Hamburger Soup

This hamburger soup recipe is so easy to make with staple ingredients and can be customized based on what you have on hand. It also makes a perfect freezer meal for future lunches and dinners!

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

White bowl filled with hamburger soup with a sprig of rosemary garnishing the side of the bowl.

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 broth and beef broth, and I love tossing in a can or two of creamy soup (optional, but I like the creamy flavor that it adds).

Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make hamburger soup

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.

Homemade Chicken Broth being poured into a large bowl with a ladle

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!

Storing Leftovers:

-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. 

Close up shot of a white bowl filled with hamburger soup topped with rosemary.

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4.33 from 28 votes
Servings: 6 servings
Hamburger Soup
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, Hamburger Soup, kid-friendly recipe

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. 

Ingredients
  • 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 frozen green 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
Instructions
  1. In a large soup pot over medium heat, heat the water, chicken broth and beef broth, bringing it to a light boil.
  2. 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.
  3. Add the diced potatoes, diced onions, diced celery, green beans, corn, and bay leaf.

  4. Heat the soup, partially covered, for about 25 minutes. Mix in the cream of celery soup and seasonings.
  5. 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.
  6. Add any additional salt/pepper as needed & serve!
Recipe Notes

*Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Chicken Soup may also be used.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 295, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 968mg, Potassium: 660mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 16g, Vitamin A: 7.7%, Vitamin C: 17.7%, Calcium: 7.2%, Iron: 16.8%