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 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.


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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. best recipe I’ve came across. family loves it. I added mushrooms,green beans, baby carrots whole, corn, cubed potatoes, small amount of Worcestershire and added basil and steak seasoning just a dash. love and shared those recipe with allot of people. 5 stars

  2. My mom is going through chemo and requested Hamburger Soup tonight, so I gave this recipe a try. It was a hit! She actually ate a whole bowl, which is very rare these days. Thank you! Quick, easy, and budget friendly recipe that’s also delicious!5 stars

    1. I’m so glad to hear that the Hamburger Soup recipe was a hit for your mom during her chemo treatment! It’s wonderful that she enjoyed it and even finished a whole bowl. Your kind words made my day, and I’m grateful that the recipe turned out to be quick, easy, budget-friendly, and delicious. Wishing your mom strength and a smooth recovery.

  3. The soup was good but the cooking time is way off. My potatoes were cut and diced and it took them about an hour to cook so when I first served the soup after 35 minutes we were all surprised by how uncooked it tasted.After another 30 minutes it was better!4 stars

  4. Holly, just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your gifts, your love of cooking and your amazing recipes, with all of us. Every recipe that I have tried has been outstanding and thanks to you I went from a mediocre cook to a good cook (according to my family ) No more dinners from a can, or a box, etc , even take-out has been minimized.
    This particular recipe for Hamburger soup is so delicious! I make it frequently and I always follow your recipe ( as with all your recipes) to the letter. Again, thank you, I appreciate you, and look forward to trying more of your recipes

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words Lynne, this made my day! I am so happy you are enjoying the recipes.

  5. I throughly enjoyed this recipe. Of course I added a couple of things like tomato juice and beef broth. A little crushed red pepper for a bite and a little brown sugar for a touch of sweetness. Thank you for a delightful and fulfilling recipe.5 stars

  6. My partner loves this hearty soup. So easy to make. I add 1/4 cup of tiny pasta, along with the potatoes.5 stars

  7. Great soup, bumped up the seasoning to taste and it is AWESOME! Thank you for this recipe definitely a “keeper”.5 stars

  8. this was the best. my husband kept saying it was wonderful best ever. i added stuff i had in cans like corn, green beans, lima beans and much more. i also cooked more hamburger meat to last longer.5 stars

  9. Made to the recipe. Used fire roasted tomatoes. Good! Easy. Making a side of pasta for those who want to add !4 stars