This hearty hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, potatoes and  an assortment of vegetables, all in a savory broth. The perfect easy dinner option that the whole family will love!

When I’m looking for a one pot meal that I know will be a crowd pleaser, I turn to chili mac, chicken cacciatore or this simple yet satisfying hamburger soup.

Hamburger soup with potatoes and vegetables is an economical and easy meal option.

Sometimes I find myself with a pound of ground beef and no clue what to make with it. It’s times like that when I turn to hamburger soup- it’s satisfying, quick, and you can customize it with whatever ingredients you already have around the house. Looking for more ways to use this versatile type of meat? Try my creamy and comforting ground beef stroganoff!

Check out some of my other favorite soup recipes like albondigas soup, stuffed pepper soup and cheeseburger soup.

Hamburger Soup Ingredients

To make hamburger soup, make sure you have olive oil, an onion, carrots, celery, ground beef, garlic, a can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth, a potato, frozen corn, green beans, parsley, salt and black pepper.

A pot with onions, carrots and celery.

How Do You Make Hamburger Soup?

This hamburger soup recipe starts with the classic base of onion, carrot and celery. Sautee the onion, carrot and celery in a little olive oil until softened in a large pot. After your veggies cook, the hamburger goes into the pot to brown. Break up the beef into crumbles. Add garlic and cook for a few seconds. Next add tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced potato, beef broth and herbs to the pot, then bring the whole thing to a boil and then let it simmer. After the potatoes soften, stir in some corn and green beans with some salt and pepper. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy!

Ground beef is added to the vegetables in a pot.

Tips For The Perfect Soup

  • I use 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but doesn’t make the hamburger soup greasy. If you’re using beef with a higher fat content, drain off any excess fat after cooking the meat.
  • I use fresh green beans, but you can absolutely use frozen if you prefer. The key is to add them at the end of the cooking time so that they don’t get mushy.
  • While cooking your ground beef, make sure to break it up into bite sized pieces.
  • Make sure to cut all of your vegetables into similar sized pieces so that they cook at the same rate.
  • You can use store bought Italian seasoning or make your own Italian seasoning.
  • Leftovers of this hamburger soup stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or over low heat on the stove top.

Quick Tip

The smaller you cut your potatoes, the less time it will take for this soup to cook. I cut my potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and it typically takes about 20-25 minutes for the potatoes to soften.

Potatoes and tomatoes go into hamburger soup before the pot comes to a simmer.

Recipe FAQs

Can you freeze hamburger soup?

This soup is a great candidate for the freezer, and will stay fresh for up to 2 months. Thaw the soup in the fridge overnight, then reheat it on the stove over low heat until warmed through.

What is hamburger soup made of?

You can make hamburger soup with ground beef, veggies, a potato, tomato paste, beef broth and seasonings.

Do you drain hamburger meat for soup?

If your ground beef has a more fat than 90% lean beef, you will need to drain off the fat. For example, if you use 85% lean or 80% lean ground beef you will want to drain the fat after cooking the meat.

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A pot of hamburger soup filled with cooked ground beef, veggies and seasonings.

Hamburger Soup Variations

I love this recipe as-is, but you can absolutely add other ingredients into the mix to customize the soup to your tastes.

  • Protein: Instead of ground beef, try ground turkey, mild Italian sausage or even cooked shredded chicken.
  • Potatoes: Skip the Russet potatoes and use Yukon Gold potatoes, red potatoes or even sweet potatoes.
  • Pasta: You can add short pasta like macaroni when the soup has about 10 minutes left to cook. If you add pasta, you will want to add some extra broth for the pasta to absorb.
  • Vegetables: Try adding other veggies such as kale, butternut squash, bell peppers, spinach, zucchini or peas.
  • Spicy: Add some heat with a little hot sauce, chili powder, cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper flakes.
  • Cheese: You can top this soup with shredded cheddar cheese when serving the soup.

Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

This soup can be made in the slow cooker instead of on the stove top. Follow the first four steps of the recipe, then place the ground beef and vegetable mixture in a crock pot along with the tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, potatoes and Italian seasoning. Cook on low for 4 hours, or high for 2 hours. Stir in the frozen corn and green beans and season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

This hamburger soup is hearty enough to stand on its own as a complete meal, but I often serve it with some crusty bread because it’s such a nice complement to the soup. I also serve this soup with cheesy pull apart bread or homemade dinner rolls.

What’s your favorite way to use hamburger meat? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!

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Hamburger Soup

AuthorSara Welch
Hamburger soup with potatoes and vegetables is an economical and easy meal option.
This hearty hamburger soup is loaded with ground beef, potatoes and  an assortment of vegetables, all in a savory broth. The perfect easy dinner option that the whole family will love!
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 carrots peeled, quartered and sliced
  • 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes do not drain
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning or equal parts of garlic powder, dried oregano and dried basil
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 large russet potato peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup diced green beans fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley optional

Instructions 

  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the onion, carrots and celery to the pot.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes or until softened. 
  • Add the ground beef to the pot and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until browned and mostly cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth and potato to the pot; bring to a simmer.
  • Cook for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  • Stir in the corn and green beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Notes

  1. The smaller you cut your potatoes, the less time it will take for this soup to cook. I cut mine into 1/2 inch cubes and it typically takes about 20-25 minutes for the potatoes to soften.
  2. I use a 90% lean ground beef. It’s got plenty of flavor but doesn’t make the soup greasy. If you’re using beef with a higher fat content, drain off any excess fat after cooking the meat.

Nutrition

Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 788mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3455IU | Vitamin C: 7.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2.9mg

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  1. 5 stars
    This is the best meal option for a healthy Dinner. The combination of meat and healthy veggies makes this Bowl perfect for a yummy mini meal any day.

  2. 5 stars
    The juicy ground beef, flavorful vegetables, and savory broth create a mouthwatering combination that will leave you wanting more. It’s the perfect comfort food on a cold day.

  3. I used Rotel tomatoes, a good quality bag of mixed frozen vegetables, no fresh carrots. I used beef bone broth. I added a splash of Worcestershire sauce. It was delicious.

  4. I’ve made this a couple times and it’s great. The only problem I’ve noticed is that fresh, raw green beans take over 10-15 minutes to cook at the end, not 5… consider adding them in sooner.

  5. We called this mulligan stew growing up. Not a new recipe in the south-it’s a go to the cupboards low on staples meal

  6. 5 stars
    Bumped garlic and all spices to taste!
    Great recipe for anyone who likes/loves to eat and /or cooks
    !!
    Thanks

  7. 5 stars
    I love this recipe and so does my family, I omit Italian seasoning, but I do add some red pepper flakes, adds a little kick. I serve it with Ditali pasta, and some crusty french bread! YUMMY!

  8. We love this soup so much , sometimes I add cooked elbow macaroni and a little sweet peas . And buy simply made cornbread mix in a box to make easy Mexican corn bread to go with it. That recipe is online .Everyone loves this .

  9. 5 stars
    YUM!! I had a can of mixed vegetables on hand & was running low on broth so I used equal parts chicken broth to vegetable broth from the can to this soup and oh my it turned out delicious! I will be making this again next weekend or maybe even tomorrow! Thank you!

  10. 5 stars
    I found your recipes one day while searching for a certain recipe and I’m so happy I did . I’ve made several of your recipes and every one of them have been great so I know longer have to search recipes I go straight to dinner at the zoo. I just wanted to thank you for making my life easier and making great food.

  11. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for dinner tonight & it was so good. My daughter loved it as well. Perfect on a cold night. I will make this again & again. Dinner at the zoo never disappoints. 🙂 Had to improvise on a couple ingredients to save myself from venturing out in nasty weather; canned tomato soup instead of tomato sauce, small shell pasta instead of potato & about a cup each of green beans & corn because we love our veggies. I’ll make as written when I’m not avoiding the outdoors 😉 but it is a very versatile recipe. Thank you for another delicious dinner.

    1. 5 stars
      So yummy I used better than boullion beef flavor, also used canned potatoes and canned carrots which I had on hand ! So yummy added frozen mixed vegis !
      Thank you for sharing was super easy !

  12. 5 stars
    My wife and I love this recipe verbatim. Very good. I vacuum seal and freeze what we don’t eat the first night and it tastes as good after two months in the freezer as it did the first night. Very good recipe. Thanks a ton. We have made it at least a dozen times and I am making tomorrow night.

  13. 5 stars
    I cooked soup according to the recipe and it was very easy to follow along. The soup was quite delicious and I will be showing it off to family and friends. It was by far the best homemade soup I’ve ever made!! Thank you!!

    1. 5 stars
      This is the second time we tried this recipe and it never disappoints. My husband loves it a lot. Thank you for this recipe.