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This from scratch hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, veggies, spices, and tomatoes in a rich broth. You'll love this recipe and the fact that it's in the pot for only 15 minutes!
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  1. HAMBURGER SOUP INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS HAMBURGER SOUP RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This hearty, homemade hamburger soup is ready in about half an hour, making it the perfect meal for busy weeknights. Seasoned ground beef, fresh vegetables and tomatoes come together for an easy dinner that the whole family will love.

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HAMBURGER SOUP INGREDIENTS

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You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables (corn, green bean, carrot mix)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

FROZEN VEGETABLES: I use frozen veggies for this delicious soup, but you could also use fresh if you prefer. Mushrooms, cabbage, zucchini, squash, peppers, or beans would be a great addition, too! However, I do love how quick and easy the frozen vegetables are. 

ONION: I love sweet onions in this beef soup recipe, but you could also use white or yellow onion.

POTATOES: Russet potatoes are a great option for this recipe because they are nice and starchy. You could also use red potatoes. Some people substitute the potatoes for rice, barley, or pasta such as elbow macaroni or egg noodles.

BROTH: You can use low-salt beef broth if you would like to. I’ve also heard tips to substitute half beef broth and half chicken broth for a different flavor. I haven’t tried that, let me know if you do!

BEEF: You’ll definitely want to drain the excess grease off the hamburger after cooking. You can make this step easier by using lean beef. Or, you could use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork, if you’d prefer.

ADD-INS: Some folks like adding cream of mushroom soup to this recipe to make the broth creamy. Others have suggested adding half a teaspoon of yellow mustard — or onion soup mix — for extra flavor! 

HOW TO MAKE THIS HAMBURGER SOUP RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a medium-sized soup or stock pot, heat the olive oil and brown ground beef, diced onion, celery, and garlic until no pink remains in the ground beef. Drain any excess fat.

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STEP TWO: Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.

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STEP THREE: Add the frozen vegetables.

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STEP FOUR: Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

PRO TIP:

Sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top or add shredded cheese before serving.

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HOW TO SERVE

Serve your hearty hamburger soup with a green salad and fresh-baked, warm beer bread, cornbread or cheese biscuits. Or make our cheesy pull apart bread — you won’t be disappointed.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can keep leftover soup in the fridge for 3 to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: Once your hamburger soup is cooled, you can pour it into a freezer-safe container and store it for up to three months.

PRO TIP:

You could also freeze individual portions in freezer-safe containers to make it easy to reheat and serve for a quick lunch.

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This hamburger vegetable soup recipe is rich and hearty with ground beef, veggies, and spices. You’ll love how easy it is to make with just a handful of basic ingredients and how filling it is for a cold night! 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make this recipe in the slow cooker?

This hearty soup recipe could be made in the slow cooker although we haven’t tried it. Add in your browned beef and sauteed veggies with the remaining ingredients and simmer until the potatoes are tender.

Can I freeze hamburger soup?

This great recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to three months.

Can I use ground pork instead of ground beef?

You could use any ground meat or even Italian sausage in this soup.

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Hamburger Soup

5 from 20 votes
This from scratch hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, veggies, spices, and tomatoes in a rich broth. You'll love this recipe and the fact that it's in the pot for only 15 minutes!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 15 ounces tomatoes diced with juice
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups frozen mixed vegetables corn, green bean, carrot mix

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized soup/stock pot, heat the olive oil and brown ground beef, onion, celery, and garlic until no pink remains in the ground beef. Drain any excess fat.
  • Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Then simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add the frozen vegetables.
  • Simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Notes

TIP: You’ll definitely want to drain the excess grease off the hamburger after cooking. You can make this step easier by using lean ground beef.
TIP: Sprinkle a little bit of parmesan cheese on top or add shredded cheese before serving.
TIP: You could also freeze individual portions in freezer-safe containers to make it easy to reheat and serve for a quick lunch.

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 825mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3651IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 5mg
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  1. Mattie says

    I made this soup last night and it was delicious. The only thing I did differently was cook a little longer so my frozen vegetables would get tender and add another can of diced tomatoes. This soup, for me, was even better the second day.

  2. MIcah Vasko says

    Will be making this soon just got into freezing meals and so far I’ve frozen a turkey soup and chili and I can’t wait to try this soup on my husband and 2 boys

  3. Jim says

    5 stars
    Delicious flavour. Quick and easy to make.
    I like a soup with more liquid. The ingredients do absorb quite a bit. (No pasta was added while making the soup) (Make pasta separately and add when ready to eat if pasta is desired).
    Next time I will double the beef stock and Worcester and add about 2 cups of a good vegetable cocktail (ie Garden Cocktail). I also added a squeeze of lemon and a bit of brown sugar and a half tsp. of celery seed. (Also we are cumin lovers…added a half tsp. – not everyone loves cumin)

  4. Myrna Fawbush says

    5 stars
    This is so good!! I had a pound of ground beef and thought soup, so I seen this one and decided to try based on reviews. I followed exactly just added a 15 Oz can of tomato sauce instead of 8. Will definitely make this again!!!

  5. Boop says

    5 stars
    Delicious, quick and easy! So good this will be my go to on a cold night. I added a couple of handfuls of large elbow macaroni and it turned out awesome! Thank you for sharing a great soup recipe!

  6. Melanie Wolczuk says

    5 stars
    Very easy to put together and it was a bit hit! I only used one tetra pack of beef stock instead of 5 cups. Thanks!

  7. Lala says

    5 stars
    I decide to try out this recipe. I very amazed , how well it turned out. I did have to make modifications, since I didn’t have everything that it calls for. I substituted Worcestershire sauce, for soy sauce and it still came out good.

  8. Pat says

    5 stars
    Wonderful my husband said it was the best hamburger soup. I did tweak it with adding three bouillon,bay leaves, and can of tomatoe soup before serving.

  9. Dawn says

    5 stars
    GOOD!!…Really, really good!!
    I made as directed without the garlic (just didn’t feel like mincing it), without the celery, and added some bow tie pasta. Was a big hit…second time making this and will not be anywhere near my last!
    Oh and it comes together really quickly even from frozen ground beef!
    Seriously TRY IT!!!

  10. Patsy says

    5 stars
    Delicious! I made this tonight, Michigan in Jan. is Freezing! This warmed the family up! With French bread, That’s all we needed, This recipe is a Keeper!

  11. GenevaGirl says

    5 stars
    This was a great football Sunday dinner on a damp chilly night! I added a can of cannellini beans and only one potato. Also added 2 bay leaves, fresh basil, 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper, also great substitution is jarred marinara sauce vs tomato sauce. So much deliciousness!

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