Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup
Hamburger Soup Recipe

Introducing JAH Hearty Hamburger Soup with your choice of filler. From adding Rice, Barley, Pasta, or Potatoes. This Soup recipe is quite unique and wonderfully packed with Flavor. A JAH Original!

It has a slight tang, with deep flavors that hit the bottom of your throat, with Umami and subtle heat. Add more heat or Chilies if you’re looking for a Spicy Soup.

Hamburger Soup Base

The Soup Base is made up of a few ingredients that yield an exceptional flavor-packed taste in every spoonful.


Beef Broth is used for the Soup. I use Beef Maggi Bouillon Cubes. 1 bouillon cube per 2 cups of water to make up the broth. 8 cups of broth are used in total.

Beef powder can be used just as well.

You can also exchange 1 Knorr Pork Bouillon Cube with a Beef Bouillon Cube. Using 3 Beef and 1 Pork cube with 8 Cups of water.

Beef Maggi
Beef Maggi

Knorr Onion Soup Mix

This contributes the Onion and other flavors to the Soup.

Their Ingredients are


Tomato Soup

This adds the Tomato aspect to the Soup and also contributes to thickening just a bit.

I tested this with Store-bought Tomato Soup and JAH Homemade Tomato Soup. Both work really well. Although using the Storebought is much faster and easier.

Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup

Hamburger Soup Flavoring

Worcestershire, HP Sauce, Mustard, and Ketchup are used to flavor the Broth along with Smoked Paprika, Salt & Pepper. Together with the seasoning really creates Bold and well-developed Flavors.

For a Spicy kick add in some Hot peppers or Hot Sauce like Sriracha, or Chili Oil.

For a Smokey Flavor, add in some Liquid Smoke!

Hamburger Soup Consistency

1/4 C of Flour is added to the Soup for thickening. It only thickens it a bit giving the soup a viscosity that I enjoy in soups.

If you like a watery soup forgo the addition of Flour. If you like a Hamburger Stew, add another 1/4 C of Flour to the seasoning. I like it somewhere in between. It’s a soup but thickened less than a stew so that it’s still a soup but has some viscosity.

Adjust accordingly on how you like your soups. Additional Cream of Soups can be added for a creamy Soup version.

Hamburger Soup Meat

Brown 1 lb of Ground Beef without breaking it up too much over medium-high heat. You want some large chunks. Once browned add the vegetables to fry for a bit. Then the Flour. Don’t drain the fat away, this is good stuff and adds flavor.

Additionally you can season the ground beef. Adding in one or more of the below once the ground beef is cooked.

  • Basil
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Coriander
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Fennel Seeds
  • Rosemary

Bacon can also be added. Just chop it into the desired size and fry in the pan until done. Then add in the Ground Beef to brown.

Hamburger Soup Vegetables

This recipe uses Onions, Celery, Carrots and Garlic to flavor and add some veggies into the soup. These are chopped small and added to the browned beef to fry for a bit.

  • Dice or Slice the Onions.
  • Chop the Celery small dice (1/4 “) or thin sliced
  • Either small dice or shred the Carrots
  • Finely chop or mince the Garlic

Other vegetables can be added as you like, Such as

  • Bell Peppers
  • Spinach
  • Radish
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Waxed Beans
  • Corn
  • Turnip
  • Tomato Juice

Hamburger Soup Fillers

The Fillers are added to the Soup once the vegetables have softened a bit, about 8 minutes of simmering. The Soup is returned to a hard boil over max heat and the filler added and mixed in.

Potato Hamburger Soup

Add 2 medium diced potatoes (1/2″) to the Boiling Soup, Simmer for 8 minutes – stirring often, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Optionally boil or steam the potatoes and add to the cooled down Hamburger Soup. You can also bake the Potatoes and let cool in the fridge overnight. Then Peel them and dice to add to the Soup.

JAH Hamburger Soup
JAH Hamburger Soup

Pasta Hamburger Soup

Add 1 Cup of Short Pasta, mix, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Optionally boil the Pasta separate and add it to the Cooled down Hamburger Soup.

Rice Hamburger Soup

Add 1 Cup of Basmati Rice to the Boiling Soup, Simmer for 8 minutes, mixing often, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Optionally cook the rice separately and add it to the cooled down Hamburger Soup.

Barley Hamburger Soup

You can add Barley to the Soup in addition to either Potato, Rice, or Pasta.

Wash & Rinse 1/2 Cup of Barley or however much you would like and place into a separate pot to boil until done. Strain and rinse. Set aside to add to the soup when the Soup is done.

JAH Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup

Flavor Packed Hearty Hamburger Soup Recipe with your choice of Filler. Add Potatoes, Pasta, or Rice with or without Barley.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting Time Covered20 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup, Stew
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: Beef and Vegetable Soup, Beef Soup, Ground Beef Soup, Hamburger Soup, Hamburger Soup with Barley, Hamburger Soup with Pasta, Hamburger Soup with Potatoes, Hamburger Soup with Rice
Servings: 6 portions
Author: JAH


  • 1 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Medium Potatoes - – Medium Diced or Your Choice of Filler, See Notes
  • 1/4 C Flour - – or more for Stew
  • 3 Garlic Cloves - – Chopped fine or minced
  • 2 Carrots - – Small diced or shreded
  • 2 Celery - – Small diced or sliced thin
  • 1 Onion - – Diced
  • Bell Peppers, Peas, Barley, or other add ins. - – Optional

Soup Base

  • 8 C Beef Broth
  • 1 pack Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 can Tomato Soup - – or JAH Tomato Soup / About 1 1/4 C
  • 2 Tbl Ketchup
  • 1 Tbl Worcestershire Sauce, HP Sauce & Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Yellow Mustard & Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper


  • Prepare All the Vegetables.
    Prepare your Choice of Filler and set aside in a separate bowl.
    Combine Soup Base Ingredients into a bowl.
  • On Medium High Heat in a Stock Pot Brown Ground Beef – Don't break it down too much, leave it in large chunks to cook.
  • Once browned, add Vegetables (Garlic, Carrots, Onion, Celery, Peppers, etc.. Not Potatoes, this is your filler), Mix and cook for about 3- 5 minutes.
  • Add Flour, Mix and almost immediately Add Broth Mixture, Mix and Bring to Boil scraping the bottom of the pan to lift the fond. Keep at a good Simmer for about 8 minutes, uncovered and stirring often.
  • Bring the Soup to a hard boil over max heat and add in diced potatoes to the Boiling Soup. Reduce the heat and Simmer for 8 minutes stirring often, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
    Or use your choice of another filler and cook accordingly. – See Notes.


Choice of Filler

The Filler is added once the hamburger Soup has simmered to soften the vegetables and is returned to a hard boil over max heat before the filler goes in.
Pasta: Add 1 Cup of Short Pasta, Mix, Cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Potatoes: Add 2 medium diced potatoes to the Boiling Soup, Simmer for 8 minutes stirring often, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Rice: Add 1 Cup of Basmati Rice to the Boiling Soup, Simmer for 8 minutes stirring often, cover, and remove from heat. Let sit for 20 minutes.

Soup Consistency

For Hamburger Stew use an additional 1/4 C of Flour or more. You can always thin out with Broth if you find it too thick.
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