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Hamburger Helper is a line of General Mills packaged food products, sold under the Betty Crocker brand, which consist primarily of boxed pasta bundled with a packet or packets of powdered sauce or seasonings.
The contents of each box are combined with browned ground beef, water, and sometimes milk to create a complete dish. The product line also features products with other starches, such as rice or potatoes, instead of pasta.
The Hamburger Helper mascot is the "Helping Hand" (or "Lefty"), an anthropomorphic animated, four fingered left-hand glove, which appears in the product's television commercials and on the packages.
Hamburger Helper is available in numerous flavors, organized into various categories.
Although the classic boxed Hamburger Helper products only supply the starch item and sauce packets, some varieties of the product 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.
Tuna Helper was the second variety to appear on the market, in 1972, but has quickly lost popularity to Chicken Helper.
Fruit Helper was introduced in 1973. The products were desserts made with canned or fresh fruit. The Fruit Helper line has since been discontinued.
Chicken Helper was introduced in 1984 in response to the wide availability of inexpensive boneless, skinless chicken breast.
Asian Helper is a selection of three Asian-American-style dishes, two hamburger and one chicken.
Pork Helper was introduced in 2003. Varieties included Pork Fried Rice and Pork Chops with Stuffing. It was discontinued shortly after introduction.
Hamburger Helper Microwave Singles were introduced in 2006. This product requires only the addition of water and brief cooking in a microwave to produce a single serving portion of some of the most popular flavors. Chicken Helper flavors were added in 2007, but that line has since been discontinued.