This ultra-comforting Hamburger Soup is made with simple staple ingredients and is easy to customize based on what you have on hand. It’s super flavorful and so easy to throw together.
This hamburger soup is hands-down, one of my favorite soup recipes ever.
I jokingly call this “Poor man’s soup” because my dad always talks about my grandmother making it when they had no money. Back then, I think they just used ground beef and water. I upgraded it to include chicken and beef broth, and I love tossing in a can or two of creamy soup (optional, but I like the flavor that it adds).
How to Make Hamburger Soup
- Season uncooked ground beef with salt and pepper.
- Add bite-sized pieces of the beef to a combination of beef broth, chicken broth, and water that is lightly boiling. Cooking the beef in the broth itself adds great flavor to the soup.
- From here, simply add your favorite vegetables to the soup. This can include green beans, corn, broccoli, carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, even canned diced tomatoes!
- For a hint of tomato flavor, add a Tablespoon of tomato paste.
- Season the soup with rosemary, thyme, and oregano. Feel free to toss in bay leaves if you have them.
- Let the soup simmer until the vegetables are nice and tender and cooked through.
- Personally, I love adding cans of creamy soups to the mix. I even add combinations of different soups like cream of celery, cream of broccoli, and broccoli cheese. It might seem odd but it actually tastes really good.
Using Homemade Chicken Broth:
Homemade chicken broth is easy to make at home and makes your soups and stews taste twice as good:
-Take a leftover chicken carcass (even a small rotisserie chicken is great for this), and place the bones and all of the scraps into a medium/large pot.
-Add enough water to cover the chicken by an inch or so. Add in any onions/celery if you have them.
-Cover the pot, leaving a small crack for steam to escape and simmer for an hour or two.
-Place a fine mesh strainer over another large pot and pour the mixture into the strainer, allowing the broth to seep through the strainer into the pot. The remains in the strainer can be discarded.
-Allow the chicken broth to cool and freeze for your future soup needs!
-Leftovers should be refrigerated and used within three days.
-You can also freeze leftovers, and it’s best if you eat them within three months.
Try These Next!
- Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup (Just like the restaurant version)
- Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Stew (Super popular on the blog)
- Split Pea Soup (A recipe from my mom and the best you’ll ever try)
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This ultra-comforting Hamburger Soup is made with simple staple ingredients and is easy to customize based on what you have on hand. It's super flavorful and so easy to throw together.
- 1 pound ground beef I use 85% lean
- 1.5 cups water
- 2.5 cups chicken broth
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 small russet potatoes diced
- 1 small yellow onion diced
- 2 sticks celery diced
- 1.5 cups string beans can sub broccoli florets
- 3/4 cup frozen corn
- 10 oz. cream of celery soup* See Notes
- 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 Bay Leaf optional
- Salt/pepper to taste
- In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat the water, chicken broth and beef broth, bringing it to a light 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.
Add the diced potatoes, diced onions, diced celery, string beans, and bay leaf.
- Heat the soup, partially covered, for about 25 minutes. Mix in the cream of celery soup and seasonings.
- Reduce the soup to a light simmer and heat for an additional 25 minutes, or until the potatoes and vegetables are soft and the meat is cooked through.
- Add any additional salt/pepper as needed & serve!
*Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup may also be used.