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Hamburger Soup

This easy hamburger soup recipe is filled with savory ground beef, any variety of frozen vegetables, simple seasonings, and a delicious creamy broth.

It makes a great freezer meal and is easy to customize with your own favorite ingredients.

Be sure to try my Split Pea Soup and Traditional French Onion Soup next!

A white bowl filled with creamy hamburger soup with a spoon.

Hamburger Soup

This hamburger soup is hands-down, one of my favorite recipes on the blog.

I jokingly call this “Poor man’s soup”. Growing up, my dad always talked about his mom making this with some scraps, a little beef, and some water.

These days, I like to use a combination of chicken broth and beef broth along with a can or two of creamy soup. This is optional but I like the depth of flavor that it adds.


See recipe card at bottom of post for ingredient quantities and full written instructions.

  • Ground Beef
  • Chicken Brothhomemade is always best, especially for soups.
  • Beef Broth
  • Potatoes- I use russet potatoes
  • Yellow Onion
  • Celery
  • Frozen Vegetables– I use corn and green beans. Peas and carrots are good too!
  • Cream of Chicken Soup– Try my homemade condensed version! ( You can also use cream of Mushroom, Celery, Broccoli, etc.)
  • Seasonings– Thyme, Oregano, Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Salt/Pepper

Optional Ingredient Additions:

  • 1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste if you prefer a little tomato flavor
  • Drained Diced Tomatoes
  • Zucchini– especially in the summer
  • Cabbage
  • Macaroni Noodles
  • Rice
  • Ground Turkey instead of ground beef

How to Make it

  • Saute diced onions and celery in the butter/olive oil until softened.
  • Add the chicken/beef broth. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Season ground beef with salt/pepper. You can roll them neatly or drop bite-sized pieces into the broth.

Onions and celery in a soup pot with chicken broth being added next to rolled ground beef for hamburger soup.

  • Add the uncooked ground beef to the broth. Cooking the beef in the broth itself adds great flavor to the soup.
  • Add the vegetables, seasonings, and cream of celery soup. Stir to combine.

Making hamburger soup by adding ground beef and vegetables to broth.

  • Simmer, partially covered, for about 25 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Serve!

Ground beef and vegetables in a soup pot for hamburger soup.

Storing Leftovers:

-Leftovers should be refrigerated and used within three days. 

-This soup makes a perfect freezer food. It’s best if eaten within three months. 

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A crock filled with hamburger soup with a spoon and rolls.

A white crock filled with creamy hamburger soup with a spoon in it.

Hamburger Soup

5 from 12 ratings
This easy hamburger soup recipe is filled with savory ground beef, any variety of frozen vegetables, simple seasonings, and a delicious creamy broth.


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 sticks celery, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef, I use 85% lean
  • Salt/pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 small russet potatoes, diced
  • 1.5 cups frozen green beans, can sub broccoli florets
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 10 oz. cream of chicken soup, See Notes
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf, optional


  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a 6-quart soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and celery and saute until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and beef broth. Bring to a gentle boil.
  • Season the uncooked ground beef with salt and pepper and drop bite sized balls into the broth. (You can roll them neatly or just break it into pieces and toss it in). Don't brown the beef before dropping into the soup.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add all remaining ingredients.
  • Simmer gently, partially covered, for about 25 minutes, until the potatoes are fork tender.
  • Add any additional salt/pepper as needed & serve!
  • Note: For brothier soup, you can add another can of creamy soup. You can also stir in some milk over low heat.


*Any variety of creamy condensed soup may be used such as Cream of Mushroom, Celery, or Broccoli.

This soup pairs perfectly with my Easy Buttermilk Biscuits!


Calories: 342kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 987mg, Potassium: 799mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 441IU, Vitamin C: 17mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 3mg

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36 comments on “Hamburger Soup”

  1. Just tried your soup. Absolutely delicious! Would have never thought of making hamburger soup this way. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. I made this for dinner today….i absolutely loved it and will be making it again…i did add some minced garlic in it i didnt add the rosemary or the bay leaf…but my family loved it thanks

    • Hey Bonnie! I am so happy to hear that! This one goes so far back in my family so I always love when people try and love it as much as we do! I always make a double batch and freeze it! 🙂 I actually pulled some out of the freezer for lunch this week. Thanks so much for the review!! -Stephanie

  3. Can it be made earlier in the day and then moved to the crock pot to keep warm? Will that make anything mushy? Maybe a silly question. Excited to try it!

    • Hey Katy! You can absolutely do that, I would just wait on adding the potatoes, and add those to the Slow Cooker about an hour before you’re ready to eat and switch it from warm to low during that time. Dice them a bit small so that they don’t take too long to cook through! Enjoy, this recipe is a keeper!! -Stephanie

      • Just finished making this soup!  Broth is absolutely delicious!  I will be making this often!❤️❤️❤️

      • Thank you so much Rebecca! This is definitely one of my all-time favorite soups, my freezer is always stocked with it! 🙂 So glad that you enjoyed it too!! -Stephanie

  4. Can you put bacon in the soup?

  5. I am trying this today but instead of beef I’m using venison 🙂

    • Hi Ryan! I am so curious how it turned out with venison! I hope you loved it!

      • It turned out really well! Whole family loved it ! Great recipe!

      • Hey Ryan! I’m REALLY happy to hear that your family loved this soup. I almost eat this soup every single day, it’s definitely my favorite homemade soup recipe. Thanks for taking the time to let me know how you liked it! -Stephanie

  6. So delicious! This one is going in my book of recipes to keep! Use a sweet potatoe, red onion and cut French beans instead since that’s what we had and still delish!

  7. Well I just made this soup for the first time I had everything in it but self broccoli I add the potatoes to corned the string beans that carries the hamburger meat made gravy to it potatoes and diced tomatoes and okra and I let it simmer real good and my grandkids tasted this is my first time making this hamburger soup they love the taste they are in love with it so thank you for this recipe of this hamburger soup in the future I see that I will be making it again

    • Hey Carolyn! I’m so happy that you enjoyed this soup!! We LOVE it in our family, it’s one of my favorite recipes of all time! 🙂

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