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Hamburger Soup: An Easy Weeknight Meal!

This Hamburger Soup is an Easy Weeknight Meal! Loaded with flavourful ground beef and vegetables, this soup is hearty and delicious.

Well fall has definitely arrived! It’s windy, the leaves are changing colours and there is a chill in the air, and I love it. Really, really love it. I especially love that this cooler weather means more cozy cooking…stews, oven dinners and soups…bring it on!

a top down image of two yellow bowls filled with hamburger soup

Just Simple and Delicious Ingredients

One of my favourite recipes to make in fall is Hamburger Soup. It’s hearty and healthy and my whole family enjoys it. This big batch soup is chock full of simple and delicious ingredients like lean ground beef, tomatoes, onions, celery, carrots and fresh herbs. So good.

two yellow bowls filled with hamburger soup

An Easy Weeknight Meal

Start making your soup around 3 in the afternoon and you can have this delicious dinner on the table by 5! After just a little prep time, your soup will simmer away for about 1 1/2 hours…your house will smell scrumptious!

a yellow bowl filled with hamburger soup

Hamburger Soup Recipe Tips

  • Beef: You can use any type of ground beef. I like to use lean ground beef so I don’t have to drain much fat off. You can also use ground turkey in this soup.
  • Consomme: If you don’t have consomme you can use beef broth. I just like to use consomme because it has more flavour.
  • Diced Tomatoes: Use regular diced tomatoes, with no spices.
  • Serve this soup with homemade buns, this mozzarella parmesan quick bread or crackers and cheese.
  • This recipe makes a big batch, so if you have a small family you can freeze half.
  • What about leftovers? Store any leftovers in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freezing: Hamburger Soup freezes well, store it in an airtight container or ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Ingredient Options: Sometimes I like to add 1 or 2 chopped medium sized potatoes to this soup. Occasionally I will also add some fresh spinach to the soup right before I serve it.
  • If you’re looking for another delicious hamburger soup recipe, this Tomato and White Bean Hamburger Soup is great! Loaded with veggies, ground meat and pasta.

Hamburger Soup

a yellow bowl filled with hamburger soup

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This Hamburger Soup is an Easy Weeknight Meal! Loaded with flavourful ground beef and vegetables, this soup is hearty and delicious.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 onion (chopped finely)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 (10 ounce) cans of consomme
  • 1 (5 ounce) can of tomato paste
  • 5 carrots (chopped finely)
  • 4 celery sticks (chopped finely)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. In skillet, brown the ground beef and onions, then drain any excess grease and moisture.
  2. In a large pot, combine all of the ingredients, including the cooked ground beef. Bring to a light boil.
  3. Simmer in a covered pot for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours, making sure to stir it occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf before serving.

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Note:  This recipe was originally published in 2013, but I have recently updated this post with new pictures and some recipe tips!  Same great recipe, just more helpful information!

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  1. Hi – I just wanted to ask a quick question about your Chicken Noodle Soup recipe that I’m making today…
    do you par-cook the chicken chunks or can you throw it into the broth with the onion to cook in that step?
    I have usually pre-cooked it but your way will save that step since it will be simmering for an hour or so anyways…
    Also- I made your pumpkin loaf and it lasted a day! So moist and flavorful- even the picky Husband loved it !
    Thanks again, have a good one!

    1. Hi Lorrie!
      I’m so sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner! We usually cook ours right in the broth because it simmers long enough to cook it. I love this method because everything is pretty much done in one pot! Yay! And I’m SO glad you liked that Pumpkin Loaf…I was wondering how it went! Yum…now I’m craving it!

      Have a good night!


  2. I love this soup! Perfect for cold Fall days with some nice crusty bread! It was so nice to meet you yesterday at SheBlogs. Looking forward to seeing you again at Blissdom – woohoo! 🙂

  3. We make something like this but add paprika so it has a Hungarian flavour – stir in sour cream to serve. Not sure where you are in Calgary but several of the European delis sell tubes or jars of hungarian paprika or gulyas cream – in sweet (csemege) or hot (csipos) and they add great flavour to soups and stews ( a big squirt of sweet, a small one of hot)
    Fall certainly has arrived in style hasn’t it – but the weekend’s looking good….

  4. Making this for dinner tonight. It is simmering on the stove as I type this. 🙂 I had some potatoes that I needed to use and decided to add them too. Good for a chilly, rainy day here.

      1. Jo-Anna, It was really good!!! I am making it again for dinner tonight. Good for having when the days lately have been -50F. This may be my replacement to my more time consuming veggie beef soup I make for the tax office (I work for a tax office during our tax season preparing meals for them so they aren’t eating those microwave meals). This would be good for those finicky eaters there. 😉 I need to peruse through the rest of your arsenal here to see if anything else would be good for work.

  5. Hi I love your site! I will be making your hamburger soup for my family tonight. I love this cool crisp fall air as well its my favorite time of year. My husband works outside all day he will love this soup. thanks for the great recipe I will let you know how it turns out. Happy Autumn 🙂