Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe
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Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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).
Originally published as Hearty Hamburger Soup in Quick Cooking January/February 1999, p27

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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"

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