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This humble and simple Hamburger Soup recipe is the perfect comforting dinner or quick weeknight meal. Filled with ground beef and veggies with a hearty and flavorful broth, this soup will make it to the weekly rotation. Serve with some fresh rolls and salad and that is a complete meal.
The other day, I had some ground beef in the fridge and instead of going the taco salad route (which is typically my go-to) I decided to switch it up and try my take on Hamburger Soup. Best decision ever! Not only was it a fast meal to make, it got rid of a lot of extra veggies I had hanging around. Lots of variations work with this tasty dinner and I know you’re going to love it as much as we did.
Hamburger Soup Basics
So, this Hamburger Soup recipe is made up of a few essential ingredients, all of which are easy to find at any grocery store.
- Ground Beef: I like using a super lean ground beef to avoid having to drain it. I’ve been able to find 95/5 lately and that is what I’ve been using.
- Veggies: a lot of typical culprits here like onion, potatoes, carrots and broccoli. Traditionally green bean and even peas and/or corn is added too. The beauty of this recipe is you can make it with what you have on hand and it will still come out tasting delicious.
- Broth and Spices: the backdrop of this recipe is made up of beef broth, a little tomato sauce, garlic powder, bay leaves and Italian Seasoning. The longer you let this cook, the more flavor it gets. I found the salt and garlic powder was key to getting this taste right where I wanted it.
How to Make Hamburger Soup
The hardest part of this recipe is chopping veggies and waiting for this soup to simmer 25 minutes. If you think you can handle that, then this recipe is for you! Don’t forget the recipe card with exact measurements and directions are at the end of this post.
- Saute the onions in olive oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. (This is my favorite soup pot!)
- Add in the ground beef and break apart as it browns. If you are using a fattier ground beef, brown it first, drain and then saute with onions.
- Once the beef has browned completely, add in the rest of the soup ingredients excluding the broccoli.
- Increase heat to high, bring to boil then reduce to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes.
- In the last 10 minutes of cooking, add in the broccoli.
- Remove bay leaves before serving. Serve hot.
A note about the veggies
Like you probably saw, I used fresh onions, carrots, potatoes and broccoli but frozen or even canned are aok to use! Just be sure to add them in near the end of the 25 minutes of cooking to ensure they don’t get too mushy. The frozen vegetable medley is a good, readily available option as are some canned peas, carrots and corn.
Zucchini, green beans, kidney beans or even cabbage can work in this soup! The sky is really the limit.
To make this soup a little more hearty, consider adding in 1 cup of short cut pasta, like elbow macaroni, ditalini or shells with an additional 1 cup of beef broth in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Delicious!
What to serve with Hamburger Soup
I always get stuck on the soup-salad-sandwich thinking and usually offer something along those lines with any soup I’m serving. Our current favorites are these Italian-inspired Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, No-Knead Crescent Rolls, Wedge Salad or even a fruit salad.
If you have kids (like I do!) try making smoothie to go along with dinner. It’s my latest craze that has really caught on. My kids LOVE a good smoothie. This tropical one is the current favorite. Bonus points if you throw in a handful of spinach or frozen cauliflower! (Yes, frozen cauliflower works perfectly well as long as you don’t add too much!)
I hope you enjoy this simple Hamburger Soup that my family has come to love! If you make this as is or put your own spin on it, I’d love to hear about it! And as always, be sure to pin/print/save/bookmark this recipe. It’s a great one that you’ll want to save for the cooler months that will be here before we know it.
Have a great day, friends!
More Soup Recipes to Try!
- Easy Taco Soup
- Creamy Crock Pot Stew
- Beef Stew (Crockpot Recipe)
- Irish Beef Stew Recipe with Mashed Potatoes
- The Best Chili Recipe
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 pound ground beef 93/7 (see notes)
- 2 medium potatoes peeled and diced
- 2 large carrots peeled and diced
- 4 cups beef broth
- 1 cup tomato sauce 8 oz can
- 2 whole bay leaves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
- Large saucepan or dutch oven
- In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute onion for 2 minutes before adding in ground beef. Break meat apart as it browns.
- Once onions are soft and meat has browned, stir in potatoes, carrots, beef broth, tomato sauce, bay leaves, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer for 15 minutes.
- Stir in broccoli and cook another 10 minutes or until broccoli stems are tender. Serve.