Winter has arrived and with it the bone-chilling, frostbiting cold. During these cold months, nothing is better than coming indoors to a warm bowl of soup. One of our favorites is this hearty and soul-warming old-fashioned hamburger soup!
This Hearty Vegetable Hamburger Soup originally published Nov 20, 2015. It has been updated with new tips, new photos and recipe updates for your convenience.
Soul Warming Hearty Hamburger Soup
Our favorite homemade vegetable hamburger soup recipe is one that is tried and true, passed down from grandparents. My amazing sister-in-law then perfected it.
While visiting family before my Mother passed away, my sister-in-law served up a hearty pot of this hamburger soup with her fresh garlic twist bread.
The most amazing part is that my kids loved it! And then asked me to get the recipe. You see, my kids don’t like soup. And yet they ate seconds and thirds of this amazing hamburger soup! So obviously I had to add it to our collection.
I make this soup year round. It is insanely easy to make and can be made on the stovetop or even in a slow cooker! And because it freezes well, I love to double the recipe and freeze half for an easy meal another day.
Simply pull it from the freezer, dump it into a pot and heat it up. Tada! Dinner is served in about 10 minutes! I like to pair it with fresh homemade Irish Soda bread. If you want a fun side or dessert, add an easy Peach & Raspberry Fluff Jello Salad.
Even though this is a nice warm soup, I still love to make it through the summer months. It is a perfect example of soul-warming comfort food from my childhood. Plus it’s a great way to get kids to eat some vegetables.
It’s exceptionally amazing on cold days. Like those April days when Mother Nature is confused if it is Spring or Winter. Temperature 70 degrees one day and 32 and snowing the very next. You can bet I made this hearty Hamburger soup that day!
The first step to making this hamburger soup is to brown the hamburger with the onions. I like to use my Mix N Chop tool to break up the hamburger easily.
We always use 93% lean hamburger. This way it has a better flavor freezes better and you don’t have to drain it after browning.
Then you will chop the vegetables. You can choose to chop them into large chunks or very fine tiny chunks. Either way works well. For our family, I actually chop the vegetables very finely using my Cutting Edge Food Chopper.
Then throw all ingredients (except the water) into a big pot and mix.
If I’m not going to be around most of the day, I double the recipe (remember because it’s a great freezer meal) and dump it all into the slow cooker.
Stir it to make sure it well mixed.
Then slowly add the water to make sure it won’t overflow.
Thank goodness we just got our new 7 quart slow cooker (aff link) so it all barely fit.
For Slow Cooking, cook it on low for 6 hours. Or on high for 3 hours.
If I’m going to be around the house that day, then I cook this hamburger vegetable soup in a pot on the stove top. Simply bring it to a boil, and simmer for an hour and a half.
That is the great thing about the hamburger soup, it is super easy to make and versatile in cooking methods. This easy homemade hamburger soup is just the basic recipe too. If you want, you can easily add other soup ingredients of your choosing. Great additions to this soup include:
- Cubed Potatoes
- Green Beans
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Bell Peppers
As you can see, this hamburger soup recipe is really easy to cater to your specific family and their picky tastebuds.
When you add additional fillings into the soup, it helps to make the soup stretch even further. And adds additional nutritional value. My Mom often added potatoes, barley, and Lentils and it was delicious. I usually make it as the original recipe because of picky eating kids. But you can decide what will fit best for your family.
The hamburger soup is full of flavor and will warm you through and through on a cold winter night. It is also a great soup to bring to a potluck dinner!
- 1 pound 93-95% lean ground hamburger
- 1 cup chopped celery (optional)
- 6 cubes beef bouillon
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 can whole kernel corn
- 3 tablespoons ketchup
- 1-2 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped white onion
- 5 cups water
- 1 (16 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- brown hamburger with onions in a medium skillet.
- In a stockpot or slow cooker combine all ingredients except water, and stir
- Add water
- In a stockpot bring the soup to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours.
- In a crockpot cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
- 1 average serving is about 1 cup. This recipe makes approximately 14 servings. If you double it will make approximately 28 servings.
- If you are cooking on the stovetop, an easy tip is to brown the hamburger in the large stockpot that you will be making the soup in. This way you only use one pan.
If you happen to be lucky enough to have leftovers, they store well in the fridge or freezer. And it reheats and tastes fresh just as if you just made it that day!
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