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Hamburger Soup Recipe

Hamburger Soup is loaded with tender ground beef, diced tomatoes, and an assortment of veggies. It’s so hearty and satisfying,

Warming soups like Zuppa Toscana, Cabbage Soup, and this Hamburger Soup recipe are well-loved in the colder months. P.S. They are perfect for easy meal planning because they reheat well.

Hamburger soup in a pot

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What is Hamburger Soup? 

Hamburger soup is a classic, all-American staple made with lean ground beef, tangy tomato broth, and plenty of veggies. It has all the satisfaction of biting into a juicy hamburger, paired with the comfort of a Tomato Soup.

It’s also quick and simple to make and takes about 45 minutes from start to finish.

Ground beef soup in bowl

Ingredients for Ground Beef Soup

  • Aromatic Vegetables – Onions, carrots, and garlic celery are the go-to base for an amazing soup. By cooking them in the pot first, you release amazing aromatics that add such a key depth of flavor to your hamburger soup. If you want an extra serving of veggies, add in some spinach, kale, or green beans. 
  • Lean Ground Beef – Opt for 85% lean ground beef (or even leaner) to prevent your soup from coming out too oily. You can even swap the ground beef out for ground turkey.
  • Tomato Paste – enriches the tomato-y flavor of the soup and also helps to thicken it up. 
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes – any brand will work, but note that some brands have more added sugar or salt than others so season to taste.
  • Beef Broth – Use homemade if you have it, or use storebought broth.
  • Potatoes – Yukon gold potatoes work best and add a nice, natural buttery flavor.
  • Italian Seasoning – Use your favorite dried Italian seasoning blend or make your own by combing a couple of shakes of dried basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram.
  • Salt and Pepper– add to taste, especially at the end of cooking.
  • Fresh Parsley – adding some fresh chopped parsley as a garnish really takes this soup to the next level. 
Ingredients for hamburger soup

How to Make Hamburger Soup

Once you have all the ingredients prepped, this soup comes together in a pinch.

  1. Cook the Veggies: Preheat a large pot with oil and add in the chopped vegetables. Sauté over medium-high heat until softened. 
  2. Brown the Ground Beef: Add the ground beef to the soup pot and cook it until it turns golden brown. 
  3. Finish Building the Soup: Stir in the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, tomato paste, potatoes, and beef broth. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Bring to a Boil: Bring the soup to a boil. Turn the heat down to a simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste, garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy. 

Pro Tip: A dutch oven is one of our favorite kitchen tools for making soup. This 5 1/2 Qt Dutch Oven is our go-to. It conducts heat well and can go from the stovetop to the oven. A good pot can last a lifetime.

step by step on making hamburger soup

Make Ahead

Hamburger soup is a great option for making ahead of time and meal prep. Why? The soup continues to develop its flavor as it marinates in the fridge. To keep it fresh for up to 5 days, store it in an airtight container in the fridge. This will also prevent it from absorbing any lingering smells that might be hanging out in your fridge. 

Note: Avoid storing leftover hamburger soup in the freezer. The cooked veggies do not reheat well.

Serve With

This hamburger soup is a filling meal in and of itself, but if you’re looking for more well-rounded meal pair the soup with your favorite green salad, a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or any of these homemade bread recipes:

Hamburger soup served in a pot garnished with parsley

Common Questions

Can you make hamburger soup in a Crock-Pot? 

Using a slow cooker is a great option. Simply sauté the veggies, brown the ground beef, and throw all the ingredients in for 2-4 hours on high. 

Can I make hamburger soup with macaroni?

Adding macaroni to this soup is definitely a welcome addition. Add the pasta in during the last 12-15 minutes of cooking time or boil them in a separate pot and then add them in. P.S. If you love pasta in soup, make sure to try our Tortellini Soup.

What other spices can you add to hamburger soup?

To add a bit of smokiness, add a teaspoon of smoked paprika or Worcestershire sauce to the soup. For spicy soup, add some cayenne pepper. 

How can you thicken hamburger soup?

You can thicken up the soup with more tomato paste or Alternatively, create a slurry of 3 water and 1 Tbsp cornstarch and stir it into the pot, making sure to return to a boil.

More Comforting Soup Recipes

I hope this soup recipe ends up on your regular soup rotation. A bowl of Hamburger Soup will warm your belly in the cold winter months. It’s so soothing and satisfying.

Hamburger Soup Recipe

4.99 from 91 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Hamburger soup garnished with parsley

This Hamburger Soup is loaded with tender ground beef, diced tomatoes, and hearty veggies. A warming and comforting soup recipe that is perfect for the cooler months.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: Hamburger Soup, Hamburger Soup Recipe
Cuisine: American
Course: Soup
Calories: 294
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 sticks celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 lb lean ground beef, 85% or leaner
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz canned diced tomatoes
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 2 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat a 5 1/2 qt dutch oven or soup pot with olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery into the pot. Sauté the veggies until softened.

  2. Add the ground beef, breaking it apart as you go. Cook it until it turns golden brown.

  3. Stir in the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, tomato paste, potatoes, and beef broth. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  4. Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Season to taste and serve garnished with chopped parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Hamburger Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 58mg19%
Sodium 1117mg49%
Potassium 1204mg34%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 1592IU32%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded Momsdish.com to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Ukraine, Natalya was inspired by the amazing dishes that were prepared using simple ingredients. Natalya is most notably known for making cooking approachable for any person.

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  • Linda
    September 27, 2022

    Can the white of turnips be used also ? I would still use the potatoes just wondering how it would taste in this soup

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 27, 2022

      Hi Lisa. Turnips seem to do well in soup but I haven’t tested them to advise on taste or texture in this recipe. Let us know if you experiment.

      Reply

  • Ami
    August 7, 2022

    I was cleaning out my vegetable bin and so instead of using celery I used fennel and added a beet root. I’m sure it will be delicious!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 7, 2022

      I hope it becomes your new favorite!

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  • John
    April 10, 2022

    This is another of Natasha’s recipes that is easily converted to Keto or low carb by substituting peeled radishes for the potatoes, and they are a delicious sub that very much resemble in taste and texture small potatoes but without the carbs. We also add a pack of fresh green and shredded cabbage beans to the soup.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 10, 2022

      Hello John, that’s a great suggestion. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us, I”m sure a lot of readers will love this!

      Reply

  • Zoey
    April 3, 2022

    This was a very good basic soup! I added carrots, green beans, corn, a dash a Worcestershire, and instead of regular diced tomatoes I used the ones with green chilis added. For seasonings I did my own Italian mix and added a little red pepper flakes too.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 3, 2022

      Thanks for sharing that with us, Zoey!

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  • Jeff Forrester
    February 27, 2022

    I liked the soup, but gave it one less star than 5 because to me it seemed like it filled a space somewhere between chili and vegetable soup. What I did to bring it home was drop the salt and add V8 tomato juice to salt and flavor it just before serving. That and a few pepper flakes gave it a gourmet presence so it wasn’t so lost between chili and vegetable soup. Everybody loved it.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 27, 2022

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Jeff. Feel free to change up the ingredients a bit according to your personal preference.

      Reply

  • ADA SALSMAN
    February 18, 2022

    My friend and family have made this hamburger soup for years. My kids grew up eating it and our favorite to add is potatoes!! Thanks for your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Ada!

      Reply

  • Cheryl Coleman
    February 18, 2022

    we love this I also add 2 small cans of v8 to it… adds lots of vitamins and flavor. cheryl coleman

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cheryl! I’m happy you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Susan Winch
    January 31, 2022

    This is a great soup! I also added fresh green beans and a dash of Worstershire. Finished it off with Freshly grated parm and that added the perfect zip!

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    • Susan Winch
      January 31, 2022

      Forgot the 5 star! Excellent after letting it sit for a few hours, and almost better the next day.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 31, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Susan!

      Reply

  • Maureen
    January 30, 2022

    I tried this recipe yesterday for the first time and it was a hit! My husband and I loved it. It was flavorful and the perfect meal for a snowy day in. I added a little bit more black pepper and cayenne pepper for a little heat and it was perfect. Thank you so much for this recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2022

      You’re most welcome, Maureen. Thanks a lot too for your good comments and review!

      Reply

  • angela
    January 27, 2022

    can you make this hamburger soup in the instant pot? if so how long would you have to cook it for and would it change the directions any.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2022

      Hi Angela, I haven’t really tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

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  • Kim
    January 27, 2022

    Good stuff! I did this in my instant pot. I sautéed the ground beef separately and then added everything else and a couple shakes of Worcestershire sauce in the IP for 10 min with a quick release. I added the tomato paste at the end and let it bubble up for abut 6 min until it was melted and incorporated.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 27, 2022

      Nice one, thanks a lot for sharing that with us, Kim. Good to know that you enjoyed making this recipe and loved the result too!

      Reply

  • Dale
    January 24, 2022

    I’ve made this recipe several times and I love the simplicity of it. I didn’t have the diced tomatoes today so I subbed crushed. It worked very well. A nice side salad and some homemade crusty bread and we are happy and satisfied. Love yr blog!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 24, 2022

      Hi Dale, good to know that it turned out great! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try and for sharing your feedback with us.

      Reply

  • Barbara
    January 22, 2022

    I love your recipes. I have been making hamburger soup, for at least 10 yrs. I don’t add potato’s unless it’s sweet potato’s, just to add flavor. I also add zucchini, yellow squash, corn, carrots, celery, sweet red & orange peppers, lots of garlic, bacon, petite deiced tomato’s, roasted red tomatoes, & Beef stock. Hungarian paprika, fresh parsley Italian seasonings, fresh Basil, I also add red wine, add a nice flavor. I make a cauldron, so we have it for a couple of meals. I serve it fresh Parmesan cheese. and a glass of wine. It will be better tomorrow, with garlic bread

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • www.caribbeandelights.ca
    January 21, 2022

    We know the feeling of not having this soup right now, take heart its easy to prepare and Oh! so delicious😛

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2022

      So delicious! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Lorraine Threlkeld
    January 8, 2022

    It is a cold day here in Tennessee. I had some hamburger meat and love your recipes. I had all of the simple, almost staple ingredients on hand so I thought, this looks good. I substituted the diced tomatoes with fire roasted dice tomatoes and a can of rotel. Otherwise, followed exactly (except for only 2 sticks of celery) Hubby loved it and said it was “rustic/tuscany” taste. Excellent, he said “do over” Thanks again for another great recipe

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      You’re so welcome, Lorraine! I’m glad the substitutions that you used worked well in this recipe, thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Rickl
    November 26, 2021

    This was really, really good. Only had low salt chicken stock and added a few shakes of worcester. Nice.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 26, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Ricki! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

    • Melissa Gillespie
      March 13, 2022

      Made this tonight and it’s so delicious!! Will definitely be making this again!! Thank you!

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      • Natasha's Kitchen
        March 13, 2022

        Thanks for sharing, Melissa. Great to hear that you loved it!

        Reply

  • Sherry
    November 5, 2021

    Came out sooper.. whole fly loved it❤️Really yummy especially on cold winter days..
    Thx🥰

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Lori Schinder
    October 28, 2021

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Soup was incredible! I only substituted the diced tomatoes for San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes and broke them up in the soup. Such a delicious, hearty meal. Thank you, again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 28, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Lori!

      Reply

  • Patricia Vaca
    October 26, 2021

    Made the Hamburger Soup tonight and it turned out perfect!! Loved how delicious it was!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2021

      Yay, wonderful to hear that, Patricia. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Carrie
    October 25, 2021

    This is a very hearty soup indeed and very comforting! It kind of reminds of campbell’s vegetable beef we ate as children. I will definitely be making it again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 25, 2021

      Hello Carrie, thanks for your good comments and feedback. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Connie
    October 24, 2021

    Here I am again reviewing another of your great recipes! Only change I made was to use Rotel diced tomatoes just to add a little spice and punch to suit our taste. This is such a hearty and tasty recipe for fall days. Thanks, Natasha, for posting this!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 24, 2021

      Thank you for your review, Connie! Great to hear that you loved this recipe and thanks for sharing that with us.

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      • Scott
        January 21, 2022

        Very, very good! Always looking for a tasty, healthy, gluten free recipe I can make and have leftovers for lunches. Super flavorful. Added butternut squash which paired well with the tomato base of this soup. Thanks so much for posting this delicious, easy recipe, Natasha!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 21, 2022

          You’re very welcome, Scott! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

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  • Cheryl Dodson
    October 23, 2021

    Made this the other night. I can’t have potatoes because I’m diabetic, so I peeled chopped and added radishes. Turned out good! I also drained the fat/liquid after cooking down the ground beef. Meal in one!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      We love meals in one! I’m so glad you enjoyed this too, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • KayM
    October 22, 2021

    I cannot eat any red meat or beef broth. Do you think this would be good with ground turkey and chicken stock?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      Hi Kay, the substitution may work but it will change the flavor profile. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

      Reply

  • Peter
    October 19, 2021

    Great recipe thanks. I would add beans but then it would be Chili 🙂
    thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Alaia
    October 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha! This looks so good! Thanks for posting the recipes and keep em coming. Can you make a recipe for a hazelnut mocha crunch please? Also, can you make a strawberry crisp please? ( not strawberry crisp like the apple crisp you just made, the recipe I want is a strawberry crunch crisp, like a strawberry crumble 😅) Oh and I have some sauce recipes that I would like you to make which are:
    A Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Sauce

    A Salted Caramel Sauce

    And just a recipe for a creamy peanut butter.

    Thank you! May God bless you and your family! Have a wonderful day! 🙂 😀

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 19, 2021

      Hi Alaia, thank you for sending in your suggestions. I’ll try to add these recipes to our list. I hope you love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    October 19, 2021

    This looks so hearty and delicious! Perfect for fall! My family would love, love, LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Colleen Jalor
    October 19, 2021

    My three kids LOVED this soup! Thank you for this delicious recipe.

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  • sarah
    October 19, 2021

    I love that this has a tomato soup like base, it is so good! other ones usually have a cheese soup base, and I think It overdoes it, but this is amazing!

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    • Natasha
      October 19, 2021

      Yes! It feels lighter and healthier with a tomato base versus a cheese base.

      Reply

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