Creamy Potato & Hamburger Soup

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Mike actually turned up his nose when I told him I was going to whip up this Creamy Potato & Hamburger Soup.He seriously thinks he doesn’t like hamburger in soups. Every time I talk about putting ground beef in a soup, he tells me he doesn’t like it. And then every single time I make a soup with ground beef in it, he loves it.

Seriously. The guy has this mental block about it. Hamburger soup is awesome, right?

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Hamburger soup

How to Make Hamburger Soup

I swear that most of my soup concoctions are because I have a stuff in my freezer, fridge and pantry that I have to use up. I was desperately trying to use up potatoes before we went to the States for Christmas, I had some ground beef in my freezer and always those frozen veggies.Well, voila. This creamy potato & hamburger soup was the result of my cleaning out my freezer and pantry. Making hamburger soup is simple.

First, you fry up the ground beef mixture until cooked then place into a crock pot or slow cooker.

Second, you add in all the vegetables and spices ( NOT the milk products!) and cook for hours in the slow cooker, breaking down the ground beef into softer meat and the potatoes into smooth velvety goodness.

Then you whisk in the dairy ingredients at the end and serve!

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Different Hamburger Soup Recipes

The spices in my hamburger soup are different from the tomato based hamburger soup. I use parsley and basil with the garlic. When you are looking for a tomato based simple classic hamburger soup you can use thyme or even Italian spices.

This recipe is similar to my Crockpot Macaroni Cheeseburger Soup which is pretty much one of my favourite soups of all time. This one isn’t as rich – though if you want to add more Velveeta cheese, feel free to do so! – and you can cut it with a dollop of sour cream on top if you wish.

Again, remember that Mike doesn’t like rich soups, so if he enjoyed this one it should be good for everyone. I love a thick, rich soup. Him? He pretends that he doesn’t like ground beef in soup, remember?

Poor Mr Magpie. Good thing we love him so much!

If you want to make a Hamburger Soup with Macaroni, that’s another delicious and filling way to make hamburger soup for the family!

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Easy Hamburger Soup

This would be perfect for Christmas Eve after church, Christmas lunch, a New Year’s party or any ol’ time of the year. It’s going on the regular rotation soup list, for sure. I love how easy it is, how stick to the bones hearty it is and most of all, how Mike argues with me every time I make it. 😉

You can make this soup on the stove top, just follow the instructions and when it comes to cooking time, simmer on the stove in a large stockpot. Then at the end, add in the dairy.

Tips & Tricks for Hamburger Soup

  • Make sure to use Russet potatoes as they fall apart and make the soup thicker and tastier! Don’t use red potatoes they will remain in one piece and not add any starch to the soup.
  • You can use ground chicken as well if you don’t eat ground beef.
  • Flavor to your liking at the end if you desire, sometimes I prefer more basil in mine.
  • You don’t have to use the exact mixed vegetables that I do, use vegetables that your family loves! Peas, carrots, green beans, corn, all of these match flavour-wise, just choose what you like.

I hope you all make it through the holidays happy and well loved! Make sure that you don’t miss my new and amazing Crockpot Meatball Shepherd’s Pie! 

Love,

Karlynn

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Creamy Potato & Hamburger Soup

This Creamy Potato & Hamburger Soup is comfort food at it's most delicious! Hamburger, potatoes & vegetables all combine to make one great soup.
4.96 from 110 votes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Total Time
4 hours 20 minutes
Course
Soup
Cuisine
American
Servings
10
Calories
279
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion peeled and diced
  • 1 large garlic clove minced
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 6 cups of peeled & diced Russet potatoes
  • 2 cups of your favourite frozen vegetable mix
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese cubed

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet ,fry the ground beef and onions until the onions are soft and the ground beef browned. Drain the grease.
  2. Fry the garlic until browned and fragrant. Add the beef mixture to the crockpot or stockpot on the stove.
  3. Add in the potatoes, broth, vegetables, basil and parsley.
  4. Cook in the crockpot on low for 6-8 hours, on high for 3-4, or simmer on the stove until the potatoes are tender and starting to dissolve sightly.
  5. Whisk the cornstarch into the milk, then whisk into the soup. Add the Velveeta and let it melt, stirring occasionally. When it's melted in completely, spoon into bowls and serve.

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Recipe Notes

You can add more broth if you like a thinner soup, or even 1/2 cup of sour cream at the end to add some tang.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 279kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 959mg, Potassium: 948mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 2130IU, Vitamin C: 19.8mg, Calcium: 215mg, Iron: 3.3mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Peg says

    Ours was way to liquidy. We used russet potatoes, the right amount of ingredients! It never thickened up. Not sure why.

  2. Dawn says

    Great easy recipe, FAST supper! I added bacon and salt and it was a huge hit tonight! Thanks so much!

  3. Claudia Janecek says

    Made this just now. Loved it. Made enough to take for lunch for work. Thank you for sharing.5 stars

  4. Nancy says

    This was really good comfort soup on a snowy cold day. I too, added some dill and a few splashes of Worcester. I also chose to grate some Monterey Jack cheese instead of the Velveeta. My husband loved it! We’ll make it again.5 stars

    • Nancy says

      Forgot to mention it did need some S&P even after adding the Worcestershire.

  5. Lisa says

    I used gruyere cheese and it was great! I also replaced 1/2 the potatoes with zucchini and it is now one of my favorite recipes.

  6. Nicci Frock says

    New family favorite! I love to slightly tweak recipes so I did the following:

    *split the broth 1/2 chicken broth and 1/2 beef broth
    *used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of milk
    *added 1 cup prepared au jus liquid

    I served with homemade soft pretzel bites (from delish.com)

    Thank you for this yummy recipe!5 stars

  7. Denise says

    Has anyone frozen this soup? Just wondering if it freezes well with the dairy?

  8. Diane says

    I can’t eat cheese. Is there a similar recipe without cheese? Thank you.

  9. Mickey says

    I really want to try this recipe but I want to use my instant pot. Can anyone help me??

    • BigMommaT says

      Cook it all the same except full cook time will be way less than 4 hours in an instapot.

  10. Yvette says

    Super easy and tasty recipe! I added a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce to the ground beef when it was cooking. Added a wonderful pop of flavor! Recipe is very good as is. Next time I think I may add some dried dill and mustard powder to give it more of a cheeseburger flavor. It’s fun to change things up a little!

    As a side, we had sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches. Bread was slathered with real Mayo instead of butter, plus we used 4 kinds of cheeses and homemade spicy dill pickles!5 stars

  11. Jessica Howell says

    I made this last night and everyone loved it. Even the pickiest eater of all ate every bite in his bowl! Only thing I might change is add another 4oz of velveeta. I like things cheesy. 😉 Overall it’s a great recipe and I WILL be making this again

  12. Meghan says

    This is like Shepard’s Pie in stew form! SO good! Best comfort food I’ve had in a while! Will be making it again!5 stars

    • Mort in Oregon says

      Yes, we are not fond of Velveeta? How about any other ‘real’ cheeses..like Cheddar, Mont Jack? etc instead ?

      • stacy says

        Yes u can.. I am using real shredded cheese, Monterey Jack and it is fine.

      • Loni Lichfield says

        I’m doing it for 45 minutes…I’ll update you when it has been done.

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