Update on Gluten-Free Bisquick and Hamburger Helper

bisquickThe news about gluten-free Bisquick and Hamburger Helper coming to market took the gluten-free world by storm. Both products were introduced at the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference in May of this year. Both Bisquick and Hamburger Helper are owned by General Mills. To date, their gluten-free website (Live Gluten Freely) lists over 250 gluten-free labeled products put out by the various General Mills lines.

There have many estimated dates floating around the internet about when the two new exciting gluten-free products from General Mills will hit the market. According to the company representative I spoke to, each product is presently in production and is expected to start showing up in limited stores in late June/early July. The items will have a more widespread release hopefully in August. General Mills expects the Hamburger Helper to hit store shelves first, with the much anticipated Bisquick to start showing up quickly thereafter.

So far, the Bisquick and new Hamburger Helper flavors have been a hit with the people who got to try them at the CDF conference. Because the products are not listed on any General Mills website yet, I don’t have the ingredients list. Even so, the one thing we know will not be in the items is gluten! Bisquick is one of those things that brings back childhood memories. It’s such a versatile mix – making everything from pancakes to dumplings. Hopefully, the gluten-free version will also be quite versatile as well.

There will most likely be many gluten-free recipes for the new Bisquick posted on the Live Gluten Freely website. There are now many gluten-free dessert recipes posted there that utilize the gluten-free mixes from Betty Crocker. Did you know the gluten-free yellow cake mix from the line can be used to make carrot cake? Check out this easy recipe for it. General Mills is really embracing our quickly growing market in a big way. It seems that the powers that be at the company have figured out what a loyal customer base we are. That’s something some of the other large food companies haven’t quite grasped yet.

With the gluten-free version of Bisquick hitting store shelves soon, it’s likely that the companies that are dragging their feet in response to our market will soon have to get serious about trying to get their piece of the gluten-free pie. According to the Grocery Guide, at least thirteen companies already make gluten-free pancake mixes like Bisquick’s. So is Campbell’s really going to let Progresso have all the mainstream gluten-free soup business? Is Kellogg’s willing to let Chex have most of the mainstream gluten-free cereal business? It’s doubtful that either of those things will happen and that means that even more exciting gluten-free products will soon be on their way to store shelves!

*General Mills would like to remind consumers to carefully check the label when looking for the new gluten-free items. Not all Bisquick or Hamburger Helper products are going to be gluten-free. There will be gluten and gluten-free versions available and each item will be appropriately labeled.


36 thoughts on “Update on Gluten-Free Bisquick and Hamburger Helper”

  1. I picked up the GF Hamburger Helper on 6/18 and it was awesome! I got the Beef Fried Rice, think I’m gonna go eat the leftovers now, if my husband hasn’t already!

  2. I picked up the GF Hamburger Helper on 6/18 and it was awesome! I got the Beef Fried Rice, think I’m gonna go eat the leftovers now, if my husband hasn’t already!

  3. We live in a small town and our local Kroger and Walmart stores had the gluten free Hamburger Helper (the Chicken Fried Rice) in our stores in May. It’s sooo good. Tastes exactly how I remember it. I even add some frozen peas and mushrooms to mine!

  4. We live in a small town and our local Kroger and Walmart stores had the gluten free Hamburger Helper (the Chicken Fried Rice) in our stores in May. It’s sooo good. Tastes exactly how I remember it. I even add some frozen peas and mushrooms to mine!

  5. Thanks for touching on the two companies with whom I have my biggest gripe: Kellogg’s and Campbell’s. More so with Kellogg’s, who took one of my favorite guilty pleasures (Corn Pops) and added wheat starch for no apparent reason. With this attitude, I will refuse to spend dime one on any of their products.

  6. Thanks for touching on the two companies with whom I have my biggest gripe: Kellogg’s and Campbell’s. More so with Kellogg’s, who took one of my favorite guilty pleasures (Corn Pops) and added wheat starch for no apparent reason. With this attitude, I will refuse to spend dime one on any of their products.

  7. I am excited about General Mills going Gluten free. I am diabetic along with Celiac Spru. Hooray! Just watch out for the carbs. Love the GF brownies.

  8. I am excited about General Mills going Gluten free. I am diabetic along with Celiac Spru. Hooray! Just watch out for the carbs. Love the GF brownies.

  9. I am very upset with Food Lion. They have taken the Betty Crocker cake mixes, the rice chex cereal all except the rice chex, and the Bistro hot dogs off the shelf. Just when things were looking up they do something like this. Their only remark was have you tried Earth Fare? The whole idea is we were just starting to be able to shop at our regular grocery store which is a lot cheaper. Could you please let me know why this is happening and what we can do to stop it.

    Thank you

    We live in the Greensboro area

  10. I am very upset with Food Lion. They have taken the Betty Crocker cake mixes, the rice chex cereal all except the rice chex, and the Bistro hot dogs off the shelf. Just when things were looking up they do something like this. Their only remark was have you tried Earth Fare? The whole idea is we were just starting to be able to shop at our regular grocery store which is a lot cheaper. Could you please let me know why this is happening and what we can do to stop it.

    Thank you

    We live in the Greensboro area

  11. I had the Chicken Fried Rice tonight from Chicken Helper – it made me sick. I follow a gf diet and do fine as long as I avoid gluten…I noticed it has MSG in it. I don’t know if I have a major sensitivity to it on top of Gluten intolerance, but it made me feel awful and it tasted SO good! Dangit!

  12. I had the Chicken Fried Rice tonight from Chicken Helper – it made me sick. I follow a gf diet and do fine as long as I avoid gluten…I noticed it has MSG in it. I don’t know if I have a major sensitivity to it on top of Gluten intolerance, but it made me feel awful and it tasted SO good! Dangit!

  13. Bisquick booted me off the website after asking confirmation of date-of-birth — three times, so it’s no accident. Is there a problem with retired-age celiacs? Anyone else had this experience?

  14. Bisquick booted me off the website after asking confirmation of date-of-birth — three times, so it’s no accident. Is there a problem with retired-age celiacs? Anyone else had this experience?

  15. I too am wondering when these new products will be available in Canada, i am so looking forward to trying the new gf bisquick.
    judy

  16. I too am wondering when these new products will be available in Canada, i am so looking forward to trying the new gf bisquick.
    judy

  17. Thanks for this post! I am just learning of GF Bisquick today. I am super excited to try it, but so far I am not able to find it near me (I’ve tried their online product finder). I am fortunate to live in a place with a lot of GF options locally.

    Cynthia, Have you tried Kroger? I am in Raleigh and our Kroger stores here all have many gluten free items for less than Earth Fare.

  18. Thanks for this post! I am just learning of GF Bisquick today. I am super excited to try it, but so far I am not able to find it near me (I’ve tried their online product finder). I am fortunate to live in a place with a lot of GF options locally.

    Cynthia, Have you tried Kroger? I am in Raleigh and our Kroger stores here all have many gluten free items for less than Earth Fare.

  19. I’m sorry to say that we made pancakes with the new gf Bisquick and they were not good – at all. There is a blogger that took the new Bisquick and then mixed in shortening to make it more like real Bisquick. I’m not interested in doing such a thing. Also, Betty Crocker rep. said this gf Bisquick can not be used in traditional Bisquick recipes.

    As for the new Asian Helper (chicken fried rice) I had to return it to the store as it contains MSG which I can’t tolerate. I was so excited to find the gf version (there are two on the shelf next to each other at my store) that I didn’t notice the MSG on the label.

    I’m glad GM is trying to appeal to our market, but they could do a better job with these latest products, in my opinion.

  20. I’m sorry to say that we made pancakes with the new gf Bisquick and they were not good – at all. There is a blogger that took the new Bisquick and then mixed in shortening to make it more like real Bisquick. I’m not interested in doing such a thing. Also, Betty Crocker rep. said this gf Bisquick can not be used in traditional Bisquick recipes.

    As for the new Asian Helper (chicken fried rice) I had to return it to the store as it contains MSG which I can’t tolerate. I was so excited to find the gf version (there are two on the shelf next to each other at my store) that I didn’t notice the MSG on the label.

    I’m glad GM is trying to appeal to our market, but they could do a better job with these latest products, in my opinion.

  21. My husband & I are very new to the gf scene. He just found out 2 weeks ago he has celiac. I just made and ate chicken & dumplings with the new gf Bisquick. My husband’s most requested meal in the old days, He LOVED it!!
    We have also tried the chicken helper, love it. So far he has not had any problems eating these items.

  22. My husband & I are very new to the gf scene. He just found out 2 weeks ago he has celiac. I just made and ate chicken & dumplings with the new gf Bisquick. My husband’s most requested meal in the old days, He LOVED it!!
    We have also tried the chicken helper, love it. So far he has not had any problems eating these items.

  23. GF Bisquick finally made it to my store this week. Made GF ricotta blueberry pancakes and my hubby who doesn’t need to avoid gluten said they were the best pancakes he ever had, much better than regular pancakes. They were soft with a smooth texture and you would have never guessed they were GF. Have a couple left for breakfast in the morning :)

  24. GF Bisquick finally made it to my store this week. Made GF ricotta blueberry pancakes and my hubby who doesn’t need to avoid gluten said they were the best pancakes he ever had, much better than regular pancakes. They were soft with a smooth texture and you would have never guessed they were GF. Have a couple left for breakfast in the morning :)

  25. I work for a major food wholesaler and I noticed the other day that Bisquick has arrived in our warehouse. If you have not seen it on the shelves yet, please ask store managers to order the product as it is available. The sku is 16000-27746

  26. I work for a major food wholesaler and I noticed the other day that Bisquick has arrived in our warehouse. If you have not seen it on the shelves yet, please ask store managers to order the product as it is available. The sku is 16000-27746

  27. I tried the GF bisquick using the recipe on the box and they were just like the original I used to make before I stopped having gluten to help with my narcolepsy (don’t know why it helps, it just does). Has anyone tried the cake/cookie/brownie mixes from Betty Crocker? Just wanted an opinion before I buy any of them.

    Also, for those who are trying to avoid MSG because of its reputation, I would suggest they google it and look at the wikipedia article. I also saw the food network do a blind test at a chinese restaurant that showed the negative affects were largely in people’s heads. That said, I’m not entirely convinced it is harmless. There is too much about some of these food additives that we don’t know about.

  28. I’m on my second box of Bisquick (gluten free). So far, I’ve made biscuits and pancakes. The biscuits were good, just a bit denser than ordinary Bisquick. The pancakes were delicious. In fact, I think they were better than any of the pancake mixes I have. So thankful that this product has come out. I have not had any problems in buying it since my local WalMart carries it.

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