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


  • 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.


4.96 from 1515 votes

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. Came out pretty darned good. Had to make a couple of alterations due to what I had on hand and some dietary restrictions due to kidney problems. No tomato soup in the house so I substituted a can of tomato paste and beef broth or stock has too much sodium and potassium so I substituted vegetable broth. Made with beef broth would have been better but oh well. Other than that I followed the recipe and it still came out pretty good. Thanks for the recipe.5 stars

  2. Super easy to make and so much flavor! The entire family loved it. I added sweet potatoes because I had some on hand.5 stars

  3. I’ll give you that this is an easy recipe and it’s a solid ok for taste but it’s a pale comparison to the Hamburger Soup from The Best of Bridge. Back to TBB for the win.

  4. This recipe is wonderful. I added cauliflower that needed to be used up as well. Thanks for this comforting, delicious, super easy soup!5 stars

  5. I’ve never made hamburger soup before, I remember my mom made it growing up, but this is way better than hers, I would never tell her that, lol. I used a big can of Veg-all for the veggies and didn’t add potatoes, because the Veg-all had potatoes in it, but did everything else exactly and it was wonderful and easy! thank you so much for bringing back childhood memories, just better!!5 stars

  6. This recipe for Hamburger Vegetable Soup lacked flavor. It was bland. I followed the recipe just as written (except I did not add a bay leaf). The recipe was easy to follow, the ingredients were simple and inexpensive, but the soup was not delicious. I won’t use this exact recipe again.2 stars

  7. I’ve made this multiple times now. Minimal dishes to do. And the taste is excellent! I omitted the condensed soup due to celiacs. I use a tablespoon of ranch seasoning instead and a little tomato paste. The leftovers are even better. I’m still trying to get the 8 year old to give it a shot lol5 stars

  8. I have been making this recipe for a few years now! My husband is not a soup guy whatsoever! He always requests this one when it starts to get cold outside. We just had that hurricane come through and it drastically dropped our temperatures so he requested for today! I hadn’t reviewed it prior to this, so I thought I would drop a note and tell you this recipe is fantastic! Are usually add a little bit more of the Italian seasoning as well as a little bit more Worcestershire but otherwise we keep it exact.5 stars

  9. Made this tonight! It was fantastic! I used a cup each of frozen corn, great beans, and carrots ( we don’t like peas)- and made everything else just like the recipe. Will def put this in my fall/winter rotation!5 stars

  10. I come back to make this recipe over and over! It’s so easy to adapt to what I might have on hand and is perfect as written! Also great for a potluck gathering as you can double or triple and it’s still amazing!

  11. So good! This recipe was easy to follow and perfect as written! I’d thawed out some ground beef and refused to make spaghetti, tacos or meatloaf. Found this recipe and was impressed by the high ratings. They were true! This is a keeper. My mom used to make a variation of this, but my family thinks this was better and I have to agree. Adding to the meal rotation! Thanks so much for such a tasty recipe.5 stars

  12. This is nearly identical to the soup that I grew up on. I can smell and taste it just from the picture alone! My favorite of all time!

  13. This is a very good soup and so easy to make. I use the frozen vegetable soup mix from Kroger, which makes it even easier because it even has potatoes in it. The soup is very hearty, full of vegetables and makes for a very satisfying meal.5 stars

  14. Perfect! Followed the recipe except reduced to 4 cups yof beef broth! Heartier then I had anticipated! Will definitely prepare again! 5 stars

  15. I LOVE this recipe. It is so easy to make and makes a lot of servings. Freezes great too. I don’t change a thing.