Quick & Easy Hamburger Soup

Quick & Easy Hamburger Soup

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This Hamburger Soup is so QUICK and EASY! It's ready in 30 minutes and makes a great last-minute weeknight meal. You only need ground beef, diced tomatoes, broth, and a few veggies.

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No matter what season, the chances good that the answer to “What’s for dinner?” is going to be “Soup!”

It may be the answer on a cold and chilly day, or just when you have no other ideas for dinner and need something fast. Soup is warm, comforting and always delicious.

How to Make Hamburger Soup

This hamburger soup is a quick meal when you need it, but it tastes like it has been tucked away on the stove for hours.

The key ingredient is, of course, hamburger. Brown the hamburger first, and then use the fat released by the meat to cook the vegetables. This gives the veggies great flavor!

Finally, simmer the soup with broth and diced tomatoes for just twenty minutes and you’re done. Easy.

Serve it with some crusty garlic bread on the side for a perfect home-cooked meal!

Make It Your Own

Make this soup your own by adding in some macaroni or other pasta, or give it a spicy kick with a dash of cayenne.

You can also turn it into “cheeseburger soup” by stirring in some shredded cheddar cheese at the very end!

How to Store and Freeze Hamburger Soup

Leftover soup will keep in the fridge for up to five days, or frozen for up to three months.

To freeze, let the soup cool completely and then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or bags, pressing out as much air as possible, and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or just warm the soup straight from the freezer in a saucepan over low heat.

Check out these other easy soups!

  • Simple Cauliflower Soup
  • Broccoli Cheddar Soup
  • One Pot Chicken and Rice Soup
  • Weeknight Chicken Ramen
  • Easy Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes

Quick & Easy Hamburger Soup Recipe


  • 1 to 1 1/3 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion (from 1 small onion or 1/2 large onion)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 large carrots, diced
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup red wine, optional
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni, optional


1 Brown the beef: In a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon into large chunks.

When browned, use a slotted spoon to transfer the ground beef onto a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Set it aside.

2 Cook the vegetables: Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the rendered fat from the ground beef (or add enough olive oil to make 1 tablespoon if there's not much fat).

Add the diced onion, celery, carrot and bell pepper and cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes.

3 Add the seasonings, tomatoes, and broth: Stir in the tomato paste and garlic, and cook about 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add in the oregano, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.

Stir in the diced tomatoes, beef broth, and red wine (if using). Lastly, add the cooked ground beef back to the pan. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

4 Simmer the soup: Bring the soup to a rapid simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pot, and cook for about 20 minutes. If you are adding elbow macaroni, add it halfway through cooking, and cook until the pasta is tender.

5 Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep up to 5 days refrigerated, or up to 3 months frozen.

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Hamburger Soup

This recipe is easy to make and ingredients can be left out or substituted based on preferences. Start by cooking the ground beef and then sauteing the onions, garlic and tomatoes. Add remaining ingredients and it will be ready in no time!

Soup is an easy way to hide veggies for your picky eaters. I would recommend microwaving the vegetables and then putting them in a blender to puree. Then add the pureed mixture to the remaining ingredients. You can also do this with beans in chili and soup.

I love to serve soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, they are always a hit with the boys. We love to dunk them in our soup like you would dunk an Oreo in milk. Doesn’t get much better!

Easy Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup is a quick and easy soup recipe that can be put together with common pantry items. It’s hearty enough to serve for dinner along side a delicious salad or loaf of fresh bread. Hamburger soup is like an economical twist on the classic beef barley soup packed full of vegetables.

So. January. Are you still working on your New Year’s Resolution? No? That’s ok. Baby steps. Get back up and try again. It’s ok if you fail but get back up and try again. They say it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, or to break one. Goals are accomplished in small, bite sized portions so don’t go take on anything too huge or you’ll feel overwhelmed.

One of my goals is to trim the budget – again. Isn’t that always one of the more common goals people have? I find people are either trying to exercise and eat healthy, or pay off debt. But let’s be honest. Life is short. Indulgences should be a part of every person’s life, take chocolate cake for instance – unless you don’t like chocolate cake. Then my question to you is, What the heck is wrong with you. Joking aside, you are supposed to have fun and enjoy life. And eat chocolate cake. There’s a time and place for everything and as long as you keep your goals top of mind and you’re working towards those goals, a few little blips along the way are going to be what makes life worth living.

Right now I’m trying to ‘eat what’s in my fridge, cupboard and freezer first’ while making my meal plan for the week. Wow, it’s like finding free food only it’s in my house already. That’ll help trim down my food budget this year. Who would have thought I had so much food in there? I may have inherited the food-hoarding gene from my grandmother but I like to have a well-stocked pantry. That is until I start to throw out food because it got tucked at the back for too long. That’s a bummer.

This hamburger soup came together quickly and didn’t cost me a penny because I had everything I needed on hand. I love the texture the barely adds to this soup. This easy recipe could almost be considered a “clean out the fridge” soup, something kinda like my Bolognese Sauce I make. Oh look, it’s the end of the week and these carrots and celery are looking less then stellar to eat but they would be perfect in a big pot of soup.

I’ll consider this delicious Hamburger Soup recipe to be a success with regards to my New Year’s Resolution goals. Not only will my tummy be happy but I feel like I’m one step closer to saving up for my trip to Italy. Cheers!

Easy Hamburger Soup


  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound extra lean (95% lean) ground beef
  • 2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (28 fluid ounce) can diced tomatoes with juices
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 large Russet potatoes peeled & diced
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste



  • Serves 4-6.
  • Anything from about 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef will work.
  • Got an electric pressure cooker? Try the Instant Pot version of this recipe.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Easy Hamburger Soup Recipe


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Onion , Finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Ginger , Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Garlic , Finely chopped
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 3 1/2 cups Beef broth , Low sodium
  • 19 oz Tomato basil soup , e.g. 1 can
  • 28 oz Diced tomatoes , e.g. 1 can
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup , OR tomato paste
  • 2 Potatoes , Peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili flakes , Optional
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika , Optional
  • Salt , To taste
  • Pepper , To taste
  • 3 cups Mixed vegetables , Frozen



  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 3 days.


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Until next time, tata my lovelies!

Ingredients needed for Easy Hamburger Goulash:

Italian seasoning or Oregano

Note: Could sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top before serving. You can also serve with a dollop of sour cream. I’ve made this dish with ground turkey and it’s just as good.

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How to Make Hamburger Soup

This ground beef vegetable soup couldn’t be easier to make. Simply brown the ground beef, then add the onions and celery and continue cooking until the veggies soften.

Then dump in the rest of the ingredients and let the hamburger soup simmer for 30 to 40 minutes to let the flavors come together.

I like this hamburger vegetable soup as is, but feel free to sprinkle your serving with cheese.

How to Make Hamburger Soup

Brown up some hamburger, add in some freshly chopped onion, celery and carrot and then open a few cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, a little ketchup and a few seasonings. The recipe also calls for some frozen corn but you can also use canned corn. Simple but the flavor is wonderful!

The recipe made enough for about 3 meals for our reduced size family so the leftovers got put into a ziploc baggie and saved for another rainy day. The soup thickens up a bit so just add in some more beef broth before you serve it again and it will stretch even further!

Some of my other favorite soups:

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Recipe Summary

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks, or more to taste
  • 4 large carrots, chopped, or more to taste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ stalk celery with leaves, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon powder
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

Combine potatoes, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, parsley, basil, bouillon, salt, and pepper in a large soup pot. Fill pot with enough water to cover ingredients. Cover and boil until all ingredients begin to soften, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat so you do not burn your hands.

Crumble in uncooked ground beef, a little at a time, stirring to mix a few times. Return to heat and bring back to a boil. Simmer on low to medium heat until all vegetables are cooked through and meat is no longer pink, 15 to 20 minutes.

Easy Hamburger Soup

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Who says the only way to enjoy a hamburger is between the buns? Our Easy Hamburger Soup recipe uses extra-lean ground beef and fresh veggies for a soup you won't be able to get enough of! It's got the same savory flavor of your favorite burger, but without all the added carbs. Trust us, you're gonna love this!

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 / 2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced cabbage
  • 1 / 2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 3 cups low sodium, fat-free beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. In a soup pot over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and onion 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is browned. Add carrots, cabbage, and celery and cook 5 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 25 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Bringing Families Closer Together

We love Easy Hamburger Soup, especially during the colder winter months. Soups overall always seem to have a cozy, comforting feeling that keeps the bitter chill away. If you want to bring the family closer together, a good soup is a great way to do it.

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