Hamburger Soup

I’ve been a soup kind of girl since the beginning.

When I was two years old there were only two foods that I would eat.  Raw, cold  hot dogs (I am little embarassed to admit this) and Campbells vegetable soup.  The only thing was I liked the soup straight out of the can – unconstituted.

Now you may wonder what would possess a mother to give her child a raw hot dog and soup straight out of the can?  I’m not sure and my mother doesn’t remember either  but I guess when you are desperate to get your child to eat you will try about anything.

I am happy to say that I have outgrown that soup phase and now enjoy my soup warm and most of the time homemade, not out of the can.  Although I must admit there are some days that nothing sounds or taste better than a bowl of Campbell’s tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich – definite comfort food for me.

One of the very first  homemade soups I think I ever had was today’s recipe.  My mom mentioned on the phone to me the other day that she had made a pot of Hamburger Soup and how good it tasted.  I had forgotten all about Hamburger Soup.

Hamburger Soup

My mom has no idea where she got the recipe from .  It is an old one, handwritten on an index card.

Hamburger Soup

Since it’s been a bit cold and rainy here in the beautiful Northwest I decided it was definitely a soup kind of day.

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger soup (I really don’t like calling it that because it really just doesn’t sound as appetizing as it is!  It just makes it sound so boring and simple) is an easy and quick soup to put together.  Brown up some hamburger, add in some freshly onion, celery and carrot and then open a few cans of tomatoes, tomato sauce, a little ketchup and a few seasonings.  The recipe also calls for some frozen corn but I used some canned corn.  Simple but the flavor is wonderful!

The recipe made enough for about 3 meals for our reduced size family so the leftovers got put into a ziploc baggie and saved for another rainy day.

The soup thickens up a bit so just add in some more beef broth before you serve it again and it will stretch even further!

Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup


  • 1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 C carrots,chopped
  • 1 C celery, chopped
  • 1 C onions, chopped
  • 6 cubes beef bouillon
  • 6 C water
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 32 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 10 oz pkg frozen corn kernels or 1 can
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup


  • Brown hamburger with garlic
  • Combine all ingredients in a large stockpot
  • Bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer 1-1/2 hours


  1. 1

    I love the story and the recipe!

    Nutella sandwiches, Life Cereal, and Mini Wheats are keeping my 3 year old alive, so I can definitely relate!
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    camie says:

    My family loves soup so this just went on our list of recipes to make. I love your bowls!!
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    This looks SO delicious! I have just discovered your blog and am totally in love with it thus far! Beautiful pictures and site! I will have to try a lot of the recipes :)

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    Lisa Casey says:

    lol, I used to love frozen hot dogs!

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    Susan says:

    I made hamburger soup last night too. My recipe is very similar to yours, except I add 1/3 c barley (and no ketchup).

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    Laura says:

    Yum, this looks like something my whole family (even the 2 year old!) will eat. And with Spring nowhere in sight over here, I’m definitely going to be making some this week. Thanks for a great recipe!
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    Hamburger soup is such a classic! Thanks for reminding me.

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    Karen says:

    I have hamburger sitting out–I guess I know what we’re eating tonight. It’s supposed to be a cold week and soup is perfect.
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    kelly says:

    i have a similar recipe for hamburger stew, just a little thicker i guess. i love it, i am a total soup girl. my family not so much but they have to live with it when i am feeling like it’s a soup day!!

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    Anne says:

    This must be a standard in a lot of families – because I have one by the same name with (basically) the same ingredients. Yours looks absolutely beautiful – you gave me the urge to make it today…

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    Sandra says:

    Mmmmmm….homemade soup! It’s even cold enough here in LV for homemade soup – yay!

    Your unusual food combo made me laugh. When my son was 2 yrs old,the only things he would eat were Cheerios,American cheese and he only wanted OJ to drink. I worried so much about his health but everything turned out very well as he just had his 22nd birthday! :-)

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    Elaine says:

    We make a similar Hamburger Soup, but we call it Autumn Soup. This might be a more appealing name for you. We always make it before the kids go out trick 0r treating to make sure they get a healthy start for the night.

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    Mary Anne says:

    It was cold Turkey Vegetable Soup and you took a can with you to friends and family in case you didn’t like what they were having.

    I was happy for the day you graduated from cold dogs to Instant Breakfast.

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    Joscie says:

    In our family, we make something we call corn niblets. It’s browned hamburger (I use ground turkey) then add corn and campbell’s veggie soup. we serve it over rice and add a sprinkle of cheese. It’s a family favorite and I just made it this week. :)
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    judy says:

    I made this soup last night and my husband and I both loved it. Very healthy and filling! The perfect soup that will last for several meals during our predicted snowy weather. Thanks for sharing it!

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    Emmy says:

    This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipes and pretty pictures.

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    Dawn says:

    Leigh Anne,
    I made your soup tonight. I grew up with this soup, except it always had potatoes in it. I added a few yukon golds chopped up. It was delicious on a cold wet night.

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    Laurie says:

    Thank you for another successful recipe. I have yet to make a recipe from your blog that has not been a hit. Thumbs up and keep up the great work.

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    Jolyn says:

    I’ve been in a soup making kick for a few days now and I made this soup last night. I have to say this soup was AMAZING. It is sooooo good. I had a little Italian bread with it and dipped it in the broth–YUMMY! I had some left overs today for lunch and I’m so glad there’s more in my fridge because it’s so good I don’t want the bowl to be empty. :) Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

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    Angie says:

    I printed this recipe as soon as I saw it on your blog. I finally made it for a Halloween party and it was a hit! I brought the leftovers for lunch at work today. So good, as is every other recipe I have tried from your website. Thank you!

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    KT says:

    My husband’s sister gave me this recipe when we were first married 40+ years ago. Their Mother made it and everyone loved it. Actually, when she gave it to me, she called it “Harvest Soup”. Maybe that title will appeal to you more than Hamburger Soup.

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    Janet Bradley says:

    Can this soup be made in a crock pot? If so how long do you think it should be cooked?

    Thank, Janet

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