This simple, classic hamburger soup recipe is a Canadian staple. I'm pretty sure that it was first published in a Best of Bridge book, those classic cookbooks that our moms swore by when we were growing up. I'm not going to get into an argument over whether it's Canadian or American recipe in actual origin ( because really, you can't track recipes that are this old) but I CAN guarantee that this recipe was made mainstream and popular by those ladies that wrote the Best of Bridge books.

Simple Classic Hamburger Soup

 Everyone loves a good hamburger soup.

You can make a million variations on it, from adding potatoes to adding barley, but I like it in it's purest form: ground beef and frozen vegetable mix. It's fast, easy and you take one look at it and you are transported back to your childhood at your Mom or Grandma's table. Grandma always used the frozen veggie mix.I honestly can't imagine using any other type of vegetables in this hamburger soup but you could definitely tweak this recipe to your own liking.

Simple Classic Hamburger Soup

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I am also sure that the original recipe most definitely used a can of tomato soup so for posterity's sake, I used one as well. Sometimes it's not just about changing recipes and getting rid of the canned soups, sometimes my friends it's simply about recreating the EXACT same dishes we ate as kids, canned soups and all. And that's ok. Sometimes I want the EXACT TASTE from when I was a kid.  

  • Use Campbell's tomato soup for the best, most classic taste. That's what Grandma used to use and it's ok to use canned soup once in a while, you guys. Sometimes you just need that taste.
  • Use those frozen vegetables to make your prep time shorter.
  • You can use fresh vegetables as well, no doubt about it, but make sure that you dice them smaller.
  • If you can find alphabet pasta, then it would be soooooo good in this soup!

Simple Classic Hamburger Soup

Want to try some other canned soup recipes?

Simple Classic Hamburger Soup

So I have left this hamburger soup recipe as is, as it was and as it tasted oh-so many years ago. You can feel free to substitute in tomatoes for the soup, but the taste will be different. I'll be making this again soon, since Edmonton seems to be stuck in a deep freeze! Brr! The only good thing about the cold weather is SOUP!

For some other hamburger soup recipes you can try:

  1. Slow Cooker Macaroni Hamburger Soup 
  2. Instant Pot Hamburger Soup
  3. Instant Pot Macaroni Hamburger Soup 
  4. Creamy Potato Hamburger Soup
  5. Creamy Split Pea Hamburger Soup
  6. Simple Tomato and Rice Hamburger Soup

Happy cooking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Classic Hamburger Soup Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
 
This easy to make and classic hamburger soup has been a dinnertime staple for decades now!
Servings: 8
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 medium white onion diced
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 10.75 oz can of condensed tomato soup
  • 4 cups strong beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables
  • white sugar if you find your tomatoes are too acidic, the sugar will cut it.
  • black pepper to taste
Instructions
Crockpot Instructions
  1. Fry the ground beef and onions together until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and fry until brown. Drain the fat and place in the bottom of a crockpot.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato soup, beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, frozen vegetables and pepper.
  3. Simmer on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10.
  4.  Remove the bay leaves. Ladle into bowls and serve!
Instant Pot Instructions
  1. Fry the ground beef and onions together in the metal cooking pot in your Instant Pot using the "sautee" function on your Instant Pot until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and fry until brown. Drain the fat.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato soup, beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, frozen vegetables and pepper.
  3. To cook immediately, press the soup button, seal the Instant Pot, close the vent and cook for 45 minutes. Let it naturally release - you can manually release but for safety's sake I don't recommend it.
  4. To slow cook all day, use the slow cook function and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  5.  Remove the bay leaves. Ladle into bowls and serve.
Stove Top Instructions
  1. Fry the ground beef and onions together in a large stockpot until the ground beef is cooked and the onions are translucent. Add in the garlic and fry until brown. Drain the fat.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato soup, beef broth, bay leaves, thyme, frozen vegetables and pepper.
  3. Simmer on medium heat for 60 minutes.
  4.  Remove the bay leaves. Ladle into bowls and serve!
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Author

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

2 Comments

  1. Safija Tutovic Reply

    Just a question about the Instant Pot instructions: do you cook at pressure for 45 minutes? would the vegetables become mushy? thanks

  2. Sab Edwards Reply

    Last time I made this I forgot to put in the canned tomatoes!! hubby hates tomotoes and I knew I shouldn’t have listened to him..was BLAND lol

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