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Easy Hamburger Soup

Lunches on the run will be a little tastier with this hot and hearty beef and barley soup. The recipe is very simple to prepare. —Mary Prior, Rush City, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 4 large carrots, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, broth and water. Bring to a boil.
  • Add celery, carrots, barley, thyme and pepper. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables and barley are tender.
  • Remove from heat; stir in parsley. Let stand 5 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups: 226 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 53mg cholesterol, 708mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 2 vegetable, 1/2 starch.

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  • anchortown68
    Oct 26, 2019

    It's very good! My husband, and three kids loved it! It's an easy recipe to follow.

  • CydDelve
    Dec 30, 2018

    Very good, hearty and easy dinner. I added a couple of potatoes that I had knocking around, used elbow macaroni instead of the barley, and threw in some garlic powder and paprika. My celery was limp and horrible so I didn't use any, but tossed in some frozen peas for some color. A very adaptable recipe. Thanks!

  • Gene
    Mar 5, 2018

    I take a quick short cut for this soup, I use frozen stew vegetables, Italian seasonings, canned diced tomatoes , along with the hamburger meat. everyone loves it.

  • Beeschmitty
    Apr 25, 2017

    My husband said this I probably the second best soup I've ever had! I just tossed in a couple of shakes of extra spices, seemed a little bland. Also added a few shakes to Worcestershire sauece.

  • Constance
    Mar 24, 2017

    Very wholesome, easy and delicious soup. You might want to spice it up a bit with garlic and herbs but very yummy.

  • an1nette
    Jan 29, 2017

    I loved this soup and it is very easy and quick to prepare. For added spice I added 1/2 teaspoon of Jatarans Cayene Pepper (or to taste). My diabetic blood sugar numbers are great with this recipe as well.

  • rosomalley
    Mar 2, 2013

    This soup is delicious! I add a little garlic because I love it. I add ground peppercorns to taste instead of using whole ones. I top the soup when serving with shredded reduced fat cheddar to get cheeseburger soup. It is awesome and my family loves it.

  • misstigerlily
    Sep 9, 2012

    Very yummy and easy to make. Really enjoyed this recipe.

  • Wendi42
    Apr 2, 2012

    i would cook it in a slowcooker.

  • Ewankowich
    Oct 12, 2010

    I've been making this for the past 4 years and it never fails to please me! I make exactly as the recipe reads except I use regular barley and add it when the vegetables are simmering for 45 minutes. I also use my tea infuser ball to hold the peppercorns instead of cheesecloth.