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. 🥖
Why KJ Loves
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
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.
Yellow or white
Fresh cloves of garlic are the best, but you could always go for the jarred garlic to make things easy.
It may sound weird, but this ingredient brings so much depth to the recipe!
I prefer consistently sized carrots in my soup, so I slice up fresh baby carrots.
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.
You can use regular or fire-roasted diced tomatoes for this recipe. I personally like the fire roasted!
Dried thyme and dried parsley perfectly complement the other flavors. If you have fresh herbs on hand, double the amounts.
A combo of chicken and beef stock gives this soup a more interesting, complex flavor.
Choose your favorite shredded cheese to sprinkle on top, or add some croutons!
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.
If you dislike potatoes or just prefer pasta, add cooked pasta to the soup right before serving.
How To Make Hamburger Soup
Saute the onion and garlic.
Add olive oil to your large pot or Dutch oven and saute the onion and garlic until translucent.
Brown the lean ground beef.
Add in your ground beef and cook until browned.
Add the other ingredients.
Dump in everything else and simmer. (Yes — it really is that easy.)
Wash the dishes. How sad.
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.
Extra credit if you decide to be super healthy and add a side salad. 🥗
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.
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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