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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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. [email protected]"

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!"

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