Classic Hamburger Soup

Classic Hamburger Soup

In the winter months is there anything better than a steaming hot bowl of hearty soup? I find there is nothing I crave more. I am talking about the kind of soup that warms you right to your bones and gives you those warm tingles all over. This Classic Hamburger Soup will do just that!

a bowl of cooked hamburger, a bowl of diced bell peppers, red onion, and celery. Barley and spices in containers on the side
Classic Hamburger Soup Prep

If you are anything like us, during the week we have a very limited amount of time to get dinner on the table. With this soup there is not a lot of preparation required. Which is always nice (and a huge win in our house)! In total the prep takes about 20 minutes to chop up the veggies, brown the beef, and measure out the spices. This soup can be prepared on the stove top in about an hour, or even in a crockpot! I have included directions for both in the recipe card below. 😉

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Classic Hamburger Soup

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Classic Hamburger Soup

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Classic Hamburger Soup

Hearty and warming family favorite
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Author Jessica
Course- Soup
Cuisine- American


  • 1 1/2 pounds Ground Beef, lean
  • 1 Large Red Onion, diced
  • 1 28oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 cans Beef Consumee
  • 1 can Tomato Soup
  • 2-3 Bay Leaves
  • 2-3 Sweet Bell Peppers, seeded and diced
  • 4 Stalks Celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Pearl Barley
  • 1 Tablespoon Parsley Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste


Stove Top Directions

  • In a large stockpot or dutch oven, over medium heat brown ground beef and strain well. Return beef to pot and return to stove. 
  • Over medium heat add red onion and saute for 5 minutes. 
  • Add in all remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover with a lid and let simmer over medium low heat for a minimum of 45 minutes. Stirring regularly just to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
  • Remove from heat, keep covered with the lid and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Crockpot Directions

  • Brown ground beef as directed above before adding to crockpot.
  • Add all remaining ingredients.
  • Let simmer on high for 4 hours or on low for 8-10 hours. 

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