Easy Hamburger Soup

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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 with vegetables ready to serve in a bowl - a hearty meal!

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 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.

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 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 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.

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 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.

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.

4.8 from 182 votes
Review Recipe

Hamburger Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 esrvings
Author Holly N.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
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.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 medium potatoes , peeled and diced
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (28 oz) 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

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  1. Brown onion, ground beef and garlic until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  2. Add potatoes, broth, tomatoes, tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Simmer covered 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in vegetables. Simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 245, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 692mg, Potassium: 923mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 16g, Vitamin A: 3670%, Vitamin C: 24.2%, Calcium: 79%, Iron: 4.6%

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

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  1. This is one of my all-time comfort favorites. Making a double batch again tonight in preparation for fall! The only thing I do differently is use a quart of bloody mary mix in place of the tomato soup and seasonings.

  2. I have made this twice and was very good. My husband also liked this and he can be picky at times. This what is for supper tonight.

  3. I have made this several times and I love this recipe! Make it almost as directed. I do add an envelope of Lipton’s Beefy Onion just because I had it on hand and thought what the heck. What else can I say DELISH! Thank you for sharing

  4. I have made the Hamburger soup, I used ground turkey instead of hamburger. It was totally awesome. My family loved it! No left overs! Perfect quick meal! Made corn bread to go with it! Highly recommend this. I did add fresh carrots to it .

    1. If you prefer, you could cook the pasta ahead of time. We like adding it right into the soup. Enjoy Karen!

  5. Made this recipe tonight. It’s quick to make and flavor is very good!
    My husband asked me to not move on from this soup recipe…. which
    means he likes it a whole lot! Even rated it a 9.9! Thanks so much for posting!

    1. A 9.9!! Thats awesome, thanks Donna! So happy we could make a recipe for you and your husband to both enjoy!

  6. I am extremely picky about quality recipes that actually work well. So far I am two for two with being really happy with the recipe and it’s outcome!!

  7. Thank you for your recipe, an alternative to spaghetti sauce I planned to make to use up 1.3 lbs of 70% lean ground beef from the pantry. It was frozen on Monday, and thawed in the fridge until today, Thursday. That means I didn’t pay for it. After cleaning and chopping a half bulb of garlic, 1/2 large yellow onion, 4 celery, shredding a quarter cabbage, and dicing 3 large carrots, I browned the meat for six minutes in my Nordicware Tender Cooker microwave pressure cooker, without the lid, and poured off about a cup of fat and other liquid. I had sauteed the onion, garlic, and Italian seasoning, then I followed your instructions, except for adding the carrots instead of potatoes, because they take long to cook. I used beef bone broth AND boiled water and a low-sodium, vegan bouillon cube, cut up, 3/4 tsp black pepper, and 1/4 tsp salt, and 2 tsp Annie’s organic Worcestershire sauce, and 2 cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes. It was a good use of the ground beef I had to cook, and make a savory soup.

      1. Thank you – it was delicious, long-lasting, after I added a can of no-salt-added cut green beans to the finished product! After I drained the original fat, and skimmed a little that was left overnight, it was a lean, nutritious recipe, and my Dad (86) liked it – that’s the main thing! He is from the ’60’s, and appreciates simple home cooking, not fancy or ambitious vegan dishes . . . Do you have a recipe for yellow peas? I got a bag of dried yellow split peas from the pantry, and want to use fresh garlic and onion from the pantry, and a can of Hunts tomato sauce. Two recipes online call for broth, but I want to use water instead, to keep it cheap, and one Afghan recipe for dal calls for lots of different seasoning. I have ginger on hand, but don’t want to make it too spicy. Plus, the tomato paste has salt and spices added.

  8. Loved this recipe ! I had some leftover hamburger meat and the weather stinks today in NC so as a joke I Googled hamburger soup. I pretty much followed it but had fire roasted tomatoes , fresh corn,fresh carrots,frozen broccoli,canned sliced potatoes and canned green beans ( rinsed ) . Gave it some kick with seasoning plus the Italian and let it simmer away. I have thrown away so many expired cans of tomato soup for lack of recipes. This was perfect and not really noticeable definitely a keeper !
    Highly recommend

  9. Used fresh veggies instead of frozen. Browned potatoes and carrots first because they never seem to cook thoroughly otherwise. Delicious.

  10. Making it right now !! Mmmm… Smells amazing even though I don’t have any
    Worcestershire Sauce….. thought I did…..oh well ..Also I browned the hamburger
    and onions in a skillet then put everything in my big roaster because I don’t have
    a Dutch oven any more… I have to get a new one and just haven’t found one I like
    yet. Anyway , it is in the oven at 400° and I will just let it be for about 45 min.then check it , stir it and go from there… Any advice on a Dutch oven ?? Next I am going to make the
    Ham & Corn Chowder…..looks amazing . Thanks

  11. My mom introduced me to this recipe. My kids love it. Any idea what the serving size is in cups or ounces? Thanks,

  12. This soup has great flavor, was simple to get on the table and my husband loved it. I realized I didn’t have enough potatoes so I threw in the meager amount I had and added a half can of cannellini beans. Thanks for a great recipe.

  13. Amazing the way it is but my family is trying to eat lower carb so I substituted turnips for the potatoes and doubled the meat – it was awesome!! I’ll probably do it that way from now on because the turnips tasted like potatoes anyways!

    1. I would suggest browning the beef and adding it to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

    1. Yes, this will work! Many readers have tried the recipe with canned vegetables with success. Enjoy Hannah!

  14. Made it in my slow cooker my dad use to love this back when him and my mom were married and I thought of him today your recipe tasted just like I remember thank you !

  15. Amazingly simple and delicious soup! I even instacarted the ingredients and recipe to my sister who lives in another state so she could make it. Her usually picky eater kids LOVED it and so did her husband. This is such an adaptable wonderful recipe. And for me it only cost $13 using grassfed beef and all organic produce and canned goods. We had three meals out of it!

  16. Followed the recipe exactly but used elbow macaroni instead of potatoes. This is so easy to make after work with minimal prep or mess! Served with salad and voila! Thanks for the recipe, this is going in my regular rotation!

  17. I made this recipe last night and it was a really big hit in my house..The steps were easy to follow.. All I suggest is if your going to use pasta instead of potatoes dont over do it with pasta it turns out like gulosh instead of soup..Tastes amazing!!

  18. I loved this recipe but instead I used soy sauce instead of Worcestershire, and I used tomato sauce instead of soup, just because I like the tartness as opposed to the sweetness of the soup! I also added cabbage and it was delicious!

  19. I was anxious to try this recipe as it looks so good, but I just finished eating some and I am a little disappointed. I think it’s the tomato soup, and too much liquid. Maybe it will better after it sits in the refrigerator overnight. (I never understood why it is necessary to add SOUP to a SOUP recipe, but many recipes use canned soup. )

    1. Sorry you were disappointed Vicki. You can certainly skip the tomato soup in this recipe if you’d like. We use it because it adds a bit of a sweetness and a touch of a creamy texture to the soup.

  20. Absolutely delicious! Good enough for company. I sautéed the meat, onion, and garlic, then added everything to my slow cooker. Cooked on ‘high’ for a couple of hours, then ‘low’ for about 2 hours, although the time can be varied to your needs. Thank you so much for this recipe.

  21. Love your soup recipe!! I have made it several times. I was going to make it tonight but as I got started I realized I did not have everything I needed!! Because of the weather I have not been out to the store (the kids have missed 2 weeks of school! ). But because it is such a great recipe I was able to do that and still have a great soup for supper. Just added kidney beans, black beans, northern beans and tomato sauce instead of soup. But I will go back to the original recipe but I think I will keep on adding the extra beans. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  22. you barely even said how to make this recipe. i was going to try it but you dont have the steps that literally every other recipe has in the whole entire world. EVERY RECIPE has steps. you used “beef broth is the best broth for everything” what in the world is that going to help with me making my pot of soup? next time think before you post such a stupid “recipe” if you call it that. i dont.

    1. I’m sorry Bree but you must have missed the recipe. Feel free to use the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page or scroll towards the bottom of the page and you’ll see the steps listed below the ingredients. Enjoy the soup. :)

  23. This is so yummy. I used the instapot and it cooked so well. Full of flavor. Will save this recipe for later. Was perfect for a snow day.

  24. Love this soup and make it all the time! For the nutritional information, how much is one serving? Would you say 1 cup? Trying to count my calories

  25. I am so happy to find this easy recipe! I followed the recipe closely, only deleting bay leaf (and I doubled it). It was just perfect for my lunch each day, and was a warm supper for my husband. I plan on making it again this weekend, making it a staple for my lunch. Thanks so much!

  26. My favorite soup ever! Great flavor and freezes perfectly. Thank you!! I’ve made this soup around a dozen times. Next time I might change it up and add barley instead of potatoes. Yum!

  27. I’d love to make this with ground chicken instead…. have you tried that? Also, what suggestions do you have to replace the condensed tomato soup? I’m trying to make it WW friendly and definitely don’t want to ditch the potatoes :P

  28. I made this soup it was delicious but next time I would recommend boiling the potatoes a little before combining everything.

  29. I just had surgery and found this recipe while feeling awful. It is the very best easiest soup i will be making over and over again. So delicious thank you!

  30. I made the dish last night and only made one tweek. Instead of using a can of condensed tomato soup, I used fresh tomato’s, blitzed them in the Ninja and added a bit of tomato paste to thicken. I rarely use anything from a tin. This dish was enjoyed by all. Cheers for the recipe.

    1. Fabulous! I have given this recipe to so many people….they loved it! I made this recipe “as is”, I always cut potatoes a bit smaller in all recipes. Thank you

    1. I would suggest browning the beef and adding it to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

  31. This is a very quick and easy delicious recipe Holly and I want to thank you for sharing it. I’ve made this soup about 3 times since I found your recipe and my family and I love it. It’s so nice to have when it’s cold and or rainy outside. I’m making it again today :).

    1. I would add it in the last 10 min or so (or however long your noodles suggest on the package). If you replace the potatoes, I’d suggest about 2 cups of uncooked pasta.

  32. This is my first time EVER commenting on a recipe, but I just can’t help myself! This soup is SO good. Out of this world good. I was very sick when I made this (used my crockpot) and after coming home from the ER, I gave it a try. I swear I woke up feeling 70% better! Coincidence… maybe. But I’m going to give all the credit to this fantastic soup ;) I will say that I *accidentally* opened up a can of diced tomatoes w/green chilies, and not wanting to waste it, I decided to use it in the soup. My husband said it was JUST the right amount of kick. Not spicy, just right! Will make this over and over again!!!

  33. Wonderful flavor! I used fresh potatoes an carrots and added frozen corn and peas at the end. I also added a little salt and lots of pepper. This will be my go-to for hamburger soup. All others have been deleted!

  34. O-M-Goodness!!! My wife made this soup a week or so ago and we LOVED IT!! All the kids actually had seconds on soup (Never happens LOL). Loved it so much that I turned around and made a double batch and canned it. I also created a video and will be uploading to our YouTube channel as well. Probably within the next 1-3 days, the video will be up. I made sure to include pics of this page and your recipe. GREAT STUFF. I actually just cracked open one of the jars I canned last night and had it for a midnight snack. FANTASTIC!! :)

    1. I just watched your video on Youtube, I loved it (readers you can find it here)!! So much fun to see you make this and love the tips on canning, I have never canned before so thank you for sharing your tips!

  35. This has become my go to meal prep lunch. It holds up great for the week and freezes really well. I love Nancy’s idea of adding cabbage!

    I’m currently stationed in Germany, and it’s like being back home every time I eat this soup.

  36. I made this to have in the freezer when preparing to have surgery. I added some chopped cabbage and one can of white beans to this recipe. It was delicious and it froze very well.

  37. Came out extremely good. I also added a couple of mini-sweet pepper, chopped, and about a half of an Anaheim pepper, and a pinch of Fennel Seeds.

  38. Hey everyone. My mom used to cook this all the time and I loved it. She also made a soup similar to this but it had shredded chicken in it instead. I have tried to find her recipe for years but I cannot find it. Does anyone have a recipe similar?

  39. I used a pound of turkey meat and a half a pound of ground chuck. I also used 8 cups of beef broth along with the onion soup mix. 4 cloves of garlic and 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire and 2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning. My family loved it it was so full of flavor I used more beef stock because we live in Colorad and it seems like we need more liquid out here in the High Altitude we will definitely make again yum

  40. Hi Spend with pennies!
    I made this soup a few weeks ago….delicious!
    Great flavor. My wife has had to go gluten free so just made it with tomato puree instead of sauce…just added some sugar….uped the Italian seasoning as I added a LOT of veggies. Thanks for a great recipe!

  41. Quick, easy, and delicious!!! In addition to the ingredients listed, I also add a pound of sausage, an additional potato, baby carrots, and celery. We love having leftovers and still have plenty to freeze!

  42. Years ago I used to can a mixture of “a last of the garden vegetables”…on a cold winter night I would open a can and add the cooked ground beef and a few spices. My family loved when I served this comfort food. I no longer can or freeze, but tonight I made your recipe. My husband & I enjoyed it immensely…it brought back
    A lot of memories of our family gathered around the table, sharing a home cooked meal together. Yum, yum!

  43. Honestly the Italian Seasoning gave it an overwhelming Italian flavor. Like a soup you would get at an Italian restaurant. I was expecting something like a beef veg flavor not a heavy Italian oregano flavor. Other than that it was quite hardy and easy to make. Any suggestions to replace the Italian seasoning?

    1. Charles, I’d suggest reducing the the amount of Italian seasoning to your liking. Or if you aren’t an oregano fan, perhaps you may prefer using parsley instead. Enjoy!

  44. I made this soup today.  I did not have a can of diced tomatoes, so I substituted a large fresh tomato and a small can of V8 juice.  The soup was delicious and reminded me of my mother’s from many years ago.  It was super easy, too.  

  45. Delicious! mine tasted a little too tomato, I added extra worcestershire and a pinch of allspice and the Umami I was looking for was there. But this was a terrific soup thank you for my childhood diner soup memories.

  46. I just made this with some changes. used fresh (zucchini, yellow squash, potatoes), canned (green beans, corn), forgot to get Italian seasoning so i used dried oregano and basil. i don’t like onions and tomatoes that much so i use one 15oz can condensed tomato soup, 1/2 can diced tomatoes and 1/2 small onion diced small. this came REALLY REALLY good. i was amazed.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    PS after typing this i just realized i forgot to put the Worcestershire sauce in it. Wonder if it would make a taste difference with the Worcestershire sauce in it? next time i will see. lol

    1. I’m so glad you love the soup Tommy! We really enjoy the addition of the Worcestershire sauce. I’m sure you will too!

  47. Made this soup per instructions  and it was delicious….it has been added to my fall/winter rotation….it was so, so good 

  48. Hi Holly. Just made the hamburger soup, and it was delicious! I remember my mom used to make it, but I don’t remember it this good. Usually I make all my soups in the crockpot, but this time I made everything in a deep cast iron pot with cover. I doubled the recipe, and made a few additions. I added 1 can of corn, and a handful of frozen peas along with the frozen veggies. I added 2 carrots, peeled and diced along with 2 stalks of celery diced. My husband loved it and I froze a few containers and put a casserole in the fridge for tomorrow. So yummy! Want to try your cabbage soup next and cabbage rolls. Love your site! Thank you. I have started to setup a binder of recipes I will try of yours. Sue

    1. Thank you so much! You’ll love the cabbage soup for sure. I’m so glad to hear you love this soup so much!

    1. You can leave the tomato soup out (and add a bit of tomato sauce or even vegetable juice like V8 if you’d like). Beef Bouillon should be just fine in this recipe. I would reconstitute the bouillon according to package directions.

    2. I am usually one to follow exact directions, but I varied slightly on this. First I halved recipe (next time I’ll make whole recipe as it was delicious and I’ll freeze half), I used 1 can beef broth and chicken bullion cube dissolved in micro in 1 cup of water. I didn’t have tomato soup so I added 1/2 can tomato paste. I also used a small can of rotel-like diced tomatoes – this gave it a little kick that my husband loved. Also added fresh diced zucchini with the carrots, green beans, potatoes, and celery. Served with warm French bread. Hubby loved it. Definitely will be baking this again! Thank you!

  49. The recipe says makes 8 servings… What are the serving sizes? This sounds delicious and want to try it but want to make sure with our carb restrictions a serving will be filling enough. Thank you

      1. Holly I’ve made this soup twice now for my family and it is our new favorite! It’s so good that I’m making it Sunday for my church family. It’s great with both pasta and potatoes! So filling! Thanks!

  50. I am making this now…just with a little more grand beef than noted ;) But the cooking isn’t quite clear, as you say to simmer for ten minutes…but does that mean as it’s heating up to a simmer, or bring it to a simmer and then simmer for ten minutes..before adding the veggies ;)

  51. This was great! I doubled the recipe but my daughter only bought one can of Italian tomatoes. It still turned out great. Even with a double batch it was gone in a day and a half!

  52. My Mom called it This-n-that soup. Only she melted cheese into it. I like it because it does not require exotic (to me) ingredients nor an entire spice shelf. I like to taste the food not spices.

  53. I’m sorry if someone already asked this.. there were so many comments! :D Could I put this in the crock pot? I’m thinking if I could.. I should add a little more liquid so the taters can soak up some with out thickening the soup. What do you think? Thank you!

    1. That should work perfectly, I don’t think it needs more liquid (but I haven’t tried it). I’d suggest cooking it on low 6-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. Let us know how it goes. :)

      1. I have a problem with freezing anything with potatoes. When I defrost the potatoes tend to be mushy. Am I using the wrong type of potatoes?

  54. I love this recipe! I make it for my family often.
    My question is, how would I go about Canning this soup in my pressure canner?

    1. I’m sorry, I haven’t done any canning so I can’t answer that question. Hopefully another reader can help you out!

    2. Hi Karen, when canning a homemade soup, it is highly recommended you use a respected source for the type of soup, such as the Ball Blue Book, as there is a lot of variables at play with each type of soup. I think freezing would be a faster, and safer option.

    3. Karen my mom made hamburger soup when I was growing up. So I decided to can it so I could have it anytime I want. It’s very easy. Brown your meat add everything else that you want (except pasta). Ladle it into what ever size jars you want to use. Process it for 75 minutes for pints or 90 minutes for quarts. This is the time you would use for meat. But always, always consult your canning book for exact time and pressure. I know that you will enjoy it. Only add pasta after you have opened your jar for use. As well as any cheese that you would like.

  55. Love this soup!! I used fingerlings potatoes that were multi colored and it was absolutely wonderfu. This will be our new winteŕ,summer,spring and fall soup. Thank you for sharing.

  56. This is a great recipe, thank you! We found this a while back and tried it, and it’s now become a regular in our soup rotation because of how versatile it is in using whatever veggies you have around the kitchen. I will actually be making this tonight to prep for the week ahead, using a mix of fresh veggies, frozen veggies, and some diced up baked potatoes we have from earlier this weekend. Absolutely PERFECT for throwing together with minimal work. I don’t have any diced tomatoes on hand, but we have tons of whole, stewed tomatoes that we often use for pasta sauces. Just drop them in a large bowl, carefully squeeze and break apart with your hands (this is how we use them for sauces as well), and drain off a little of the excess juice. Perfect for soups too. You get some nice uneven, rough chunks of stewed tomato, like it was made from scratch. We love it packed for lunch with a sandwich or even a little crusty french bread and some stout cheese. Very satisfying!

    1. Thank you for sharing your tips Eddie! I’m so glad you are enjoying this soup recipe! We love it too!

  57. I never comment on websites when I try recipes, but I had to comment on how wonderful and easy this recipe is! Someone shared it on FB, and I thought, hey, I have all of those ingredients! So I made it and my family loved it, I’ve got another pot of it on the stove as I type this! I will be making this often!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment April! Glad your family love this recipe as much as my family does!

  58. I am new to the Insta Pot craze. Does anyone have conversion instructions for the Hamburger Soup recipe to be made using the Insta Pot?? Thank you!!

    1. In the six quart, I just hit manual high, and cook for 12min. I have used the soup button in the past, but it cooks too long and the potatoes and veggies are overdone. You can sauté in the instant pot the onion, garlic and meat beforehand per directions if you want, but I found its not necessary to do so.

  59. I made this tonight and it was delicious. I used ground turkey and I put a can of tri beans in too. I will definitely make this again!!!!!

  60. My Nana called it tramp stew, with the only “boughten” ingredients being the hamburger, tomatoes, and potatoes. Then the other railroad workers would bring what they had and add it to it, other meats and veggies. But if it only had the basic ingredients she called it hamburger soup.

  61. I made this soup on Saturday, June 16th…it was delicious and even better on the second day! I didn’t have beef broth on hand so I use loose beef bouillon instead and for the tomatoes I used petite cut. I will make this again and again. My husband raved about it. Thank you for the great recipes. I love receiving them and deciding which ones to try.

    1. Mary, thank you for letting me know how much you love the recipes, and this hamburger soup! We love it too.

  62. By far the family’s favorite dish. Great comfort food and so darn easy to make. I did however, substitute no yolk noodles for the potatoes. It’s awesome. Thank you!

  63. The recipe was both quick to prepare and delicious. The hint of tomato soup (my favorite) with each bite added a rich great flavor. This is now a family favorite.

  64. Just finished making the Easy Hamburger soup and it’s delicious.  The only variation was I added diced celery.  I definitely recommend this wonderful soup.

  65. Iove this soup first time i made it family loved it now I make every week and my grandson eats almost 2 bowls

  66. The soup was a quick and easy meal. However I did have to add more seasonings to suite my taste. I used fire roasted tomatoes instead. Plus just added more Italian seasoning and marjoram, onion powder, garlic powder. And it was delicious. Will be making again.

  67. Without my favourite hamburger recipe on hand, I looked up one online, finding this one!  I loved it!  Tweeting it to use up my leftovers also!  Tks. 

  68. My daughter doesn’t like canned tomatoes,,can i leave them out,should i add more tomato soup? or what else can i use?

    1. You could try blending up the tomatoes, or substituting for more tomato soup, broth or even crushed tomatoes. I’m sure she’ll love it!

  69. This is THE best hamburger vegetable soup I have ever had. I have always eaten vegetable soup with stew beef. My so-in-law makes a good hamburger vegetable soup which is close to this recipe. But this recipe, to me, is out of this world.

  70. Love to put in a can of beans, prefer to drain. Good with leftover juice from a roast, use additional broth or water as needed.

  71. I pinned this months ago. Finally made it tonight, and it was gooooood. I made one tweak (it was an accident, but I’m calling it a tweak now). I used chicken broth instead of beef broth. Still delicious. I’m now mad at myself because I could have been enjoying this during the winter. Live and learn. :)

    Next time I plan to try some of the modification you suggested.

  72. My husband and I love this recipe. I substitute ground turkey for the hamburger because my husband has gout and has to limit red meat. It is easy to make and tastes even better left over. 

    1. I am glad you and your husband enjoyed it Kathy! I haven’t tried it with ground turkey, but it sounds delicious!

  73. I was taught to start with your soup pan and your skillet. Brown the hamburger and add the tomatoes into the hamburger along with seasoning. In the soup pan you start with your water/broth and the veggies you need to cook (potatoes, carrot). Then when the veggies are just tender pour your skillet ingredients into your soup pot. Simmer, taste adjust, add additional canned /frozen veggies if you need to “bulk it up”.

  74. Absolutely delicious, quick and easy. Second time I gave made it! I had to back off the Italian seasoning a little for me.

  75. Hey Holly, Great recipe.
    I adapted it a bit – used ground turkey, no tomato soup or potatoes (but blitzed a can of diced tomatoes to look like tomato soup (In my smoothie machine which I don’t use for smoothies lol), added a tiny bit of broken up whole-grain spaghetti, and added okra and cut up French green beans (Trader Joe’s) only as veggies

    1. I would suggest browning the beef and adding it to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on low 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are tender.

  76. This is the best veggie soup ever! My whole family loves it & gets me to make it once a week every week. They really like the fact that it’s made with hamburger instead of beef like the way I use to make my veggie soup before. 

    Thanks for a great recipe!

  77. Hello Holly this recipe for hamburger soup is absolutely delicious perfect for a February day when it’s snowing in Wisconsin all the ingredients are in my home and I used both fresh frozen and canned vegetables I added a few homemade dumplings to top off the soup it is absolutely awesome thank you for sharing the recipe Terry Schmidt Wisconsin

  78. Made this soup tonight.  I think the beef broth makes it!  Delicious…easy to prepare and will definitely be a repeat at our house!

  79. Best soup I ever made. I had all ingredients at house. It tastes like my Mom soup but I wouldn’t tell her that. Lol

  80. Actually I’ve copied several of your recipes this is the first one that I’ve made and I was really happy with it I’m going to add it to my list of things to cook and I made the biscuits with it too It really complemented the soup.  thank you for sharing this recipe thank you for sharing your cooking skills with us because I’m a girl that her mother didn’t teach her how to cook and I really appreciate you being out there take care

  81. Wow! This is great. I substituted the ground beef with a whole rabbit, it was Delicious! For all the health nuts, read into rabbit..I started raising rabbits in the most humane way possible! An average lifespan of a rabbit in the wild is only two years and most times they die tragically. not at my house.

  82. I made this soup but added/deleted foods that my kids do not like.
    I did not use tomatoes, added tomato and basil soup and a can of cream of mushroom soup which made it a bit more  creamy.
    I also added oregano and a smidgen of sugar.
    It was fantastic!

  83. I loved this! This is similar to one I’ve made a bunch in the past- just because it’s so easy and it makes so much. My only change, and this was because it was what I had at home- was to sub out Low sodium V 8 for the tomato soup, and the only tomatoes I had were Rotel- chili blend, so I omitted the Italian seasoning. What happened was a happy marriage of my regular hamburger soup and chili. It definitely had a southwestern flair to it. I ended up topping it with Mexican cheese, and serving it with a salad and garlic rolls. It was great. Thanks for the recipe!

  84. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Turned out fantastic and tweaked it a little based on comments. Used V8 juice instead of tomatoe soup for a lil flavour boost. Really goid soup. Will use this recipe again!

  85. DELICIOUS! …after two bites, my husband said “this recipe is a keeper!” I doubled the recipe. We are a family of five, and my daughter had an additional FIVE friends over (all high school age!) Everyone enjoyed it… AND we had some left over for the next day – which is EVEN BETTER the next day! I used the Delmonte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano… otherwise, followed the recipe 100%. Thank you for giving me a new recipe… especially one to feed a crowd ;)

  86. I kicked it up a notch and added cumin oregano and taco seasoning.  No tomato soup just 30 oz Mexican tomatoes with chilies.   My veggies were corn green beans potatoes, and onion!  
    Added grated cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips as toppers in the bowl.    So many ways to make this your own.   Thanks for a wonderful recipe!  

  87. This soup was easy to make, convenient to use up veggies in the fridge, versatile and forgiving…but best of all it’s delicious. Will make again for my family of 8! 

  88. I was looking for a hamburger soup like my grandmother used to make. Decided to try this one. It was great. Will not have to try a different recipe next time. 

  89. Easy Hamberger Soup was the most AMAZING soup I or my husband have had in a very long time. It was easy and YUMMY!!  I’ve never had my husband compliment something over and over again as he did this recipe. I cannot wait to try another recipe from spend with pennies.com. 

    Thanks Holly!


  90. This is an absolutely delicious soup.  The only thing that I did not  use was the condensed tomatoe soup and the  Worcester Sauce.

  91. This is al least the 5th time I have made this quick and easy soup. 
    I am adding cabbage today. Snow day good day to try different vegetables. 
    Stay warm.

  92. Hi Holly love the recipe however you need to add the step of removing the bay leaf as it’s not meant to be eaten because of the risk of intestinal perforation or choking due to the bay leaf remaining unpleasantly stiff even after thorough cooking.

  93. What kind of vegetables can I put in this soup?  I was thinking of trying to put broccoli, cauliflower and carrots in there.  Do you think it would work?

    1. I think cauliflower and carrots would work well. Broccoli might get a bit too soft.

      Celery, peas, beans, carrots and peppers are good options.

  94. This is the most delicious veggie soup I’ve ever made or tasted! I’m not sure if it’s the use of the Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce or hamburger that gives it such a great taste.  I make this once a week every week for my family!

  95. This recipe was fantastic. My husband went back for seconds. I added more potatoes, used canned Beef Broth and added in about 1 tsp of Better Than Bouillon mixed in 8oz hot water. I might add some Lima Beans next time for more protein. Will be making again and maybe even freeze some.

  96. Tried it last night and it was fantastic. I used ground turkey, chicken broth and all fresh vegetables except the green beans. Next time I will try those also. I did not use the tomato soup, instead I used a can of crushed tomatoes along with fresh diced tomatoes. Great for anytime of year. Thanks!

  97. I am going to make this recipe in my electric pressure cooker. It will take about 37 minutes to cook after all the ingredients are added. The hamburger can be browned in electric pressure cooker and add rest of ingredients after browning the hamburger. Put lid on, close vent and set on soup (This will not make your veggies mushy).

  98. Delicious, easy soup to make. You can easily change or add different veggies to your liking. I followed your recipe. Directions and prep couldn’t be easier. My house smells awesome! Perfect soup for this bitter cold weather.

  99. This is my ALL TIME favorite hamburger soup recipe.
    I follow this recipe to a “T” except I always add 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies and 2 cups of raw cabbage. YUM. The more veggies the better!

  100. This is the best and easiest soup I’ve ever made plus it’ doesn’t take that long… I love it.. I will probably make it several times this winter 

  101. Made this soup as a spur of the moment thing for New Year’s Eve. I suddenly had 8 people coming over to my house, it was cold, and I thoguht a warm up was needed. Not only was this recipe cheap, it was DELICIOUS. Leftovers the next day are only better. Recommend adding a shake of cayenne to deepen the flavor. This recipe pleased the whole crowd, I’m happy to report.

  102. I made this for our new years day meal. Browned the beef, onion, garlic, and added mushrooms. Mixed it in with the rest in my slow cooker and let it cook all night. In the last hour, I added some Velveeta (we love cheesy flavors). So good. It will definitely be in my soup rotation, with and without the Velveeta. Yum!

  103. This is the best soup I’ve made!  Thank you for the recipe!  I made this for my grandkids and they kept coming back for more!  Love it. Making it again tonight for New Years Eve. 

  104. I’ve made this several times, I use 2lbs ground chuck and use beef stock , about 6 cups and 1 1/2 cups V-8 instead of tomato soup. This makes a little more soup and you can always add extra veggies like celery or anything on hand  . It’s so easy to cater this soup to your liking and this my family’s favorite soup. One thing for sure is don’t count on much for leftovers.

  105. It was wonderful.
     I used 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey and 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 2 cans of tomato soup.  Added a little extra Worcestershire sauce and lemon pepper.  Also cut up celery and added to the meat garlic and onion first.  Made my own bouillon with boiling water and bouillon cubes.  Loved by everyone

  106. We’ve made this a few times and it’s one of our favorites. It’s quick, simple, tasty and fills you up for a long time. We love making this for lunch and munch on it through out the day. It’s a great change from chili or chicken noodle soup. Excellent meal for cold days. If you can chop a couple veggies and brown beef and pour a few items into a pot- you can make this. Only takes me 15 minuets to get started, then I simmer it until potatoes are tender and the house smells delicious.  Very nice recipe! Thank you for it!

  107. I’m making this for the first time, and I’m going to substitute pasta (small shells) for potatoes. At what point do I add the pasta? Is it during step #3 when the soup is simmering covered? Or afterwards when the soup is simmering uncovered?
    Thank you.

    1. Depending on the type of pasta, it would likely take 10 minutes (give or take) to cook. I would suggest adding it at the end when there is just about 10 minutes left (or however long your pasta package directs it to cook).

  108. Best Soup I’ve ever tasted. I added better than beef bullion instead of broth. The flavor was intensified. Thank you for the recipe.

  109. Good and easy just right for a snowy day in the PNW I added a little red wine and a package of onion soup mix.it is simmering on the stove and smells devine❤❤❤

    1. I haven’t tried it but I don’t see any reason it wouldn’t work! I’m not sure how the crumbles react being boiled so they could also be added towards the end so they don’t become spongey.

  110. My husband and I love this. My vegetables were Carrot’s and mushrooms ( what I had on hand). This is very easy to make and tastes great. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  111. Absolutely loved it! It was a little thick, I used gluten-free pasta for my husband and put in the box, 8 oz. I will more liquid the next time.PS. Gluten-free pasta tastes and feels like the real thing!

  112. I have been searching for this recipe (or the taste of it anyways)!! It tastes exactly like my mom used to make when I was a child and I have been craving this for years! It warms my heart to have the perfect hamburger soup back in my life :) (I used half the diced tomatoes, and only 3 cups of broth and I loved it!) It is on my stove right now (and was yesterday too!) and I’m hoping it works well to freeze this batch!

  113. I loved this recipe because it is so easy, and a way to get some protein into my kiddo who only wants to eat carbs. I would double the meat and add 2 more potatoes next time. Two thumbs up!

  114. I loved this recipe. Very easy and a great way to get some protein into my kiddo who wants to eat carbs all the time. You could almost double the beef however….and add 2 more potatoes. Two thumbs up!

  115. I made this tonight and it was great! Made it exactly as written! This is huge for me, I am a nightmare in the kitchen!!! Thank you

  116. I made this once at home just for our family. Well I didn’t even get a bowl and it was gone . They loved it. so I decided to make it for my family get together for Thanksgiving as an appetizer before the big meal, just in case some one came early and they were hungry. I made 4lbs of meat, so that’s 4 big pots. well needless to day it was gone!!! Our family is Italian, so I put some pecorino shredded cheese in each serving on top and it was a hit!! That is a good hint! Well, my sister wanted the recipe and my niece wanted it also and she a guru for healthy foods! I was so proud of myself. So thank you!!!!!! Looking for more of your delicious recipes.

  117.  Going to posted the first time that we have had it but forgot had it several times and love it I like it because you don’t have the chunks of meat that you got to brown and everything doesn’t take that long with  ground meat  and my husband loves it always ask for it 

  118. Love this recipe! I substituted turkey meat for the hamburger meat. The soup turned out great! I made it about two weeks ago and I am about the make it again today. The family loved it! Thanks again!

  119. I made this yesterday, it was delicious! I love that it was easy and not expensive too!
    Thank you for,sharing this recipe!
    I give it a 10, easy To make and tastes delicious!

  120. This soup is absolutely delicious. I made it exactly as written and it’s wonderful. Perfect comforting yet hearty soup on cold rainy evening. My kids liked it too which is a HUGE bonus. It’s so easy to make, so it’s perfect for weeknights too. Thank you for a wonderful recipe Holly!

  121. Ok so how can something so simple turn out so good?!! I made this last night due to Halloween and wanted to have something ready on the stove for my family and friends who stopped by. I have celiac disease, so In order to make sure all was gluten green I used Pacific brand creamy tomato soup instead of condensed because it’s GF and a GF beef broth. That’s the only alterations I made. Even used frozen veggies. Nothing was left, not a drop. Everyone loved it and to the kids eat all those veggies after the candy was great. My husband said he would like elbow noodles in it. So next time I’ll cook a few on the side and he can add it into his bowl in order to keep it gluten free for myself. Thanks for your great family friendly recipes so glad I found this page!

  122. My daughter made this recipe for me. It’s so delicious & I love it. We’re having cold weather right now & it’s so yummy and warm in my tummy. 

  123. Really enjoyed this recipe! I doubled it to feed my family and in doing so I did not double the Italian seasoning as I’m not a big fan of it, but did add 1 Tbs and it was perfect. I did not add the bay leaf either, as I don’t care for the flavor. Added quite a bit of salt and some pepper and substituted garlic powder for garlic cloves since I was out. I substituted one can of diced tomatoes with a can of stewed tomatoes. Awesome! Thanks for the recipe!

  124. made this tonight hit it out of the Park, everyone loved it served it to the guys while the game was on nothing left a big hit.

  125. made this for dinner and hit it out of the park, great reviews from the baseball fans thank you . Love your site it’s my go to now.

  126. Soon easy to make! A friend in I were in Israel for Rosh Hashanah, which meant there weren’t going to be any grocery stores or eating establishments open for a few days. I saw the recipe on FB and we decided to try it so that we had something to eat over the holiday.  Trying to find the ingredients in an Israeli grocery was a hoot (since everything was written in Hebrew and few pictures).  After the grocery store adventure we went home to fix the soup, not sure if we even had the correct ingredients.  Let me just say, it was delicious!!!  We’re so glad that we tried it.  Now that I’m home, I’m going to try making the soup again and hope it turns out as well the second time.  Thanks for posting!

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  127. Just made this for supper tonight. My family loves it! Really yummy and filling. Will defiantly make it again- it’s a keeper!!

  128. Big hit, everyone could not stop eating it. All wanted the recipe.
    Added, Red wine Vinegar, minute rice, potato flakes, olive oil and 8oz tomato sauce.
    Used seasoned ground pork.
    Awesome sauce recipe.

  129. I tried the Hamburger Soup for the first time and my husband and I loved it.  I had most of the ingredients on hand and found the recipe easy, quick and delicious.   What a nice surprise to find such a wonderful recipe!  The tutorial was inviting and encouraged me to try it the same night I saw it.  Thank!!

  130. My mom used to make this…..she called it mustgo soup,she checked the fridge and said……this must go this must go lol…….

    1. That is such a great story, Linda! I repeated it to my husband and we had a nice laugh over it, Your mom sounds like she was fun!

  131. I was thinking this soup wasn’t going to have much flavor so I added Rotel tomatoes to give it a little kick. This turned out sooooo good. I barely added any salt and I could have went without the Rotel and used regular diced tomatoes. It has so much flavor, and my daughter loved it. I will definitely be making this again from now on. Thank you for such an amazing recipe!!

  132. Haven’t got to try it yet , my intention is to make it soon, however there are no nutritional factors, I would like to know what the calories are 

  133. I plan on making this soup this week and am wondering if anyone has used sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes? And I will use a tomato paste instead of condensed soup, I try to avoid those! At any rate, the soup looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it!

  134. I made this for the second time within 2 weeks. I am trying to eat healthy & this soup fits the bill!   Love to use the fresh veggies that are so reasonably priced now  & I used ground turkey.  Yummy
    I rate it a 10 (scale below is confusing