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Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe

Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe

At family get-togethers, our children always request this spirit-warming soup along with a fresh loaf of homemade bread and tall glasses of milk. It has robust flavor, plenty of fresh-tasting vegetables and is easy to make. -Barbara Brown, Janesville, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup cut fresh or frozen green beans


  • 1. In a large saucepan, brown beef; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil.
  • 2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender. Add green beans. Cover and simmer 15 minutes longer or until the beans are tender. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 178 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 984mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.

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amygerman15 User ID: 6030819 265589
Reviewed May. 6, 2017

"Picky family loves it. I didn't add the salt. I added small can tomato sauce and 1 tbl beef base."

Cheri User ID: 9116163 263773
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017

"I'm trying new soups, and this is very good. I used a pound and a half of sirloin ground beef, three medium potatoes instead of two. I added minced garlic, one dried bay leaf, a shot of Worcestershire, fresh oregano instead of dried, about 4 capers. I used 5 beef bouillon cubes and one chicken bouillon cube and a little more water. I used the recommended on the carrots, celery, fresh green beans, and onion. My only complaint is that it still felt a little bland, but that's my personal preference. Very hearty and tasty, and kids like it."

luvdemgrits User ID: 8486223 260331
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"This recipe is great! Herb-Ox makes sodium free beef or chicken bouillon packets, I use it for soups and casseroles.. it reduces the sodium in this recipe."

mkgjohnson User ID: 253888 260319
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Cut salt/sodium way down by using unsalted beef broth instead of water and bullion. also, use unsalted tomatoes. Leave the 1 1/2 tsp salt out until you taste it."

gwsmom User ID: 1039261 260305
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2017

"Oh how I wish there was much less Sodium!

The rest is great."

Kathy2838 User ID: 7675284 260299
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2017

"Been making this for years, sometimes adding a little grated turnip or some chopped cabbage. Seems to really boost the flavor. My 100 yr old mother often requests this soup."

maball User ID: 4420592 259364
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2017

"Terrific! easy, hearty and tasty. I used different bouillons, tomato, beef, chicken and ground turkey and corn plus one small tomato sauce instead of diced toms, but it was still yummy!"

DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina User ID: 4938423 255463
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2016

"Good, crowd-pleasing recipe. I especially like that the vegetables are cooked perfectly and not overdone. We prefer it with extra pepper and oregano, and a 28 oz can of tomatoes."

Sweetypea411 User ID: 7293113 254982
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2016

"Can you make this in the crock pot?"

klandrews84 User ID: 7066576 253391
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2016

"and added corn!"

ChrisD1717 User ID: 8325994 252187
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"A delicious and hearty soup. Nice to see someone from my area posted here. I'm from Rockford IL..Thank you Barbara!"

niagaracat User ID: 3122379 247511
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2016

"I didn't have the onions so I substituted shallots. I liked the quickness of this hearty soup."

jamieeva1976 User ID: 4512509 246531
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"This is a great soup for anytime of the week and any weather! Very hearty and absolutely delicious! My family LOVES it when I make it and it doesn't last! :)"

RWarn52 User ID: 8802714 245320
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2016

"Enjoyed this simple recipe. I like a little spice so I used a can of original ro- tel and half a can of diced tomatoes. As I was browning the hamburger I added 1 TBS of Worchestershire. I also like my soup a little thicker so I used 3 cups of water and one cup of tomato juice. Just the right amount of extra flavor I was looking for."

evasan52 User ID: 8242627 245280
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2016

"Love it."

ardy bare User ID: 4495741 243615
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2016

"my family loved this. will make again"

gunslinger User ID: 544392 243534
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"Very tasty easy vegetable soup!"

Smvm User ID: 6158007 243054
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"Very good, but did have to add extra spices. Tasted bland otherwise. Once I added the extra spices and cheese, it was very good. I did have to add extra broth when I reheated, because all the liquid was soaked up. I will make this again."

Kaol99 User ID: 7320345 241972
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This turned out to be a nice, under assuming little soup. It was easy to prepare, and fairly inexpensive. The only change we made was, after tasting the soup with the called for oregano, we added Italian seasoning to add more flavor. I'm planning on making it again soon and trying Italian sausage instead of ground beef."

Avrin User ID: 6063176 241809
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2016

"This recipe was certainly easy. I added to the flavor by using Italian style tomatoes instead of diced, beef broth instead of bouillon w/water, and I also added a Tbsp of brown sugar. After these simple flavor changes it was a hit. So warming on a winter night."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 241369
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"This soup really hit the spot! I was ready for a good healthy soup after all the holiday food I pigged out on. I love hamburger in soup. I did leave out the celery. I will definitely make again."

mrs._white User ID: 7182927 235243
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2015

"Super easy to make. I used beef broth instead of granules and used a dash of Italian seasoning since I was out of oregano. It was a great little soup!"

Amanda13marie13 User ID: 8577817 235192
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"Amazing! We all enjoyed this soup so much, and my 3 & 4 year old ate it all up. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have a new favorite soup."

wickedfelena User ID: 8575933 235079
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2015

"We love this easy stew."

haruhisuoh User ID: 8039809 233628
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"Very tasty! I changed some of the spices to my liking, but other than that, this was great! ^_^"

Auroraei User ID: 8446222 229391
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"Amazing every time! I don't make any changes except use Hunt's Diced Tomatoes Fire Roasted With Garlic for the canned tomatoes in the recipe. Even with regular unflavored canned tomatoes it still tastes amazing. Sometimes I add some chopped green bell pepper too in addition to everything else. So good."

poppadude User ID: 8368591 227210
Reviewed May. 31, 2015

"Ex !!!!!"

cookfresher User ID: 8349822 225364
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015

"Great recipe."

dgonzalez958 User ID: 8220939 218353
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Delicious!! The family really enjoyed. I used beef broth instead of water..added garlic powder and a dash of cilantro.... enhanced the flavor."

TC51 User ID: 1167020 217686
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2015

"Delish?? My husband likes spicy foods, so I added a can of hot Rotel tomatoes. Didn't have green beans, so I added frozen peas and carrots. Definitely will make it again."

Windjammer1 User ID: 7612794 217189
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"Is is one of my all time favorite recipes. Sometimes I make it as is.. Often I add peas instead of green beans and use Swanson broth."

RoseLuvsRetro User ID: 6093089 216803
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This is the second time I made this recipe. The first time I used four cups Swanson liquid beef broth. The second time I used Maggi beef bullion granules. Both times it has turned out delicious. Best hamburger soup I have ever had."

Kim Chere User ID: 4570370 85272
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2014

"Delicious. I didn't make any adjustments to the recipe. Made it twice already."

jesike User ID: 103403 50828
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"I made this again and I am reminded how good this soup is! The only changes I made were 1- omit onion, 2- add diced tomatoes with green chills (Rotels).

SO wonderfully full of flavor. I serve it with biscuits so I can soak up the juice. YUM."

Ladylynn6 User ID: 4763448 31812
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2014

"quick, easy, and tasty. The only change I made was to sprinkle shredded parmesan on top. Everything else was exactly as written; changes not needed. Will definitely be making this one again."

mkwierson User ID: 6333692 70129
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2014

"Great flavor!! I did not have celery but added chopped green and yellow bell pepper. Used better than bullion instead of regular bullion. 28 oz diced tomatoes. Will make again"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3864962 67087
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"The soup was quick and easy to make and my kids loved it"

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 85191
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2013

"good soup easy and good"

sduval User ID: 469687 51926
Reviewed May. 16, 2013 Edited Jan. 26, 2017

"I've made this for years for my family and now the kids are grown its a favorite for my husband and I. It's quick to make, ingredients are usually on hand and its easy to double. I made this once for a homeless shelter and the guests loved it. Serve with hot bread and a lettuce salad. Yum"

missmarley User ID: 7042231 69787
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2013

"This one is a keeper. I would not change a thing."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 202940
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

""Hearty" is the perfect description of this soup! I added some chopped pepper and used canned green beans. Makes a big batch, so I froze half of it."

SherylA User ID: 3151313 85188
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"This is a great quick soup! The whole family enjoyed it, which can be a difficulty task. The only thing that I changed was rather than using frozen green beans I used frozen "soup vegetables" (green beans, carrots, peas, and corn). Will definitely make again. Thanks for the great, quick recipe!"

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 48813
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2012

"Great tasting, easy to make, inexpensive to make. Can you ask for more?"

Bowmit User ID: 5891922 50826
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012 Edited Jan. 26, 2017


shell2 User ID: 190004 27847
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"This is a great tasting soup and easy to put together. I have had a lot of compliments on this soup."

shell2 User ID: 190004 69786
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"This is quick and easy and tastes great. I have had lots of compliments on this soup"

LouannPearson User ID: 4534435 85187
Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"I make this every winter and cold day! It is an awesome soup!My favorite! Thank you for another great recipe!"

maureenc99 User ID: 3292145 24942
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2010

"I eliminated the water & used 1_1/2 32 oz beef broth as I am gluten intolerant & can't have the beef bouillon granules. Also didn't have celery, so substituted green peppers instead & didn't have the fresh or frozen green beans, so added a pint of home canned green beans juice & all. Turned out great & my hubbie really liked it!"

dzm388 User ID: 724894 202939
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2009

"easy and delicious! I used stewed tomatoes and added frozen corn with the green beans. This one's a keeper!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 24941
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2008

"Surprisingly tasty for something so simple!"

partot User ID: 1036604 85186
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2008

"This soup is delicious! We fix it often, especially during the winter months."

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