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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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."

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