Hamburger Soup

I love a good dinner-in-one-bowl. This easy Hamburger Soup Recipe hits the mark — plus, it’s packed with satisfying, wholesome ingredients.

Begin this hamburger soup by sautéing ground beef, onions, and garlic. Add a full-bodied stock, aromatic herbs, and savory condiments. The final touch? Tender carrots, buttery russet potatoes, and vibrant green beans.

You can’t get much better than an easy weeknight meal that makes it a pleasure to eat your veggies.

This soup is the perfect recipe for meal prep or freezing. So make a big batch because you’ll want plenty of tasty leftovers for easy weeknight dinners.

It’s also a flexible recipe. Do you have other veggies you need to use up (like…soon)? Throw them in!

Serve standalone or with a slice of crusty bread. 🥖

Hamburger Soup in a bowl with crusty bread around.

I love a good dinner-in-one-bowl. This easy Hamburger Soup Recipe hits the mark — plus, it’s packed with satisfying, wholesome ingredients.  

Begin this hamburger soup by sautéing ground beef, onions, and garlic. Add a full-bodied stock, aromatic herbs, and savory condiments. The final touch? Tender carrots, buttery russet potatoes, and vibrant green beans.

You can’t get much better than an easy weeknight meal that makes it a pleasure to eat your veggies. 

This soup is the perfect recipe for meal prep or freezing. So make a big batch because you’ll want plenty of tasty leftovers for easy weeknight dinners. 

It’s also a flexible recipe. Do you have other veggies you need to use up (like…soon)? Throw them in! 

Serve standalone or with a slice of crusty bread. 🥖

Hamburger Soup in a bowl with crusty bread around.

Why KJ Loves

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

We are absolutely obsessed with this recipe! Not only is it delicious and comforting, but it easily comes together in one pot and is loaded full of everything you need in a meal: protein, veggies and starches! 

Hamburger Soup Ingredients

Ground Beef

Lean ground beef works well for this recipe — but not too lean. A little fat helps the flavor, but too much can get greasy. You could also use ground turkey if you prefer.

Onion

Yellow or white

Garlic

Fresh cloves of garlic are the best, but you could always go for the jarred garlic to make things easy.

Worcestershire Sauce

It may sound weird, but this ingredient brings so much depth to the recipe!

Seasoned Salt

This is always stocked in my pantry!

Ketchup

Carrot

I prefer consistently sized carrots in my soup, so I slice up fresh baby carrots.

Russet Potato

With a high starch content, russet potatoes lend a thicker consistency to the broth. If you prefer the creamier texture of a golden potato, they would also work well in this soup recipe.

Green Beans (frozen)

I found that frozen green beans are the easiest and hold up nicely in the soup. But you could use drained canned green beans or fresh green beans.

Diced Tomatoes

You can use regular or fire-roasted diced tomatoes for this recipe. I personally like the fire roasted!

Herbs

Dried thyme and dried parsley perfectly complement the other flavors. If you have fresh herbs on hand, double the amounts.

Stock

A combo of chicken and beef stock gives this soup a more interesting, complex flavor.

Toppings

Choose your favorite shredded cheese to sprinkle on top, or add some croutons!

Browned ground beef in a stock pot with the herbs and ketchup added in.

Hamburger Soup Variations

Load it up with more veggies.

This soup is perfect for clearing out your fridge or freezer…especially that nearly-empty bag of corn you never remember to use up! Try mushrooms, diced tomatoes, zucchini, celery, bell peppers, or corn. 

Add a slight kick.

Prefer a little spice? Dash a little cayenne pepper into your soup for a kick. 

Noodle around.

If you dislike potatoes or just prefer pasta, add cooked pasta to the soup right before serving.

Diced potatoes, frozen green beans, diced tomatoes and carrot rounds added to the soup pot.

How To Make Hamburger Soup

1

Saute the onion and garlic.

Add olive oil to your large pot or Dutch oven and saute the onion and garlic until translucent.

2

Brown the lean ground beef.

Add in your ground beef and cook until browned. 

3

Add the other ingredients.

Dump in everything else and simmer. (Yes — it really is that easy.)

4

Wash the dishes. How sad.

A ladle bringing a ladle-full of hamburger soup out of the pot.

What To Serve With Hamburger Soup

The nice thing about this hamburger soup is that it is packed with everything you need for a complete meal. 

You’ve got your protein. Veggies. Starch. 

No other side dishes necessary. 

But, if you want a killer addition to the meal, add some super simple garlic bread or cheesy garlic bread

Extra credit if you decide to be super healthy and add a side salad. 🥗

A close-up photo of a bowl of hamburger soup

How To Freeze Hamburger Soup

Let the soup cool, and then transfer it to airtight containers or freezer bags. Stick in the freezer. Your future self will thank you.

When you’re ready to reheat your hamburger soup, take it out of the freezer to thaw overnight or cook the frozen soup in a pot over the stovetop on low heat.

Bowls of hamburger soup.

Hamburger Soup FAQ

How long do leftovers last?

Your leftover soup should be good in the fridge for 3-5 days. 

What is hamburger soup made of?

Hamburger soup is traditionally a mix of ground beef, broth, and mixed vegetables. 

What spices are good in hamburger soup?

I recommend dried thyme and parsley (although you could go for fresh thyme and fresh parsley if you want!). Some people like to use Italian seasoning. 

Can you make hamburger soup in the slow cooker?

Yes, you could make this hearty soup in the slow cooker. However, sauté the onion and garlic and brown the beef before adding it to the slow cooker. 

How can I make this spicy?

Add a dash of cayenne pepper. Voila: the perfect meal for spice lovers. 

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Hamburger Soup


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

I love a good dinner-in-one-bowl. This easy Hamburger Soup Recipe hits the mark — plus, it’s packed with satisfying, wholesome ingredients.  

Begin this hamburger soup by sautéing ground beef, onions, and garlic. Add a full-bodied stock, aromatic herbs, and savory condiments. The final touch? Tender carrots, buttery russet potatoes, and vibrant green beans.

You can’t get much better than an easy weeknight meal that makes it a pleasure to eat your veggies. 

This soup is the perfect recipe for meal prep or freezing. So make a big batch because you’ll want plenty of tasty leftovers for easy weeknight dinners. 

It’s also a flexible recipe. Do you have other veggies you need to use up (like…soon)? Throw them in! 

Serve standalone or with a slice of crusty bread. 🥖


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15 or leaner)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 small russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots, cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 10 oz bag frozen green beans
  • 14.5 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 32 oz beef stock

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add in the onion and garlic and lightly sauté until fragrant, about a couple minutes.
  2. Add in the ground beef and gently crumble and brown until cooked through. I like to leave some larger pieces so that the ground beef doesn’t completely disappear into the soup. Add in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, thyme and parsley and stir to combine.
  3. Add in the potatoes, carrots, green beans and the can of diced tomatoes (with juices). Pour in the chicken stock and the beef stock and stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and allow the soup to simmer uncovered for at least 20-25 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and cooked through.
  5. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with shredded cheese and crusty bread. Enjoy!

Notes

  • In my opinion, the longer soup simmers, the better it gets! Allow this soup to simmer on low for an hour or so if need be. Just make sure to watch that not too much of the broth is reducing.
  • Slow cooker instructions: sauté the onion and garlic, brown the beef and add in the ketchup & seasonings according to listed instructions. Transfer the ground beef mixture to the bottom of a slow cooker and add in the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Soups & Stews

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 207
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Sodium: 1305mg
  • Fat: 5.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.1g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Protein: 20.7g
  • Cholesterol: 51mg

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  1. Aly A

    We LOVE hamburger soup.
    A delicious and easy fall/winter staple and a definite crowd-pleaser. My husband constantly asks for it! 🙂

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