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.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Hamburger Soup Recipe

5 from 211 votes
Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes


Servings: 8 servings
  • 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


  • 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.
  • Add the ground beef, breaking it apart as you go. Cook it until it turns golden brown.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes, minced garlic, tomato paste, potatoes, and beef broth. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • 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 Per Serving

294kcal Calories15g Carbs22g Protein17g Fat6g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat8g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat58mg Cholesterol1117mg Sodium1204mg Potassium3g Fiber4g Sugar1592IU Vitamin A22mg Vitamin C65mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Hamburger Soup Recipe
Amount per Serving
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Hamburger Soup, Hamburger Soup Recipe
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 294

Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya is a food blogger who founded 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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Recipe Rating


  • Peggy wright
    March 12, 2024

    This is a great recipe. It’s harty and full of flavor. My new fav! Thank you!


  • Melissa
    March 10, 2024

    Hi! I’ve made this recipe many times and it’s a family favorite. We’re stuck inside due to a storm and I have ingredients to make this soup except tomatoes! Would a jar of spaghetti sauce work?? Thank you!


      March 10, 2024

      Hi Melissa! I’ve never tested that but feel free to experiment. It will alter the taste a bit but it may work.


  • CZ
    February 27, 2024

    One of my favs! Perfect one bowl meal, thanks, just made it again tonight.


    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2024

      You’re welcome! I’m glad that you enjoyed it.


  • Kathy Tru
    January 9, 2024

    I freeze the Hamburger Soup and reheat it in a double boiler….which I find works very well.😀


    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2024

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.


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