Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup has always been a favorite soup of mine, mostly because it’s so simple. Each time I make it the recipe changes a little bit, usually because I like to use up whatever I can that’s sitting in my fridge.

healthy hamburger soup recipe

Hamburger Soup

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This recipe was originally published on September 2015. I have recently revamped this recipe, enjoy!

You may as well name it leftover soup since it’s the perfect fridge clean out recipe.

My favorite time of year to make this soup is either in the fall or winter. This hearty soup is a great way to warm up after a brisk walk in autumn or a day of sledding in the winter season.

easy hamburger soup

However, the last time I made it was last week in mid July. That’s what’s so great about this soup is that whenever the craving hits, it doesn’t take long to whip up.

Hamburger Soup recipe. A classic comfort food that's easy and cheap to make. Add this to your soup recipes board! | The Bewitchin' Kitchen

The last time I made this soup, I decided I wanted to blog about it, and wrote down everything I did.

It turned out to be one of the better hamburger soup recipes I have made and I used a lot less ingredients – so win win there! I probably used a lot more garlic than I said in the recipe below, I buy pre-minced garlic from Costco (like this one) and usually just spoon it in (I love garlic).

What to put in Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Onion
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green pepper
  • Crushed Tomatoes
  • Beef broth
  • Spices of choice: oregano, rosemary, thyme, etc
  • Bay leaves
  • Red pepper flakes
hamburger soup sprinkled with parmesan cheese

I’m a huge fan of parmesan, I put it on everything (like this recipe for the best spaghetti sauce ever) and this soup is no different. Just try it, I promise you’ll love it.

Is Hamburger Soup Healthy?


As long as the ingredients added are whole foods, yes hamburger soup is healthy.

Can you make hamburger soup without noodles?

I never make hamburger soup with pasta. I know a lot of people like to add macaroni, but I’m more of a hearty vegetable and meat kind of a person.

Homemade hamburger soup

Is Hamburger Soup Whole 30?

Whole30’ers if you drop the parmesan cheese, this hamburger soup recipe is Whole30 compliant (along with paleo too).

Simply follow the compliant recommendations. This last set I made had corn (which is not Whole30) so just adjust your ingredients to make it fit your diet and lifestyle.

21 Day Fix Hamburger Soup

By popular demand, I am now offering the container counts for the Ultimate Portion Fix. I’ll be slowly updating all my recipes so you can use my recipes for Beachbody programs like 21 Day Fix, 80 Day Obsession, Liift4, and more.

Here are the counts for this creamy scallops recipe:

The full recipe has 10 greens and 4 reds.

For 1/8th of this recipe: 1 1/4 green, 1/2 red.

How to make hamburger soup

gluten free hamburger soup

Whipping up hamburger soup is so simple. I like to make it on the stove (there is something about the smell as it simmers, pure comfort) but you can totally do this in the slow cooker, Ninja Foodi, or Instant Pot.

More amazing soup recipes: 

There are no set rules on what to put in hamburger soup, so use this recipe as a base and add what you have on hand to make it your own.

healthy hamburger soup recipe
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Hamburger Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 146kcal


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 4 celery stalks sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes canned
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Parmesan cheese optional


  • Over medium heat scramble fry the beef until almost done.
  • Add the green peppers, onion, carrots and celery and saute it with the beef until no longer pink. Drain excess fat.
  • Bring the pot back to the burner and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for at least an hour.
  • Serve with parmesan cheese if desired.


21 Day Fix Hamburger Soup

The full recipe has 10 greens and 4 reds.
For 1/8th of this recipe: 1 1/4 green, 1/2 red.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 755mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5501IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg
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What’s your favorite comfort food?

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16 comments on “Hamburger Soup”

  1. Love hamburger soup! I use my grandmother’s recipe (total comfort food), and it’s very similar to yours. So, so good! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hamburger soup was one of my favourites before i went and got myself a veggie boyfriend! lol.
    Now we just have it on the nights when he’s out of town!

  3. Looks yummy! I always keep hamburger in the freezer because it turns into so many tasty, easy meals. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to bookmark this for a rainy day when I feel like soup… ๐Ÿ™‚ lots of those coming up, I’m sure! Thanks for sharing!

    • I usually use ground turkey these days since Hamburger costs a lot more (it was $13 for a pound at one of the groceries store – what?!). But Costco has good deals so I’ll scoop it up and freeze.

  4. This is a big meal in Europe although we have peas, carrots, potato, fresh parsley and Maggi with the hamburger, so it has a beef taste, at the end put in European wieners on top and they soak in the beef flavour, yum so good..yours looks delicious too, and going to try it oyt.

  5. I’ve never heard of hamburger soup and this looks delectable! I LOVE comfort food and my fave is a nice, warm, bowl of chilli. So this would be right up my alley! Bookmarking and pinning now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I seen this recipe on my twitter feed yesterday and immediately started to drool. This is going to make a great NEW soup for us to try on those dreadful cold days that are approaching.

  7. I’ve got to tell you, when this showed up in my Twitter feed that picture made me sit up and Take Notice. Dang, that looks so good! And I love the name Hambuger Soup. Can’t wait to make this one. I highly suspect my picky eater (the hubby, not the kids) will like it.

  8. YUM! this is a must try for a crisp fall day!

  9. This sounds (and looks) absolutely delicious!!! Cannot wait to try it!

  10. Oooh, this looks delicious! I love hamburger soup although my mom’s recipe is just a little bit different. I’ll have to try this out ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Oh man, this soup sounds and looks really delicious and it’s so easy to make

  12. So if you’re doing this for the 21 day fix, do you know what containers you’re using and how many?ย 

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