This Hamburger Soup Recipe is a quick and easy meal filled with flavor in a soul-warming bowl full of ground beef, potatoes, and veggies.

hamburger soup served in a white soup bowl with handles

Hamburgers are pretty much the quintessential American food, aren’t they? When you imagine barbeques and ballgames and festivals, burgers are usually part of the fare. This easy soup takes your favorite hamburger recipe and combines it in a soul-warming bowl for a quick and easy weeknight dinner!

Hamburger Soup Recipe

I love soups any time of year, but they are especially comforting in those cooler months. When we’ve had a busy day of school and activities, a bowl of soup with your favorite ingredients can be a simple, filling meal. And luckily, everyone seems to love hamburger recipes!

This hamburger soup is loaded with vegetables and uses many staples from around your kitchen like ground beef, fresh garlic, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, fresh or frozen veggies, and savory seasonings.

ingredients to make hamburger soup
chopped veggies and beef

Ingredients For Hamburger Soup

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

  • Ground beef – a lean ground beef that is 92% lean (8% fat) is recommended. Although you drain off any fat after cooking, you’ll get more value by starting with a leaner cut to begin with.
  • Onion – the onion should be diced so it’s the perfect size for soup. If you cry while chopping onions, try placing the onion in the freezer for about 20 minutes before chopping.
  • Garlic – I recommend freshly mincing your garlic for more flavor, but you can use the jarred minced garlic. Be careful it’s fresh and the oil doesn’t cause an “off” flavor
  • Red potatoes – red potatoes hold up better in soups
  • Broth – a beef broth enhances the ground beef flavor, but a vegetable broth would also be delicious
  • Diced tomatoes – canned diced tomatoes are convenient for this recipe
  • Condensed tomato soup – to get the most soup out of the can, shake it well and open it from the bottom
  • Worcestershire sauce – if you don’t have any Worcestershire sauce on hand, you can make a substitute with soy sauce, white wine vinegar, and ketchup!
  • Bay leaf – bay leaves add another layer of flavor to a dish the longer they simmer
  • Mixed chopped vegetables – frozen mixed vegetables are perfect if you are making hamburger soup with vegetables. Our favorite combination is corn, carrots, and string beans!
  • Salt
  • Pepper
steps to make hamburger soup

How To Make Hamburger Soup

  1. Prepare: It’s easy if you have all of your ingredients washed, chopped, and prepared before you start cooking. You can enlist your children to help if they have kid-safe peelers or knives.
  2. Cook: In a soup pot, brown the meat until no pink remains. It’s not necessary to add any butter or oil to the pan since the meat already contains fat to keep it from sticking. Drain off any fat. Saute the garlic and onions until soft and translucent, stirring frequently, about 5 to 7 minutes. They will lose their sharp onion flavor and start to sweeten. Be careful not to let the garlic burn. Return the meat to the pan. Add the potatoes, broth, diced tomatoes, broth, tomato soup, and seasonings. 
  3. Simmer:  Cover and simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Add the mixed vegetables to the pot. Simmer for an additional 15 – 20 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve: This soup with hamburger meat is best enjoyed hot. It’s perfect sprinkled with cheddar cheese and served with a simple salad and crusty bread.
a spoonful of hamburger soup with bowl of hamburger soup served in a white bowl in the background

Quick Tip

You can get creative with add-ins for this hamburger recipe – just like making up your perfect burger! If you have an abundance of fresh vegetables in your garden, feel free to include your choice of zucchini, fresh carrots, celery, beans, cabbage, or spinach! Be sure to add more water or broth if needed so it remains the right consistency.

You can also substitute rice or pasta for potatoes. Since they will be simmering in the liquid, there is no need to pre-cook the rice or pasta. In fact, it may make them mushy instead of an al dente texture.

How To Store Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup can be saved in the refrigerator for 4-6 days after cooking. To reheat the soup, place the soup back on the stove or warm up a single serving in the microwave until the bowl is hot once again. Add toppings on if wanted.


Can I make this hamburger soup recipe in a crock pot?

Yes! Saute the ground beef, onion, and garlic as directed above. Then add in your remaining ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.

Can I freeze hamburger soup?

You can freeze the soup after it is cooled. Use an airtight freezer-safe bag and be sure to squeeze out any excess air. It can be stored for up to 3 months. Be aware the texture of the potatoes might change after being frozen, however.

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Hamburger Soup

This Hamburger Soup Recipe is a quick and easy meal filled with flavor in a soul-warming bowl full of ground beef, potatoes, and veggies.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 ½ cups beef broth
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen


  • Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
    1 pound lean ground beef, 1 onion diced, 2 cloves garlic minced
  • Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
    2 medium potatoes peeled and diced, 3 ½ cups beef broth, 28 ounces diced tomatoes with juice, 1 can condensed tomato soup, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, 1 bay leaf
  • Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
    3 cups mixed vegetables fresh or frozen


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 464kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1414mg | Potassium: 2324mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 7615IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 8mg
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For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.

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