Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, budget friendly, reheats well and freezes perfectly.

We serve this easy Hamburger Soup with a fresh green salad and some crusty bread for the perfect meal!
Hamburger Soup in bowl close up
I love a good soup as a weeknight meal. Hearty soups are satisfying & simple and they are loaded with vegetables and healthy ingredients! Soup is the perfect cool weather food or delicious weeknight dinner!

You can make them totally low cal like a Weight Loss Vegetable Soup, nice and hearty like a Chicken Wild Rice Soup or rich and creamy like a Slow Cooker Corn Chowder!

This Hamburger Soup is simple classic comfort food, hearty, healthy and satisfying. Perfect on a cool evening to warm your belly from the inside out.

I have to say that while we’ve always referred to this as hamburger soup, I know you guys have tons of other names for it! Hamburger soup, vegetable soup, hangover soup, poor man’s soup, bachelor’s stew… just to name a few.

Regardless of what you call it, you’ll definitely want to make it!Hamburger Soup in bowl with spoon in it

How to Make Hamburger Soup

A rich tomato broth is filled with ground beef, tender potatoes and vegetables.  Sometimes the most simple ingredients make the best ever meals.

This hamburger soup is not only delicious, it’s easy to make with ingredients you likely have on hand.

I start with a mixture of lean beef, onion and garlic browned and drained.  You can use any kind of ground meat in this recipe including ground turkey.

Beef broth is the best broth option to add lots of great flavor; I personally prefer the low sodium variety.

Hamburger Soup in a pot

Hamburger Soup with Vegetables

I use a mixture of frozen vegetables to make this super easy (no chopping, no prepping) but it’s also a great way to use up any veggies in your fridge. Carrots, celery, peas, beans, zucchini… pretty much anything goes, sometimes we make this even with cabbage!

This version of Hamburger Soup uses potatoes since that’s how we always had it growing up. If you don’t have potatoes on hand (or just prefer pasta) you can add any type of pasta into this recipe!

I add an extra 1 cup of broth (or water) and let the pasta simmer until tender.  Macaroni, shells and rotini are favorites to make this into a delicious and hearty macaroni beef soup!

Hamburger Soup being dished out with spoon

What to Serve with Hamburger Soup

While the soup is simmering, I prepare a quick chopped salad and slice up a loaf of french bread (almost always served with Homemade Garlic Butter) for a complete meal.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, this soup is great reheated for lunches all week but even better, it freezes perfectly!

I prop up a freezer bag in my little baggie holder and fill each baggie with one serving.

When I need a quick lunch, I take it out of the freezer the night before or in the morning and microwave for a perfect meal. (And then sometimes add a little sprinkle of cheese before serving).

Hamburger Soup in a white bowl

This has been a family favorite forever!

It gets rave reviews from everyone who tries it, it’s quick and easy to make, reheats well and is versatile.  The perfect soup.

This is also an excellent gifting soup.

If you know anyone that’s recently had a baby or surgery, or is just having an extra crazy week with the kids, this is the soup to drop off.

Add along a side of 30 Minute Dinner Rolls for the perfect meal!

It stretches to feed a crowd with that salad and bread and will last a few days.

Hamburger Soup in a pot with a ladle
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Easy Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup is a quick and easy meal loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes. It’s great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

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

Instructions 

  • Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
  • Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1.5cup | Calories: 245 | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 692mg | Potassium: 923mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3670IU | Vitamin C: 24.2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 4.6mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Soup
Cuisine American

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  1. I just made this and it’s wonderful. I’m using this soup for my weekly meal prep. Super easy and delicious. Win-Win.5 stars

  2. I’m making this recipe for the third time tonight. It’s becoming a regular dinner in my household. It’s so easy and delicious on cold days like this one. The leftovers always reheat well so it’s for dinner tonight and tomorrow night.5 stars

  3. I felt the ground beef got lost with so much broth. 2 lbs of meat would be better. I also thought it was a little bland so I added more Italian and other seasoning. It was ok.

  4. Very tasty. I did add a splash of cabernet and red pepper flakes and made with fresh carrots and celery instead of the frozen. It was just the right amount of comfort food and spice for a cold winter day!

  5. thanks for these recipes I have try three different recipes already and they where all tasty can’t wait till I fix another one5 stars

  6. This is my all time family favorite soup,
    I did slightly alter the recipe by adding 1cup water & 1/4 cup taco seasoning after I browned the hamburger meat.
    The flavour it added made an excellent soup SUPERB!5 stars

  7. Excellent soup!! Probably more like a stew as written, but you can always add more broth if you like it “soupier”.
    Easy to make. I am a fan of cabbage so I substituted 1.5 c. of shredded cabbage and then only 1.5 c. of frozen vegetables.5 stars

  8. I’ve enjoyed a number of your recipes over the years and am so grateful for your site. This is one of my favorites and I’ve made it many times. Sometimes I really struggle with the potatoes getting soft, so tonight I made it with all the same ingredients but added the tomatoes and tomato soup after the potatoes were soft. It was perfect! I think the early acid was giving me trouble. Thanks for warming us up in cold nights and for providing so many delicious and practical recipes!5 stars

  9. Made this for supper tonight and my whole family loved it. I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this….just like my dad’s (RIP). Finally found it. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.5 stars

  10. I have made this soup several times. It is filling and very good, and very easy to make, which is a big plus. I usually double the recipe, because it freezes so well. The only thing that I generally do differently is I use a frozen vegetable soup mix usually Kroger Brand. Because this particular mix already has potatoes it is even easier. My husband really enjoys this soup.5 stars