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The Best Hamburger Soup Recipe

This is the best Hamburger Soup recipe – packed full of flavour, this easy to make soup is the ultimate comfort food!

Hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with fresh parsley on top.

This soup is one that the whole family loves! I make it weekly during the winter months, especially when we have plans for skiing or sledding in the cold.

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A hot bowl of delicious hamburger soup with a side of crusty garlic bread is perfect for warming up.

This soup is especially perfect when you have to feed a crowd of hungry teenagers or when you are having company over but you’re not sure when they are arriving.

Hamburger soup is one of those totally versatile recipes that you can’t mess up. I like to use whatever I have leftover in the fridge and add it to the pot so that every time we make this dish it’s just a little different.

Hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with fresh parsley on top.

Hamburger soup can be made on the stove top in a stock pot or left to simmer in the crock pot all day. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for slow cooker directions.

Easy hamburger soup recipe

No matter the method, the house always smells divine whenever we have a pot of this soup cooking.

Hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with fresh parsley on top.

Ingredients

  • Lean ground beef – browned and drained
  • Medium white onion, diced
  • Carrot stalks, peeled and diced
  • Celery stalks, diced
  • Can diced tomatoes, drained
  • Beef stock or broth
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Bay leaf
  • Fresh parsley, chopped
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt & pepper
  • White instant rice – any grain can be used
Low Carb Hamburger Soup

Instructions

1. In a large stock pot brown ground beef, drain excess grease.

2. Add remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

Hamburger Soup Process

4. Reduce temperature to low and cook for an additional 30 minutes.

Tip: As the rice cooks and the soup simmers, you may need to add more broth so that the soup doesn’t become too thick.

5. Serve with crusty bread or garlic toast for dipping.

The Best Hamburger Soup Recipe

This great recipe makes 6-8 servings and can easily be doubled for larger crowds. It’s the perfect make ahead meal for busy days and tastes even better the next day!

Hamburger vegetable soup can be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. We also freeze it for up to 3 months.

Hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with garlic toast on the side.

So good hey?! One of my favorite substitutions is using cauliflower rice instead of white rice for a low carb version of this soup. Be sure to check out my low carb hamburger soup recipe for more details.

This is a very forgiving recipe where experimenting and adding extra ingredients is encouraged!

Substitutions

  • Use long grain or brown rice instead of white.
  • One of the boys is not a fan of tomatoes so for him I often swap out the diced tomatoes for our homemade tomato sauce instead. Tomato paste or tomato soup would work too!
  • Add green beans, bell pepper or baby carrots.
  • Cauliflower rice may be used instead of white for a keto version of this soup.
  • Substitute beef broth, chicken broth or consumme for stock.
  • Add diced red potatoes, sweet potatoes or pasta instead of rice for a hearty soup!
  • Ground turkey or sausage can be used instead of ground beef.
  • Top with diced green onion or fresh chopped parsley.
  • Add italian seasoning, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce or garlic powder to taste.
Hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with fresh parsley on top.

This easy soup recipe can also be made in the instant pot and makes a delicious crock pot hamburger soup that can be left to simmer all day. This is a family favorite that makes the perfect, simple to prepare hearty meal the the whole family loves!

Crock Pot Cooking Directions

  • Simply place all of the ingredients into a 7-quart crock pot.
  • Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • Serve warm with dinner rolls or garlic toast.
Close up of hamburger soup in a pottery bowl with fresh parsley on top.

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The Best Hamburger Soup Recipe

The Best Hamburger Soup Recipe

This is the best Hamburger Soup recipe – packed full of flavour, this easy to make soup is the ultimate comfort food!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
Servings: 6 servings
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 carrot stalks diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes drained
  • 5 cups beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup white instant rice

Instructions

  • 1. In a large stock pot cook beef, drain excess oil.
  • 2. Add remaining ingredients to the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • 3. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • 4. Reduce temperature to low and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
  • 5. Serve with crusty french bread or garlic toast for dipping.

Notes

As the rice cooks and the soup simmers, you may need to add more broth so that the soup doesn't become too thick.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 268kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 1026mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g
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This looks like something that might freeze good. I’m always looking for something to cook up ahead. Thanks for sharing…
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Hi… I’m your newest follower.

This soup has become one of my go-to favourites!

Made this soup exactly as written. Unfortunately it isn’t like soup. It’s very thick. We really like the recipe but I am wondering if maybe the cup of rice was pre-cooked or maybe instant? Would love to know where I messed up. Again, very good but very thick.

Thank you so very much for responding. I look forward to making it again, next time with instant rice.