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
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  • 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


  • 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. This has become our family favorite soup! It has great flavor and is easy to make. I made this ahead of time for a family outing and used frozen “vegetable soup” vegetables which I didn’t know existed. Everyone raved about how good it was, will definitely be bringing this one again.5 stars

  2. I grew up on vegetable beef soup but couldn’t remember exactly how to make it. This recipe was delicious!! I only used half the amount of diced tomatoes because we don’t like so much and I used 20 oz of frozen veggies. And I did forget the Italian seasoning and bay leaf. But it was still great! I paired the soup with some jiffy cornbread muffins. Perfect meal for this new fall weather we’re having! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  3. Used squash and garden tomatoes. doubled Italian seasoning and pepper. Used 11 oz ground turkey and reduced mixed vegetables. Great!!5 stars

    1. Bay leaf adds a subtle flavor (often described as pine-y or almost minty – which might sound interesting but is commonly used to flavor soups and stews!) and another dimension to the soup. Several readers have left out the bay leaf and still had great success with this recipe. If you try it, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  4. I’ve made basically this same meal for years and you are so right, you just can’t beat it! Only difference I’ve done is made it a bit thicker and served it with mashed potatoes…oh meal just my son grew up piling it on top of a plate of mashed potatoes.5 stars

    1. I have not tried using turkey for this recipe Susan, however other readers have with great success! If you try it, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  5. VERY delicious! This is my favorite, but I would call it beef vegetable soup. My husband devoured it! I followed recipe but substituted onion and garlic with powdered, and some vegetable stock for 1/2 of beef broth because I didn’t have some or all of ingredients.5 stars

  6. This has been a nice change from the usual meals, utilizing the same basic ingredients I would to make hamburger steak and vegetables with potatoes, instead I made this soup. Very easy and delicious!! Thank you for the recipe.5 stars

  7. Just made this and it turned out perfect and easy. I did use 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic and 5 potatoes in stead of 2. Definitely will make a lot this Winter.5 stars

  8. I’ve been making this recipe For years and it’s a big hit in my household! DELICIOUS I add fresh chopped up carrots along with the potatoes. And frozen sweet corn and frozen green beans. The leftovers are Even better the next day!5 stars

  9. I make my hamburger soup almost exactly like this. I’ve never tried adding a can of tomato soup. I bet that’s yummy. Hamburger soup is what I serve on the first night of a camping trip. I prepare it ahead of time so all I have to do is warm it up with some yummy chili cheese bread or cornbread.

    1. I like to sub the tomato sauce with MANWICH!! ….shhhhh
      Everyone always asks for my secret
      Try it and be amazed!

      1. Julie, do you mean you sub the tomato soup? You wrote “tomato sauce” so I just wanted to clarify that it wasn’t the diced tomatoes you were referring to.5 stars

      1. Hi Tiffany, we have never tried this recipe in the slow cooker. But I think it could definitely be done! I would suggest browning the beef and adding it to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Then cooking on low 6-8 hours or until the potatoes are tender. Enjoy.

      1. I added 3 more potatoes, and 2 cans of consomme for more flavor. Turned out great!!!

  10. Healthy, easy, and amazing!!

    I will definitely make this again and again!!¡!

    I followed the recipe the first time… but will have fun with variations, I’m sure. :)

    Thank you so much for this!!5 stars