Simple Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup

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This Simple Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup is fast and delicious! This soup reminds me of my Cabbage Roll Soup, without the cabbage. It really is just a simple tomato, rice and hamburger soup.  It came about when I forgot to get supper on one late afternoon. Yes, even food bloggers forget to make supper, but especially the food bloggers that are also cookbook authors. When you work on a desserts chapter all day, sometimes you look up and it’s 3 PM already. You can’t (shouldn’t) feed the kids cake for supper, so it’s time to panic and run to the freezer and fridge to see what you have.

white plate with Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup and a spoon in it
Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup

I had rice, hamburger, crushed tomatoes and the kids love soup. There you have it. Tomato, rice and hamburger soup.

Mike totally looked at me weirdly when I told him what soup I was making. I get it, it doesn’t sound fabulous. It sounds weird. We are used to having these soups that are loaded with vegetables and all sorts of amazing things…..and I’m making tomato, rice and hamburger soup

close up of a white plate with Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup and a spoon in it

YOU can add in vegetables as you see fit. Add in two cups of frozen vegetables and you have an even better soup.

This is what I had on hand. ( I also really needed to go grocery shopping, as you can probably tell.) I had spent the long weekend before school at the lake with the kids for one last summertime hurrah, came back Monday and they went to school bright and early Tuesday morning.

You’ll never accuse me of being one of those prepared moms  that has their stuff together. Newp. Never.

spooning some Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup in a white plate

This soup is also frugal as heck, so it’s perfect for those on a budget, not to mention gluten-free as well. Just make sure to check out the labels on all of the ingredients first, of course.

And for those of you that want to try my Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup, do it, it’s delicious!

Ukrainian Cabbage Roll Soup in a peach colored Pyrex bowl with a spoon in it

Happy cooking!



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Simple Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup

This Simple Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup maybe be almost too easy to make, but you can't tell from the fabulous flavour! It also happens to be totally gluten free, as long as you check all of your sauces!
5 from 19 votes
spooning some Tomato & Rice Hamburger Soup in a white plate
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Total Time
8 hours 15 minutes
8 servings
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 7   cups vegetable broth
  • 1- 28 ounces can crushed or diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar if you don't have a sweet ketchup
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • salt and pepper as desired


  • In a medium frying pan, brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until ground beef is no longer pink. Drain the grease (I also like to rinse it with hot water to remove most of the grease) and place in a large crockpot. Alternatively, you can fry these in the bottom of your InstantPot and drain the grease from it.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, Worcestershire, ketchup,brown sugar (if wanted) and Italian seasoning. Add more sugar and Worcestershire to taste if needed. Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Alternatively, you can cook this on the stovetop. Simply add the rice and simmer until the rice is cooked.
  • For the crockpot method, thirty minutes to an hour before serving, add in the rice and cook until tender.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can cook this in your Instant Pot on the soup setting for 15 minutes, just make sure to add the rice BEFORE and cook it all together!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 267kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 1040mg, Potassium: 476mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 645IU, Vitamin C: 12.4mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 2.7mg

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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Karlynn Johnston

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. Sue says

    My daughter is a ridiculously picky eater and she LOVED this. She said it’s her “new favorite”. I made it with fire-roasted tomatoes and it was delicious – husband loved it too. Thank you!5 stars

  2. LaReta McFarland says

    Michelle, just cook the rice 30 minutes……….,,. I love,love this soup. I added peas and carrots , cabbage with it way good!

  3. Sarah Ritchie says

    This was really good. Took about 20min in instant pot.5 stars

  4. Michelle Naftzger says

    Looks great! But I think there is a typo. The cook time states 30 minutes but the directions say to put it in a crock pot for 8-10 hours on low.

  5. Lisa Langston says

    I am going to be making this soup for Christmas. I can’t wait, it looks yummy.

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