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Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe

This hamburger soup recipe is one of my favorites and a staple in our home. It is SO EASY to make and very forgiving depending on what you have in your fridge. When my husband and I got married, he had never heard of hamburger soup before, and yet it is so tasty and cheap that it didn’t take much convincing. This is a hearty soup with a tomato base and lots of variations. You only need a few ingredients and whatever veggies you have on hand in your fridge! Don’t forget to pin this to your recipe board!

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Hamburger Soup Recipe Ingredients: Just a Few Things.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 potatoes
  • frozen (or fresh) green beans (1 cup ish)
  • corn or peas (3/4 cup ish)
  • 1 large can (28 oz.) of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. barley
  • 3 Tbsp. Beef bouillon
  • 2 cloves of Garlic (fresh, powdered, prepared, whatever you’ve got!)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Don’t be afraid to get creative with what you have in your fridge. We’ve been known to add in some fresh cabbage, kale, red pepper, etc.

Hamburger Soup Recipe Directions: 45 minutes from start to finish!.

You’ll need to give yourselves about 45 minutes from start to finish for this soup, an hour is even better.

  1. Fry your hamburger with garlic, onion, salt and pepper in a large frying pan or dutch oven.
  2. Using your dutch oven or large soup pot, add a can of diced tomatoes, about 6-8 c. of water with bouillon, and all your veggies.
  3. Add your barley, give it a good stir and turn it onto medium-low heat. Cover and let simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring intermittently.
  4. Adjust your water/flavor. Add more water or add more bouillon or salt/pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with warm buns, biscuits or salty crackers.

This soup is a big win for the kids too! This recipe will make enough to feed 8-10 people with leftovers for a lunch or two the next day! Don’t miss my bread recipe to go along with it or my bread machine recipe if you have one!

Had you heard of hamburger soup before? What did you think? Comment below!


  1. I love soup nights! I recieved a soup recipe book for my birthday and decided to have a “soupa-palooza’ night every week. Everyone in my house gets to choose a soup recipe; so far we’ve had won ton, matzoh ball soup and Greek lentil soup!!

  2. Healthy eating for all around choice . I love to see what can make a difference in my everyday life so I can share with my wife some healthy habits . Something to grow on for a healthy tomorrow . Thank you for this program .
    Ragerds:Moses Brodin

  3. I don’t usually post on recipe blogs, but I just had to say how delicious this was. I made it exactly as the recipe states, and it was just absolutely divine. Making it again this weekend for a friend who doesn’t eat dairy. Thanks so much!

  4. This is truly an exotic sauce and recipe, for us Greeks:) It sounds very appetizing and interesting! How do you use this in enchilladas Michelle? Do you spread this on top before baking them? Sorry for the silly question, we don’t know much about Mexican cuisine:)
    Ragerds:Moses Brodin

  5. I’m so excited for Fall/Winter, mainly because I’m such a soup person! This recipe looks absolutely delicious and I’ll need to give it a try. Thanks for the post!!

  6. This was yummy! I’ve never made spaghetti squash before and I’m not sure if it’s supposed to me soft or not when it’s done. My squash was on the larger side so maybe I should have cooked it longer.

  7. Hi!!
    Love your post. It’s really amazing & helpful too. Being foodie i keep trying new dishes i tried this recipe & it turned out to be really tasty . Keep sharing 🙂
    Thank You & Regards

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