Carmela

    Thank you, thank you..I was so disappointed when I started seeing them take the microwave directions off the boxes..With school age children and activities, sometime dinner is planned at the last moment and having these directions are great..
    Thank you again, for finding these directions..:)

  14. Kay

    Thank you thank u thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!! I really needed some directions for the cheese melt, and I got them!

  15. Dani

    I am trying to save time & electricity so what I do is cook the meat on the stove & then septrate it into 1 pound containers. I keep it in the fridge or freezer until I need it. Then I just toss it in the dish & use the microwave directions. Who knew I needed to save the boxes for directions.

    Now I’m off to find Betty Crocker Potato microwave directions.

    Thanks so much for having this information.

  16. Jim Durkin

    Huge help for me and my girls!

  17. Lizzy

    I am extremely grateful to have found this site, hamburger helper is a staple around my home and with my work it is a fast and filling meal that I can make up, eat and have plenty of left overs for the week and just pop in the microwave. So Thanks for all the microwave instructions to my favorite foods!!!


  18. Kathy

    For Bacon Cheeseburger, I measure liquids according to package stove top directions, using warm water, rather than boiling water. I microwave on high, in a high wattage microwave oven, for 15 minutes, stirring every 5.


  19. Carolyn

    Thank you for the microwave recipes. My daughter loves the Beef Stroganoff, but in the summer, I don’t want to heat up the house by cooking on the stove.

    I don’t know why they took the microwave directions off of the box. Doesn’t make sense.

    Thank you again,


  20. Josh

    Just wanted to take time to thank you so much for this website! I am a college student on a VERY fixed income and you’re right, the microwaveable singles are terrible! If I come across any other of the directions not listed, I’ll be sure to get them to you! Thanks again!

  21. Crystal Lemke

    I love making Hamburger and Tuna Helpers for my family. They are one of the few meals everyone agrees on and enjoys. I started noticing the microwave dorections disappearing so I saved the sides of the boxes for future reference. The styles of the boxes of all the meals have recently changed, and with these changes the microwave directions have returned – but only on select Hamburger Helpers… I have never made hamburger in the micro but to me it makes more sense to nuke tuna. Why only bring back the microwave directions for the hamburger varieties? I am writing to the company as well about this manner.

  22. Caroline

    This page literally is a goldmine for me! I’m totally blind, and living alone. Reading the package directions using my scanner and software has gotten very difficult recently because of the colors and fonts that companies have started using on their packages. I write down instructions as I’m able to get them, but it makes it hard when I want to try new varieties. I also work full-time, and think that the microwave instructions are going to be much quicker, and give me a bit more motivation than coming home and ordering a pizza. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile all this into one place. I definitely plan to share this with others.

  23. flutiefan

    thank you thank you thank you!!!
    i have used your directions twice in the past week, and i am so grateful to you for posting these for us!

    i know it sounds strange, but i am currently unable to store any hamburger meat, so i’ve been making the pasta & sauce only. are there any suggestions or alterations i should make to the instructions?

    thanks again!

  24. Ashley

    i dont know if somebody already suggested this or not, but i dont really like the taste of beef cooked in the microwave but i have a foreman grill so i cook the beef on that and then crumble it up and follow the rest of the directions for the microwave! just in case someone else feels the same about it lol (:

  25. Dave

    I was googling microwave instructions out of desparation, I use to make hambuger helper and tuna helper while I was in grad. school. Since I am now married and have three young children in the home, I thought making some of the old classics might help stretch the food budget a little further. But then, you guessed it, the microwave instructions had been removed. Stumbling across across this web-site of kindred-spirits has just made my day. Validation sometimes comes from the oddest places. Thanks you very much.

  26. No Instructions Wayne

    I don’t know about you, but when I bought [my very last purchase of ANY Betty Crocker products, just on principle, if nothing else] my typical grocery store restocking venture I usually buy at least 5 boxes, of every one of the Hamburger Helper & Tuna Helper choices. Imagine my surprise finding BC elected to delete the microwave instructions. I took every box back to the grocery store & got a refund. The store manager, in turn, has reduced the amount of ‘stockage’ of BC product. I called BC headquarters and had a lengthy chat with Customer Service Reps. They were unable to explain the reasoning for deletionof microwave instructions. {maybe they’re afraid that someone will screw up the cooking, and sue for medical damages. Like the female, who won a settlement against McDonalds, because she was careless enough to spill hot coffee on sensitive body areas.} I suggested several methods the instructions could be included, from printing on the inside of the box, a seperate instruction sheet placed in the box, and an additional ‘hinged flap’ on the side of the box. Apparently they feel they make so much profit, that they no longer have a need to address customer issues. Therefore, I feel you should urge everyone you converse with, to refrain from buying BC products of any type. As an Amateur Radio Operator, who participates in several radio ‘nets’ weekly, I make sure that during the ‘comments’ period, that the BC customer service is discussed. The net ‘check-ins’ conduct nets of their own; so the ‘word’ is in-turn distributed through ‘on-air’ and other modes of communications.

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  28. Andy

    I’ve tried to compare the stove-top directions to the microwave versions, and it appears the microwave directions usually decrease the milk and increase the water, although the total amount of liquid stays the same or increases by 1/4 or 1/2 cup. I generally use whichever version has the larger amount of milk and the water amount that is paired with that, plus 1/4-1/2 cup extra (if I use the package measurements.)

    They seem to turn out fine with whichever ratio of milk you use, and the only “cooking” is just to cook the pasta until tender, which means the recipes aren’t as exacting as baking a cake or something.

    I figure that there is a basic recipe we can use for any products not listed, adjusting the cooking time as necessary – use the stove-top times or similar microwave recipes as a guide.

    1. Cook the meat as shown above
    2. Use the package measurements, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra water.
    3. Cook for 8-18 minutes (usually 10-15), stirring every 5 minutes (until pasta is tender)
    4. Prepare any extra toppings or stuff you add after cooking according to package directions, such as a crumbled or cheesy topping, or recipes that call for you to mix in ketchup or mayonnaise at the end of cooking.

  29. Tigressreow

    Woo Hoo – Thank you, thank you, thank you… Yummy Microwaveable Comfort Foods ROCK! With the directions and insights from this blog’s participants, my teenage son will again chime “winner, winner yummy dinner”. Getting tasty food on the table without having to look at a splattered stove needing cleaning put as big a smile on my face too!

  30. Monica

    This page is FANTASTIC!!! I’m inbetween stoves at the moment and this makes life sooooo much easier!!!!!

  31. alex

    Thanks so much. Being in a military family, microwave directions are much faster during busy times.

  32. Michelle

    Thank you so much for posting these! Like the above poster, I am between stoves at the moment, and have a bunch of Hamburger Helper that needs used up. I like to make mine with moose burger; it cooks up the same way but adds some great flavor, and it’s economical for my family (the cost of ground beef here is crazy, and the quality is very low.)

  33. Leslie

    Thanks, you saved me tonight!

  34. Jacqueline

    I believe that Cheesy Pasta is exactly the same as Tuna Melt except for there is no “melt”. So, I would follow the Tuna Melt directions as far as microwave times go.

  35. Laura Furman

    Just tried using the Cheesy Enchilada directions from this page for the Cheesy Chicken Enchilada variety. I was using canned chicken but any cooked chicken would work fine. The gamble paid off–it worked well!

  36. Maggie

    Thank you so much for this list! I usually don’t buy “Helper” products, I get farmhouse or a store brand because they still have micro directions… accidentally bought Tuna Helper this time though!

  37. Jessica

    Thank you so much XD
    Not only is Hambuger Helper cheap for college students (like myself), but it’s also ridiculously YUMMY!

  38. adonis

    From one desperate single father not wanting to hear the kitchen on this sweltering Florida day, I offer you my sincere thanks!!!

  39. Shelby

    You are like my favorite person ever right now. This is awesome!!!

  40. Sherry

    I was pleased to find these microwave directions on the internet! I have been unhappy about the microwave directions disappearing as well. I so appreciate this!

  41. Luke

    so essentially you just use the same directions on the box for cooking on a burner except you just nuke the meat till it’s brown or done, then add 4-6 minutes to the “simmer” time to translate to microwave time.

  42. Marshall Attico


    Brown 1 lb. ground meat, drain.

    Stir in the sauce mix, 3/4 cup hot/boiling water, 2 cups milk
    and the uncooked pasta.

    Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 15-18 minutes (stirring every
    5 minutes) until the pasta is tender.

    The sauce will thicken as it stands.

  43. Madyson

    As a stay at home mother of two, microwaving hamburger helper was a quick and easy way of making a meal for the kids on a busy day, so of course I was disappointed to see the microwave instructions were taken off the packages. Thanks for this, it will make many evenings so much less hectic!

  44. TinaP

    Thank you! I picked up a box of Tuna Helper for the first time in forever and I was surprised to see that the microwave directions are gone. I asked a couple of people who were also getting Helpers if they knew why. One person said they’d never had microwave directions. Whatever. At one point it had been a staple in our house. The other person said that the company had been sued when someone ended up sick from not microwaving hamburger until done. So they removed them to ward off future lawsuits from morons.

    Thanks so much!

  45. Charles B

    this mainly works for most HH box dinners with pasta (not rice or potatoes):

    1. brown 1 lb. hamburger meat. Drain grease.
    2. add sauce mix, milk (if called for, use quantities on box), and water (use quantities on box).
    3. cook for 3 sessions of 5-6 minute intervals, stirring during each interval.
    4. make extra topping sauce if supplied. usually means add 1/4 or 1/3 cup of milk and stir, stir, stir like crazy!


  46. Jack

    Hi hey I come here all the time for your m/w instructions and want to thank you bunches for having this here for all to be helped (here it comes) BUT, the box of “Cheddar Cheese Melt” that I just opened (5/14/13) doesn’t have an extra pouch for the cheese sauce that you make on the side and pour on top when the main dish is done. It just has the one white pouch or envelope or whatever you call them and that is also all it says on the box that is supposed to be in there so HH must be making that particular dish anew now with everything in the sauce mix itself.

    You’re probably already aware of that but also the URL that goes to the original place is a File 404 error as well. Thanks again for your site! I will be back!

  47. Astra

    Thanks so much for all the microwave directions! I have had this saved to my favorites ever since I found it in 2005 and I often find myself referring back to it. Living in Florida it gets too hot in the Summer to even cook on the stove so this is my way of making a perfect meal for myself and my husband.

    For those concerned about using hot tap water for the recipes try this… get cold tap water, measure and heat in the bowl you plan to use while you are draining the cooked ground beef. Heat just until it is hot enough that it will dissolve the seasoning easily. Add the seasoning pack, stir, then add milk (if needed) and stir once more.

  48. howie

    what is so hard about putting the microwave instructions on the box I end up buying store brands(which aren’t as good and way fewwer choices) because i don’t have a stove I’ve only got a microwave. PLEASE have a little consideration for us less fortunate people I’d eat it all the time if I had DIRECTIONS!! take a hint do the right thing

  49. matt

    does any have the instructions for cheesy ranch burger its my favorite and i cant find the instructions anywhere to cook in the micro

  50. Rebecca

    I was trying to find the microwave instructions for the Cheesy Italian Beef. Does anyone have this?

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